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16th September 2023
A Message from the NSW President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Award Entries are in and judging starts this weekend. Many thanks to all our esteemed judges and committee volunteers for taking the time from their schedules for this very important process. I also want to thank entrants for their patience as we tested out our new website and uploading platform. It was working at absolute capacity in the final days before entry closure, and so despite some teething issues, we got there in the end!

The  NSW/ACT Branch awards will be held at the Hilton in Sydney on Saturday 4th November, so please make sure to save the date.
A huge shout out to Lemac, who put on an amazing August Drop In at AFTRS. A hands on lens night showcasing 199 lenses that are all potentially available for your next production.

Our ACS NSW September Drop In will be back at HQ on Thursday September 21st @ 6pm  and feature Jason Naran for Nektar presenting a great session on collaborating with a DIT. On route back from some blockbuster international shoots as well as presentations in China, Jason will have his full kit available for a hands on demonstration.
It’s been a busy week in the short film world and I’ve had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony for the Sony Catchlight Film Festival which was a fantastic night showcasing some amazing upcoming talent. Our own NSW VP, Simeon Bryan was one of the judges along with Victorian DP, Stefan Duscio ACS. On the night, Simeon was also able to highlight the new Sony sponsored scholarship for female students studying cinematography at AFTRS which is a fantastic initiative.
This week I also attended the awards for the Lumix 72 hour Filmmaking Challenge that had finalists from all over the country.  It was a great night with Panasonic & sponsors such as CR Kennedy giving away some excellent prizes. This was the first year of the challenge and I really hope that it continues as it's a wonderful platform for both emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their talents, which is just so important for the future of our industry.
Our major NSW sponsor, TDC and the VES (Visual Effects Society) along with the ACS will be hosting a Virtual Production Workshop at the TDC Studios on October 5th and 6th. This will be a really informative & popular event.  Please refer to details for registration below in the newsletter.
At the end of last month Sony hosted a screening /Q & A session featuring Dan Freene ACS and his work on Wellmania which was a really well attended, enthusiastic night. The next Sony Screening will be held on Wednesday September 27th  630pm at the Events Cinema in George St, featuring DP, Bruce Young ACS and gaffer, Tommy Hankinson discussing their collaboration on The Last King of the Cross and work with the Sony Venice camera. 
We are still looking to fill the position of AC Magazine Chair and so I encourage anyone that has an entrepreneurial streak, a love of cinematography and the desire to give back to our society and work with some great collaborators to please get in touch with our National President, Erika Addis at
A reminder that Accreditation Applications close on Sept 21st so this is the last week to finalise your submissions.
Hope to see you at the next Drop In,
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW September drop-in
Thursday 21st September 6pm


Working with a DIT
Join Jason Naran from Nektar for a full run through of his collaborative process with the cinematographer followed by a live demo with his on-set DIT cart utilising camera control and LiveGrade.

 Discover the benefits of having a DIT onset and what it can bring to a cinematographers creative practice. 

Recently returned from a number of guest speaking events in China, his credits include - Avatar 1 & 2, Disney's Nautilus, Blade Runner 2049, The Hobbit trilogy and more.
It will be a hugely informative night!
Thursday 21st September 6pm
ACS HQ : Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney
NSW/ACT Branch Awards
will be held at The Hilton in Sydney on Saturday 4th November,
Please make sure to save the date.

A Virtual Production Workshop

for Cinematographers

Thursday and Friday, October 5 & 6, 2023

Learn Filmmaking/Unreal Engine workflows on a Virtual Production Stage!

VES and ACS members will immerse themselves in performance, directing and cinematography, and on a virtual production stage. A full hands-on experience directed and guided by Lukas Sarralde from Mandrake Studios.
There are four possible (repeat) sessions to choose from:

Thursday, October 5th · 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM AEST.
Thursday, October 5th · 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM AEST.
Friday, October 6th · 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM AEST.
Friday, October 6th · 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM AEST.
TDC - Technical Direction Company
Unit 2/33-39 Bowden St, Alexandria NSW 2015

To BOOK YOUR FREE SPOT or ask any questions CLICK HERE
Mandrake Studios Demo Video
Wednesday 27th September

6.30 - 8.30pm  Events Cinema, George Street Sydney
A special screening and Q&A with cinematographer
Bruce Young ACS

and Gaffer Tommy Hankinson
Join Australian cinematographer Bruce Young ACS and gaffer Tommy Hankinson for this screening and Q&A session of episode four of Paramount+ TV series “The Last King of the Cross”. Bruce and Tommy worked together on the show and will share insights into the production, moments from behind the scenes, and delve into their experience filming with the Sony VENICE cameras.
Click HERE to book your FREE Tickets
Wednesday 27th September
6.30 - 8.30pm  Events Cinema, George Street Sydney
Photos from our August Drop-in
'A Lens For Every Story'
Thanks again to the hard working team at Lemac for pulling together this MASSIVE display of lensing choices. They were incredibly generous to do this, bringing the widest possible array of different anamorphic, full-frame and super 35 lenses from across the branches for members to test and analyze.
Team Lemac: L to R Graham Jones, Paul Mackie, Robert Hillier, Kate Bowring, Sue Greenshields, Dimitri Carmello and Tim Jordin.
Brad Shield ASC ACS checking out some vintage glass.
Images courtesy of Lemac
New Equipment Releases
SONY has release their new BURANO camera as a smaller sibling to the Venice in the Cine Alta family of high-end digital cinema cameras.
8K + 16 Stops + 2.9 kg + Electronic ND + AF + IBIS + PL Mount + E Mount = $44K
Read a great summary article on the SONY BURANO HERE
Highly acclaimed and Milli Award-winning cinematographer, Stefan Duscio, ACS, (The Dry, Shantaram, The Invisible Man) created a beautiful cinematic film entitled At the Motel with the BURANO.
ARRI have introduced their new SKYPANEL X. It is a modular, all-weather, state-of-the-art LED light that is claimed to redefine industry standards in terms of dimming, color rendition, output, and beam quality.
Read Matthew Allard ACS review of the SKYPANEL X HERE
The International Cinematographers Guild recently announced two Special Award recipients.

Cinematographer/director Janusz Kamiński will be honored with the Distinguished Filmmaker Award, presented by Panavision Family of Companies and cinematographer Stephen Lighthill, ASC, will accept the ASC Mentor Award.

“We’re delighted to award two of the most influential film artists and practitioners of our craft” says Chairs Steven Poster ASC and Jimmy Matlosz in a joint statement.

Janusz Kamiński is an Oscar® winning cinematographer and director. He has worked as Steven Spielberg's director of photography since 1993. Kamiński won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Spielberg film's Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Kamiński also received four Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA Awards and six American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award nominations. Kamiński also directs films and TV series. 
Stephen Lighthill, ASC began his career shooting network news and documentaries, including the Oscar®-nominated documentary Berkeley, Gimme Shelter and CBS 60 Minutes. His credits include HBO’s Vietnam War Story, NBC’s Earth 2, and CBS’s Nash Bridges. In recent years he returned to documentaries with Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters and Caregivers: The Alzheimer’s Project. 
Lighthill received the Deluxe “Bud Stone” Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions to the Art and Craft of Cinematography from the ICG Emerging Cinematographer Awards in 2010, and the SMPTE Kodak Education Award for Outstanding Contributions in Film Production Education. 
Lighthill served as a president of the ASC and is currently Head of Discipline: Cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.
Short Film Festival viewing links
Watch all the SONY Catchlight Finalists in each category HERE
Click HERE to watch the 10 LUMIX 72-HOUR FINALISTS


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