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11th March 2022
A Message from the NSW President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
What a joy it was today to see blue sky after such relentless rain. I wish the best to those impacted by these recent floods, and hope you have access to support you need to deal with the clean up. 
The Wellness Workshop run last week was a great success. I hope that members who attended really benefited from some of the great advice, discussions and resources that were shared. The next workshop titled Money Is Not a Dirty Word will be at the end of the month, March 31 and I encourage members to take advantage of this free event that includes some great resource material around all things financial in a freelance creative industry.
I’m delighted to announce that our March Drop In will be back face to face at the ACS HQ in North Sydney with very special guest, Tim Myers ACS, who has spent the last few years posted in Washington and the US. Join us on Thursday March 17th from 6pm to hear some of his behind the scene insights into shooting International News. 
This week we celebrated International Women's Day, so a big shout out to all our talented & hard working female camera professionals that greatly contribute to our film industry. In conjunction with WIFT NSW and others, Justine Kerrigan ACS will be speaking on an industry guild panel this Saturday March 12th. Please see details and registration below.
Our very own Peter James ACS ASC invites us all to an exhibition of his fabulous still photography work in Paddington. The exhibition runs until Sat March 19th, details below.
As I finish a rather challenging week of shooting, dealing with Covid cases, masks, rain and more rain I would urge you all to check in with your crews as these physical challenges on top of demanding schedules can start to compound. If there was one big take away from the Wellness Workshop the other day, it would have to be a reminder about personal and collective  “capacity”. 
Until next time, all the best..
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS 2022 National Awards
April 30th 6pm in Adelaide
The 2022 ACS National Awards for Cinematography will be held in Adelaide on April 30 at the Hilton Hotel, Victoria Square, commencing at 6:00pm for pre dinner drinks and special presentations to our National sponsors, followed by the Awards ceremony hosted by Ray Martin AM. Our thanks to the organisational skills of the SA Branch and the team assembled by Branch President, Ernie Clark ACS. Please note this is a black tie event.
Friday 29th April - PANAVISION sponsored ACS Q&A Screening of "The Dry"
Friday 29th April Rosco - Leitz
 sponsors "After Screening Drinks"
Saturday 30th April 10am - 1pm ARRI Australia
 sponsored “Meet the Nominees”
MARCH Drop-in with
Timothy Myers ACS
Thursday 17th March
ACS HQ from 6pm
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney
US based cinematographer and prolific Golden Tripod and Walkley Award winner Timothy Myers ACS will join us LIVE at the ACS club-house to discuss some of his most challenging recent projects in both Current Affairs and Documentary.
Tim creates powerful and cinematic images in all manner of non-fiction contexts so it will be a fascinating drop-in with one of our younger but highly successful members. Plus, the beers are on us!
Please note that we ask that all attendees are double vaccinated.
Combined Guilds
Women's Day Event
10AM Sat 12th March
The Information & Cultural Exchange
This is an in-person event at which a panel of successful female and non-binary filmmakers including our own Justine Kerrigan ACS will discuss their career paths to success, the obstacles they faced in their careers and the tools they used to overcome these obstacles.
A great time to celebrate a few of our amazing women cinematographers and their teams!
Clockwise from top Bonnie Elliott ACS, Kezia Holland and Jane Castle ACS
Clockwise from top Renee Romeril with Erika Addis, Lilian Fraser, Martha Ansara with Rosalind Gillespie and Jeni Thornley
Bump S3 camera women. L-R Nicola Kirkby and Madison Heinze (2nd ACs), Carolyn Constantine ACS (DOP), Gemma Baker (videosplit), Carolina Izqueirdo (1stAC) and Meg White (Additional Cam Op)  Photo by John Platt
Susan Lumsdon, Jasmine Suivi, Gemma Baker and Bump Series 2 Second UnitL-R Kathryn Milliss ACS (Cam Op), Nillis Finne (1st AC), Alva Brown (Camera trainee –in utero), Nicola Kirby (2nd AC), Carolina Izqueirdo (1st AC), Gemma Baker (Camera attachment), Brendan Shaw ACS (DOP)
Free Online Workshop
for ACS Members
 Topics covered in depth include:
+     The Famine and the Feast – weathering the ups and downs of creative income;
+     Making financial decisions more easily;
+     The basics of budgets and cash flowprojection;
+     Practical steps to getting financially organised;
+     More resources and places to go for help. 

This workshop is FREE for ACS Members but also OPEN to non-members for a $15 fee payable through the Eventbrite link above.
Russian Arm gets a name change!
The ‘Russian Arm’ was designed and built by a Ukrainian film engineer named Anatoliy Kokush in the 1980’s. This week, it’s had an industry-wide name change and is now known as a ‘U-Crane’. That’s how it’s done. 🎥 
From UK cinematographer Jake Barrett on Linkedin.
Peter James ACS ASC
Photography Exhibition
Runs until Saturday 19th March at

Screen Australia launches Credit Maker program for female directors, cinematographers and composers

Screen Australia is thrilled to announce the new Credit Maker program, a high calibre initiative that will support 12 female practitioners across directing, cinematography and composing to attain a career defining credit on a scripted production; to elevate their career trajectory; and, to bring change in female HoD representation in the sector. Supported through the agency’s Gender Matters umbrella in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, who will deliver the program.

Credit Maker will support 12 female practitioners across directing, cinematography and composing to shadow an established practitioner on a scripted project in production. This will enable them to attain a credit that will elevate their consideration for future lead positions and accelerate their career pathway in their given field.

The Australian Cinematographers Society said, “Credit Maker is a career and life changing scheme and it’s a dream come true for the ACS, particularly for those who served on the ACS Women’s Advisory Panel for the last decade. Data has long shown the loss and attrition of talented female cinematographers who did not make it through to shoot high level productions because they did not get the opportunity.

The ACS recently commissioned a world-first survey specifically of the Australian camera workforce, which will soon be launched and the results continue to highlight the shocking paucity of women’s participation and engagement as cinematographers across the Australian Film & Television Industry. The impact of the Credit Maker scheme on the careers of female cinematographers will last for generations to come.”


Up to four participants will be selected to participate in Credit Maker in each field. Expressions of Interest are now open. For more information and to register your interest please visit the relevant websites below:

  • Australian Directors Guild

  • Australian Cinematographers Society

  • Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Postcard from UAE
NSW Committee Members Susan Lumsdon (DOP) and David Luff (Operator) on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.

Hi everyone, David Luff here from the NSW Committee. 


I have just come back from spending 9 weeks in the UAE camera operating on 3 mini-series for an Abu Dhabi production with DOP Susan Lumsdon. Wow what an experience it was! The East sure do things differently to us here in Oz. It was a great opportunity for me to further develop my camera operating skills, as well as seeing how large scale production are shot. And while they’re done differently to here, I can say I learnt a lot and have so many stories to tell. 


The culture there is very welcoming, friendly and safe, but make no mistake - they expect us to work hard. We often found ourselves working 16+ hour days, with the longest stint without a day off being around 21 days. 


It was great because we ended up working with DOP and Camera Operator Mark Hobson, who lived in Sydney, is an ACS member and now resides in Dubai. 


As with all productions, it had its ups and downs. My favourite memory was this:


Close to 4am, having reached hour 19 on set that day, we needed to film some shots in an old Jeep on a 4wd track. The temperature in Al Ain, half way up the mountain must have been around 10 degrees, and felt colder. We had been shooting exteriors all day so to have some shielding from the weather inside the car was a comfort. I had my trusty 1AC Kezia Holland beside me, pulling focus from my cameras monitor. Our actors were two military men with (prop) rifles. Our shot - to drive down the track with a sense of pace and speed following a car in front. Needless to say, being in the back seat of a 50+ year old jeep, zooming along a very bumpy dirt track, holding onto a large camera rig and cine saddle on my lap, with Kez pulling focus beside me was no easy task. Oh, and the Jeep’s headlights weren’t working either! Oh, and also the car we were chasing ran out of fuel at one point, beyond line of sight and radio communication from production. We were sitting there for about 10 minutes before Production could fill the tank and roll again, so what do we do? Have a conversation with two of the kindest actors Kez and I have met, but both actors didn’t speak English 😂 they were stoked to take photos with us and we managed to get up the Google translate to chat a bit. And when the car was ready to roll finally, our jeep wouldn’t start! Which made us all laugh until the engine eventually started. Through the bitter weather and long hours worked, it was nice to share this moment of fun, warmth and joy with the actors and Kez. 


I loved my time so much in the UAE, that I’m heading back there in March to work on a Disney+ feature. And who knows what after then! 


All the best,

David Luff. 

Exhibiton information HERE

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