ACS NSW Focus 16th November 2015


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In this Issue:

November Drop In
Vale, Geoffrey Wharton ACS
Meet The Nominees
Awards Media

November Drop In

We have two presentations on the agenda for our November Drop In.

First up Clinton Harn from Rode Microphones and Ben Allan ACS will present: Sound For Cinematographers

Ben Allen ACS

Whether it's for small low budget jobs, discussing workflow on bigger jobs or to get decent sound on a personal creative project, the fact that digital cameras can all record sound has brought sound issues much more into the cinematographer's territory. Clinton and Ben will explain the basics of getting good sound and put concepts such as polar patterns and audio levels in terms that any cinematographer will be familiar with.

Clinton Harn

I know some cinematographers tend to treat sound as a "second class citizen" but obviously recording of good quality sound is an integral part of film making so be at HQ on Thursday night to hear about sound from a cinematographer's perspective.

Following Ben and Clinton will be Louie Eroglu ACS. Louie recently photographed the very highly acclaimed three part series "The Killing Season" which examined the turmoil and intrigue surrounding the Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd leadership period.

Louie will discuss how he went about preparing for this very involved project shot on location and on stage on both sides of the Pacific. From a technical aspect, he will explain his choice of camera, the Canon C300 which he hadn't previously used, his choice of lenses and how his use of a black background to helped to focus the audience's attention.

Louie Eroglu ACS with Sarah Ferguson and Producer, Deb Masters - Photo: ABC News

Hopefully Louie will also be able to explain how the ABC and journalist Sarah Ferguson
were able to coax such a formidable array of politicians to appear in front of his camera for this in depth documentary on Australia's recent political history.

Our November Drop In will be held as usual at ACS HQ (address below) on Thursday 19th - doors open at 6pm with proceedings kicking off at about 7pm.

Our October Drop In was a big success as the ACS proudly played host to gaffer Reg Garside and key grip Adam Kuiper.
The night was attended by almost 50 members and guests. Reg and Adam each discussed their particular rolls and how they interact with the Cinematographer and also how their jobs have changed over the years. They were still cornered by questioning members until well after 10 o'clock - it was a night that should not have been missed.

VALE ~ Geoffrey Wharton ACS

By now many of you will be aware that our friend and colleague Geoffrey Wharton ACS recently passed away.

A tribute to Geoffrey's life has been posted to the ACS website and you can find it at:

VALE ~ Geoffrey Wharton ACS »

Named "Walk for Geoff", the ACS is having a memorial walk to celebrate Geoff's life.
All money raised will be donated to BEYOND BLUE.

You may have seen details of this event in the latest National issue of Short Ends but if not here's a link:

Walk for Geoff details »

Geoffrey's funeral will be held at Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church,
Cnr Johnston St and Collins Street,
Annandale, NSW,
1:30pm, Tuesday 17th November.

AACTA - Meet The Nominees

Cinematographers - Presented By ACS
Hear first-hand from AACTA Awards nominees as they provide their personal insights into this year's nominated film and television productions.

Moderator: Kim Batterham ACS
Cinematography category nominees:
John Seale AM ACS ASC, Damian Wyville ACS, Martin McGrath ACS, Bruce Young
Louie Eroglu ACS, Nick Robinson, Jon Shaw and Torstein Dyrting ACS

Sunday, 29th November 2015, 2:30pm
AFTRS Theatrette
Building 130
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, NSW 2021

Please go to this link for further details:

Meet The Nominees »

Awards Entry Media

Now that our Awards are over for the year all entry media (hard drives, USB flash drives DVDs etc) is available for collection from ACS HQ. Please email David Lewis ACS or Richard Wilmot (addresses below) to arrange a suitable time for pick up.

AFTRS 2016 Courses

AFTRS, the national film school, is currently seeking talented up and coming cinematographers who will acquire superior technical skills from highly credentialed industry practitioners. The two 2016 courses open for applications now are: Advanced Diploma in Cine Essentials and Diploma in Camera Fundamentals.
Full details including closing dates and entry requirements, are on the AFTRS website: AFTRS 2016 Courses Places are limited. Applications close on December 1st.

AFTRS Open - Cinematography Short Courses

November course highlights include Lighting Fundamentals with Louis Irving ACS in November plus an additional Camera Assistant's Workshop has been scheduled with expert DOP and AFTRS Cinematography lecturer Erika Addis in November. Plus Summer School courses are coming up fast and highlights include: Three Week Film School in November and Six Week Film School next January.

A reminder ACS members receive a 10% discount on all AFTRS Open short courses.

For details visit the AFTRS Open website.

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North Sydney
NSW 2060
Ph: 02 8920 8535

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


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