ACS NSW FOCUS 12th Nov 2012

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In this Issue:

  • 2012 NSW & ACT Awards Bookings
  • November Drop In
  • Funnel Web Spider Dolly
  • The Astronaut
  • Phil Balsdon
  • 19th WOW Film Festival

2012 Awards Bookings - Last Chance

Bookings for the 2012 NSW & ACT Annual Awards for Cinematography will close soon. If you haven't yet reserved our seat you'd better hurry as bookings close at midnight on Wednesday 14th November.

See the link below to book for what will be a great night.

Secure your seat at the 2012 Awards »

November Drop In

The November Drop In will feature well known international cinematographer Mathew Allard of Al Jazeera International and from Panasonic Australia, Mathew Alexander.

Based in Malaysia, Mathew Allard is the Supervising Cameraman for Al Jazeera a position which sees him constantly travelling. This November though he will be in Australia and luckily for us has agreed to come along to ACS HQ this Thursday where he will give us an insight into his work and style of shooting.

Mathew will also have some new gear for us to look at and discuss. He will have:

The new Kinefinity Kineraw camera. This is an exciting new
2k Super 35mm 12 bit RAW camera that records in camera to SSD drives.

A new 11-16mm PL converted lens from Chinese company G.L Cinemod Optical Service.

And also the extraordinary new 50mm 0.95f Leica M mount lens from SLR Magic.

Mathew Alexander of Panasonic will bring along two new cameras, the AG-HPX600EN P2HD camcorder, an extremely light weight camera with low power consumption and 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and also the DMC-GH3 which is Panasonic's latest Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera for both photo and video applications.

As usual the doors of the HQ (address below) will open at 6pm with proceedings kicking off at around 7pm. See you there.

Funnel Web Spider Dolly

NSW member Rory Anderson has developed a great little dolly which he's named the Funnel Web Spider Dolly. It's sure to be of great interest to many of our members so if you'd like to know more about FWSD then see the links below.

Funnel Web Spider Dolly on Vimeo »
Funnel Web Spider Dolly on Facebook »

The Astronaut

Congratulations to NSW member Meredith Calthorpe. Her film The Astronaut on which she was cinematographer, writer and producer along with producer Adam Lemmey was selected as a finalist in the DigiSPAA feature film competition run by the Screen Producers Association of Australia.

Well done from ACS NSW - if you'd like to see Meredith's work click the link just below.

The Astronaut - first look trailer »

Phil Balsdon

You will remember an item in Focus last month regarding NSW member Phil Balsdon suffering a stroke. Here's an update on his condition from his partner Alison Ray.

"First time in more than a month Phil Balsdon is looking better than he has in a long time. He poked his tongue out at me today - for no reason other than he can - and then cracked a crooked smile. If you haven't been to see Phil and can spare some time during the day, pleased go and visit. He is on ward D5c at Westmead Hospital and visiting hours are 1100-1400 and 1600 to 2000".

While Phil isn't out of the woods yet he continues to improve and the ACS wishes he and his family well.

19th WOW Film Festival

WIFT NSW is pleased to announce that the Call for Entries is now open for their very own WORLD OF WOMEN - WOW FILM FESTIVAL for 2013.

Click for information - 19th WOW Film Festival »

Upcoming Short Courses at AFTRS Open

AFTRS Open has a wide range of short courses in the coming months. Discounts of 10% apply to all ACS members.
Lighting Fundamentals
Learn the basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept.
12 - 16 Nov

Television Studio Camera Techniques
Learn all aspects of the Television Studio Camera. You’ll learn how to use TV Studio Pedestal Cameras and become familiar with Stedicam Rigs and the latest Easy Rig.
26 - 27 Nov
Shooting HD – Canon & Nikon DLSRs
Let an expert show you how to make the most of your DSLR and open up the world of the moving image. This introductory course for new filmmakers, photography enthusiasts & existing filmmakers who would like to get their hands on these cameras, will familiarise participants with shooting HD on Canon & Nikon DSLRs
29 - 30 Nov

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


ACS National Headquarters
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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