ACS NSW Focus 20th September 2018


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In this Issue:

September Drop In
Awards Judging
American Film Institute Fellowships

September Drop In

Kim Batterham ACS

We will have two presentations at the September Drop In. First up,
Kim Batterham ACS and Simeon Bryan from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

From Kim:
"Why come to AFTRS to learn cinematography?
AFTRS has always been a place of excellence when it comes to learning our craft. Bonnie Elliot ACS, Simon Chapman ACS, Denson Baker ACS, Jules O'Loughlin ACS ASC, Ross Giardina ACS, Nicola Daley ACS and James L Brown ACS, just some of our graduates who continue in the tradition of the Shadowcatchers, that is Australian cinematography.

Join Simeon Bryan and myself and we'll take you through the BA, MA and Industry Certificate courses.
Ask your questions and hear a detailed presentation on the current AFTRS offerings for 2019."


Traditionally the geared head has been the choice of most camera operators but in recent years has gone out of favour somewhat except for the operation of remote heads where the electronic version is still very popular.

The second item on our agenda will be a presentation by Angelo Boutsalis of Dragon Image who will demonstrate DJI Master Wheels. Master Wheels is a three axis wireless gimbal controller configured like a traditional geared head which interfaces with the DJI Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals.

Insta 360 Pro 2 : 8K VR camera

Beautifully engineered and with stainless steel handles Master Wheels employs high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state-of-the-art product design to deliver precise and smooth remote camera movement control. If required moves can be recorded and repeated.
Master Wheels comes complete with a Mitchell base allowing it to be mounted in various familiar situations.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, Angelo will also have on hand the latest Insta 360 Pro 2 : 8K VR camera.

Sounds like it's going to be a great Drop In. Make your way to ACS HQ (address below) on Thursday 20th September.
As usual doors will be open from 6pm with the presentation starting at about 6:45pm.

Judging of Awards entries

Judging of entries in the 2018 NSW/ACT Awards for Cinematography has now been completed and winner's plaques will soon be ordered and engraved.

With just under three hundred entries to be considered, and with the quality of the work improving year after year, judging was an immense task. The Awards committee would like to thank our three judging panels, scrutineers, room supervisors and helpers who took part in the three day judging process. All ACS members, they gave freely of their time and energy to view and to judge the work of their peers.

We regularly hear from judges that being on a panel in the company of fellow cinematographers and viewing the work of others is a great opportunity. Are you Accredited - think about judging next year.

The quality of work to be screened at the Awards on November 3rd will guarantee a great night and one not to be missed, tickets go on sale in October from a date to be advised.

Screen Australia-Onbass Fellowships for Australian Filmmakers at American Film Institute Conservatory

Applications Closing Soon

Two full-tuition scholarships to attend the AFI Conservatory, will be awarded for the 2019 and 2020 academic years, for a Master of Fine Arts degree in one of six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.

Created in partnership with Screen Australia and the Onbass Family Trust, formed by Village Roadshow Entertainment Group CEO Greg Basser and his wife Kiera O'Neill, the Fellowships will provide full tuition and fees, as well as some support for living expenses, to one Australian filmmaker entering the AFI Conservatory in 2019 and one in 2020 — to join the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Fellowship applications to join the AFI Conservatory in 2019 are due by October 15th, 2018, with the recipient being announced at the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles in January 2019.

What a great opportunity.

Check out the details here:

AFI Scholarships for Aussie filmmakers »

Here's the latest from AFTRS


AFTRS has just launched a new programme of hands-on, skills-based Industry Certificates which have outcomes you can apply straight away. Practical and outcome focused non-award courses, the curriculum in these courses has been informed and validated by Industry Advisory Panels and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements.

Industry Certificate: Colour Grading
Gain confidence using industry standard DaVinci Resolve. A Hands-on course ideal for Cinematographers, Editors and Filmmakers.
Starts 17th Sept, 12 weeks, part time. Enrolling Now.

Industry Certificate: Camera Assisting
Learn the essential skills to be an asset on the camera team of any film or TV production. Taught by director of photography Caroline Constantine ACS, you’ll work with industry standard equipment (ARRI and SONY) in AFTRS state-of-the-art studios.
Starts 19th Nov, 3 weeks, Mon – Fri. Enrolling Now.

View all AFTRS Industry Certificates here: »

AFTRS 2019 Masters Programmes
Master of Arts Screen: Cinematography
AFTRS Master of Arts Screen is offered in 10 Disciplines including Cinematography, your chance to become a creative screen leader. Becoming a great cinematographer requires mastery of screen language, leadership and the ability to collaborate and reflect on visual storytelling. AFTRS 2-year full time Masters program will help you achieve this goal and propel you to becoming a professional cinematographer.
Applications Close 15th October.

View all AFTRS Masters programmes here: »

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