ACS NSW Focus 18th May 2015


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In this Issue:

May Drop In
2015 National Awards
Fury Road Q&A
Remember Andrew Lesnie
Postcard From David Gribble
ACS Merchandise Now Online
Office Space Available
AFTRS Position Vacant

May Drop In

Our May Drop In will be on Thursday 21st of May at ACS HQ (address below) and will feature the Annual NAB Review from Lemac.

With their reel straight from the cutting room, Lemac will once again unveil the latest, greatest and sometimes strangest inventions, camera and announcements from the NAB 2015 in Las Vegas. This annual light hearted reel will give you a chance to see the latest production tools and cinema tech gadgetry. With interviews from leading experts and manufacturers this evening, as always, promises to be a fun yet informative way to process all the latest from the show.
HQ doors open at 6pm with proceedings kicking off at about 6:45pm.


As comprehensively detailed in the latest ACS National Short Ends newsletter our 44th ACS National Awards for Cinematography were recently held in Hobart at the fabulous Museum of New and Old Art - MONA. Hosted once again by Ray Martin AM the evening was a stunning success with members from all branches well represented - the bar has certainly been raised.

2015 National Awards for Cinematography

Congratulations to all the NSW members honoured at the Awards, they were:

Student Cinematography
Benjamin Cotgrove, Gold Award - ”Sailboats”

Music Clips
Callan Green ACS, Gold Tripod ”George Michael - Let Her Down Easy"

Corporate & Educational
Louie Eroglu ACS, Award of Distinction ”Power to the People”

TV Magazine, Life Style & Reality
Timothy Tregoning, Gold Tripod ”Intelligent Sounds, Featuring Flume”

Virtual Cinematography
Damien Smith, Gold Tripod ”Little Darling”

Commercials – National/International
Daniel Ardilley ACS, Award of Distinction ”Natural Gas”

Telefeatures, Mini Series, TV Drama or Comedy
Andrew Commis ACS, Award of Distinction ”Devil's Playground”

Features - Cinema
Garry Phillips ACS, Gold Tripod ”The Railway Man”

Milli Award
Australian Cinematographer of the Year 2015
Garry Phillips ACS

Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award
Ray Martin AM
David Wakeley ACS

Hall of Fame
Keith Loone ACS
Martha Ansara

complete 2015 National Awards Winner List »

Congratulations to Garry Phillips ACS - Gold Tripod & Milli.....well done.

Fury Road - John Seale, David Burr Q&A

With interest in Mad Max: Fury Road building over the last year, National President Ron Johanson ACS dispatched cinematographers John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS to state branches wide and near to discuss with members, their involvement in bringing George Miller’s vision to the screen.
Armed with a couple of hundred on set images John and David explained the issues they faced plus the highs and lows of shooting in the Namibian desert for nearly six months.
Thanks to ACS Victoria the Melbourne version of the event was digitally captured and now, just as the film is released, either by coincidence or good management, the edited footage of the night is available for all members and the rest of the world to view.

Fury Road - John Seale, David Burr Q&A »

Remember Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC

After many enquiries the ACS would like to advise that a “Remember Andrew Day” is being arranged to honour Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC and details will be forthcoming on our website and in our newsletters when they become available.

Postcard from David Gribble ACS

David Gribble ACS

I am currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia and two weeks into shooting a Tom Selleck “JESSE STONE Lost in Paradise“ movie. This is the sixth Jesse Stone picture and the eighth movie I have shot for the very talented director Robert Harmon.

Director Robert Harmon stands in for David Gribble

It is like an old family gathering here in Halifax as we have a core crew that have worked on these pictures for the last ten years ….I like to work fast and the crew always respond with their best work.

It is sad to feel that this film family will be broken up soon by the recent actions of the government of Nova Scotia in stopping the tax credit that has drawn many a US production to this area.

Jesse Stone

I have been having so much fun and enjoying doing my moody work that is much loved by Robert. And to think I get paid for doing it is a bonus.

The Sony F55 is a new camera for me and I have certainly been putting it through it paces.
The producers, director and myself would have preferred the ALEXA as first choice of camera but Sony Picture’s newest requirement, that everything has to be shot 4K with NO upscaling at all, requires that even magic hour stock shots of our main location exteriors have to be reshot.

At first read I thought the script was a bit light on for any interesting cinematographic contributions but the last two weeks has proven that with some interesting lighting and creative framing that a rather unique butterfly can emerge from an unappealing chrysalis.

I will leave you all in your cold Ozz winter weather as the sun is now shining warmly here as I go on a Saturday morning stunt recce and then a day of Rat unit shoot with the directors Sony A7s and Ronin stabiliser…

Yours David Gribble ACS.

Grip Keith Adams, Camera Operator Andy Chmura, DP David Gribble ACS, Director Robert Harmon

ACS Merchandise Now Online

Thinking of purchasing a new ACS cap, tee shirt or maybe an ACS hoody.
Thanks to Warwick Field ACS and ACS Victoria, as of today we have an online shop for all your ACS merchandise needs. It’s called The ACS Shop and you can use the link below to get there, have a look around and perhaps buy a shirt or two.

The ACS Shop »

Office Space Available

Need office space in a creative environment at an attractive rate? The ACS HQ could be just the place you’re looking for. Check out the images below - this space could fit the bill.

For details contact ACS HQ manager David Lewis ACS

AFTRS Part Time Lecturer

ACS sponsor AFTRS is looking for a lecturer to be available part time from July to November - here are the details:

Lecturer, Camera
Temporary role – July to November
Part time – 3 days per week
$69,602 to $95,629 pa (full time rates)

AFTRS is Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast school, located in a purpose built facility in Moore Park.  The Specialist Division offers Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in a range of specialty areas.
We are looking for an experienced Cinematographer with credits in drama, documentary, reality, news and/or digital projects and the ability to teach in creative and practical situations to teach the Diploma in Camera Fundamentals in semester 2.   To be successful you must be a strong communicator who works collaboratively as part of a team. 
Terms:  This contract can only be offered to an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the Lecturer will be required to successfully complete a Working with Children Check.  This role involves evening and weekend work.
Enquiries:           Application information can be obtained from our website at: »

or by contacting Human Resources on (02) 9805 6619 or 1300 366 464 (toll free). 
Applications:     Written applications addressing the selection criteria, giving full details of experience and qualifications, and nominating 2 referees should be forwarded to:
The Head of Human Resources
PO Box 2286
Strawberry Hills  NSW  2012
or emailed to
Closes: 1st June 2015

AFTRS supports workplace diversity.

AFTRS Open Cinematography Short Courses

Upcoming courses include: Winter School: Advanced Lighting Skills with Louis Irving ACS in June, Six Things Every Cinematographer Must Know with Steve Arnold ACS in July and Camera & Sound Basics in June.
Content Creation from your iPhone /iPad
From the comfort of your keyboard, learn how to shoot quality videos with your iPhone or iPad and create stories on the go, in this five week online course. Filmmaker and cinematographer Gareth Tillson will lead this course featuring video tutorials, weekly assignments and a weekly online chat session, where you will get real time feedback from the tutor. (Starts 28 May, 5 weeks, online)
Camera & Sound Basics
Ideally suited to those who have limited camera and sound recording experience, this course with experienced cinematographer Paul Warren (The Cup, Wrath), will introduce you to the practical skills needed to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama - with an eye to great storytelling, the goal of all good filmmaking. (13  - 14 June)
Winter School: Advanced Lighting Skills
Over three days, you will light a set to various scripted scenarios under the tuition of professional cinematographer Louis Irving ACS in this practical, hands-on course. You will work with a gaffer, best boy, camera operator, grip and two actors in AFTRS' state of the art studios. (24 - 26 June)
Six Scenes Every Cinematographer Must Know
Over five intensive days, join industry Cinematography expert Steve Arnold ACS (Man-Thing, Disgrace, McLeod's Daughters, JFK: The Smoking Gun, Last Cab To Darwin) for the tips and tricks you need to know to successfully plan, light and shoot six commonly found scenarios. (27-31 July)

AFTRS Open cinematography short courses »

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