ACS NSW Focus 16th Sept 2013


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In this Issue:

A Conversation With Roger Deakins
September Drop In
ACS On Vimeo
Neg Lab To Reopen
48 Hour Film Project
Sony Launches 4K Camcorder
Sony Free Lens Adaptor
Phil Balsdon Moves Home
Andy Taylor & His Mate

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A Conversation With Roger Deakins BSC ASC

The ACS presents


In conjunction with AFTRS we are proud to announce a special screening of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" followed by a Q&A with acclaimed Cinematographer, Roger Deakins BSC ASC, moderated by Kim Batterham ACS.

When: Sunday, 29th September 2013
Where: AFTRS Theatre
Building 130
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, Sydney
Time: 10.30am

Seats are free but limited and available to ACS members and Sponsors. You need to RSVP to gain entry so write now to:


Next Drop In

Our September Drop In is shaping up to be a good one and will feature three presentations.

ACS sponsors, ARRI Australia and Canon will be showcasing some of their latest lenses. ARRI will have a set of Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses - brand new and the first to arrive in Australia, consisting of a 35mm, 50mm and 75mm MA all at T1.9. There will be a short technical talk followed by a showreel screening and an ARRI Alexa XT Plus will be available for demonstrating and testing of the lenses.

Canon will present their top end CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP which is proving to be very popular with local cinematographers and this lens will also be available for mounting on the Alexa.

Local cinematographer and ACS member, Peter Barta, will be presenting the Freefly M10 MOVi camera stabilaztion rig. This is the rig that was eagerly anticipated and first seen a NAB this year.

Mounted to the rig will be a RED Epic courtesy of Paul Moss, who will operate the camera while Peter Barta will operate the MOVi rig itself - we may require a volunteer to act as focus puller.

The Freefly MOVi has been heralded as a "game changer" so come along and see if you think that's the case. If you'd like to get a "heads up" before the Drop In click on the Vimeo link below.

Put a note in your diary for Thursday 19th Sept - ACS HQ - address below. As usual HQ doors will open sometime before 6pm with proceedings kicking off at around 7pm.

MOVi M10 on Vimeo »

What A Great Response

Entries for the NSW/ACT 2013 Awards are now closed and what a fantastic response we've had. Judging will commence shortly and, with near record entries, competition this year will be tough. Our members have entered some really great work.

The Awards will be held on November 9th in Sydney and tickets will go on sale in early October - details to follow. Put the date aside so you don't miss out on what is sure to be an exciting night.

ACS NSW Executive & Committee

ACS NSW would like to welcome incoming Executive and Committee Members for 2013-14.

President David Lewis ACS, Vice Presidents David Burr ACS, David Wakeley ACS, Secretary Steve Munro, Treasurer/Member Manager Marianne Wakeley, Assistant Treasurer David Wakeley ACS, Committee Members Ben Allen ACS, Ashley Barron, Helen Barrow, Francesco Biffone, Alexis Castagna, Carolyn Constantine, Rodrigo Vidal Dawson, Phil Donnison, Anna Howard ACS, David Knight ACS, Ted Rayment ACS, Sidat de Silva, Andrew Taylor ACS, Lizz Vernon, Richard Wilmot.

ACS Accreditation

ACS NSW would like to congratulate members who recently attained their Accreditation
- a great achievement, well done.
Daniel Soekov ACS SA
Simon Ozolins ACS VIC
Gerard Lambkin ACS QLD
Matthew Allard ACS NSW
Callan Green ACS NSW
Marcus Hides ACS NSW
Marcus Hides ACS NSW
Peter Holland ACS NSW

ACS On Vimeo

For those who may not be aware, the ACS now has a presence on Vimeo and our Technical Committee, headed by Tom Gleeson, has recently uploaded some equipment reviews and lens comparison tests.

Recently reviewed by Tom and Mike Seymour of fxphd, was a remote follow focus and as an introduction Tom had this to say:

"Not long ago large format cameras were limited to 35mm film productions and everything else used smaller formats like 16mm or 2/3" video cameras where the challenge was to get any focus separation. Today large format sensors are everywhere shooting all types of productions and maintaining focus is a challenge as the camera sensors grow ever larger. Focus problems only grow with the the use of still photographic lenses that can offer great optical performance at low cost but are challenging to focus "cinematically".

To see the review, and others, go to:

ACS Vimeo Page »

The Technical Committee is open to suggestions from members as to what equipment they would like to see tested or reviewed and if anyone would like to help out, testing and playing with new toys, contact: Tom Gleeson

Neg Lab To Reopen

Breaking news from Lawrence Horsburgh of Kodak who advises that Werner Winkelmann will reopen NegLab in Sydney and is currently installing film processing equipment. We don't have an opening date just yet, but Werner has said Neglab will be up and running by late September or early October 2013. Processing services will include ECN 35mm & 16mm. SPRING IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR!

So if you've lamented the demise of film labs in Australia there's only one way to keep NegLab (and Kodak) going - SHOOT FILM.

48 Hour Film Project

The 6th annual 48 Hour Film Project will kick off on Friday, October 11th at 7pm.

Write, shoot, edit and score a film in 48 hours and be in with a chance to win first prize of $8000. To find out more or to register go to:

48 Hour Film Project »

Sony Launches 4K Camcorder

Press Release
Sydney 5th September 2013: Sony today announced the PXW-Z100, a professional 4K handheld XDCAM camcorder featuring a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor. The sensor has a total of 16 million pixels, allowing the camcorder to capture stunning 4K content (4096x2160) at 50p or 60p. This camcorder marks Sony's latest step in expanding the 4K world to everyone, from high-end cinema to corporate and event productions.

For further details contact Sony Australia on 1300 720 071 or email Nick Buchner

Free Lens Adaptor

Here's an offer from ACS sponsor Sony.
"Until the end of September, purchasers of the Sony NEX-FS700 Super35mm camcorder can claim a free 3rd-party lens adaptor from their dealer.
This allows a huge range of common still camera lenses to be easily fitted, as well as native E-mount lenses, giving users an array of focal length and speed options. Together with the camera's high speed shooting capabilities, this makes the NEX-FS700 a very powerful and versatile package for large format sensor shooting, at an unmatched price.
This offer applies to both the NEX-FS700 (body only) and NEX-FS700K (with 18-200mm E-mount zoom lens) versions".
For details, contact any Sony authorised Content Creation Dealer

Content Creation Dealers »
And here's a link to NEX-FS700 product details »

Phil Balsdon Moves Home

Those of you who have followed the progress of Phil Balsdon since his stroke will be pleased to hear that he is moving from the nursing home at Bayview and back to his home while he waits for the next phase of his rehabilitation -  the operation to have his skull bone replaced.  Westmead Hospital has said the operation will happen between 30 and 90 days from 1st September, date t.b.a.  Alison and Taryn (Phil's daughter) will be looking after him in the meantime, with help from volunteers. Phil will need visitors at home in Killarney Heights during the day, to keep him talking, active and in touch with life for a while.  Can you be one of those, from time to time, or know people who can be? If so please contact Alison via email or Roslyn Simms also via email


Below is what's happening at AFTRS over the next couple of months:

Camera Assistants Workshop with Erika Addis (23 - 27 Sept)
Camera & Sound Basics (28 - 29 Sept)
Shooting HD: Cannon & Nikon DSLRs (10 - 11 Oct)
Six Scenes Every Cinematographer Must Know (14 - 18 Oct)
Lighting Fundamentals (18 - 22 Nov)

For details follow this link:

AFTRS Open »

Andy Taylor & One Of His Mates

Mover and shaker, man about town and globetrotting cameraman Andy Taylor ACS seen here with one of his mates, Will Ferrell.

Looks like the friendship is deteriorating somewhat!

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