ACS NSW Focus 8th June 2012

In This Issue of Focus

- The Shadowcatchers Launch
- The Zen of Bennett
- ACS-APPLE "Discussion evenings"
- Sydney Film Festival ACS Panel Reminder
- Red Apple - Photographic Exhibition
- Zacuto Shootout
- Choc Tops Meeting
- Membership Subscriptions
- AFTRS Short Courses
- Friday On My Mind

The Shadowcatchers Launch

Ron Johanson ACS, Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Martha Ansara, Bruce Beresford, Calvin Gardiner ACS

The May 31st launch of The Shadowcatchers was a huge success and even if you weren't able to attend you probably read about it in the June edition of the National Short Ends newsletter.

Thanks to the great work of photographers Daniel Christie and his colleague Alex Weltlinger a fantastic photographic record of the evening is now available at the following link:

See the photographic record »

The Zen of Bennett


Monday, June 18th. Commencing at 6.30pm
Location is the AFTRS theatre.
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, New South Wales.

"The Zen of Bennett is an intimate portrait of the man as he turns 85, as I have known him and as he will surely remain; a film that is a meditation on contradictions and a love letter to my father."
- Conceived, Created and Produced by Danny Bennett

Directed by Unjoo Moon with
Cinematography by Dion Beebe ACS ASC
followed by a Q&A. with Unjoo Moon & Dion Beebe.

This very special screening will be moderated by AC Magazine Editor; Dick Marks OAM.
RSVP essential by June 11 to as places are limited.

View the trailer of this absorbing documentary at: »

ACS-APPLE "Discussion evenings"

To celebrate the Sydney Film Festival, Apple and the ACS will be hosting two free discussion sessions on cinematography related topics. These events will take place at the Apple Store on George Street, Sydney and will be hosted by ACS members.

Shooting Animation
Monday 20th June, 6:00 pm,
Apple Store,
367 George St, Sydney.

At this special event, Matt Horrex ACS will take you behind-the-scenes of his award winning short animations, "Zero" and "The Maker". Get an insider's look at how scene stills and storyboards develop to a finished product. Plus learn about the camera equipment, software and lighting approach and get a sneak peek at Matt's latest film project.

HD DSLR: Switching to Movie Mode
Thursday 14th June, 6:00 pm,
Apple Store,
367 George St, Sydney.

Shooting HD video with DSLR cameras has revolutionised filmmaking. Join Emmy nominee and former Cinematographer of the Year, Pieter de Vries ACS for a look at the essentials of how to make full HD movies with amazing cinematic quality using a DSLR camera.

All members are welcome to come along and join in the discussion with these respected cinematographers.
Thanks to Stephen Hider, Sonia Fedele and all the team at Apple.

ACS Panel at The Sydney Film Festival

A reminder of next Tuesday's Sydney Film Festival ACS Panel

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

Copies of The Shadowcatchers: a history of Australian Cinematography can be purchased following this important discussion, and the opportunity also exists to have your book signed by author Martha Ansara and the participating cinematographers. To find out more about this wonderful book use the following link:

The Shadowcatchers website »

Photographic Exhibition at Red Apple

ACS Platinum sponsors Red Apple Camera Rentals is hosting a photographic exhibition opening
Tue 19th June from 6pm.

On view are works by Peter James ACS ASC Director Iain Mackenzie and to coincide with the publication of
'The Shadowcatchers', John Platt
's images from the book.

Drinks and snacks provided. Family and friends all welcome.
Red Apple Camera Rentals,
24 Carlotta st Artarmon
Ph. 9437 4643

Zacuto Shootout 2012 Screening

The recent screening at AFTRS of the Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2012 was a great success and attended by many ACS members.

However, for those that missed it there will be a repeat screening at ACS Headquarters on June 13th and all members are welcome. So if you'd like to see what the "buzz" is about save the date and come along.

The cameras involved are:
Sony F65
ARRI Alexa
RED Epic
Sony FS100
Sony F3 w/slog
Canon C300
Canon 7D with Technicolor settings
Panasonic GH2 (hacked and non-hacked)

The door will be open from 6pm with the screening to commence at 6:30pm.
HQ address details further down this page.

For further details and information see the link below.

Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 »

Choc Tops Meeting: "The Shadowcatchers"

Author Martha Ansara speaks about the amazing inside story that is revealed in this beautiful photographic book published by the ACS. Books available for sale and signing on the night.
Martha has been recording oral histories with cinematographers for over 35 years. This project has now come to fruition in the form of a coffee-table book, The Shadowcatchers.

Throughout his 28 years in the industry, John Platt's passion for stills photography has remained strong and seen him amass a collection of over 20,000 images - predominantly of crews he has worked with. His images in the book are second in number only to The National Film and Sound Archive.

John Platt

Choc Tops Meeting
Monday, 18 June 2012
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Chaired by Sidat de Silva
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills

Membership Subscriptions

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.
If you have not received your invoice it is because you have not updated your contact details. Please update on your webpage &/or notify Treasurer NSW

We look forward to another great ACS year & hope to see you at our regular third Thursday of the month Clubhouse Drop Ins.

Upcoming Short Courses at AFTRS OPEN

All ACS members are eligible for a 10% discount.

Modern Cinematography
What is good cinematography and how is it achieved? This two day course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan (I Love You Too, Van Diemen's Land) is designed to investigate the theory and practice of visual storytelling. 16 - 17 June, 9am - 5pm.

Cinema 4D: An Introduction
Designed for those who have little or no experience in 3D, but would like to learn how to become skilled in this growing area of production.
30 June - 1 July, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Steadicam Techniques Workshop
As a camera operator proficient in Steadicam you will be able to market yourself as a specialist operator and enjoy one of the most rewarding jobs on a film set.
7 - 8 July.

AFTRS OPEN » - To view a full list of courses.

Friday On My Mind

Friday on My Mind at AFTRS Sydney, June 8: Craig Lahiff - Power, Politics & Justice

Be it a briefcase full of cash or a groundbreaking criminal case, Craig Lahiff knows the currency of a good story. The writer/producer/director received an AFI nomination for his crime-thriller Fever in 1988, before delving into the wrong side of the law again with Russell Crowe in Heaven's Burning in 1997. With the acclaimed Black & White (2002), Craig created a powerful dramatisation of a rape & murder trial that divided a nation followed up by a documentary Politics, Power, Justice and the Media: Controversies of the Stuart Case in 2010.

Recently Craig has returned to neo-noir with his latest crime thriller, Swerve a story of money, love and revenge. Craig will share his interest and experience in creating both drama and non-fiction stories about crime, politiics and justice.

Guest: Craig Lahiff

FREE 5pm sharp
AFTRS Theatre 1
Building 130
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park

ACS National Headquarters
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street,
North Sydney
NSW 2060
Ph: 02 8920 8535

HQ Manager: David Lewis ACS
Assistant HQ Manager: Anna Howard ACS


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