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A message from the NSW ACS President - Cal Gardiner ACS

Dear NSW ACS members


As the newly elected NSW president and together with my new committee we look forward to working with you all for the betterment of cinematography.

I am particularly pleased to announce that we have 6 female cinematographers on our committee including our 2 Vice Presidents Carolyn Constantine ACS and Velinda Wardell ACS.  


I would sincerely like to thank our outgoing president Roger Lancer ACS and all the outgoing committee members for all their hard work over the previous years.

Contact: NSW President

We are here to put into action our members needs and wishes to the best of our abilities.  Please feel free to contact myself or any of our committee so your points can be added to our agenda and taken into consideration.

Yours in Cinematography

Calvin Gardiner ACS

NSW President

NSW AWARDS Deadline Extended:   6pm 25th August

Entries for the 2019 ACS NSW Awards for Cinematography will close this Sunday, August 25th (6pm).

If you haven't yet entered your work you only have a few up your sleeve to get your entries in, late entries will not be accepted.

Use the links below for Awards Categories, Awards Entry Information, Terms and Conditions and Online Entry Form.

Please read the T's & C's carefully, and follow the entry naming convention precisely.  Any questions drop us a line.  Good luck with your entries.

We look forward to seeing your work at the State Awards in November 2019. Remember, if you win Gold you automatically go on to the National Awards for judging in the same category alongside your interstate colleagues. 


Awards Categories
2019 ACS Awards Entry Information ~ Terms & Conditions

ARRI & Women in Film & Television NSW presents Interactive Large Format Workshop

Come and join WIFT NSW at this interactive workshop on Large Format, complete with operating cameras and lenses. Hosted by Arri, you will also get the opportunity to explore some of their new products.

Location: Alexandria Town Hall

Date: 22 August

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Drinks and networking on arrival


This event was made possible with the support of Create NSW and the City of Sydney.   #WIFTAustralia

Now is the time to start thinking about the work you are going to submit if you are eligible to apply for accreditation this year.

Please use the links below to review all the conditions.  

If you require further information along with any advice regarding your submission please contact  Ron Johanson ACS OAM or NSW Branch President Calvin Gardiner ACS.

Contact the NSW President »
ACS Accreditation »
Applications may be lodged 1st - 30th September 2019

The Mayor of Woollahra, Cr Peter M Cavanagh and the Chair of the Woollahra Plaques Advisory Committee, Cr Anthony Marano,

invites you to attend the unveiling of the plaque to honour James Francis (Frank) Hurley, Antarctic adventurer and photographer

on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 11:00am-12:00pm.

James Francis (Frank) Hurley


The event will be held on the footpath outside his former home at 55 Wunulla Road, Point Piper 

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by   Friday 27 September 2019 
Joan Ruthven 9391 7932



Getting started with Baselight

Introductory Course with Ben Chorley

Come and Join Don McAlpine ACS ASC in Q&A with FilmLight and Definition Films for an introduction to Baselight, FilmLight’s colour grading, VFX and finishing solution.

This one-day free course covers the core fundamentals of colour grading, colour space and media management in Baselight v5. The course combines demonstrations of techniques and features as well as hands-on exercises.

We don't provide any computers to the students so it is strongly recommended to bring a laptop compatible with Baselight STUDENT, FilmLight's software-only macOS application developed for training purposes. Baselight STUDENT will be used during the day for practice sessions.
Registrants will be sent a software licence and media package before the course.

Date And Time

Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 10:00 AM AEST


Definition Films
Building 53a
Fox Studios
Moore Park, NSW 2021

Free Course ~ RSVP NOW


The ADG board announces, with sadness and gratitude, the departure of the organisations Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Anderson, at the end of September this year.

Mr Anderson says he is proud of what he has achieved as CEO and nominates the transformation of the organisation into a union, alongside the establishment of the first directors contracts with producers, as his most important achievements.



When I came to the ADG I had a very clear idea of where I thought the organisation should be in relation to the Australian screen industry. We needed to re-establish the crucial role of directors in the creation of screen content and to support this with agreements and policy that put directors where they needed to be at the centre of screen production.

Most rewarding for me was to work alongside such a great number of talented Australian directors and support their talents in creating some of Australia’s best stories for the big and small screen. I am particularly proud of my work in growing the ADG Awards over the past five years to become an important event on the screen industry calendar that recognises the immense talent we have in this country.

I am also immensely proud of the Gender Matters programs we have run particularly the Shadow Directing Scheme that has seen talented female directors be given concrete employment opportunities as television directors. I hope this scheme will continue with the backing of Screen Australia, as its success speaks for itself.

Mr Anderson also thanks board members past and present who had faith in his vision for the organisation as well as the staff and members of the ADG.

I feel the organisation is in great shape with a SPA agreement for directors, increased revenue for the collections society, and a growing and diverse membership across screen platforms.

Dame Changer: Masterclass with Gabrielle Dolan.

Please join like-minded creative industry professionals for insights into the art, business and strategy of communication.

TIME: 6:30pm - 8.30pm
DATE: Wednesday 4th September
 Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney.
COST:  $25 for members.   $40 for non-members

You are invited to also join us afterwards for a drink at Urban Winery.

Books available to purchase on the night $20 (RRP $29.95).

Bella Merlino ~ NSW ACS CineKid

Award Winning Film maker Bella Merlino has a swag of awards for her short film creations from Australian Cinematographers Society to other local comps.  Bella chats with Bloodfest and gives some practical sound advice.

What do you love about film? Why the film medium?

I love telling stories and the best medium for me to tell stories is through film.Watching a movie is a way of escaping life for the movie duration.To me, FILM, is moving art and it is a truly collaborative form of expression

Do you have any film role models?

I have no film role models. I appreciate that all actors and directors bring something new to the table. 

Any new film equipment?

The latest piece of film equipment that I bought was a new tripod. I cannot express the importance for every film maker to own one. It keeps the film shot steady. There is nothing more annoying that watching a film and the film shots are jumping around and unsteady

What are some challenges you have when creating a film?

The most challenging part of the film making process is choosing actors that work well together. For example, you may have 2 talented actors individually, but when paired , the result might be otherwise. Therefore when choosing your actors, ensure that they work well together and that they are the right actors for your film.

Any tips on lighting something to look scary or atmospheric?

Easy!!! “get into a dark room“ shine a torch from underneath the subject towards the face of who you are filming.

Bloodfest knows you're not into horror - how else can the genre be realised?

Horror is not all about blood and guts. Horror can be about the demons that one may fights within themselves, e.g. paranoia or depression.Don’t just limit your thinking to blood and guts.  Think outside the box.

Any editing tips?

The best editing advice that I can give is shoot the scene well and don’t expect the editing process to solve all the problems.

Bella will be hosting Bloodfest on October 29 Kids Category EVENT CINEMAS BONDI

CONGRATULATIONS to NSW Branch member Eirini Alligiannis 
 Best Documentary Super Short 
7th Annual Chain Film Festival in NYC. 
This is a fantastic achievement and thoroughly deserved

ASC President Down Under Kees van Oostrum visits ACS participates in education session, then head over to the NZCS. 

During a brief trip in early August, van Oostrum arrived in Sydney as a guest of the Australian Cinematographers Society, meeting with national president Ron Johanson. A book on the history of the organization (The Shadowcatchers, by Martha Ansara) was a special welcoming gift, now destined for the ASC’s library. After touring the ACS offices, van Oostrum sat in on a workshop in progress. 

Jumping a plane to Auckland, van Oostrum informally met with New Zealand Cinematographers Society president Simon Raby. 

“The deep relationship the ASC has with both of these organizations is an important part of our global outreach,” says van Oostrum. “There are always opportunities to share ideas and experiences, especially as the motion-picture business expands so rapidly in both countries. It’s really incredible how much production is going on there, and the local facilities and creative talent available are very impressive.”

New South Wales Platinum Sponsor
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New South Wales Gold Sponsor
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New South Wales Silver Sponsors
Adept Turnkey logo        AJK Grips logo        Eden Creative Media logo        Film Graphics logo        PDV Digital Cinema logo
Southern Cross Cameras Australia logo        Spectrum Films logo

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
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Silver Track Digital logo        Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        Arri Australia logo        C R Kennedy & Company PTY LTD logo        Gear Head logo        Kayell Australia logo
Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Showreel Finder logo        Sun Studios logo        The Post Lounge logo
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National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Silver Sponsors
Atomos logo        Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo        VA logo

National Bronze Sponsors
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National Supporters
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New South Wales Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060

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