ACS NSW Focus 13th August 2018


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In this Issue:

August Drop In
NSW Branch Annual General Meeting
Awards Entries
AACTA Shorts Fest

August Drop In

As Visual Effects, VFX, becomes used on an increasingly wide range of projects lines of communication between departments is not only important but in most cases essential.

Mark van den Bergen is a VFX artist with an extensive background as a VFX Supervisor and Compositing Supervisor. He will be our guest at the August Drop In.

Mark's passion for using new technologies to help achieve a director's creative goals has taken him around the world for work on TV commercials, music videos and feature films. His credits include: "Avatar" and George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and many other challenging projects including work as VFX Supervisor on large scale Chinese productions. He is currently is working on Virtual Reality projects and innovative mixed CGI/traditional film techniques.

Mark will discuss his work and his thoughts on why he believes the lines of communication are particularly important between VFX and the Cinematographer. He will take us through the various stages of production and discuss how VFX can best work with all departments in a meaningful and efficient way.

If you've been a little slow in keeping up with the latest in VFX technology this evening with Mark will certainly bring you up to speed.

Make a date in your diary for Thursday, August 16th, at ACS HQ (address below).

As the AGM will take place at 6pm (see following item) the Drop In will commence, for this month only, at 6:30pm.

ACS NSW Branch Annual General Meeting 6.00pm, Thursday 16th August at National HQ

Immediately prior to the August Drop In

The NSW branch is administered by members who freely volunteer their time and services to best represent the interests of all NSW members and sponsors. The AGM is an opportunity for members to learn more about the branch and how it functions. It is also a great platform for you to have a say in how you think the Society should progress and be relevant in this evolving cinematography landscape.

Please support your branch by attending this very important meeting and participate in the election of the new committee for 2018/2019. It's your society so be relevant and have your say.

Awards Entries

Entries for the 2018 NSW & ACT Awards for Cinematography have been coming in at a steady pace but will close at 6pm Friday August 24th. Late entries will not be accepted.

If you haven't entered any of your work now's the time to familiarise yourself with the various entry categories along with the Award Terms and Conditions and get your entries in.

The online entry form is available using this link: Online Entry Form
(you'll need your member log in details) or the link at the ACS website NSW branch page.

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AACTA Shorts Fest

The Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts (AFI | AACTA) is holding the AACTA SHORTS FEST in Sydney from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd August at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction. On Monday will be the Oscars Short Film Program, where in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), AACTA will present the 2018 Oscar®-nominated Animated and Live Action Short Films. On Wednesday will be AACTA PITCH, the final round in AACTA's newly developed pitching competition that aims to discover Australia's next world-class scripted series for television or web. Then on Thursday will be the AACTA Short Film Program, with a screening of the eight Short Animation and Short Fiction Films nominated for the 8th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, including a complimentary pre-reception. More information on all events can be found here.

AFI | AACTA is extending complimentary passes to the first 10 ACS members who wish to attend any of these events. To take up this offer please email Becky Charlton via and include which event or events you wish to attend.


AFTRS Launches Industry Certificates in Colour Grading and Camera Assisting
AFTRS has launched a new program of Industry Certificates to give you the skills and knowledge to succeed in a increasingly competitive screen industry landscape. Industry Certificates include Colour Grading (12 weeks, starts 17 Sept) and Camera Assisting (3 weeks, starts 19 Nov), practical and outcome focussed non-award courses with curriculum informed and validated by AFTRS Industry Advisory Panels and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements. Details:

AFTRS Postgraduate Information Evening – Wed 29 August
Discover how AFTRS' Master of Arts Screen (offered in 10 Disciplines) and Master of Arts Screen: Business and Leadership are designed to nurture the next generation of visionary screen and broadcast storytellers who can work at the highest level of the screen industries. Experience AFTRS uniquely forward-looking approach to practice-based learning and hear about the courses from the Heads of Department who teach them and alumni who have used them to launch their careers. You’ll also have the opportunity to see examples of student work, put your questions to our tutors and get tips on your application. Register:

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