ACS NSW Focus June 16th 2014


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In this Issue:

2014 National Awards
June Drop In
Canon Cinema EOS Workshop
ACS Cine Kids
2014 NSW Awards
ACS Accreditation
Membership Renewals
Bus Stop Films
Tusitala Club
Vale - Tom Jefferson
A "Postcard" - John Platt

2014 National Awards

The 2014 ACS National Awards for Cinematography were recently held in Brisbane. Congratulations to the Queensland branch for putting on such a well produced and polished event - they’ve certainly raised the bar.

Congratulations to all Award recipients and especially those from the NSW Branch:

Golden Tripod: Matthew Allard ACS for "Taking The Reigns"
Golden Tripod: Timothy Barnsley for "She Rex ~ 'P.O.W.E.R'"
Golden Tripod: Warwick Brown for "Rum Diaries"
Golden Tripod: Martin McGrath ACS for "The Broken Shore"
Golden Tripod: Lachlan Milne ACS for "Woody"
Golden Tripod: Danny Ruhlmann ACS for "Tasmania Tourism - Go Behind The Scenery"
Golden Tripod: Geoffrey Wharton ACS for "Sunland Group"
Award of Distinction: Simon Duggan ACS for "The Great Gatsby"
Award of Distinction: Benjamin Foley for "Idlib Sniper Threat”
Award of Distinction: Lachlan Milne ACS for "MTV Exit"
Award of Distinction: Velinda Wardell ACS for "Shift"

Use the following links for a comprehensive list of Award Winners or to view their work at Showreelfinder ACS 2014.
A big thank you to Simon Higgins of Showreelfinder for making these clips available to us all.

Congratulations also to a long time ACS NSW stalwarts and tireless workers for the cause, Ron Windon ACS and NSW Treasurer Marianne Wakeley who were both presented with the inaugural Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award, indeed a most fitting award for them both.

Ron Windon, Marianne Wakeley and Ron Johanson

It was great to see three NSW members inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame this year. Congratulations to Roland Thomas (Bede) Whiteman, Reginald Perier ACS (both deceased) and long serving member Richard Baile-Mace ACS. Bede Whiteman’s daughter Tracey made the trip to Brisbane to accept the Hall of Fame certificate on behalf of her father in what was obviously a very emotional moment for her.

June Drop In

Our June Drop In on Thursday 19th is shaping up to be a good one.

Stefan Sedlmeier of ARRI Australia will be present to donate, on behalf of ARRI, ARRIFLEX 435 SN7485 which was used by Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC to shoot the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The camera is to be donated in recognition of the great and long-time collaboration between the ACS and ARRI and the outstanding achievement of Andrew on the Lord of the Rings. Thank you to Stefan Sedlmeier, David Wakeley ACS, David Lewis ACS and Stephan Schenk of ARRI for making this donation possible. Andrew will reciprocate and make a presentation to Stefan on behalf of the ACS as a thank you to ARRI.

Following the presentation of the 435, excerpts from Lord of the Rings will be screened and Oscar winner Andrew Lesnie will be available for a Q&A - make the most of this great opportunity. If you’ve been to any of our previous Q&A’s you’ll know how informal and relaxed they are. Mark the date in your diary and come along to hear Andrew talk of his LOTR experience.
Here’s a link below to the complete ARRI Australia press release.

Andrew Lesnie with ARRI 435 #7485

Miller Camera Support Limited Edition LP’54 Tripod.

The recent initiative by National ACS Sponsor Miller to raffle one of 40 of the limited edition versions of their classic LP tripod in support of the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society was a great success. At the Drop In, Mark Clementson of Miller will present the proceeds of the raffle to Tom Jeffrey and Murray Forrest of MPIBS - a great initiative and a great end result. Congratulations to NSW member Peter Heap, winner of this classic Australian Miller tripod.

June Drop In, Thursday 19th at ACS HQ (address below)
As usual doors will be open from 6pm with proceedings kicking off after 6:30pm.

And the ARRI AMIRA Goes To ……….

Nutshell Camera Rentals has become the first company in New Zealand to purchase the new ARRI AMIRA camera.
DOP Paul Richards explains the company’s decision in this

ARRI Press Release »

Canon Cinema EOS C500 Workshop

Canon Cinema EOS C500 Workshop
Wednesday 25th June 6-9pm at ACS HQ

You’ll all be aware of the popularity these days of the Canon Cinema EOS range of cameras and if you’d like to learn more about about the C500 in particular come along to ACS HQ next week.
Join Canon and cinematographer Brett Danton as he provides an insight into his experience from shooting to post production with the C500. This camera is gaining some traction with its low light performance and general image quality. Brett will demonstrate how you can capture, edit and grade 4K RAW from the C500 on a MacBook Pro.
Using Codex software and Canon Cinema RAW software, footage shot on the night with the C500 will be transferred, edited and played back in 4K, on a DP-V3010 4k display.
At the conclusion of the evening there will be a step by step workflow guide for you to take home - should be a great night.
As space is limited please RSVP by June 23rd to Paul Stewart of Canon

ACS CineKids

At the recent National Executive meeting, it was unanimously decided that the Society should create a new national membership category for our "junior" filmmakers. So, ACS CineKids has been created. This new membership category will be open to all children up to the age of 15 years. They will receive a membership certificate, card, note pad and pen, having access to our E news and various screenings and workshops, as well as having the opportunity to be mentored and guided by our "senior" ACS members. The annual membership fee will be $20.00, and there will be no joining fee.
Heidi Tobin is working on promotional material to place in our ACS publications and other outlets, and it will be available in due course.

2014 NSW Awards

Entries for the 2014 NSW Awards will open on the 1st of August - not that far away.
It’s time then to consider what you’re going to enter and get your files together as sometimes this can take a little longer than first anticipated. Best to be prepared earlier rather than later as there will be a definite cut off date. A terms and conditions document will be published closer to August.

ACS Accreditation

Applications are now open, so if you have been a Full member for 3 years you are eligible to apply for Accreditation. Should you require any information please contact National President, Ron Johanson at or your Branch President.

Membership Renewals

The renewal invoices have all been sent and payment due by 1st July.
Thank you to the large number of members who have paid their fees, the new membership cards will be sent shortly, together with a little bonus!
If you have not received an invoice, please contact treasurer Marianne Wakeley at

Bus Stop Films

On 14th June the ACS hosted a lighting class at the HQ, by Bus Stop Films Producer, Genevieve Clay-Smith and partner, ACS member, Henry Smith, assisted by Marianne & David Wakeley ACS. Bus Stop Films holds film making classes every Saturday for a disabled group. They have made several short films where the group carry out various film making duties, mentored by all levels of film crew personnel, from Director, DoP, Gaffer, Grip, Make up & more. Some of the disabled group also star in the films. The ACS is very happy to support these inspirational people, who give their time freely to this cause, particularly Genevieve and Henry.

If you’d like to download and be moved by more images of this uplifting lighting class
here they are - available until mid July.

Bus Stop Films Lighting Class

Tusitala Club

An invitation is extended to all members of the film industry to catch up with friends and associates from past and present at the Tusitala Club.
The club gets its name from author Robert Louis Stevenson who was given the name of “Tusitala” by the people of Samoa which is where he lived in retirment. It literally means “teller of tales” so is a most appropriate name for a film industry club. Bring your tales or re-live fond memories. Enjoy some lively conversation over lunch and a drink either on a regular basis or whenever you are able.
The club members, from various areas of the film industry, meet on the second Thursday of each month at The City of Sydney RSL Club. Come as a visitor and take it from there.

For further details contact: Bob Hawkins on 0409 124 085 or via email

Vale - Tom Jefferson

The ACS is saddened by the loss of former AFTRS student, father, husband, environmentalist, photographer, cinematographer and friend to so many, Tom Jefferson,
who was tragically killed recently in Sweden, so far from home.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time and to the loves of his life - Juliet, Luca & Isla.

AFTRS New Bachelor of Screen Arts Information Day

AFTRS is introducing a New Bachelor of Screen Arts degree for 2015.
Deeply focused on the art and craft of storytelling, the three-year program also provides exciting opportunities to collaborate with other students and be taught by some of the best screen practitioners in the best facilities in Australia.
To get the facts and speak with academic advisers AFTRS's is is hosting an Information Day.
When:Saturday June 28
Where:AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park (Entry via Lang Rd)
More information: AFTRS Website

A Postcard from John Platt in Darwin….

Steve Arnold ACS & Director Jeremy Sims

Sent to David Lewis ACS

Hi David,
Greetings from sunny Darwin and our last week on Director, Jeremy Sims’s “Last Cab to Darwin”.  7 weeks have flashed by highlighted by the 3 week road trip from Broken Hill to Darwin.What and amazing experience it has been driving and shooting the 3000Km.

I’m operating B camera for DP Steve Arnold ACS and shooting 2nd unit.
We have 1st AC’s Steivan Hasler and Daniel Foeldes and Loader, James Bilich
rounding off the camera department.

Steve Arnold, 1st AD Steve Andrews & Jeremy Sims

We are shooting with 2 Alexas and 2 Canon C500’s for the interior cab driving sequences. Lenses include 3 Fujinon zooms 16-35mm, 19-90mm and the 85-300mm
along with a set of Cooke Mini S4 primes. Steve and Gaffer Andy Robertson under trying times and conditions, have worked miracles with the limited budget in both equipment and manpower to create some stunning images that I can’t wait to see in the final product.

1st AC Daniel Foeldes

After our initial 2 weeks shoot in Broken Hill we travelled west to Hawker through Olary and Yunta then up the guts through Maree, Williams Creek, 4 nights in Oonadatta, Marla via Lake Eyre then  Alice Springs, Daly Waters a couple of quick stops at Barrow Creek and the Devils Marbles before Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin for the final 2 weeks. It has been a fantastic experience with so many exceptional photographic opportunities as a bonus. I have been lucky enough to have been given the new Fujifilm X-T1 with the 23mm f1.4 Fujinon prime to test out by Duncan Hyde from ACS sponsors Fujifilm Australia. It is a beautiful
rugged and compact camera that is small and light enough to carry around in a pouch on my belt all day, making it immediately accessible while at the same time once it’s in your hand you realise you have a camera of real substance with it’s solid build, manual operation excellence and image quality.

1st AC Steivan Hasler

The Fujinon 23mm (35mm equiv) even wide open at f1.4 is exceptional with the most accurate manual focus I have ever used on a digital camera. Add to that the clarity of the EVF and the pivoting 7.62cm rear screen for high/low angle shots and you have a brilliant all rounder that finally fills the hole left, when I stopped using my Leica M6 and went digital. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone looking to try something different, as I am sick of lugging around a full DSLR kit. In ProPhoto’s latest issue there is a thorough review and evaluation of the X-T1

All the best

East Point, Darwin

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