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11th July 2021
A message from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Well, here we are again, back in lockdown!! I do hope everyone is staying safe and making the most of any extra time researching new gear, spending time with immediate family, catching up on missed shows or podcasts, sorting out their tax or in pre for their next project. For those shooting at the moment, please make sure your teams are following protocols so we can protect our industry and get out of this terrible situation sooner rather than later.
I would also like to acknowledge this week being NAIDOC week with the theme of “Healing country.” There are some wonderful stories screening this week on free to air and many other online platforms with many of these images being shot by some of our members. The ACS celebrates NAIDOC week and all the talented indigenous storytellers and the lands on which we live and work.
This month we are lucky to have Thomas Hancock as our guest for the July ACS NSW Zoom In which will be held as an online webinar due to the current lockdown.  Tom joins us after a two-year posting at the Middle East bureau for ABC TV.  From Lebanon to the US Elections, Tom has had a busy schedule filming daily news, 7:30 Report and Foreign Correspondent. Please register for this webinar via the link provided.
Membership renewals have just gone out and apologies if anyone received our email twice. We are just getting up to speed with a new automated system. Please note that membership fees need to be paid before you can enter this year ACS awards or nominate or vote in the upcoming AGM.
The next ACS NSW Branch AGM meeting will be held at the ACS HQ on Thursday 19th August @ 6:30 pm Subject to Covid-19 Health recommendations, if restrictions still apply by this date we will hold the meeting via Zoom. Nominations close midnight Thursday 12th August, 7 days prior to the NSW Branch AGM. I would encourage anyone who would like to get involved with the ACS committee or executive to nominate, we are always happy to have new people that would like to contribute and help shape the future of our Society.
ACS Awards entries open on August 1st so start getting your submissions organised. Please have a look at the new T&Cs and specifications in advance on the links provided in this newsletter edition.
Great to hear some news from some of our NSW sponsors this month with Southern Cross Films new set of Cooke Full Frame S7A, 1.8x lenses about to get a workout on the new feature being shot by Shelley Farthing-Dawe. 

Cinoptix has recently acquired the Bolt High-Speed Camera Robot as part of its inventory that includes Alexa LF, Alexa Mini LF, Phantom Flex4K High-Speed Camera, ARRI Signature Primes, Cooke Prime lenses, Leitz Prime lenses, and more.

Accreditation is around the corner...
Considering Accreditation: email
Congratulations to David Wakeley ACS who held another really successful ACS Expat International members Zoom Chat on July 4th with many members joining in from all parts of the world. This has been a really great initiative and thoroughly enjoyed by all that take part. 
The next Cinekids Workshop sponsored by Videocraft and organised by our National Cinekids Coordinator, David Lewis ACS will be held at ACS HQ on August 1st, 10 am-12 pm. If you know any budding filmmakers, why not see if they are interested in joining up. Please see our Cinekids section in this newsletter for further information.
We are still searching for our new newsletter editor. The new editor will be in great company as before Lizz Vernon took over the task we were lucky to have David Burr ACS on the job for the previous 9 years. David managed to put together 216 issues some created from locations in remote parts of the world. Thank you so much to both David and Lizz and I look forward to our next editor stepping up soon. If you are interested please feel free to email me at
I'd love to create the NSW Newsletter: email
Stay safe everyone and hopefully we will be out of this lockdown soon.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President

6pm - 9pm, Thursday, 15th July, 2021 
Guest Speaker ~ Thomas Hancock
After joining the ABC in 2010 as an assistant editor, then editor, Tom moved into news/current affairs as a camera operator in 2013. Since then, he's worked on the nightly news, "Four Corners", "Foreign Correspondent", and "Australian Story". He's currently full-time on "7.30". 
Tom spent almost two years (2019-20) as the ABC's Middle East camera operator, based in Beirut. He covered everything from the overthrow of the Lebanese government to the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria. Packed as it was, the posting was cut short due to the pandemic and Tom and his wife were recalled to Sydney. 

Prior to the ABC, Tom worked in corporate communications as a stills photographer and videographer. He holds a Bachelor of Communications (Hons) in Media Production from the University of Newcastle.
ACS NSW JULY 15th | Zoom-In |Thomas Hancock | Zoom LINK
For any members who may be interested in some viewing material in the lead-up, here is a link, below, to the Foreign Correspondent program 'Revolution In The Time of Corona' which paints an in-depth portrait of living/working in a Lebanon gripped by economic, political and (last) Covid crises!

It was literally filmed in our last few weeks of living in Lebanon before we had to leave due to the local Covid risk. 
ACS NSW July Zoom-In Registration LINK

ACS NSW Awards
The 2021 ACS Award Entry window is open:
August 1st 9 am - August 21st 11.59 pm 2021 (AEST)

NB: The Entry Form is only open at these times. No late entries will be accepted.
You must be a current financial ACS member to be able to enter.
2021 ACS Awards Award Categories Link:
2021 ACS Award Entry: This link will activate August 1st
2021 ACS Awards Entry Information and Terms and Conditions:

2021 ACS NSW Notice 
Annual General Meeting
2021 ACS NSW Branch Annual General Meeting Notice.

The next NSW Branch AGM meeting will be held at the ACS HQ on Thursday 19th August @ 6:30 pm.

If Covid restrictions still apply by this date we will hold the meeting via Zoom. 
Nominations close midnight Thursday 12th August, 7 days prior to the NSW Branch AGM.

Please download and return the nomination form by the due date if you wish to stand for any Executive or Committee positions.
Please note that you need to be a current financial member to stand and/or vote for any positions.
Please contact either  or if you need help to organise seconders on your nomination form

Is your child or someone you know a budding filmmaker, then why not join them up to the ACS CineKids program? A CineKid is a young person aged between 10 - 15 years who has a passion for cameras and filmmaking.
The ACS CineKids August 1, 2021 Workshop
Subject to Covid-19 Health Restrictions

At this workshop will discuss and demonstrate various ways on how to use different lens sizes (wide and telephoto), different camera angles and other beneficial tips to help you tell your story when recording your short films.
Follow the ACS CineKids on Facebook
If you need more information contact David Lewis ACS.  For more information and how to join up to your local ACS Branch use the following
CineKids Application Form
Information about joining the ACS
David Lewis ACS -
CINOPTIX  recently acquired the Bolt High-Speed Camera Robot as part of its inventory that includes Alexa LF, Alexa Mini LF, Phantom Flex4K High-Speed Camera, ARRI Signature Primes, Cooke Prime lenses, Leitz Prime lenses, and more.
The Bolt, developed by Mark Roberts Motion Control, allows for precision camera moves at ultra-high speeds that would be impossible by hand or any other method. The precision cinema robot adds an entirely new perspective to filming whether shooting commercials, tabletop, film or television.

This service is provided by Vyzen, a motion control division of Cinoptix.
LIFE IN COLOUR with David Attenborough

on screens on 9 for the next 3 Saturdays
or watch on Catch Up on
Congratulations to NSW member Adam Geiger and the team at Sealight pictures as Life In Colour with David Attenborough launches on Channel 9 on Saturdays this month with catch up available on 9NOW.

Australian Director 
Additional Camera 
Many of our ACS members were contributors to some of the magnificent images as they also were on Earth Moods, Secret of the Whales and Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth, all currently screening on Disney+. That's a lot of great viewing!

The talented Aussie DOPs who worked on Shark Beach are:
Drone Camera
Stills Photographer
First Assistant Camera
Life in Colour Trailer
Shark Beach Trailer
Secrets of the Whales Trailer
Earth Moods Trailer

As you think about all your 2021 projects...

we ask you to be mindful
& think about who is in your crew...

To check out the
ACS National & NSW INSTAGRAM accounts click the respective icons below:

New South Wales Platinum Sponsor
Rotor Head logo

New South Wales Gold Sponsors
Cinoptix logo        Southern Cross Cameras Australia logo

New South Wales Silver Sponsors
Adept Turnkey logo        AJK Grips logo        Film Graphics logo        Macquarie Commercial Finance logo        PDV Digital Cinema logo
Spectrum Films logo

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo
Lemac logo        Lighthouse Rentals logo        Miller Australia logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Dragon Image logo        RED logo        Rosco logo
Rotor Head logo        Sura logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
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Australian Cinematographers Society
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060

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