ACS NSW Focus 15th February 2016


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In this Issue:

February Drop In
Congratulations Viv Scanu
Red Weapon - Tech Report
CineKids Workshop
Lemac - From Lens To Loungeroom
Equipment Finance & Insurance Seminar
Phil Balsdon Update

February Drop In

Our guest at the February Drop In will be Tom Swartz of Rosco and he will present three of Rosco's newest products.

1. SoftDrop - the features of SoftDrop make it the perfect background choice for any broadcast studio, or television/feature film production.

2. Silk & Vector LED Lighting - Rosco's LED fixture is an extremely colour-accurate, high-quality, soft light which utilizes proprietary, state-of-the-art, tungsten & daylight balanced emitters producing a colour temperature range of 2800K – 6500K.

3.RoscoLED Tape - Rosco has designed this product to add accent lighting into set pieces for broadcast studios, and television and feature films.

Make a date in your diary for this great Rosco presentation.
Thursday February 18th. ACS HQ (address below) and as usual doors will be open from 6pm.

Rosco SoftDrop

Rosco Silk 210 LED lighting fixture

RoscoLED Tape

Viv Scanu Wins at Tropfest Craft Awards

Viv Scanu ACS

Congratulations to NSW member Viv Scanu ACS for his win in the Best Cinematography category of Tropfest Craft Awards 2016.

Viv's win reflects his outstanding work on
"Wish You Here" directed by Benjamin O'Donnell - well done Viv.

Red Weapon - Tech Report

The ACS Technical Committee and FXPHD have made an "Introductory Video" looking at Red's new carbon fibre Weapon camera. The video looks at new features and performance levels. Included are some specific tests to see how the upgraded signal processing in the Weapon improves dynamic range performance and how the dynamic range compares with the previous Red Epic Dragon and the ARRI Alexa XT.

Thanks to the ACS Technical committee and to FXPHD for their considerable efforts in putting these ongoing technical evaluations together.

click here or on the Red Weapon image to view the video »

Attention CineKids

The third ACS workshop for CineKids members will be held at ACS Headquarters on Sunday 28th February from  9.30am-12.30pm.
If you are CineKid, a parent of a CineKid or friend of a CineKid please let them know. If you are not a CineKid but would like to become one please contact David Lewis ACS or go to the ACS website using this link:

Join CineKids »

Lemac - From Lens To Loungeroom

National ACS sponsor Lemac Film & Digital are conducting a major presentation on UHD TV and HDR that looks at major aspects of the future technology.
Presented by Stuart Pointon, it is based on many months of work researching UHD and HDR with a particular emphasis of ensuring the creative intent reaches the viewer and will begin with an interactive explanation of the basics of UHD and HDR, followed by a look at current technology and industry thinking surrounding the acquisition and delivery of UHD and HDR content.

AFTRS Theatre
Building 130
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park, Sydney
Tuesday 16th February 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Please RSVP via this link »

Macquarie, SURA - Finance/Insurance Seminar

If you've recently bought or leased equipment, or are thinking about it, you may need advice on financing or insurance.

If so then join Macquarie Commercial Finance and SURA Film and Entertainment Insurance for a presentation of what is available to ACS members.

Come along to ACS Headquarters (address below) at 4pm, 16th March, 2016, for the presentation and afterwards stay on for the March Drop In - perfect.

An RSVP is essential so please contact Andrew Barley at Macquarie Commercial Finance on 0412 521 031 or email Andrew
Joe Lo Surdo at SURA Film And Entertainment on 02 9930 9560 or email Joe

Phil Balsdon - Update

You may remember that in 2012, NSW member Phil Balsdon suffered a major stroke.

Phil's rehabilitation has been long and slow and he still has some way to go. He is currently awaiting surgery to insert a new "skull cap" (cranioplasty) and although he has been measured, and is ready to go, his surgery is considered non urgent and he has been advised this may not take place for another 6-12 months.

It's been a struggle for him but he does like to keep in contact with as many of his friends as he can. As a Facebook fan he would appreciate any contact via his FaceBook page.

Phil's Facebook page »

AFTRS Open - Short Courses

AFTRS Open has a range of great courses including:
Upcoming cinematography course include:
Content Creation iPhone iPad: Online with Gareth Tillson in March
Camera & Sound Basics with Paul Warren in March
Data Wrangling On Set: File Based Cameras in April
Videomaking 101: Shoot, Edit, Publish in April
Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan ACS in April.

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

To view all AFTRS Open courses 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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