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Sunday 16th April 2023
A Message from the NSW President
Image courtesy of Daniel Christie
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This year the NSW Branch is hosting the 53rd ACS National Awards for Cinematography 2023 at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park on Saturday May 6th from 6pm.  As the date fast approaches, I encourage you all to come and join the celebrations. We only get to host The Nationals once every five years, and whether you are a nominee or not it’s a great night to catch up with fellow cines and sponsors from across the country as well as support and celebrate the impressive work of your colleagues. Our Guest of Honour this year will be Oscar winning cinematographer, Russell Boyd AO ACS ASC. Another reason to celebrate!
Leading up to the Awards we have a number of FREE satellite events which I also encourage you to support. We begin on Friday May 5th with an Open House at HQ in Sydney from 2-5pm.  On Friday night there is a screening at AFTRS Theatre sponsored by Panavision of the action thriller feature The Gray Man followed by a Q & A with Stephen F. Windon ACS ASC. After the screening, Rosco & Leitz have organised a fantastic drinks and food night at the Urban Winery next door to AFTRS. Then on Saturday May 6th at 10am, join us for the very popular Meet the Nominees Event moderated by Kim Batterham ACS and kindly sponsored by ARRI Australia followed by a presentation by Rosco of the new RDX Lab system.

Links to buy tickets to the awards or register for 2 of the Satellite events are listed in this newsletter. Please purchase your Awards tickets by Friday April 28th as we need to know numbers for catering. The Open House at HQ does not require registration, you can just drop in between 2-5pm and meet some of our interstate guests.
Last month’s Lens Night Drop In was super popular. A big thank you to Atlas Lens Co, Canon, Laowa, Lemac and Andy Taylor ACS for such a hands on demo of so much new glass.
For our April Drop In next Thursday April 20th from 6pm, we will be joined by international cinematographer, Marc Spicer ACS. Marc has worked on feature drama in many countries around the world as both a Director of Photography and operator on a wide range of films including the Escape Room and the Fast & Furious series. An expert in shooting action and horror, Marc is a very generous speaker and only in Sydney for a short time so this is one not to miss!
Thank you to all our National and NSW Sponsors who attended the ACS Sponsor’s Brunch last month. It was great to catch up in person and for the ACS to be able to show how appreciated all your continued support is to the Society.
As we commemorate Anzac Day this month, I’d like to acknowledge all of our colleagues who have, and continue to, risk their lives working in war zones to bring us the images and stories that remind us of the horrors of war. Some of them never to return. Lest We Forget.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW April drop-in

Thursday 20th April 6pm

In conversation with

Marc Spicer ACS
Join us at HQ this month with special guest cinematographer, Marc Spicer ACS. Marc's career as a cinematographer has had him working on many films shot in the USA, South Africa & Eastern Europe. We are lucky to catch him briefly in Sydney this month as he shares his vast experience on a drama sets around the world including Furious 7 and Escape Room.
This is one not to miss!
ACS HQ : Level 2, 26 Ridge Street North Sydney

The ACS "Night of Nights"
celebrating our best cinematography from across the country, and beyond...
Book your tickets HERE
Guest of Honour: Russell Boyd AO ACS ACS

National Awards Satellite Events

Friday 5th May from 2-5pm
ACS HQ Open House
Level 2, 26 Ridge St, North Sydney
Whilst you are in Sydney ACS members and guests are invited to come  have a drink and check out the ACS HQ. Located within walking distance to the  Quest Apartments in North Sydney, where many guests will be staying. 
No need to book, just pop in when you like : )
Friday 5th May at 6pm
The Gray Man

Screening and Q&A with
Stephen F. Windon ACS ASC

Presented by Panavision
AFTRS Main Theatre
The Entertainment Quarter, Building 130, Moore Park NSW 2021
We are delighted to have Stephen back in the country and taking us behind the scenes of this action packed thriller.
This will be followed immediately by the
Urban Winery Sydney

(next-door to AFTRS)
Please join us for food, drinks and great conversations following the screening and Q&A
Tickets for GRAY MAN Screening and After-party HERE
Saturday 6th May

Meet the Nominees
plus Rosco RDX Lab Presentation
A National Award Nominee panel hosted by Kim Batterham ACS
Watch work from across the spectrum of Award Nominees and join a conversation hosted by the inimitable Kim Batterham ACS as each nominee shares artistic and technical insights into the creation of their their stunning images.
Followed by an update from Rosco on their amazing RDX Lab virtual production assets and control system.
AFTRS Main Theatre
The Entertainment Quarter, Building 130, Moore Park NSW 2021
Presented by
Book your Meet the Nominees tickets HERE
Photos from our March
Drop-in at ACS HQ
Thanks again to to Atlas Lens Co, Canon and Laowa for generously sharing so many new lenses and  Lemac and Andy Taylor ACS for providing cameras and everything else we needed to properly get our hands on them and see what they can do!
Atlas Orion and Mercury series anamorphics with a selection of primes from Canon
All images courtesy of Vitali Lisau
(dir: Rolf de Heer, 1993)
Bubby has spent thiry years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day he manages to escape. Deranged and naive in equal measure, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic world begins.
Rated: R18+ (High level course language, Sex scenes, Adult themes)
7pm Wednesday 26th April
AFTRS Main Theatre
35mm Print. Click HERE to book your FREE seats
Photos from the very well attended
Sponsors Brunch
L Andrew Barley (Macquarie Commercial Finance) Anthony Cable & Nick Rowe (Sony) R Hannah Anderson-Reid (TDC), Therese Manns (Nth Sydney Council), Simeon Bryan (AFTRS), Piet De Vries (PDV).
L Adam Georges (Georges) R Ali Peck (VA Hire) Mark Naidoo (CreamSource) & Jason Futrill (Georges)
L Siti Rohana (Eizo) Luke Simpson (Kayell) R Naveen (Eizo) Simon Alberry (Cutting Edge)
Without you, we couldn't do what we do. Thank you!

A 5 day Steadicam Masterclass
ShotClass is hosting Louis Puli SOC with his highly regarded 5 day Steadicam course on 15th – 19th May, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
Join ShotClass (ACS Victoria Silver Sponsor), for a specialised full 5 day masterclass to train you in the skills required to be a professional Steadicam operator or assistant. Lead by one of Australia’s foremost Steadicam Operators, ACS member Louis Puli SOC, who is renowned as one of the best instructors and practitioners. Louis will be supported by 2 - 3 other professional Steadicam operators to teach you all the tricks. Class size is small and there is plenty of gear and rigs so you will be kept busy every minute: learning, experimenting, practising and finessing. The 5 day course will cover everything from building and balancing to operating in different modes, configurations and scenarios. This course will demonstrate all you need to know to work with Steadicam and similar rigs either as an operator or camera assistant. Everyone is welcome. Supported by a camera and gripping crew and utilising various types of camera supports and vehicles, we will recreate a very realistic set-like environment. Meals and drinks are provided each day – and you’ll even get a complimentary T-Shirt on completion.
Applications are not required for this masterclass. Places are limited to 12 and it is first come, first served, so don’t delay.
Registration and more information HERE
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 are now open 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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