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13th July 2022
A Message from the NSW President
Image courtesy of Jenny Hicks
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
July is shaping up to be another action packed month for ACS NSW!
Firstly, on behalf of the ACS NSW Branch I’d like thank David Knight ACS and Rotor Head for the many years of support as the NSW Major Platinum Sponsor, your contribution and commitment to the ACS is greatly appreciated. We warmly welcome onboard TDC who will taking over as the new major Platinum Sponsor for the NSW Branch, we look forward to working with you.

We have another great double-bill Drop In lined up for you this month with cinematographer Mark Hobz sharing his work, knowledge and experiences of relocating overseas to work in Scandinavia, the UAE and the US. Laowa Lenses will also be previewing their new Nanomorph S35 anamorphic lenses.
I am pleased to announce that the research from our Australian Camera Workforce Census, that many of you contributed towards, is about to be launched through a comprehensive new report from the team at Deakin University and the ACS. The report, A WIDER LENS: Australian Camera Workforce Development and Diversity, will be launched in Sydney and via livestream on Thursday July 28th from 6pm so SAVE THE DATE. Links to be sent out soon. A huge thanks to everyone involved in the making of the launch video as well as AFTRS and ARRI Australia who have come on board as sponsors to help launch this ground breaking study.
With awards season just around the corner and ACS NSW Awards 2022 entries opening on August 1st, I would encourage all of you to start organising your entries and checking the entry requirements on our website. We are looking forward to holding our NSW Branch Awards face to face this year at a new venue, the Art Gallery of NSW on Saturday November 5th 2022.
The Drew Llewelyn Scholarship will open from August 1st giving a full or active ACS member the opportunity to attend Camerimage in Turun, Poland this November. Please see below in this newsletter for all the details.
Really excited to have Elena de Bruijne as our new Cinekids Coordinator and to announce that the next event is on Sunday Sept 25th at the end of the next school holidays.  If you know any young budding film makers between 10 and 15 yrs of age please let them know about our Cinekids program. Our last cohort under the guidance of David Lewis ACS have all gone on to great success.
Finally a big thank you to Clinton Harn from CR Kennedy for hosting a get together of our international Zeiss colleagues and some of our ACS NSW members to share experiences and ideas with an up close look at the Zeiss Supreme Radiance lenses.
Whilst our industry faces the next Covid wave, look after your crew and stay safe.
All the best.

Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW warmly welcomes TDC as our new MAJOR PLATINIUM SPONSOR
Click HERE for a link to their website
JULY Drop-in Double Bill
Mark Hobz & Laowa lenses
Thursday 21st July
ACS HQ from 6pm
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney
CINEMATOGRAPHER MARK HOBZ shares his experiences from extended perods working overseas and PETER LIGHTOWLER gives a preview of the NEW Laowa Nanomorph S35 Lenses on a RED KOMODO.
Mark shares his experience and knowledge of moving overseas as a cinematographer. He has spent 9 years in Scandinavia and recently 4 years in the Middle East as well as shorter stints in the US. Mark will discuss some core topics and how they vary between regions.
  • Networking, business culture
  • Rates and negotiating
  • Work ethics and technical differences in crews
  • Where to find work
  • Work safety differences, working hours etc
  • What kind of projects exist
  • Styles of shooting in different regions
  • Getting pigeon holed into certain markets
  • Juggling family life as an expat and an international film carrier
  • How content for demographics changes how you shoot things.

Quote from Mark;
 "I wish someone warned me about all this stuff before I moved over" . 
Peter Lightowler shares a hands-on PREVIEW of the NEW Laowa Nanomorph S35 Lenses with a RED KOMODO.
Check out more detail of the LAOWA lenses HERE
Please note, we ask that all attendees are double vaccinated.
The NSW ACS would like to welcome any Ukranian filmmakers and cinematographers who have reached Australia, to come to our members nights and drop-ins. Please contact ACS NSW or NSW Vice President Velinda Wardell ACS if you know someone who might wish to attend. Thank you.
for the launch of
A world first report that highlights the findings of our nationwide ACS survey and gives broad reaching insights into the Australian Film Industry through the lens of the camera workforce.
Registration links to be sent out soon so keep that evening free.
A big thank you to all those involved in the making of the launch video last weekend where shoots took place both in Melbourne and Sydney.
SYDNEY SHOOT: Erika Addis, Carolyn Constantine ACS, Clara Chong ( Director), Ben Allan ACS CSI ( producer/ DOP), Madison Heinze (AC), Piet De Vries (Stills and BTS), Jose Manu Hanham (BTS), Sissy Reyes, Tyson Perkins, Amir Kamrani

MELBOURNE SHOOT; Ellery Ryan ACS, Warwick Field ACS ( DOP), Lee Herbert (BTS), Adam Venckus (AC), Dr Amanda Coles

Photo credits; Piet De Vries ACS
ACS NSW Awards for 2022 will be opening for entries on August 1st
Put a placeholder in your diaries! NSW Branch Awards are planned to be face to face this year at a new venue, the Art Gallery of NSW
on Saturday November 5th 2022.
Excellence in Craft: in conversation with directors' Jane Castle & Polly Pierce on mental health &  stepping into new roles in the industry
In this seventh episode of Excellence in Craft, legendary Australian cinematographer turned director, Jane Castle will be in conversation with Australian/Canadian cinematographer /director, Polly Pierce. They will be sharing their transitions from the technical role of cinematography into directing. Then delving into Jane's latest film "When the Camera Stopped Rolling" exploring topics around family/domestic violence and its impact on mental health and career paths.
Click HERE to Register
Please be aware that some of the topics covered in the talk might be triggering and we have therefore posted useful resources below: - Australia based entertainment industry help organisation - 1800 811 811 - Queensland, Australia based organisation

Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, the Queensland Branch and the ACS National Executive, the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship enables one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Torun, Poland with $4,000 towards flights and accommodation, along with introductions at the Camerimage festival.
The Scholarship, which commenced in 2015, is open to Full and Active financial members of the Society. It is administered by the ACS and decided on by a subcommittee of peers.
All you need to do is submit a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for your career”.

Applications open on August 1 and close on September 1 2022.
For a 2022 application form at that time please contact;

NB: CAMERIMAGE  12 – 19 NOVEMBER. The successful applicant will need to travel to Torun, Poland no later than w/c 7 November 2022
Previous recipients:
2015 – Lizz Vernon NSW
2016 – Drew English NSW
2017 – Meg White NSW
2018 – Sissy Reyes NSW
2019 – Simon Woods QLD
2020 – 2021 No scholarships awarded
2022 – To be advised

Join Cinekids HERE
ACS Member discounts at Sun Studios!
50% off your first equipment hire and 15% off for every hire after that!
Click for more detail HERE
Pics from ACS Events

meet for a meal and a closer look at the
A truly insightful and wonderful evening with some of Australia’s finest and valued international partners. Paving the way and future for our industry with inclusion, diversity and collaboration.
L-R: Roger Lanser ACS, Arato Ogura (Zeiss), David Gribble ACS, Tania Lambert ACS, Yue Hock Guan (Zeiss), Michael Griffiths (C.R.Kennedy), Clinton Harn, Carolyn Constantine ACS President NSW.
More info on the Zeiss Supreme Primes Radiance HERE

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