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9th October 2023
A Message from the NSW President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Awards Season is upon us and tickets are now on sale for the ACS NSW & ACT Branch Awards for Cinematography 2023 to be held in the ballroom at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday November 4th from 6pm,  proudly sponsored by our Major NSW sponsor TDC and National Sponsor, Creamsource.  Come help celebrate the best imagery and storytelling from our NSW & ACT members, it’s shaping up to be a really social night. Please book early if you can so we can keep across numbers for venue catering. For those booking group tables please note there are 8 guests per table and there is a discount booking link for Hilton accommodation in the Evenbrite booking link details for those that want to stay in the city.
Thank you all our amazing judges and NSW committee who dedicated their time and experience to a 4 day marathon judging event with judges viewing some really impressive work.
A big thanks to Jason Naran from Nektar who was our last Drop In Guest and generously shared with us his DIT set up and experience collaborating with DPs on some major productions.
Our next Drop In will be held on Thursday October 19th from 6pm at HQ featuring the new documentary Behind The Camera and featuring an amazing panel involved in the film including cinematographer and director, Neale Maude, Ray Martin AM, Daniel Eisenberg from the Australian War Memorial as well as two of the war cinematographers featured in the film Andy Taylor ACS and Micheal Cox. This is going to be a great first hand insight into working on the frontline in some of the toughest working conditions we can imagine.
I am delighted to announce that the A Wider Lens Report commissioned by the ACS in collaboration with Deakin University  is a finalist in the Screenwell Awards 2023. The awards will be online on Tuesday October 10th at 9.30am  for those that want to tune in. Just being a finalist is great recognition for all the work put into this world first report.
Last February our Drop In hosted Director, Clara Chong and producer/ DOP Ben Allan ACS CSI for an incredibly generous and insightful sharing of the making of their feature film Dark Noise. For those who would like to see the film it is screening at the Randwick Ritz along with a Q&A with Clara and Ben this Wednesday October 11th @ 630pm.

Congratulations to TDC  for hosting such a successful Virtual Production Event this week and thank you to all those who helped out over the 2 day event.
I hope to see as many of you at the awards night as possible, it’s a great occasion to catch up with fellow cines, friends and sponsors.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW & ACT Awards
Saturday 4th November 2023 6pm.
Welcome everyone to our NSW & ACT Branch Awards for 2023 to be held in the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, Sydney and hosted by the inimitable Ray Martin AM.  Please book your tickets asap using the booking link below.
Please note that we have opted for 'cabaret' seating where every attendee has a good view towards the video walls and the main stage, but that this limits seating at each table to 8 people. Your ticket includes drinks, canapes, dinner and the awards ceremony.
The quality of submissions was very high this year and it's going to be a wonderful night. See you there!

ACS NSW October drop-in
Thursday 19th October 6pm

Behind The Camera
Screening and Q&A
To coincide with the Action! Film and War Exhibition at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, please join us for a screening and Q&A of the film Behind The Camera with cinematographer and director Neil Maude (pictured above).

He will be joined by Ray Martin AM and Daniel Eisenberg from the Australian War Memorial as well as war cinematographers Andy Taylor ACS and Michael Cox who will discuss the film with members and answer all your questions.

Andy Taylor ACS
Michael Cox embedded in Iraq
If you have ever wondered what it is like working as a war cinematographer and the challenges you face not just staying alive but being in a position to capture the kinds of impactful images that communicate the essential truths of the conflict, then this night is for you!
It will be an amazing night!
Thursday 19th October 6pm
ACS HQ : Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney
Information about the Action! Film and War Exhibition

SXSW Sydney Screen Festival

October 15th - 22nd
Attend exclusive premieres and countless screenings of a huge variety of content from all corners of the globe, with a heavy spotlight on Asia-Pacific. Enjoy Feature Film and TV screenings, Shorts, including the newly announced Winda Film Festival shorts, Music Videos, XR Projects and more.
The ACS has been selected as a finalist in the Screen Well Awards for 2023 in recognition of a "terrific achievement towards improving mental health & wellbeing in our screen workplaces" with the release of the A Wider Lens Report last year.
To READ the A Wider Lens Report, CLICK HERE
The Awards Ceremony will be streamed live at 9.30am tomorrow (Tuesday 10th October).
For more info and to watch the Awards, CLICK HERE
Photos from our September Drop-in
with Jason Naran from Nektar
Jason Naran is welcomed and introduced by Carolyn Constantine ACS (ACS NSW President)
Heartfelt thanks again to Jason Naran who gave a fantastic presentation on the support that a DIT can provide to cinematographers on-set.

His rig was a wonder to behold in terms of it's functionality as a hub for distributing and recording corrected images while shooting but also as a critical part of the overall image control workflow, grading and processing rushes and passing on critical metadata to the post team.

It also contained a special drawer for the cinematographer complete with 3 Arri Hi-5 wireless FIZ hand-controls.

Whilst some lamented the budget and time restrictions inherrent to local drama production, there was a real gleam in the eye of some of the younger members who could see the potential for a more stripped back version suitable for local conditions. Stay tuned for more developments!
Some of the productions that Jason has been involved with.
Images courtesy of Vitali Lisau
Q&A Screening
Wednesday 10th October
The Randwick Ritz Cinema
Join Ben Allan ACS CSI (Producer, Cinematographer & Colourist) and Clara Chong (Director) for a special Q&A Screening of their independently produced feature 'Dark Noise'.
For those who attended the drop-in where Clara & Ben discussed their ground-breaking production model, it will be fascinating to see their finished 4K mastered work on the big screen.
Clara and Ben on-set during Production.



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