ACS NSW Focus 17th March 2014


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In this Issue:

March Drop In
2014 National Awards for Cinematography
ACS Magazine
Sony NAB Announcements
Camera. Story. Light.
ARRI, Callan Green ACS
Paul Murphy on Red Obsession

March Drop In

Our guest at the next Drop In will be
Pawel Achtel B.Eng(Hons) M.Sc.

Pawel specialises in 3D, wildlife and underwater cinematography. With 15 years of experience, many prestigious international awards, scientific research and innovation, Pawel's unique approach to cinematography brings new levels of story telling through breathtaking visuals never experienced before.

As an underwater specialist, and not being satisfied with available underwater shooting systems, Pawel designed and constructed his own revolutionary new housings for shooting both 2D and 3D.

For these he was awarded the prestigious Innovation Prize at NAB 2013 and in an industry dominated by multinationals like Canon and Sony this was a huge achievement for his small Australian company.

Pawel will bring along to ACS HQ not only examples of his fabulous underwater work but the housings that have enabled him to capture such stunning images.

To get a feel for some of Pawel’s work have a look at these images - they are frame grabs from 5K 3D footage. And below is a link to his Vimeo Channel which is also well worth a look.

If you’re into the aesthetic and the technology behind it don’t miss our next
Drop In - March 20th
at ACS HQ (address below). Doors will be open from 6pm.

Vimeo Channel »

2014 National Awards for Cinematography

Judging has recently been completed and the winner’s names have been locked away.

All will be revealed in Brisbane at the 2014 ACS National Awards for Cinematography. Now’s the time for members, sponsors and guests to start thinking about Saturday 24th May.

With the bar set high by last year’s host, the ACT Branch, planning and preparations by 2014 host Queensland are well under way. Make a note in your diary and be part of the ACS highlight event of the year.

You will be notified via the various State Branch newsletters when reservations open.


Sailability Australia is a not for profit national body the goal of which is to advance opportunities within yachting (sailing and boating) for people with disabilities.
Sailability Middle Harbour is proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Northbridge and the Rotary Club of North Sydney, operating from Middle Harbour Yacht Club every second and last Sunday of the month.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club

This month ACS NSW attended the Middle Harbour Yacht Club with the aim of producing a short film to showcase the event.

With a phalanx of cameras and lenses supplied by Fujinon (2 x 19-90mm Cabrio Zooms), Gear Head (two Sony F55s), David Wakeley (Red Epic), Geoffrey Wharton (2 x Go Pros) Velinda Wardell (Canon 7D), Simon Hammond (150-650mm lens) and

David Knight told me this camera would be easy

Eden Creative Media (Canon 1DC and MacBookPro to help wrangle the data), ACS members donned swimming trunks and wet suits to brave the chilly waters at the Spit and capture enough footage to enable Eden Creative to complete the film. I’m not sure who had the most fun - the sailors or the cinematographers.

Richard Wilmott finally gets the hang of the Sony F55

Thank you to David Lewis ACS, Margaret Lewis, David Wakeley ACS, Marianne Wakeley, Ted Rayment ACS, David Knight ACS, Velinda Wardell ACS, Phil Erbacher and Richard Wilmott for making time available for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you also to Adam Eden of Eden Creative Media who will supply post production services.

ACS Magazine

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Sony NAB Announcements

ACS sponsor Sony is preparing for some great NAB announcements including a raft of fantastic enhancements for their PMW-F5 and F55 digital cameras.
Over the next few weeks, they will be providing “glimpses” via social media – currently linked to the .....

Sony Community Site »

Camera. Story. Light

NSW based Cinematographer and ACS member Pieter de Vries ACS is now taking bookings for the next in series of his very popular Camera. Story. Light. video workshop. The North Sydney event is scheduled for 26th & 27th April.

Shooting video demands a very specialized set of skills and Pieter is a master. He uses conventional camcorders and DSLR cameras to teach brilliant shooting techniques, demo the essential accessories and show you how to use the latest video lighting tools.

For all the details go to:

PDV Video Camera Workshop »

ARRI, Callan Green ACS News Release

Callan Green ACS shoots new Sony Bravia 4K TV commercial with ARRI Alura zoom lenses.

For more information or to read the complete ARRI News Release click the link.

Here's the link »

Paul Murphy on Red Obsession

Adobe, in association with the ACS and the Australian Screen Editors, presents an evening with Paul Murphy, editor of 2014 ACCTA Best Docu-feature “Red Obsession”.

Learn key aspects of Paul’s workflow and insights that formed his decision to use Adobe Premiere Pro as his NLE of choice.

Come along to ACS HQ (address below) on Tuesday 1st April 2014 - doors open from 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

Registrations are required - here's the link:

Red Obsession with Paul Murphy »


Peter James Anamorphic Lens Masterclass
A two day advanced Cinematography workshop to unlock the secrets of Anamorphic lenses with AFI winner and ACS Hall of Fame inductee Peter James, ACS ASC. Explore lighting, perspective and lens choice with Peter as he passes on his 40 years of industry experience on such films as Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road and Meet The Parents. 5th - 6th April

Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras
This one day course is an introduction to managing data from file-based cameras in an on-set environment. Working in the AFTRS Studio, you will get an overview of all types of data and metadata from file-based cameras from manufacturers including Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Arri and Red and you will learn how to prepare for and manage this data confidently and responsibly in a high pressure on-set environment. 12th April

Advanced Lighting Skills
An Advanced Lighting Course for Cinematographers wanting to expand their knowledge in lighting for film and television drama. Over three days, students will light a set to various scripted scenarios under the tuition of a professional cinematographer. Students will work with a gaffer, best boy, camera operator, grip and two actors in AFTRS' state of the art studios.
25th - 27th June

To view all upcoming AFTRS Open cinematography courses visit the website »

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