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7th March 2023
A Message from the NSW President
Image courtesy of Daniel Christie
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On International Womens Day let’s take a minute to celebrate all the inspiring women that contribute towards the world class camera departments working here in Australia and overseas. 
As part of the IWD celebrations, on Saturday March 11th at 10am at ACE in Parramatta there will be a industry panel with our very own Kathryn Milliss ACS as one of the amazing women discussing their journey and experience. Organised in association with WIFT NSW, I encourage you to attend as it’s always is a great event. 
Last months Drop In was a huge success. A big thanks to Director, Clara Chong and producer/ DOP Ben Allan ACS CSI for an incredibly generous and insightful sharing of the making of their feature film Dark Noise as well as Jimmy Limb from Aputure who brought along the latest LED units about to launch.
This months Drop In will be A Night of Lenses, with the latest glass from Atlas Lens Co from the UK, the new Flex Zoom Series from Canon as well as Venus Laowa Lenses demonstrating their new Proteus 2 x anamorphics. This will be another night not to miss so see you on Thursday March 16th from 6pm at our HQ.
I recently had the privilege of attending the inaugural Sony Future Filmmakers Awards 2023 in LA and would encourage filmmaking teams to start thinking about entries for next year, as this will be an annual global film competition to support emerging film makers. Here in Australia the Catchlight Film Festival supported by Sony Australia is now open for entries so check out the details below.
Congratulations to Mandy Walker AM ACS ASC for her history making win in the features category at the ASC awards held last Sunday night in LA. Good luck for the Oscars next week, we will all be cheering for you!
As the judging fast approaches for the ACS National Awards, don’t forget to put Saturday May 6th in your diaries as cinematographers from across the country come together at Luna Park, Sydney to celebrate a wonderful night of cinematography.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW March drop-in

Thursday 16th March 6pm

A Night of Lenses
Join us for an in-depth presentation of new glass by some of the most innovative manufacturers of professional optics
From Atlas: "For us, the purpose of these event nights is to introduce ourselves to the Australian audience and ACS members by creating a hands-on experience with our products. After a brief introduction we'd like to invite attendees to test the lenses while we will be available to answer any questions about the lenses and our company." 

They will have a bumper collection including the regular Orions (inc 21 &25mm), Silver Edition Orions, Mercury lenses, expanders/extenders and more!
From Canon: “We will be bringing lenses from our new Flex Zoom series. The CN-E20-50MM T2.4 L F / FP and CN-E45-135MM T2.4 L F / FP Both offer outstanding performance and impressive quality for HDR, 4K and 8K productions. These are Canon’s first full frame manual cine-zoom lenses, with constant T2.4 across the entire zoom range and covering focal lengths most frequently used in filmmaking and cinema productions.”
Venus Laowa Lenses will be demonstrating their recently announced Proteus 2x Anamorphic prime lenses which have a very fast T2 aperture and an interchangeable PL / EF  lens mount.  Like their popular Nanomorphs, a unique feature of Laowa’s Proteus lenses is their choice of versions with Amber, Blue or Silver flares.  At the Drop In will be the 60mm Silver and the 35mm Amber.
Thanks to both Canon and Lemac for their support.

See you there!
ACS HQ : Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney

Booking link coming very soon...

Mandy Walker Makes History as First Woman to Win Top Honours at American Society of Cinematographers Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers handed out its best visual storytelling in feature film award to “Elvis” on Sunday night, and in doing so, Mandy Walker has become the first woman to win the top prize in the society’s history.
Mandy's Acceptance Speech (Excerpt)
Listen to Mandy chatting with Vance Burberry ACS about her Process (recorded last week)
Congratulations as well to to Jules O'Loughlin ACS ASC who picked up a win in the One-Hour Commercial TV category with drama The Old Man.
So, on to the Academy Awards
The broadcast will run live on Channel 7 and stream on 7plus from 11am AEDT on Monday 13th March with red carpet beforehand.
Fingers crossed for Mandy, who if she wins, will once again be the first woman to have ever done so!
WIFT, Guilds and the Arts & Cultural Exchange
A celebration of International Women's Day with an inspiring panel that includes ACS NSW Committee Member Kathryn Milliss ACS.
10am Saturday 11th March
Arts & Cultural Exchange
8 Victoria Rd Parramatta
Book your tickets HERE
International Women's Day will be celebrated offficially on Wed 8th March. In recognition of the phenomenal contribution made by women cinematographers and crew, both here in Australia and around the world, we hope that you enjoy these images of some of our best and brightest stars!
Collages by Sissy Reyes. More to come on the ACS socials.
Postcard from LA
Congratulations to Sony for the success of the inaugural Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2023 held recently at Sony Picture Studios, Culver City,  LA. I was delighted to be able to attend along with Stefan Duscio ACS and  the team from Sony Australia, Jun Yoon and Nick Rowe.
Congratulations to Alisha Mehra whose film MATCH POINT was a finalist in the student Category.
Carolyn Constantine ACS - NSW President.
L- R Nick Rowe ( Sony Australia), Stefan Duscio ACS, Alisah Mehra, Jun Yoon ( Sony Australia)
6pm-9pm  Tuesday 21st March
Sun Studios, Alexandria
FREE for ACS Members
Click HERE for Registration Link and enter the code ACS
Congratulations to Mark Wareham ACS
for winning Best Cinematography
at the 2023 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
Mark was honored for his beautiful work with Director Leah Purcell on
The Drovers Wife

The 2023 John Leake OAM ACS
Emerging Cinematographer Award
(entries NOW open)

The Award provides a prize of $2,400 cash to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or has begun working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work that will further their skills and career in cinematography.

The Award is generously supported by Panavision Australia and named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co- founder, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009).

Photos from our February
Drop-in at ACS HQ
Thanks again to Ben Allan ACS CSI and Director Clara Chong for such an insightful and interesting presentation on the technical and production methods behind their recently completed feature Dark Noise.
Ben and Clara are introduced by NSW President Carolyn Constantine ACS
This included innovative working hours that saved the production money, including:
  • 8 hour days (always)
  • 12 hour turnarounds
  • 5 day weeks
  • but still managing to shoot 4 1/2 to 5 pages per day.
Thanks also to Jimmy Lim from Aputure Lighting who was able to demo some of their newest and most innovative lighting tools.
All images courtesy of Vitali Lisau
A cracking thriller shot by Dean Semler ASC ACS that really kicked off Nicole Kidman's career.
7pm Tuesday 28th March
AFTRS Main Theatre
35mm Print. Click HERE to book your FREE seats
Returning for its third year running, Sony presents the Catchlight Film Festival to once again celebrate the best short-form filmmaking shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand.
In 2023, the Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories; Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student Fiction and Music Video.

Competition Dates

Entries open at 12:00 PM AEDT on Monday, 20th February and close for submissions at 11:59PM AEST on Sunday, 25 June 2023.


In partnership with our sister companies Sony Pictures Releasing and Sony Music, each category-winning film will be awarded with a unique experience specific to that category as well as a prize package of Sony digital imaging products.  In addition, thanks to the support of our partners at Atomos, Lemac, VA Hire and Videocraft, we are launching a set of special laurel awards that highlight exceptional cinematography, as well as the skillful use of Sony's native lens range, each with a valuable prize attached.
Click HERE for more DETAILS
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