ACS NSW Focus 18th Feb 2013

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In this Issue:

  • Dean Semler's Big Night Out
  • February Drop In
  • David Wakeley Nominates For AFI/ACCTA
  • Emerging Cinematographer Award
  • Dedo On Light
  • Phil Balsdon Update
  • NAB 2013 Canon Guest Pass
  • ACS Facebook Page
  • Uncollected Awards

Dean Semler's Big Night Out

Dean Semler ASC ACS, Angelina Jolie

If you've never heard the sound of 1500 people standing and applauding at one time, then you should have been at the ASC Awards last Sunday in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to attend and witness all those people applauding our very own Dean Semler ACS ASC when he was presented with his ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. It was such a proud moment and I detected a tear in Dean's eye, although it was difficult to really tell, because I certainly had a tear in mine.

To make it even sweeter, Oscar®-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS who earned an Oscar and an ASC Award for Kevin Costner’s DANCES WITH WOLVES (1991). In 2007, his work on Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO earned him a second ASC Award nomination. Semler’s nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as CITY SLICKERS, LAST ACTION HERO, WATERWORLD, THE BONE COLLECTOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS, THE ALAMO, SECRETARIAT, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY and the upcoming MALEFICENT.

Celebrating with Dean were his wife Annie, daughter Ingrid and her husband along with many other Aussies including; Mandy Walker ACS ASC, Greig Fraser ACS, Peter Levy ACS ASC, Steve Mason ACS, Mark Gollnicht, Brad Shield ACS, Richard Merriman, David Knight ACS, Paul Jackson, Martin Cayzer, Ron Johanson ACS and many others.

At the end of a wonderful evening Dean caught the red eye back to New Orleans for an 8.00am call, and spent the day working off a tracking vehicle in the freezing rain! You gotta love it!!!

Brad Shield ACS, Dean Semler ASC ACS, Andrew Rowlands, Mark Goellnicht

Congratulations Dean, all of us at the ACS are so incredibly proud of you.
Ron Johanson ACS, National President.

February Drop In

At our February Drop In ARRI Australia will be providing a hands-on session with all available ARRI/Fujinon 35mm PL mount zoom lenses: The two fast studio lenses Alura 18-80mm and 45-250mm (T2.6) as well as the two new lightweight zooms with LDS (Lens Data System): 15.5-45mm and 30-80mm (T2.8). An ARRI Alexa M camera with 4:3 sensor will be used to mount the lenses with a live feed to the large ACS screen for all to see.

We will also have available from Red Apple their Zeiss Master Macro and hopefully from Fujinon the brand new Fujinon Cabrio 85-300mm. This is obviously a great selection of lenses and a good opportunity for you all to have a play with them.

If you would like to see any of these lenses mounted to your own camera (Red, Canon, Sony or DSLR with PL mount) feel free to bring it along.

Thank you to Stefan Sedlmeier of ARRI Australia for arranging what is sure to be an interesting and informative evening.

All are welcome to Drop In on Thursday 21st Feb at the National HQ - address below - and as usual the doors will be open from 6pm.

David Wakeley ACS Nominates for AFI/AACTA Board

ACS National Secretary, David Wakeley ACS, has nominated for the single vacant place on the AFI/AACTA Board.
ACS AFI Members who feel it worthwhile for the ACS to have a voice on the AFI Board can vote for David, by downloading the ballot paper via the link below, by 27th February.

AFI/ACCTA 2013 Election Ballot Paper »

Emerging Cinematographer Award

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the Australian Cinematographers Society will once again afford an emerging cinematographer the opportunity to win a generous cash incentive.
The NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award provides a cash prize of $5000 to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution or currently working in the film industry and is a current member of the ACS. 

The Award is named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co-founder and industry icon, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009) and the winner, to be announced at the ACS National Awards in Canberra on Saturday 25 April 2011, can use the prize for any educational, training, or professional work which will further his or her cinematographic knowledge. 

"The partnership between the NFSA and the ACS is one of vital importance to the continued growth of our industry, said ACS National President, Ron Johanson ACS. "It is the policy of the Society to foster and encourage emerging and aspiring cinematographers to pursue their craft and their dreams at every opportunity. This is one of those opportunities."

For an application form please contact Ron Johanson ACS National President

Dedo On Light

Lemac Film and Digital invites ACS members to DEDO ON LIGHT with Dedo Weigert

An exclusive opportunity for ACS members only to spend an informative
evening with Dedo Weigert - cinematographer, inventor and award winning creator of the Dedolight.

Dedo has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award (1990) a Cinec award (2002) and both an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award and Emmy Award (2003).

Don’t miss this chance to discuss the tools, technology and techniques to paint with light.
* New DLED 4.0 LED light
* New LEDZILLA accessories
* Felloni LED range
* Portable Studio range
* And more...
Wednesday February 27th
6:30pm - 9:00pm

ACS National Headquarters
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Scott Backhouse at Lemac

Canon NAB 2013 Guest Pass

For ACS members intending to go to NAB 2013 , Canon have a fantastic offer for us - the Canon free NAB Guest Pass

This Pass gives you access to Exhibits, NAB Show Opening, General Sessions, Info Sessions, PITS – Enterprise Computing Pit, Post Pit, Pro Audio Pit, Radio Pit and represents a saving to ACS members of $US150. Register before March 22nd and also save the $US25 Registration fee.

Thank you very much Canon.
For general NAB information and to download the .pdf Canon Guest Pass see the links below.

Canon Guest Pass NAB 2013 »
NAB Website »

Phil Balsdon Update

A Determined Phil Balsdon

Those of you who have been following Phil Balsdon's progress over the past few months will already be aware that his medical team have now decided that there is nothing more they can do for him and it's time for Phil to go home and live his life as best he can. Contrary the prognosis from his doctors Phil is convinced he will be able to walk again but currently is confined to a wheelchair and will be for the foreseeable future. As you can imagine this will mean big changes around Phil and Alison's home, the first of which will be a specialized bed and the need for ramps to help him navigate his immediate surroundings and some form of battery powered transport to enable him to get away from the house and out and about.

Obviously this will come at a great financial cost and to help Phil and Alison a donations fund has been set up.

If you feel you'd like to help you can donate at:

Account Name: Phil Balsdon Funds
Bank: St George
BSB: 112-879
Account: 412 028 704

You can also contact the following if you'd like to assist:
Roslyn Simms - email Roslyn
Dinah Withey - email Dinah
Mitch Bailey - email Mitch
David O'Toole - email David
Alison Ray - email Alison

ACS Facebook Page

For those who haven't noticed the ACS now has a Facebook page so if you'd like to keep up to speed with what's happening at the ACS on a regular basis go to:

ACS Facebook »

Uncollected Awards Plaques

As previously mentioned uncollected plaques from the 2012 Awards along with hard drives and USB sticks containing submitted entries are available at the National HQ.

Best to check with David Lewis or Anna Howard to make sure the HQ will be open. Email addresses below.

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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