ACS NSW Focus 15th June 2015


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In this Issue:

June Drop In
2015 NSW/ACT Awards
Membership Renewals
Sony CBK-55BK Offer
SMPTE 2015
Pitch Battle Screening
Walt Disney Pictures "Tomorrowland"
AACTA Membership
Office Space Available

June Drop In

Our June Drop In will feature cinematographer Henry Smith of Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative.

Henry and his wife, 2015 Young Australian of the Year, Genevieve Clay-Smith run Bus Stop Films a pioneering, not for profit voluntarily run organisation based in Sydney, dedicated to providing people from marginalised communities, the opportunity to learn about and be involved in professional filmmaking.
Henry will screen two recent short films, Heartbreak & Beauty and The Interviewer, he will talk about his work and tell us about “inclusive” film making.

A Bus Stop Films initiative hosted by the ACS

Of inclusive filmaking, Henry says:
“We believe that all industries should be accessible to those who want the chance to be included.
So introducing a Taste Creative & Bus Stop Films initiative… inclusive filmmaking.

We are dedicated to helping members of diverse and marginalised communities. We help people to learn about and be involved in professional filmmaking. We call this inclusive filmmaking and we love to create projects that give opportunities to those who face barriers to inclusion.”

The ACS in conjunction with Bus Stop Films was pleased to host a cinematography lighting tutorial for disabled students, led by Genevieve Clay Smith, Henry Smith and Jarryd Hall at the ACS Headquarters in North Sydney last Saturday 13th June.
Richard Wilmot, Lizz Vernon along with David and Marianne Wakeley were also eager participants in this rewarding initiative . This is the second workshop that the ACS has participated in and will endeavour to do more in the future.


Also: I’m sure you’ve heard about it, you’ve seen the pictures and read the reviews but as yet you probably haven’t got your hands on it - this will change at the June Drop In.

The first three ALEXA Mini Digital Camera Sets have now arrived in Australia and will be delivered to customers soon. Stefan Sedlmeier of ARRI Australia will bring one along to the Drop In this week for a formal presentation and hands-on test, so if you’re interested and would like to have a play make your way to ACS HQ this coming Thursday.

Below is a link to the ALEXA Mini microsite with additional information and technical specifications.

June 18th at ACS HQ, address below, doors open at 6pm with proceedings kicking off at about 6:45pm.

ALEXA Mini micro site »

2015 NSW/ACT Awards

Entries for the 2015 NSW Awards will open on August 3rd and close on August 21st.
It’s time to consider what you’re going to enter and get your files together as sometimes this can take a little longer than at first anticipated. Best to be prepared earlier rather than later as entries will not be accepted after August 21st. An entry form and a terms and conditions document will be published in July.

Membership Renewals

Membership renewal invoices have been sent and thank you to the many members who have paid theirs so promptly. A reminder to use the current invoice number as the reference, not the one already in your banking details from previous years!
If you have not received your invoice, please contact the treasurer at
Also, a reminder that the 2015/16 fees are due and payable by or on 1st July as the 14/15 membership expiry date is 30th June.
And one last thing: Would the person who made a payment through MYOB payment services on 10th June with the reference number 75298 for the amount of $170, please contact

SMPTE 2015 - Discounts for ACS Members

SMPTE 2015 will be held in Sydney from July 14th - 17th.

The Society will have a small booth within the SMPTE Hall, which has proven very successful and popular in the past, and the presentations we provide are also well attended.

The ACS will present three sessions on Wednesday 15th

ACS Workshop: Underwater Optics & 3D - Pawel Achtel

ACS Workshop: The very latest Drone applications - Tom Waugh and Chris Fox

ACS Panel Session: Television Drama - Jules O’Loughlin ACS, Martin McGrath ACS, Lou Irving ACS, Adrian Wills.

SMPTE Sessions will be discounted for ACS members.

For details of general SMPTE information and specific ACS sessions use these links.

SMPTE ACS related info »
SMPTE general info »

Screen Editors Guild - Special Invitation

You may have seen the flyer below in the latest issue of the National newsletter. Unfortunately the RSVP link was incorrect so if you'd like to attend please use this link to RSVP - Pitch Battle screening

Tomorrowland - Sony F65 & F55

Claudio Miranda ASC

Sony Australia press release.

Walt Disney Pictures' "Tomorrowland" - brought to life with Sony F65 and F55.

The rewarding experience of working with the F65 and F55 - as described by "Tomorrowland" Cinematographer, Claudio Miranda ASC. Interviewed by Jon Fauer ASC.

Here’s a link to the full press release at the ACS website.

Tomorrowland - Sony F65 & F55 »

Sony CBK-55BK Offer

If you’re a Sony F55 or F5 camera owner here’s an offer you may be interested in:
“Sony has started shipping the CBK-55BK shoulder-mount dock for their popular CineAlta PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 cameras, with a great introductory offer.
The CBK-55BK dock is another game changer and transforms the cameras – just slide them into the dock and suddenly the operator has the familiar ergonomics of a true shoulder-mount camera, ideal for documentaries, EFP and run-&-gun shooting. The F55 can be a 35mm production camera for one shot, quickly and easily converted to a broadcast-style camera for the next.
The dock positions key controls right where the operator’s muscle memory expects, there’s a slot for a plug in wireless mic receiver, plus inputs and outputs on the back. The padded shoulder arch adjusts fore and aft to balance properly with a wide range of lenses.
Until the end of June 2015, Sony is offering existing F55 and F5 owners a very special price on the CBK-55BK. This offer is also available to purchasers of new cameras.”
See any Sony authorised Content Creation dealer for details.
Full product information for the CBK-55BK is available here:

Sony CBK-55BK offer »


Last Chance!
Grab the final spots in AFTRS Open’s ADVANCED LIGHTING SKILLS with hugely experienced Cinematographer Louis Irving ACS .
Over three days, you’ll light a set to various scripted scenarios 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.
24th - 26th June, AFTRS Sydney

Go here for details »

AACTA Membership

Join AACTA By June 30th For a Chance to Win AACTA Awards Tickets
Membership runs by financial year; join by June 30th and you could win tickets to the 5th AACTA Awards!

Phone 1300 139 697 or use this link.

Become an AACTA Member »

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

Keep up to date with ACS news via Facebook

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ACS National Headquarters
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street,
North Sydney
NSW 2060
Ph: 02 8920 8535

HQ Manager: David Lewis ACS email
Assistant HQ Manager: Richard Wilmot email


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