ACS NSW Focus 15th July 2013


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In this Issue:

  • July Drop In
  • NSW/ACT Awards Entries
  • ACS Accreditation
  • Membership Payments
  • Peter Moss - A Postcard
  • On Location Photo
  • The Great Gatsby VFX
  • Eirini Alligiannis
  • Test Your Memory
  • AFTRS Open

ACS NSW Annual General Meeting

The ACS NSW Annual General Meeting is just around the corner. It will be held on the same night as next month's Drop In - August 20th. Members are able to nominate themselves, or others, to the Committee or Executive. Those already active on the Committee and who would like to continue are reminded that they too will need to nominate themselves.
You will be emailed a nomination form in the next few days. Nominations strictly close Friday 9th August.

The meeting will take place at 6pm at the HQ immediately before the Drop In commences.

July Drop In

Our July Drop In will feature NSW member Sidat de Silva who will discuss his recent experience of shooting anamorphic using a 4:3 digital sensor. To illustrate his talk he will present footage captured for "Short Changed" directed by Chris Beasley and produced by Lake Palace Films. Sid photographed this film using an ALEXA Plus 4:3 and Cooke Xtal Express lenses which were supplied by Panavision.

Sid will discuss the use of "high ISO" and its usefulness in working with anamorphic lenses. The entire film was shot at EI 1600, including the day exteriors. He will also refer to the challenges of working with older converted anamorphic lenses.

Make a date for July 18th - doors will be open as usual from 6pm at the HQ - address below.

A frame from Short Changed

NSW/ACT Awards Entries

A reminder that entries for the 2013 NSW/ACT Awards will open on the 1st August and close at 5pm 30th August - time to start getting your material together. Have your work judged by your peers and perhaps take home one of the many Gold Plaques on offer.

A link to the online entry form will be published on the NSW webpage before August 1st.

In the mean time entry format requirements and conditions of entry can be found at the link below.

Members who are familiar with Facebook may also like to check in periodically at the ACS Facebook page or the ACS website (links below) where relevant information is posted.

NSW/ACT Awards 2013 categories, terms & conditions »
ACS Facebook page »
ACS Website »

ACS Accreditation

Each year ACS members are given the opportunity to apply for Accreditation which, if awarded, permits the member to use the letters ACS after their name. The closing date for submissions this year is August 30th. If you'd like to know more about the Accreditation process contact your NSW or ACT president. The link below will take you to the ACS Accreditation page on the website where you will find relevant information.

Also, Accreditation Application forms are available on request from National Secretary, David Wakeley ACS or National President Ron Johanson ACS.

Accredtiation Information »

Membership Payments

Thank you to the majority of NSW Branch members who have paid their fees or contacted the treasurer about your fees. It is your membership fees that help to keep the Branch running as well as it does, so if you haven't "paid up", please do so. Memberships expired on 30th June and very soon, we will have to make those members who are unfinancial "Inactive", you will no longer receive our emails, text message updates or the magazine. Please consider.

Only Eight Days Until SMPTE 2013

The Society will this year once again have a presence at SMPTE. We are hosting six informative sessions including a screening of Show Me the Magic.

Be sure to drop by the ACS booth, perhaps purchase some ACS merchandise, have a chat and pick up an ACS voucher for a complimentary coffee at the FUJINON/FUJIFILM booth. Thanks to our friends at FUJINON/FUJIFILM for their support and generosity.

SMPTE 2013 will run at Sydney's Darling Harbour Convention Centre from July 23rd to July 26th and entry for members of the industry is free.
Links below include the complete list of Conference Sessions, and ACS Sessions, plus links to Register Online and Make a Booking for any of the sessions - save queuing at the door.

SMPTE homepage - register and make a booking from here »
ACS Sessions »
All Conference Sessions »

A Postcard From Peter Moss ACS ASC

Hi ACS members. I thought I'd send a quick postcard from North America.  I'm currently in Canada shooting a period film called "Tell the World".  Alexa Plus 4:3 Cameras from Clairmont Camera in L.A. Gemini recorders recording ArriRaw and Log C being collected on SXS cards on the cameras. Old C series anamorphic lenses from Hawk. The lenses are a bit flairey and are impossible to use wide open. They're not particularly fast so I'm having to light everything up to about T4, including interior night scenes. We also have an Angenieux Optimo 24-290mm that has been converted to anamorphic by Denny Clairmont making it  48-580mm. Enough tech stuff.

We're on location at a border town south of Ottawa called Cornwall. There's a bridge to the U.S. on the edge of town leading to another fairly miserable town on the U.S. side called Messina N.Y.  Hot as hell here and more humid than Bangkok. The local crew are good but, surprisingly, more strictly unionized than L.A.. We've been shooting in Heritage buildings from the mid 19th century,. Low ceilings and strict rules about rigging lights etc. No room to plan much in the way of camera moves.  Next week we go back to Ottawa and to the studio where we have quite a few sets to shoot and a bit more space to work in.

Hope to say hi in the clubhouse August/September. Peter.

Peter Moss (in white hat) on location in Canada

On Location Photo

You may have seen this item in the recent National Short Ends newsletter but here it is again.
The Society wants your "on location" shot to use on the ACS web site, and is offering an incentive for submissions. So please send your hi - res photo to; Ron Johanson ACS and it will go into the running for some great prizes.

There will be 5 lucky winners, each receiving one of the following prizes: a copy of The Shadowcatchers (x 2), an ACS Gift pack, a Fuji watch and a Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR camera.

The only proviso is the photograph will need to be of an ACS member hard at work. That shouldn't be too hard!!

The closing date is July announced in the National E News.

The Great Gatsby VFX Breakdown

The Great Gatsby VFX Supervisor Chris Godfrey has released a four minute clip of the "before" and "after" versions of many of the VFX shots in the film. It's certainly worth having a look at. There's a link below which will take you to where you can find out more and view the clip.

Here's the link »

Eirini Alligiannis

Eirini Alligiannis

NSW member Eirini Alligiannis has recently been shooting in New York where three of her still images have been selected for a multimedia exhibition in the city. She's planning to move to the Big Apple in August and we wish her well. Here's a link to some of her work.

some of Eirini's work »

One For Older Members - Test Your Memory

Recognize any of these faces?

ACS Historian Ron Windon ACS knows four of them but not the good looking blonde boy standing 2nd from left. The others from left to right are Brian West BSC - DP, Peter (Deputy) Doig - Grip, John McLean ACS - Camera Operator and Keith Lambert - Focus Puller. The photo was supplied by John McLean who believes it was taken in the very early seventies on either "Sunstruck" or "Squeeze a Flower Squeeze a Grape". If you can put a name to the face please send an email to David Burr
The camera is a Mitchell BNC (a non reflex camera) and it's sitting on a Worrall head. It is one of only two in Australia in the '60s, '70s & '80s, and was owned by Artransa Park Studios, followed by Ross Wood Productions.  One of the two, having been modified to incorporate reflex viewing, is now on display at the ACS HQ, courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum.

And while we're down here at the bottom of the page in the nostalgia section here's a photo taken at the Ross Wood studio and featuring one of the two Mitchell BNCs mentioned earlier. In the photo at extreme right is gaffer, Bruce Gailey who some of you may know passed away just a few days ago aged nearly ninety. L to R in the pic is Makeup Artiste: Peggy Carter, DoP: Ted Taylor ACS, Agency Producer: Bruce Hosie, Focus Puller: David Wakeley ACS, Actress: Ms Leslie, Director: Kay Roberts (Di Morrisey's Mum) unknown actor, Gaffer: Bruce Gailey.


Updates to AFTRS Open courses include:
Data Wrangling On Set: File Based Cameras
Modern Cinematography: with Ellery Ryan
Camera Assistants Workshop

For details follow this link

AFTRS Open Courses »

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