ACS NSW Focus 15th February 2015


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In this Issue:

February Drop In
2015 National Awards
Mad Max: Fury Road, How Did They Do That?

February Drop In

Our guest at the February Drop In will be Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, a name that is probably not unfamiliar to most of you.

Andrew commenced his career attending AFTRS after which he assisted and learned from many amazing camera people. Over the next thirty years he honed his skills photographing documentaries, corporate videos, music videos, TVCs, short films, mini series and feature films.

Russell Crowe & DP Andrew Lesnie ACS,ASC at The Blue Mosque photo: Mark Rogers

He received an Oscar in 2002 for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and in 2004 was the recipient of a BAFTA for The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King.
Andrew’s awards are many and varied and include two ACS Milli Awards - he has also been nominated for three ASC awards. His credits include: Babe, Babe: Pig In The City, Doing Time For Patsy Cline, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, King Kong, I Am Legend, Bran Nue Dae, The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit trilogy, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Healing and The Water Diviner.
Following our very popular Drop In format, Andrew will screen excerpts from, and discuss his involvement in, the recently released and very successful “The Water Diviner”.
Get there early for this one - guaranteed standing room only.

1st AC Colin Deane, operator Peter McCaffrey, 1st AC Scott Dolan, DP Andrew Lesnie ACS, ASC photo: Meg White

BSC President Barry Ackroyd BSC & ACS National Vice President & NSW President David Lewis ACS

BSC Expo Pinewood Studios, London, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of ACS National sponsor Panavision Australia, NSW Branch president David Lewis ACS was able to attend, and represent the ACS, at the recent BSC Expo held at Pinewood Studios, London.
This trip was an excellent opportunity to reinforce the already strong bond that exists between the BSC and the ACS and David was warmly welcomed by fellow British cinematographers.
To start the ball rolling on Thursday night David will give us a brief rundown of his experience at the expo.
Links to David’d report as published on the ACS website and the BSC website are here:

David Lewis's Report »
BSC Expo 2015 »

February Drop In, Thursday 19th at HQ (address below), doors open from 6pm with proceedings kicking off at about 7pm.
Don’t miss this evening with Andrew Lesnie - mark it in bold in your diary.

2015 ACS National Awards

As you are probably aware the 2015 ACS National Awards for Cinematography will be held on May 2nd in Hobart at the fabulous MONA - Museum of Old & New Art - what a great venue. Bookings can now be made online but it is fair to say that this will be an extremely popular event and it’s advisable to get in early - don’t miss out.
For full details of the Awards evening and for the many exciting related events planned for the Awards weekend and to reserve your seats see this link:

2015 National Awards - full details and more. »

Mad Max: Fury Road, How Did They Do That?

Deluxe and the ACS present an evening of solving mysteries with
Cinematographers John Seale ACS ASC & David Burr ACS,
Visual Effects Supervisor Andrew Jackson
and Senior Colourist Eric Whipp.

Be prepared to be enlightened and surprised.


In the digital world film makers now inhabit there are many and varied means of altering the footage that was originally captured on set.

No longer are choice of colour and density the only options available to cinematographers as visual effects and colour grading take on more and more responsibility for the final image.

This evening will provide for you a perfect opportunity to speak directly with the filmmakers and to compare first hand original Mad Max footage, as captured in the camera, with subsequent input by Andrew Jackson and Eric Whipp working in concert with George Miller and John Seale to achieve the final look.

“Knowing the original footage, and having been shown by Andrew and Eric what they have done to it, is a perfect example of the combined manipulation of the footage that results in the final image” John Seale.

Friday, 20th February at 7.00pm
Unit 3 706 Mowbray Road
Lane Cove North 2066

RSVP ESSENTIAL to David Lewis ACS by Wednesday, 18th February.

Limited spaces available, so first in first served. You will be required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement, as Mad Max: Fury Road is yet to be released and please, no cameras.


AFTRS Open has a number of upcoming short courses including:

Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan ACS
Content Creation for iPhone/iPad: Online with Gareth Tillson
Camera & Sound Basics
Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras

To view all cinematography short courses at AFTRS Open use this link:

AFTRS Open cinematography short courses »

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