ACS NSW Focus 13th July 2014


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In this Issue:

July Drop In
NSW Awards Entries
Membership Renewals
Transcending Fear

July Drop In

Over the past fifty years journalist Ray Martin (Honorary ACS member & regular volunteer Host of our Awards Nights) has won fame and fortune in front of the camera.
His TV reporting and presentations have won him a record five Gold Logies, twenty- plus Silver Logies and a range of other awards – even an Order of Australia for his “contribution to journalism”, along with his wide-ranging charity work.
But, it was only last year - when Melbourne University Press released his third book “Ray Martin’s World” - that we discovered the private passion of this very public figure. Photography. In fact, it has been for most of his long journalism career. It’s only been in recent times that Ray has been willing to talk openly about this secret obsession.
Incidentally, Ray is also quite open in acknowledging the debt he owes to cinematographers and ACS members he’s worked with on programmes like “Four Corners” & “Sixty Minutes”.

Ray Martin with the legendary Sir Don Bradman

(Legendary shooters like David Brill and Andy Taylor ACS, to name just a couple.) Ray unashamedly admits to stealing tips and ideas from these ‘shadow chasers’, about everything from framing shots to lighting techniques.
“My scripts always made them look good and won them a heap of awards anyway!!”, he says with a laugh. (We think he was joking.)
Ray Martin labels himself as just another snapper “in the long and glorious tradition of street photographers”. Ken Duncan, the iconic landscape master - who launched Ray’s photo book late last year – says his friend Ray has “an uncanny eye for pictures and moments. He’s like the Energizer bunny. You can’t contain him”.
All of us love taking photos and talking about them. So, we thought we’d invite Ray Martin to tell some ‘war stories’ of his years on the road & take a look at some of his images from around the world.

Join Ray at ACS HQ on Thursday 17th July. As usual doors open at 6pm with proceedings kicking off sometime before 7pm. HQ address below.

2014 NSW Award Entries

A reminder that entries for the 2014 NSW Awards for Cinematography will be accepted from August 1st. Click the link below to view or download the Awards Terms and Conditions and please read them carefully as there are specific guidelines that need to be followed when your work is entered. You will be able to download Entry Forms from August 1st and a link to the forms will be made available closer to that date.

Membership Renewals

Renewal invoices for 2014/15 have all been sent with payment due by 1st July as memberships expired on 30th June. Thank you to the large number of members who have paid their fees, your new membership cards should arrive in the next couple of days. If you have not received an invoice, please contact treasurer Marianne Wakeley at

Transcending Fear, Screening at ACS HQ

ACS members and guests are invited to a screening of “Transcending Fear” the story of Gao Zhisheng (see flyer below).
An RSVP is required for this event - light refreshments will be provided.


Cinematography Short Courses @ AFTRS Open

AFTRS Open has a range of short Cinematography courses in the coming months. September highlights include Camera Assistants Workshop with Erika Addis  (only held once a year) and Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan. For details of these and other courses see the link below.

AFTRS Open - Cinematography Short Courses »

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