ACS NSW FOCUS 17th September 2012

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In this Issue:

  • September Drop In
  • Award Bookings Now Open
  • The Shadowcatchers Special Event
  • Barbizon Lighting LED Night
  • Coptercam
  • Membership Renewals
  • fxphd Member Discount
  • Casual Lecturer
  • AFTRS Open

September Drop In

At the Drop In this month recently accredited NSW member Simon Chapman ACS will talk about his work on the feature film "The Loved Ones" a spine tingling, roller coaster ride of a horror film which won the Midnight Madness award at the Toronto Film Festival. Excerpts of the film will be screened and these followed by the usual and very informal Q&A. Members and friends welcome at ACS National Headquarters on Thursday 20th Sept - doors open from just before six - HQ address below.

ACS NSW Annual General Meeting

The ACS NSW Annual General Meeting was held in conjunction with the August Drop In.

ACS NSW would like to thank outgoing President Calvin Gardiner ACS for his dedication and contributions during his term as President.

We would also like to welcome incoming President David Lewis ACS and wish him well in his new position.

Thanks also to outgoing committee members Dan Freene ACS, Tony Gardiner, Tom Gleeson, Marcus Hides and Paul Kolsky. Their contributions have been much appreciated.

The committee welcomes incoming members Ben Allen ACS, Helen Barrow, Alexis Castagna, Anna Howard ACS and Richard Wilmot and looks forward to working with our new members over the next twelve months.

2012 NSW/ACT Awards for Cinematography

A reminder that entries for the 2012 ACS NSW/ACT Awards for Cinematography will close promptly at 5pm 21st September and there will be no extensions.

The Awards will be held on the 17th November at the Masonic Centre, Sydney.

Entries Information & Awards Night Tickets

Click here to enter or to purchase tickets to the awards »

The Shadowcatchers Special Event

There will be a special ACS Shadowcatchers Book Event on Wednesday, October 10th commencing 7.00pm at the HAYDEN ORPHEUM PICTURE PALACE, 380 Military Rd Cremorne.

A fantastic panel moderated by David Stratton and including; Bruce Beresford, Martha Ansara, Jack Thompson, Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, Geoff Burton ACS, and Pieter De Vries ACS will discuss many elements relating to this truly historic book. This will be a very special evening and is one not to miss, so plan ahead to ensure you get a good seat. ACS members, on presentation of their ACS membership card, will have free entry. Check out the link below and book your seats. »

Barbizon Lighting Company

ACS NSW would like to welcome new sponsor Barbizon Lighting Company. On October 9th Barbizon will present a range of their LED products at ACS National Headquarters.

The presentation will feature special guest Don Bachmeier from Lowel USA.

Don is Lighting Specialist with Lowel. He has four decades of image making experience that encompasses silver chemical and digital based mediums in broadcasting, independent film and video production and photography.

Refreshments and nibbles will be provided. RSVP to Tracey Parker on 0451 944 677 or by 3rd of October. »


ACS NSW would also like to welcome aerial photography specialists Coptercam which has just come on board as an ACS NSW Gold sponsor. Coptercam manufactures ready to fly aerial camera systems that are specifically built to take aerial photos and video. In conjunction with the ACS, Coptercam will soon hold a show and tell demo at a location near to ACS HQ in North Sydney.

Stay tuned to Focus for details.

Directors of Photography - Personal Works

ACS would like to let those who have yet to visit the National HQ to see the Directors of Photography - Personal Works exhibition that it will be closing on Friday 21st September.

This will be your last chance to see some great work by your fellow cinematographers.

Details, Directors of Photography - Personal Works Exhibition »

2012/13 Membership Renewals

Thank you to all the members who promptly renewed their NSW Branch membership.
For those few who have not done so, please be advised that any member who remains unfinancial at the end of September, will have to be made inactive. We value all of our members so please pay your fees so you can continue to be part of the ACS, receive the AC Magazine and the E Focus.

fxphd - Member Discount

ACS members can now get discounted access to the 87 courses on offer at fxphd.The courses are all online and downloadable, ranging from immediate download to term-based (3 month) courses. They cover all aspects of production and post-production from camera tech to compositing and grading. This offer from the ACS is exclusive to the Society and is not being offered to any other groups worldwide. Take advantage of this offer by enrolling now using the ACS Discount code: ACS2012. Support of fxphd also supports the Society, and in fact our own Tom Gleeson and several other ACS members regularly teach inside fxphd worldwide. Courses start beginning of July and can be joined anytime until the beginning of September. The ACS thanks Mike Seymour and the team at fxphd for their support of the Society and members.

See the link below

Click to go to the fxphd website »

Casual Lecturer Positon

Some of our members may be interested in this item sent to us by NSW member David Bell.

There is a position available for a Casual Lecturer at JMC Academy Sydney, teaching advanced Camera and Lighting skills.
At least five years industry experience is essential.
Preferably the applicant should possess tertiary qualifications.
This unit requires both theoretical and practical knowledge to be taught and
the successful applicant will need to set aside one full day per week for teaching.
For more details please contact David Bell on 02 8241 8816 or you can send a covering letter and CV to David Bell

Short Courses At AFTRS OPEN

Underwater Cinematography: Theory and Practice
Two days in the classroom and two days in the water! Expand your CV and begin your new career in underwater cinematography with this one-of-a-kind four day course led by industry veteran Jon Shaw.
18th - 21st Oct 2012

Underwater Course: Theory and Practice »

AFTRS Open offers a wide range of short courses commencing in the coming months. Discounts of 10% apply to all ACS members.

For full course details visit the link below or for questions
contact 1300 065 281 / AFTRS OPEN email


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

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


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