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Here's what's below in our May Focus

~ NSW President's Message
~ Vimeo Link to National Awards Ceremony
~ ACS Drop in Links: Roger Lanser ACS - 21st May @ 7pm
~ Full List of National Award Winners
~ Camera Covid Protocol Guide  - Download the .pdf
~ Panasonic Firmware Update : LUMIX S1H: Raw Video HDMI 
~ COVID-19 Impact Survey - It is quick and helps us help you!
~ AFTRS - Upskill Promo pro code for discounts courses
~ Macquarie Finance: Help available
~ Instagram National & NSW links
~ Check out all our wonderful sponsors

NSW President's Message

We are fortunate to have Roger Lanser ACS as our guest.
The webinar is being held this Thursday May 21st at 7.00 pm (AEST) so please grab yourself a place by clicking the link below to register.
Roger Lanser ACS Webinar ~ Registration Link
Dear ACS members and friends
The good news this month is there is some good news with less than 600 active Covid-19 cases in Australia and some productions shooting and others are going back into production.  

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 National Awards were held online, and Ron Johanson OAM ACS and his team put together a terrific show.

The full list of award winners are further down this newsletter.
Here's the Vimeo link in case you missed it...
Huge congratulations to all our national winners and a very special mention to Robb Shaw-Velzon ACS for being awarded the “Ron Windon Award” a very special honour for “Contribution to the Industry”.
I would also like to honour Dion Beebe ACS ASC and Roger Lanser ACS, both NSW  members and John Wheeler ACS for their collective induction into the “Hall of Fame” 

Our congratulations go to the major award winner of the night taking home a Gold Tripod in the feature category along with the Milli Award, Nick Matthews ACS for Hotel Mumbai.

NSW was extremely well represented last night with a Gold certificate awarded to David Szasz winning for Ship Out in the CineKids category.  

The next award in the Student Cinematography saw a Gold certificate for Michael Filocamo for A Bird With No Legs.

Music Videos saw both a Gold Tripod for Kieran Fowler ACS for his work on Guy Sebastian ‘Choir’ and an Award of Distinction for Zachary Hardaker for Taikoz ‘Towards the Rain” being awarded,Thomas Hancockalso awarded an Award of Distinction in the The Neil Davis International News Category for his work Surrendering from Baghouz: the final days of Islamic State in Syria (ABC News).  

In the Current Affairs Categories two more awards for NSW with a Gold Tripod awarded to Tom Bannigan for Foreign Correspondent, The Oasis (ABC) and an Award of Distinction was awarded to John Varga for Sunday Night, Crayfish Murder (Seven Network). Documentaries saw a Collaborative Award of Distinction for Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West for their joint work on Yarrow: The Virtues of Monochrome.  

In the Ron Taylor AM ACS Wildlife catagory Jonathan Shaw ACS was awarded an Award of Distinction for his work on Magical Land of Oz (Oceans series episode 1).

In Commercials - Local & Regional a Gold Tripod went to Campbell Brown for Running Bare and in Commercials - National & International two awards were granted to NSW members, the Gold Tripod awarded to Tim Tregoning ACS for Rural Fire Services – Have a Plan and an Award of Distinction awarded to Ross Giardina ACS for President’s Choice.  

Dramatised Documentaries saw an Award of Distinction go to Matthew Horrex ACS for Just a Boy, Vicks - Touch of Care.

Short Films saw a win for Carl Robertson ACS who was awarded a Gold Tripod for Ascendant and then Zoë White was also awarded a Gold Tripod for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale series 3, episode 11 Liars for the  Drama Series & Telefeatures catagory..

NSW again took a dual win in the Feature Films budgeted below $2Million catagory with the Gold Tripod going to Joshua Flavell ACS for Pimped and an Award of Distinction went to Chris Bland for Locust.

Be sure to check out all the National Winners below, and in the meantime why not register for the MAY ACS Webinar hosted by our very own NSW Branch.

This month’s online drop in will feature Roger Lanser ACS talking about his work on “Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears” and “The Excellent Mr Dundee”
Register for the event on the gold link below and join us this Thursday @ 7.00pm 
On behalf of the ACS I wish you and yours the best for your health and well-being.
Remember, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.
Warm regards to you all
Calvin Gardiner ACS
NSW President

7.00pm Thursday May 21st


Roger Lanser ACS Webinar ~ Registration Link
Join ACS NSW and our very special guest, recent ACS Hall of Fame inductee, Roger Lanser ACS as he talks to us about his stellar career and recent films and currently airing thriller  TV series:
 "Miss Fisher:Crypt of Tears" 
“The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee”
"The Secret She Keeps"

Register NOW

The full list of winners


Gold certificate: David Szasz – Ship Out
Award of distinction: Ai Shaw-Veizen – Harry Potter

Student Cinematography

Gold certificate: Michael Filocamo – A Bird With No Legs
AD: Connor Gurr – Signal

John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks & Promos

Gold Tripod: Tony Luu ACS – The Voice promo
AD Tony Luu ACS – Good Food Awards

Music Videos

Gold Tripod: Kieran Fowler ACS  NZCS – Guy Sebastian ‘Choir’
AD: Zachary Hardaker – Taikoz ‘Towards the Rain”

Syd Wood ACS Local & National News

Gold Tripod: Arron Hage – Snowy Mountains fly fishing (Seven Network News)
AD: Arron Hage – Lake George is Alive (Seven Network News)

Neil Davis International News

Gold Tripod: Joel Lawrence ACS – The Battle for Hong Kong
AD: Thomas Hancock – Surrendering from Baghouz: the final days of Islamic State in Syria (ABC News)

Current Affairs

Gold Tripod: Tom Bannigan – Foreign Correspondent, The Oasis (ABC)
AD: John Varga – Sunday Night, Crayfish Murder (Seven Network)

Entertainment & TV Magazine

Gold Tripod: Chris Lewis – Burringurrah
AD: Robert Hill ACS – Sunday Night, Polar Bear Town (Seven Network)

Corporate & Educational

Gold Tripod: Lincoln Williams – Evolve Skateboards
AD: Christian Fitzpatrick – Volando: An Introduction


Gold Tripod: Caleb Ware – By the River
AD: Abraham Joffe ACS & Dom West – Yarrow: The Virtues of Monochrome

Ron Taylor AM ACS Wildlife & Nature

Gold Tripod: Edward Salter and Daniel Hunter – Hostile Planet (Jungles: Bats vs Crocs) 
AD: Jonathan Shaw ACS – Magical Land of Oz (Oceans series episode 1)

Commercials – Local & Regional

Gold Tripod: Campbell Brown – Running Bare
AD: Liam Gilmour – Emporium

Commercials – National/International

Gold Tripod: Tim Tregoning ACS – Rural Fire Services – Have a Plan
AD: Ross Giardina ACS – President’s Choice

Dramatised Documentaries

Gold Tripod: Katie Milwright ACS – Guilty
AD: Matthew Horrex ACS – Just a Boy, Vicks- Touch of Care 

Short Films

Gold Tripod: Carl Robertson ACS – Ascendant 
AD: Lucas Tomoana – My Name is Mudju

Serial TV & Comedy Series

AD: Judd Overton – No Activity (series 2 episode 8)

Drama Series & Telefeatures

Gold Tripod: Zoe White  ACS – The Handmaid’s Tale (series 3, episode 11) – Liars
AD: Mark Wareham ACS – Secret City: Under the Eagle, (episode 1) – Run Little Rabbit

Feature films budgeted below $2 million

Gold Tripod: Joshua Flavell ACS – Pimped 
AD: Chris Bland – Locusts

Feature films budgeted above $2 million

Gold Tripod: Nick Matthews ACS – Hotel Mumbai
AD: Denson Baker ACS NZCS – Ophelia 

Milli Award

Nick Matthews ACS – Hotel Mumbai

Ron Windon Award
Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS

Hall of Fame

 Dion Beebe ACS ASC     Roger Lanser ACS      John Wheeler ACS

Camera Covid Protocol guide

Hi everyone. 

The camera safety document is at a place where those of us working on it feel it can be shared among camera crew as a general guide. The MEAA safety committee will be taking from it what they need and putting it within their overall film industry guide which will be completed soon I believe. 

This document will continue to exist though as a hopefully useful guide to anyone, (beyond camera department even) that may like to refer to it, or create their own guides from it.  We still welcome feedback or suggestions but for now we will only share with camera department generally.  We think it is something that could be shared with others as a reference also in the future, particularly with the questions / concerns section which may help guide productions on things they may need to address or think about.  Those sections may help those of you navigating new contracts also. 
Hope you are all well. 
Scott Wood
Australian Camera Department Team
Camera Department Covid-19 Safework Guide


The Australian Cinematographers Society is conducting this COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY to fully understand the impact that COVID-10 has had on our members and the film industry. The information you provide will be confidential and will be used to assist The Australian Cinematographers society to provide services and resources to our members. If your mental well-being is suffering, Beyond Blue has a list of support services who are able to help.

NB: All questions are optional and the Survey should only take you a few minutes at most.
Panasonic releases firmware update for LUMIX S1H: RAW Video Data Output over HDMI

Panasonic has announced the release of its anticipated free firmware update for the LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera, further enhancing the camera’s performance for professional cinematographers. 
Working together with Atomos, a global company that creates video equipment for filmmakers, Panasonic’s new firmware enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p and 4K /59.94p RAW video data over HDMI to save it in the Apple ProRes RAW codec on the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder. In addition, the update also offers Super 35mm Anamorphic 4:3 in 3.5K resolution which is a standard for filmmakers in production.
[NEW] LUMIX S1H Apple Pro Res RAW Teaser Film | “A Drummers Treasure” - By Sherif Mokbel
Behind the scenes of 'Blind Love' - LUMIX S1H + Atomos Ninja V 5.9K ProRes RAW short film

Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “Our longstanding relationship with Atomos has allowed us to offer high quality uncompressed external recording on our GH Series cameras, including 4:2:2 10-bit 60p output. With this announcement of 5.9K over HDMI we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in our LUMIX range, offering impressive image quality and giving users high flexibility RAW capture, in the efficient codec of ProRes RAW.”

“Filmmakers will appreciate the production and editing potential that ProRes RAW from the S1H will provide. We’ve also further improved S1H functionality for filmmakers and still photographers with capabilities such as down conversion for output over 4K on HDMI; improved noise reduction when shooting in V-Log for greater control over the image; and enhanced stabilisation when using adapted lenses.”

Firmware update available on May 25, 2020
None of us could have foreseen the challenges our industry is currently facing. In a time of social distancing, it is important that we don’t lose our connection to one another and that we keep engaged in our creative pursuits. This is a great time to develop a new skill and spend time learning and investing in our creativity.
In recognising that this is a challenging time for some, AFTRS is offering an additional industry discount on all short courses (excluding Industry Certificates) between April and June. Use the promo code UPSKILL2020 when enrolling online and you will receive a further 20% off the industry price.
AFTRS offers a range of online courses developed and delivered by top industry practitioners. We combine the latest in industry-relevant contemporary practice and theory into all our coursework. You will walk away with skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied, and return to update and renew as needed.
To find out more click the link below or call 1300 223 877
“Since Covid-19's impact  I have experienced nothing like we have seen in my 35 year working life. By my observation, no one is as much affected as the Film and Television Industry .
The Film and TV Industry is a niche business I fell into in 1989. I have listened to and helped assist with the dreams and aspirations of many in the Industry over that period of time. The most recent COVID 19 events are concerning to say the least, something that is certainly outside our control, the question is for just how long is it outside our control? As a NSW ACS sponsor, advocate, credit influencer and passionate supporter of your Industry I would like to reach out to and say I am here for you.
I have received many emails, had many difficult and deep conversations from many clients from many Industries. Some will already know, but if you aren’t aware, initiatives such as an increased Instant Asset write off up to $150,000 and the up to 6 month repayment deferment requests on existing Equipment Finance loans (in addition to Home and Commercial Business loans) are being implemented as part of Government initiatives to assist businesses navigate the uncertain period ahead. Further initiatives such as the small business loans up to $250,000 SME Guarantee Scheme Loans are being worked on as we speak.
It is times like these we can all rally together and share resources and knowledge. I`d be only too happy to extend my resources and knowledge to the wider ACS community, I have already successfully put 6 month moratoriums in place for some of my clients, some within 24 hours of the request - maybe I can assist others do the same.
From someone passionate about the survival of your Industry, rest assured in these challenging times I am here to assist you, contact me for advice on how to make deferment arrangements with your Credit provider/s or any other aspect of the COVID19 small business Stimulus Package initiatives, in confidence email me or call 0412 521031”.

Andrew Barley 

To check out the ACS National & NSW INSTAGRAM accounts below, just click the respective icon. 

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Adam Howden ACS is this months National Host.
“The ACS stands in solidarity together with the thousands of film, television, art and entertainment professionals who are being seriously affected and disadvantaged by our industry coming to a standstill. Please as one support the arts. Support culture for without either we have no identity”.
~ Ron Johanson OAM ACS

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