NSW Focus 3rd February 2012

In This Issue of Focus

February Drop In Details
Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
Hong Kong Film Forum
Phil Balsdon Steadicam Workshops
ACS Archive

February Drop In

Following the success of our January evening the February Drop In promises not to disappoint.
"In demand" cinematographer Danny Ruhlmann ACS will be there to discuss his work in the area of television commercials, specifically car commercials, here and in the US. He will screen a selection of his work including Hyundai "Falling Water", for which he won a Golden Tripod at last years National Awards .

Danny will also talk about the move from commercials to his first US feature film, "The Raven" with John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe and true to previous Drop In form there will be an informal Q&A .

Also, Phil Balsdon who you will read about below is about to take delivery of a brand spanking new EF mount Canon C300 and is very happy to bring it along for a "show & tell". There's been a lot of press about this camera since its announcement in early November and by the 16th Phil will have had a chance to put it through its paces. It'll be interesting to hear his thoughts on his new investment.

It's been really great over the last few months to see many of our newer and often younger members attend these evenings and we would encourage more of you to come along and be involved.

The Drop Ins are very laid back and a great opportunity for us all to mix with and inform or learn from our colleagues.

David Lewis ACS who organizes these Thursday Nights has been doing great work behind the scenes and has arranged this year for more high profile cinematographers to attend the HQ to screen their work and make themselves available for Q&As - details will be appearing in the NSW Focus over the next few months.

Drop In - Feb 16th from 6pm at ACS HQ.

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Submissions for the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films close on Monday 27th February. Shortlisted films will be screened during the Sydney Film Festival and winners receive a cash prize, with Live Action and Yoram Gross Animation Award winners being eligible for Academy Awards consideration. Past Award holders include Jane Campion, Phillip Noyce and Gillian Armstrong.

For further details:

Sydney Film Festival - Deadline - Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films »

To view full rules and regulations, visit:

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films »

Hong Kong Film Forum

The ACS in collaboration with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) are co hosting a special Industry event at the ACS HQ on Sunday, February 12th.
The event is called The Hong Kong Film Forum, held as part of the China Film Festival, and will consist of a small reception followed by an open forum highlighting the film "Merry Go Round";  Directed by Clement Cheng, the DOP was Jason Kwan. Excerpts of the film will be screened and a moderated discussion will take place. There will be an official reception at 1.00pm, followed by the Forum, which will conclude at around 4.00pm.
Both the Director and Cinematographer will be in attendance along with the Producer and one of the lead actors.
This free event is open to only 20 ACS members, interested in the Chinese "action film" genre. To reserve your seat contact; ACS National President

The film "Merry Go Round" will be screening in its entirety that night at 6.30pm at the Dendy Opera Quays and tickets will be available for any of our members who attend the Forum. Follow the links below for more information on the Director, Cinematographer and Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival. 

Click here to view Jason Kwan's IMDB page »
Click here to view Clement Sze-Kit Cheng's IMDB page »
Click here to go to the Golden Koala Film Festival's Official Website »

Our thanks to the Movie Network
for their support of this ACS/ADG event.

Steadicam Operator's Workshops

Cinematographer and Steadicam Specialist, Phil Balsdon will be conducting Steadicam Workshops during the first half of 2012.

The workshops are conducted over two days using Steadicam Zephyr, Flyer Scout or Pilot versions. All workshops are taught by Phil himself. The workshops groups are small - normally restricted to four students - so every student gets plenty of time flying the rigs and lots of individual instruction.

For further details and timetable click the links below.

Steadicam Operator's Workshops »
A Little More Info »

ACS Archive

Unless you've been to the National HQ recently you may not realize what a great collection of historical equipment and printed material the ACS Archive contains. 35mm and 16mm cameras of various vintages, makes and models. Lenses like the original Cooke Speed Panchros, Kilfits and Angenieux zooms - wonderful stuff.
ACS Archivist, Ted Rayment ACS is always on the lookout for interesting and relevant equipment to add to the collection and was recently offered, by NSW member Alan Samuels, a selection of hard to come by manuals and a set of baby legs. Alan is retired these days, lives at Bowraville in the Nambucca Valley and doesn't get to Sydney too often so if any member finds themselves in the area it would be much appreciated if they were able to call in to Alan's place to collect the material and transport it to the HQ.

For details please email Ted

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

HQ Manager David Lewis


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