ACS NSW Focus 15th July 2019


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In this Issue:

July Drop In
Awards Entries Open Soon
Membership Renewals
ASC President, Kees van Oostrum ASC
Large Format Camera and Lens Master Class
In the Wild with RED DSMC2

July Drop In

Surrounded by a firestorm with only a camera was News cinematographer Kevin Hudson. Kevin was capturing the courage and desperation of firefighters trying to save an entire neighbourhood. While you may not be familiar with his name it is guaranteed that you have seen Kevin's images across your screens for the last 30 years. Kevin is a cinematographer who shoots news, current affairs and lifestyle for the Seven Network.

For his work "Ember Storm - Menai Night Fire Sequence", Kevin won a Gold Plaque at the 2018 NSW/ACT Awards in the "Syd Wood ACS Local/National News" category and that translated into a Gold Tripod win at the 2019 Nationals. This was Kevin's 5th National Award four of which were Gold Tripods.

Kevin will be our guest at the July Drop In where he will screen his winning entry and discuss his approach to cinematography from a news perspective. News gathering is an important area of cinematography and one that we experience on a daily basis but one that most of us are not particularly familiar with. Kevin's presentation will give us an insight into a side of cinematography that most of us don't experience on a practical level.

Come along to ACS HQ (address below) on Thursday 18th July. Doors open as usual at 6pm with Kevin's presentation starting at about 6:45pm.

Ember Storm - Menai Night Fire Sequence, screen grab.

Awards Entries Open Soon

The 2019 ACS NSW Awards for Cinematography will take place in November. That may be four months away but before the big night member's work has to be entered and judged. Entries will be accepted from August 1st (9am) until August 21st (6pm) so it's time to start thinking about the work you would like to enter. Take that step to placing your first, or another, Gold Tripod on your mantelpiece.

2019 Award Entry Terms & Conditions and 2019 Award Categories can be found using the links below.

2019 Award Categories »
2019 ACS Awards Entry Information and Terms and Conditions »

Membership Renewals

Important reminder to all members yet to pay their membership renewal fees for this year. Please make sure you include your SURNAME OR INVOICE NUMBER when making a Direct
Debit payment. We have had three Accredited members make a payment with nothing identifying who the payment is for and the bank is now conducting a trace for us which is an expensive and time consuming exercise!

Thank you for your co-operation.


The ACS is participating at SMPTE - METexpo (17th-19th July) and we will have our customary booth, looked after by volunteers from the ACS NSW branch, where information about the Society will be available along with merchandise.
We are also hosting 4 very important Sessions that are certain to be of great interest to not only you, our members, but others in attendance.
These Sessions, listed below are being presented by some of our most well known Cinematographer members.


First session of the day in the Conference room from 0900 – 1030 is being run by Women in Film & Television.

Morning Tea 1030 – 1100

Session 1. 1100 – 1200
Pawel Achtel ACS, as a member of Technical Committee of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) has designed an accurate and objective way to measure colour reproduction accuracy of cinema cameras. In plain English, the process tests the range of colours that a camera can see and how accurately it can reproduce them. To make the test more accurate, Pawel uses a laboratory spectroscope, which can project all visible monochromatic colours (think the colours of the rainbow) directly onto the camera's sensor. Such an approach removes a number of variables, inaccuracies and subjective interpretation that are usually introduced through lighting, lenses, dyes, and other factors associated with the traditional way of using colour charts. In July 2018, Pawel, with assistance from the Australian Cinematographers Society Brisbane evaluated the Sony Venice, Arri Alexa LF, RED Monstro, and Panavision DXL2. Results of that test will be shared during this session by Pawel Achtel ACS.

Session 2. 1200 – 1300
Cinematographers Velinda Wardell ACS & Tom Gleeson
Presently Arri, Canon, Panavision, Red and Sony are offering larger than 35mm sensors. After nearly 100 years of cinema and TV production on 35mm do we need to change our shooting format? Is there a compelling reason for change?
The ACS Technical committee has shot tests and gone down the rabbit hole on large format shooting so we can spell out exactly what it means to "go large".

Lunch 1300 -1430

Session 3. 1430 – 1530
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (Creating Diversity on Set) Duration 60 minutes
A broad panel conversation around diversity and inclusion to include cinematographers of different backgrounds, gender and ethnicity. How can we make our crews look more like the world we live in?
Moderator: Erika Addis with 5 guest panel members. TBC

Afternoon Tea 1530 – 1600

Session 4. 1600 – 1730
Peter James ACS ASC talks about "Ladies in Black".
Duration 90 minutes
This session from acclaimed cinematographer, Peter James ACS ASC is about the making of a Feature film "Ladies in Black" and Peter's long term collaboration with Director, Bruce Beresford. Also during the session, Peter will refer to other genres including; short films, documentaries and commercials. Peter will talk about how a lot of the problems and responses, across the genres are the same and we, as cinematographers need to understand how to relate and communicate with a diverse group of people.

To register for the expo or to view the conference programme use this link:

Media + Entertainment Tech Expo »

An Evening with Kees van Oostrum ASC

The ACS will be hosting an evening with ASC President, Kees van Oostrum ASC.

Refreshments and food will be available so please join us and give a warm ACS welcome to the visiting ASC President.

Monday 22nd July at 6:30pm, ACS National HQ, Level 2, 26 Ridge St. North Sydney.

All members and sponsors invited, please RSVP to Ron Johanson

Large Format Camera and Lens Master Class

ARRI Australia is bringing ASC President, Kees van Oostrum ASC to Australia to run the country's first Large Format Camera and Lens Master Class. It's a must for cinematographers and crew who need to understand the creative and technical benefits of shooting in Large Format, particularly as it compares to the industry standard Super 35 production Australia has relied on for more than a decade. The Master Class is open to all ACS members and production industry professionals and will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland from July 22nd.

Bookings and payments can be made on ARRI Australia's EventBrite site by clicking on these links:

Sydney »
Melbourne »
Auckland »

In the Wild with RED DSMC2

Red Digital Cinema presents:
In the Wild with RED DSMC2. Presented by Dom West of Untitled Films & RED.
A Behind the Scenes Look into the Award-Winning Team From Untitled Films works and "Big Cat Tales".

ACS member Dom West will talk on his career as a documentary and wildlife cinematographer. He will focus on his most recent work as Co-Director and DoP on "Big Cat Tales", Animal Planet's latest natural history series that documents the lives of the lions, leopards and cheetahs of the Masia Mara in Kenya. Discussion will include the challenges faced when working as a small crew in some of the world's most remote and hostile environments and how RED camera systems are utilised to bring these powerful stories to light. "Big Cat Tales" 1 and 2 were shot on RED DRAGON, HELIUM and GEMINI Sensors.

6:30pm, Thursday, 25th July.
Level 2, 26 Ridge St
North Sydney 2060

Dom West on location

AFTRS School Holiday Workshops

From film making and digital animation to blood and guts movie make- up, screen music and HSC video skills, the Australian Film Television and Radio School has you covered this July holidays. All courses are taught by industry professionals at AFTRS state-of-the-art studios and facilities in Sydney. Check out full list of courses here:

School Holiday Workshops »

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