ACS NSW Focus 29th May 2012

In This Issue of Focus

- Proposed Cine Course at AFTRS
- May Drop In Report
- Movie Network, ACS Awards Highlights
- Membership Subscription
- ACS Panel at SFF
- AFTRS - Friday On My Mind
- Canberra Short Film Festival


Below is an item which may be of interest to ACS members who are trying their best to move up the camera department ladder.

It's from Kim Batterham ACS who is Head of Cinematography at AFTRS 

From Kim:
Camera Operating Fundamentals

We are proposing to run a course, 2 days a week for 16 weeks, in 2013.

Would you be interested? I need to know.

We'd like to cover operating for Drama, TV and Documentary.  This could include specialist equipment such as geared heads, steadicam and remote head crane work.

If you want to deepen and broaden your operating practice email me now so I can begin creating this unique course.
Phone: 02 9805 6546 or email Kim Batterham

May Drop In Report

Our May evening was a great success - big night - full house - standing room only - that's what we like to see.

The draw card? Lemac's presentation of the 2012 NAB Report followed by a presentation of the Sony F65 and then a hands on with the camera.

Obviously our member's interest was sparked at the prospect of these two presentations and this was reflected in the attendance. Thank you very much to Lemac for putting on such a great night.

Our next Drop In will be on Thursday 21st June - details to be announced shortly.

2012 ACS National Awards Highlights

As you may be aware the 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography were a huge success with over 200 members, guests and sponsors attending.

If you weren't able to be there or if you'd like to relive the highlights tune into The Movie Network channel on May 30th - STARPICS (415) at 10.05pm or STARPICS 2 (416) at 12:10am (May 31st).

Tune in, or record to view at another time. Thanks to the Movie Network, By George Studios, Videocraft and all who helped make the Awards program a reality.

Membership Subscription

It's membership subscription time again & most of you will have already received your invoices for the 2012/13 year. Thank you to those who've already paid so promptly.
Please note that, as the web based invoicing system is not perfected as yet, the NSW Branch reverted to paper based invoicing for the coming year's subscriptions.
Our Treasurer will be away during June & Member cards will go out in early July to those who've paid on time.
Subscriptions are due & payable by 30th June.
We look forward to another great ACS year & hope to see you at our regular third Thursday of the month Clubhouse Drop Ins.

ACS Panel at The Sydney Film Festival

The Digital Revolution - a crisis in cinematography.

The alarm bells are ringing for cinematographers around the world, and as President of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Ron Johanson ACS, has written, "What we do as cinematographers is under threat...We are losing to technology and every new CGI movie drives another nail in the coffin." 

To accompany the Sydney Film Festival screening of Keanu Reeves' documentary SIDE BY SIDE, a panel moderated by cinematographer Erika Addis from the AFTRS, of top Australian Cinematographers including Peter James ACS ASC, Andrew Commis ACS, Danny Ruhlmann ACS and Anna Howard ACS, will tell it like it is and what it means to work in a digital environment. This is also your chance to attend and take part in the discussion, and also find out what is happening globally in cinematography and what the implications are for Australian and International cinema.
Lower Sydney Town Hall, Tuesday 12th June, 7-8 pm
483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street) FREE

Friday on My Mind at AFTRS Sydney

June 1st: Jeffrey Walker, Jack Irish & Bad Debts. 
Emmy-Award winning actor Guy Pearce takes on the role of Jack Irish - criminal lawyer, debt collector and iconic crime character created by Peter Temple in 1996 - for two upcoming telemovies: Jack Irish: Bad Debts and Jack Irish: Black Tide. Screenwriters Andrew Knight and Matt Cameron, who both worked on Sea Change, have adapted Temple's award winning novels for the screen with Jeffrey Walker (Rake, Angry Boys and Small Time Gangster) directing both. Jeffrey Walker will discuss the challenges of bringing a complex and well-loved character to life as well as the growing international reputation and respect for Australian television drama. Jack Irish: Bad Debts screens nationally on the ABC later this year.
- Guest: Jeffrey Walker
* Session includes special screening after the session (99 minutes)

FREE 5pm sharp

AFTRS Theatre 1
Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, NSW

2012 Canberra Short Film Festival

Here's an item that may be of interest and particularly to our ACT colleagues.

The 2012 Canberra Short Film Festival is now open for entries. There's $6000 in prize money and the categories include: documentary, international, national, Canberra local, and schools. Films can be any length from 30 seconds to 20 minutes - the shorter the better! 
The event will be held at Dendy Cinemas Canberra from
14th-16th September and application forms can be found at the Festival website (link below). Entries close on the 16th July.
For further details contact Georgia Curry 0402 202 836

Canberra Short Film Festival »

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North Sydney
NSW 2060
Ph: 02 8920 8535

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Assistant HQ Manager: Anna Howard ACS


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