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13th June 2021
A message from the President
President’s Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I can’t believe we are already halfway through the year, let’s hope the second half remains as busy as the first.
I’d first like to acknowledge at our recent National Awards in Canberra that NSW members Terrance Byrne ACS and Michael Edols ACS were both inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame along with SA member Geoffrey Hall ACS. A huge congratulations to all of the recipients and I would like to add that Terry was able to attend in person the celebrations in Canberra where he made a very inspiring acceptance speech. We were also delighted to have Michael’s family attend and accept his honour.
A big thank you to Andy Taylor ACS and the team from Canon who were our guests for the May Drop-In to a very enthusiastic crowd. It was great to have the C300 and C500 on display for members to get “hands-on” after the presentation.
For our ACS June Drop-In next Thursday, June 17that 6 pm it’s with great delight that I welcome Simon Ozolins ACS who will join us to share his experiences and insights whilst shooting the new SBS TV drama series “The Unusual Suspects”. Please make sure you book through the Eventbrite link as numbers are limited at HQ due to Covid-19 restrictions.
ACS NSW is currently reaching out to any members that might like to take over the collating of our monthly newsletter that has been so kindly put together by Lizz Vernon for many years. Of course, there would be a crossover period so Lizz could share her knowledge with whoever takes the baton. 
Please email me directly if you think you’d like to contribute.
I'd love to create the NSW Newsletter: email
As our State awards season fast approaches, now is the time to think about getting access to the material you might wish to enter. NSW entries will open in August with the cutoff date being towards the end of August. 
If Covid-19 stays at bay, we are planning to hold our NSW awards on Saturday, October 30th2021 at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Likewise, if you are considering applying for accreditation this year, now is the time to start collating your work and reaching out for any advice on your application and choices. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.
Considering Accreditation: email
Entries will be accepted from September 1st. 2021.
Thank you again to all our amazing sponsors and I encourage all members to continue to support those that support us.
Stay busy and stay safe,
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW March Drop In

6pm - 9pm, Thursday, 17th June, 2021 

ACS National HQ
L2, 26 Ridge Street,
North Sydney NSW 2060
ACS NSW JUNE 17th | Drop-In | SIMON OZOLINS ACS| Registration LINK
Guest Speaker ~ Simon Ozolins ACS

ACS is delighted to welcome Simon Ozolins ACS as he takes us behind the scenes filming the new TV series "The Unusual Suspects" which has just premiered on SBS.

Shot on location in the middle of Covid-19, Simon will share with us some of his insights and the challenges he faced along his journey.

Please book through the Eventbrite link as numbers are limited at HQ due to Covid restrictions.

NB:  Registrations essential as numbers are limited due to current Covid restrictions.  
ACS NSW MAY Drop-In Registration LINK

Terrance Byrne ACS

Born in February 1925, ‘Terry’ as he is known is an accomplished Director of Photography, cinematography teacher and mentor. At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the Australian Army only to be told twenty months later he was too young to enlist. 

He was honourably discharged and then recalled once he turned eighteen, six weeks later! Due to partial colour blindness, Terry was not eligible to qualify as a pilot but as a crew chief responsible for the flying upkeep of ‘Tiger Moths’ and ‘SP Oxfords’. He gained his glider pilot license in 1963 and Terry’s love of flying continues today. 

In the 1960s Terry was the on-camera face of ‘Westinghouse Wide World of Sport’ and was Australia’s first TV motoring reporter, where to supplement his on-camera pieces, he and a colleague would shoot B Roll on a Bell and Howell 70DR to document the car in action. This is when Terry first discovered his love of cinematography. 

In 1967 Terry embarked on a career with the ABC until he retired in early 1990. His credits included Big Country, Four Corners, Current Affairs, This Day Tonight and TV Drama using a young camera operator named Steve Windon. 

Terry Byrne was awarded his ACS Accreditation #136 in March 1980.  Presented by NSW President Bruce Hillyard ACS, because of his outstanding work on the documentary ‘High Otto’ which tells the story of Sydney Symphony Orchestra conductor Willem van Otterloo. 

Terry was faced with the enormous challenge of lighting the Concert Hall at The Sydney Opera House. Terry devised a lighting plan that incorporated some of the existing Opera House lighting that would satisfy all of the limitations imposed. Terry’s innovations were adopted by the Opera House and are still relevant today. 

Terry Byrne ACS has never sought recognition, never wanted to be in the limelight, never felt the need to enter awards, he just believed in doing good work and displays great humility to this day. 

At the time of his HOF induction, Terry continues his love of motorsport and his love of flying while continuing his passion for cinematography. Innovative, resourceful and modest while having a long and illustrious career in the Australian film and television industry, Terry’s proudest achievement is being a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather of seven, all of whom have grown up with Terry’s integrity and ethics combined with a great sense of humour. 

Terry Byrne ACS truly belongs in the ACS Hall of Fame. 

    Michael Edols ACS
Michael Edols’ first encounter with cinema was as a small boy, up the Segama River in Borneo in the open-air jungle cinema, built by his father for both the local Murut people and the British and Dutch ex-pats. His first taste of photography was at the age of ten when he asked to be given a box brownie camera for Christmas, so he could take back to his teacher, in boarding school in Australia, proof that his stories about his life in Borneo were true. Both photography and cinema, along with his love of storytelling, were to become Michael’s life-long passions. 
His first credit as Director of Photography was for the feature film The Office Picnic in 1973. The following year, he shot 27a, AFI Best Film of the Year. The Surfer, shot on Super 16mm, was shown at the Cannes Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Michael’s work with Paul Cox is best represented in the film Island, which received seven nominations in all categories: AFI Awards, Critics Acclaim – Venice Film Festival, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. 

He was a respected NSW member of the Society, Accredited in 1974 with Accreditation number 114.
His talent, professionalism and inventiveness as a cinematographer have been highly praised by those with whom he collaborated on feature films and yet it is in the realm of documentaries where his abilities behind the lens took on another level. Not only do they demonstrate his ability to capture images both poetic and sometimes brutally honest, they also demonstrate how through the lens he is a storyteller or as the French would say, an auteur. It has been remarked that he was able to create a sense of intimacy with his subjects, especially notable in Tidikawa and Friends for which he received an ACS Gold Tripod. 
It was his own documentaries however which were to establish him as a Director in his own right, Out They Goin 1971 won him another ACS Gold Tripod and Best Documentary - Australian Film Festival.
Michael remained to the end a generous mentor to many young people, first in the film industry and during the latter part of his life as a shipwright. Unfortunately, in his later years, his great knowledge and skills as a cinematographer and filmmaker were not allowed to flourish within the film industry, but he never gave up giving advice to young budding filmmakers and photographers. 
What really stands out with Mike is a mixture of unique talent, incredible dedication and his generosity and willingness to share a love of the art. 
Michael Edols’ legacy will continue to inspire and will live on, as a remarkable contribution to the Australian Film Industry and indeed Australian heritage.

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