ACS NSW Focus 15th April 2013

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In this Issue:

  • April Drop In
  • ACS 2013 National Awards
  • Make A Weekend Of It
  • Sun Studios Drop In
  • Geoff Boyle/ACS RAW Workshops
  • ACS International Award for Cinematography
  • SPAA Screen Industry Roadshow
  • AFTRS Open

April Drop In

John Seale & David Burr - A Fireside Chat

After shooting for nearly six months in the desert of Namibia, NSW members John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS recently completed principle photography on the much anticipated Mad Max Fury Road.

In roles reprised from previous films John was once again at the helm of main unit and David in charge of second unit.

In support, and led by A camera focus puller Ricky Schamburg and 2nd AC/Coordinator Michelle Pizanis, was an international camera department numbering thirty seven drawn from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA - a large camera department by any standards.

This was John's first foray into the digital world and he chose to shoot with ARRI Alexa of which he had ten at his disposal - six Alexa Plus and four of the new Alexa M. Also in his camera arsenal were a selection of "semi disposable crash cameras", Canon 5D11's and Olympus OM-D E-M5's.

David Lewis ACS has been successful in coaxing both John and David to come along to the April Drop In to discuss the trials and tribulations of working on this high octane picture.

Join them at National HQ on Thursday 18th April for a "Fireside Chat".

As usual ACS HQ doors will be open from 6pm - address below.

ACS 2013 National Awards Now Open for Bookings

The 42nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography will be held in Canberra on Saturday May 25th at Old Parliament House. Old Parliament House has proved to be a very popular venue and once again cinematographers and sponsors alike will gather in Canberra for our gala evening.

Bookings are now open so don't waste time, click on the link below, order those tickets and be part of a guaranteed great night.

ACS has been able to negotiate a discounted rate for those members wishing to stay at Rydges Lakeside, to get the discounted rate members need to quote the following code when booking accommodation - X-2405ACS. The discounted rate is also available for non members. They need to call in-house reservations on 02 6247 6244 and quote the same code.

Click here for more information or to book your ticket for the 2013 ACS National Awards in Canberra.

Why Not Make A Weekend Of It

A SHINING LIGHT: Australian Cinematography
We will be celebrating the entire weekend with fantastic events over a 3-day period from Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26.

ACS/SPAA Cocktail Evening - 6.30pm Friday 24th
A cocktail and networking evening, co-sponsored by the ACS and SPAA at the NFSA, followed by a screening at the ARC Cinema, and a Q&A of "Show me the Magic"‚ the documentary about the life and career of Don McAlpine ACS ASC. The documentary was Directed by Cathy Henkel and co produced by Cathy Henkel and Trish Lake.

The 42nd National Awards for Cinematography
Saturday Night brings the gala event, the 2013 National Awards for Cinematography at Old Parliament House, 6pm for drinks in the Kings Hall and at 7pm the awards will commence. Dress code is Formal and we look forward to seeing as many members as possible attend.

Sore heads not withstanding on the Sunday, while the Branch delegates attend the ACS Half Yearly meeting, there are plans afoot for some other special events.

A Reminder - Sun Studios Drop In

National ACS sponsor Sun Studios invites ACS members to attend an exclusive "drop in evening" on:

24th April
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Sun Studios
42 Maddox Street
Alexandria NSW 2015

Sun Studios provides a sales and rental system based on the very successful Canon Cinema EOS range along with the popular Letus Cage Rigs.

At this special "Drop In" members will have the opportunity to experience a hands on demo with the complete Canon Cinema EOS range, the C100, C300, C500 and the new 1DC all caged in Letus Rigs and mounted with the full range of Canon Cinema lenses. Letus will be sending along the latest range of camera support from NAB 2013 along with some undisclosed new toys.

The evening will be as interactive as possible with the studio being be set up like a small film set, each area lit ready for us to try the cameras under realistic shooting conditions, view the results, and ask Canon representatives any workflow questions we may have.
Sounds like a great the date in your diary.

To secure your place at the Drop In please email Sun Studios

Geoff Boyle/ACS RAW Workshops Open For Bookings

In this series of Workshops, Geoff Boyle will take you through RAW workflow from acquisition, to on set media management, to post production. With a healthy mix of theory, practical demonstrations, personal observations and hands on sessions, you will discover the every day issues of using RAW, what it adds and how to handle it.
All RAW camera systems available today will be covered, including ARRI Alexa, Sony P65, F55, Penelope D, RED, Canon C500, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and RED Dragon. Post systems will include: Colourfront Express Dailies, IRIDAS Speed Grade, Da Vinci Resolve and RedCine-X.
Topics will include: Basic Theory, Theory of CFAs, Compression, Camera set up, Use of exposure meters, Cameras and meters, Simple laptop colour grading, Post workflow, Problems that can bite you!
Workshops will be held in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, with special admission prices for members from the Tasmanian and NT Branches. There will be an additional informal evening workshop in Sydney for Directors, Producers, Editors, Production Managers as well as other industry practitioners.
I'm confident this will be a very popular series of events, so be sure to book as soon as possible.
To find out more information and book for the Sydney and Canberra sessions, visit one of the links below.

Click here for details of the Canberra workshop on May 25th »
Click here for details of the Sydney workshop on June 8th & 9th »
Click here for details of the Sydney evening workshop on June 7th »

My thanks to all the sponsors and supporters of this event for their contributions, without whom it would have been very difficult to achieve. It should remind us all that we should reciprocate the loyalty of our sponsors and supporters.
National President, Ron Johanson ACS.

2013 ACS International Award for Cinematography

Here are the nominations for the 2013 ACS International Award for Cinematography, to be announced at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography on Saturday, May 25th in Canberra.

Roger Deakins BSC ASC - Skyfall
Danny Cohen BSC - Les Miserables
Robert Richardson ASC - Hugo
Dariusz Wolski ASC - Prometheus
Wally Pfister ASC - The Dark Knight Rises
Hoyte van Hoytema FSF NSC - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Jeff Cronenweth ASC - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Guillaume Schiffman AFC - The Artist

Voting is now open for all ACS members, and will close on April 30th.

Click here to vote for the 2013 ACS International Award for Cinematography.

SPAA Screen Industry Roadshow

Screen Producers Association of Australia is hosting a national Screen Industry Roadshow and would be delighted if ACS NSW and ACT members could attend.

SPAA's Executive Director, Matthew Deaner and Manager, Strategy and Insights, Matthew Hancock will present a summary of findings from SPAA’s recent industry consultation and provide an overview of key industry priorities for the coming year. 

The SPAA team look forward to connecting with the industry to discuss the current issues facing the sector.

Here are the NSW & ACT dates:

Monday 6th May
Fitzroy Room, Adina Hotel, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills
5.00 - 6.30pm

Friday 24th May
National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT
3.00 - 5.30pm

Space is limited so an RSVP is essential. Email

AFTRS Open Courses

Recently added courses include:
‘Modern Cinematography’ with Ellery Ryan (24 - 25 May),
‘Lighting Director: Live Band’ in our state-of-the-art TV Studio (18 - 19 May)
‘Advanced Lighting Skills’ with Louis Irving (23 - 26 June).
Plus we still have spots in:
‘Shooting HD - Canon & Nikon DSLRs’
(23 - 24 April) and
‘Underwater Cinematography’
with Jon Shaw (9 - 12 May).
Discounts of 10% apply to all ACS members.

For details visit the AFTRS Open website:

AFTRS Open »

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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