ACS NSW Focus 13th July 2015


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In this Issue:

July Drop In - The Cooke Look
NSW/ACT Awards
A Word From Our President
Membership Fees
SMPTE 2015
Sony - SMPTE

The Cooke Look - An Evening with Les Zellan

Les Zellan of Cooke Optics

Lemac and the ACS are proud to present at the July Drop In, our featured guest,
Mr Les Zellan
from Cooke Optics.
Les will discuss how Cooke’s high-end, academy award winning cinema lenses are made. His presentation will be relevant to how all lenses are made and applies to all lens makers, but will be centerd on Cooke and its rich history of support for the film industry.
With over 100 years of experience making the highest quality lenses, cinema history and Cooke history are very much connected.

An evening not to be missed - Thursday 16th July at ACS HQ (address below), doors open at 6pm with the presentation commencing just before 7pm.

2015 NSW/ACT Awards

As mentioned in our last newsletter, entries for the 2015 NSW/ACT Awards will open on August 3rd and close on August 21st.

It’s time now to seriously consider what you would like to enter and get your work in order. There have been some changes to the Award categories for 2015 so to help you get up to speed there are links below to the 2015 Award Categories and also 2015 Award Entry Terms & Conditions. There’s detailed information in these two documents so please read them carefully. The online Entry Form will be publicized and available from August 3rd.

Award Categories 2015 »

A Word From Our NSW President

The NSW branch of the ACS would like to warmly welcome back our loyal sponsors for 2015-16.
Your very valued support will once again help the Society maintain its profile within the industry and continue to provide the many and varied events subscribed to by members and sponsors alike, especially our annual gala event, the NSW/ACT Awards Dinner.
We encourage you, our members, to support both our NSW and National sponsors whenever possible.

Kind regards,
David Lewis ACS, 
ACS NSW President.

Membership Fees

A note from our treasurer.

All membership renewal fees were due for payment on 1st July and if you haven’t paid yours as yet, please do so as soon as possible as your membership has expired.
Thanks to the many members who have paid to date.  Remember to use the current invoice number as your reference, not the one already in your bank from previous years.
If you have any problems, please contact

SMPTE 2015 - Discounts for ACS Members

SMPTE 2015 will be held in Sydney from July 14th - 17th.

The Society will have a small booth within the SMPTE Hall, which has proven very successful and popular in the past, and the presentations we provide are also well attended.

The ACS will present three sessions on Wednesday 15th

ACS Workshop: Underwater Optics & 3D - Pawel Achtel

ACS Workshop: The very latest Drone applications - Tom Waugh and Chris Fox

ACS Panel Session: Television Drama with
Simon Chapman ACS (Nowhere Boys, Glitch),
Martin McGrath ACS (Rake, Jack Irish, The Fatal Shore),
Lou Irving ACS (Love My Way, Packed to the Rafters, The Doctor Blake Mysteries),
and directors
Adrian Wills (Redfern Now)
Ian Watson (Janet King, Anzac Girls)

SMPTE Sessions will be discounted for ACS members.

For details of general SMPTE information and specific ACS sessions use these links.

SMPTE ACS related info »
SMPTE general info »

Sony - SMPTE 2015

ACS sponsor Sony will be featuring a range of guest speakers on their stand (D22) at the upcoming SMPTE 2015 exhibition. 
The presentations will include:
PMW-F55 : Tales from the field – Wed. 15th 2.00pm & Thurs. 16th 2.00pm
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Tim Noonan, just recently returned from many months shooting overseas with Sony’s F55 in a variety of extreme environments, will speak about his experiences working with the camera and screen some examples of his unique work.
PMW-F5 : Swellchaser… capturing the ocean’s extremes – Tues. 14th 2.00pm & Thurs. 16th 11.00am
Leading surf filmmaker and cinematographer Tim Bonython will speak about his work with the F5 and screen footage of some of the most amazing surfing conditions on the planet!
PXW-FS7 : From Run-&-Gun to High End TVCs – Tues. 14th 11.00am & Wed. 15th 12.00pm
Multi award-winning director and cinematographer Jason Wingrove will discuss shooting with the FS7 on a selection of recent projects, from national TV commercials to corporate and personal productions.
Additional presentations by Sony staff will cover developments in High Dynamic Range, Optical Disc Archive, the latest Digital Cinematography camera updates, and Wireless Microphone systems.
Visit the Sony stand (D22) or email
for a full presentation timetable.


Many of our members and sponsors take an interest in the great number of film festivals which are available to us all.

FilmFest, a website which promotes the rich tapestry of film festivals and special cinematic events, could be your answer to keeping up to date with this interesting and entertaining area of our field. FilmFest is a collaborative online hub which brings together Australia’s leading, multicultural and genre film festivals.

Here’s a link to their site:

FilmFest »

Cinematography Courses at AFTRS Open

Scheduled for July and August are:

Six Scenes Every Cinematographer Must Know - with Russell Bacon ACS.

Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan - with Ellery Ryan ACS.

Shooting HD with your DSLR - with Gareth Tillson.

For further details visit:

Cinematography Courses @ AFTRS Open »

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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: Richard Wilmot email


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