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13th August 2023
A Message from the NSW President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
ACS Branch awards entries are now open, so I encourage you all to get your work in this week before the closing date of Aug 23rd.  Entries can be submitted online via the ACS member login on the website. Please note that if you drag and drop your entry online that there is a small “start upload” button in the bottom right of the screen that requires triggering. You have the choice to upload your entry remotely or to drop off a USB or drive to the mailbox located to the left of the doors on level 2 at HQ in North Sydney.
The combined ACS NSW/ACT Branch Awards will be held at the Hilton in Sydney on Saturday 4th November, so save the date.
Many thanks to Bonnie Elliott ACS for the fantastic Drop In last month, we had a great turn out and a very enthusiastic audience.
This months August Drop In will be held off site on Thursday August 17th with our friends at Lemac presenting a hands on Lens night held at AFTRS. This is a great opportunity to come and check out a wide range of lenses that you might like to consider for your next project. Please register via the link in this newsletter.
Also this month we have the first of a series of screening and Q&A events hosted by Sony and featuring productions that have used the Sony Cinema Series Cameras. The first event on Thursday August 31st has cinematographer, Dan Freene ACS sharing a couple episodes of WELLMANIA followed by a Q&A. 
The NSW BGM was held last Monday August 7th both in person and online. Here is our new NSW committee. A huge thank you to Velinda Wardell ACS for all her work as VP the last few years and a welcome to Simeon Bryan and Kevin Hudson ACS as the VPs for 23/24. Fortunately, Velinda will be continuing on the NSW committee.
Many thanks to Kathryn Millis ACS, Anna Howard ACS and Andy Taylor ACS who are not continuing on the committee and a big welcome to Aaron Cheater, Peter Coleman ACS and Lukas Sarralde who are new to our committee. Thank you to all those on the NSW committee continuing their contribution.
A reminder that applications for accreditation open on Sept 1st, so if you intend to apply please contact me at [email protected] in advance so we can review your application. For those who have already sent me work, thank you, I’m working my way through the applications and will be in contact before September.
All the best,
Carolyn Constantine ACS
NSW ACS Branch President 
National ACS Vice President
ACS NSW August drop-in
Thursday 17th August 6.30pm



The world of cinema optics has experienced an explosion in recent years; never have there been so many options available to cinematographers as now. 

In recent times Lemac has acquired a huge number of new lenses, with the desire to offer cinematographers the ability to choose the right ‘LENS FOR EVERY STORY’. 

Come along to what will be a great night to get hands on with a huge variety of rare and exotic glass as well as to catch up with friends and make new ones. 

Whether your format of choice is Super35, Full Frame or Anamorphic, we will have lenses of all varieties available with technical staff available to answer any of your questions. 

This is a FREE event 
however RSVPs are appreciated via the link below:

Some of the lenses intended for viewing include:

*Rehoused Vintage Minolta Rokkor Full Frame Primes – These are very special. Only 20 sets of these exist globally. Lemac have the only 2 sets in Australia. Date back to the 1960’s.
*Tribe7 Blackwing7 Full Frame Primes – The Tribe7’s are new lenses designed to look like vintage lenses. They are mechanically state of the art, but offer very unique tuneable optics.
*Rehoused Vintage Zeiss CONTAX Full Frame Primes – This is the largest and most unique set of rehoused Zeiss CONTAX in the world. Features the very rare anniversary edition 55mm and 85mm as well as 60mm Macro and 15mm Super Wide. Circa 1970’s-80’s.
*Rehoused Vintage Canon FD Full Frame Primes – The base lenses behind the fabled K35 Primes. These lenses are circa mid-1970’s-1980’s. Very warm tones with beautiful softness to the images.
*Rehoused Vintage Leica-R Ful Frame Prime – The Leica-R’s are know for their flattering images and beautiful skin tones. Sharp but subtle, they are suited to a wide variety of projects.
*Vintage Canon K-35 25-120mm Macro Zoom – This lens is a real unicorn. Lemac have the only K35 macro zoom in Australia. It dates back to the late 1960’s and won an Academy Award for design upon release.
*Rehoused Vintage Voigtländer Zoomar 36-82mm Full Frame Zoom – This lens is the reason we call Zoom lenses Zoom lenses. The first commercially successful zoom lens first released in 1959.
*Rehoused Vintage Leica-R 70-180mm Full Frame Zoom Lens – Often regarded as the best mid-ranged zoom in the world by stills photographers. This is the only example of this lens in Australia.
*P+S Technik Technovision 1.5x Full Frame Anamorphic Primes – The Technovision 1.5x Anamorphic Primes are something else. A great blend of subtle character and a squeeze factor that perfectly mates to Full Frame sensors. Lemac have the only set in Australia.
*P+S Technik Technovision 1.5x Full Frame Anamorphic Zooms – 40-70mm and 70-200mm true front anamorphic zooms. Perfect match to the primes, or perfect to be used as their own unit on any project. The only examples in Australia.
*P+S Technik Kowa “Evolution” 2x 35mm Anamorphic Primes – Modern recreation of the popular Japanese Kowa anamorphic primes of the 1960’s. The Kowa’s are super lightweight and compact. Good example of classic anamorphic characteristics.
*Cooke 2x Anamorphic/I Primes – The Cooke look but in anamorphic. These lenses have been used on many TV series, feature films and TVC’s since their release 
*Canon Sumire Full Frame Primes – A Modern take on a character heavy lens. Modern mechanics and a look that you can tweak with your stop.
*Sigma Full Frame High Speed Primes – Fast, small, lightweight lenses that offer very high quality images.
*Sigma Classic Full Frame Primes – Uncoated versions of the Sigma High Speed Primes. These offer a white flare that takes on the colour of the light source.
*Tokina Vista Full Frame Primes – Built from the ground up, these high performance lenses are comparable to ARRI Master Primes but with Full Frame coverage.
*Tokina Vista ONE Full Frame Primes – Another very rare set, with only 50 in the world. Lemac has the only set in Australia. The Vista ONE’s have a single coated
Lots to see, touch and talk about, see you there!
Thursday 17th August 6.30pm
AFTRS: Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street
Moore Park NSW
ACS NSW Branch General Meeting
was held on Monday 7th August 6.30pm
Following a process of nomination and election the Committee can confirm the following positions for the 2023/24 period.
Carolyn Constantine ACS
Vice Presidents
Simeon Bryan
Kevin Hudson ACS
Aleksei Vanamois
Sidat de Silva
Assistant Treasurer
David Wakeley ACS
Committee Members
Erika Addis
Ben Allan ACS CSI
Chris Bland ACS
Aaron Cheater
Peter Coleman ACS
Susan Lumsdon
Sissy Reyes
Matthew Ryan
Lukas Sarralde
Molly Sutherland
Lizz Vernon
Velinda Wardell ACS
Thursday 31st August
A special screening and Q&A with cinematographer
Dan Freene ACS
In association with the ACS and AFTRS, join Australian cinematographer Dan Freene ACS for this screening and Q&A session of episode one and two of the Netflix's TV series Wellmania. Dan will share insights into the production, moments from behind the scenes as well as his experience filming with the Sony Venice camera.
Click HERE to book your FREE Tickets
Light food and refreshments available from 6pm
Event commences 6.30pm
AFTRS: Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street
Moore Park NSW
State Award Entries Now Open
Closing August 23rd
It's that time of year to enter your state and territory Awards. This is a major drawcard of our Society and the presentations are a social highlight for our calendars.

There are 22 categories in total that you can enter. Following the close of entries, a panel of 5 ACS Accredited members judge each category for each host state and at least two members are from another state.

Gold Winners of the State and Territory awards will then qualify for the National Awards in Brisbane next year.

Submissions are open now and will be closed on August 23rd at 11:59 pm. Only current financial members are eligible to enter.
Follow this link to the ACS WEBSITE TO ENTER

Thinking of Applying for ACS Accreditation?

If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation this year please be aware that the window for 2023 opens for three weeks only on September 1 and closes September 21.
We encourage you to start thinking about getting your submission materials together and passing them by your Accredited President (or an another ACS Accredited member) for advice well before then; preferably in July or August. This process helps minimise the Assessment panel having to look at submissions that are not suitably prepared.  Please don't leave it to the last minute, as it's a busy time of the ACS year. 
It's best you check out the ACS Accreditation page on our website to make sure you qualify to apply, and then to read the guidelines.
Photos from our July
Drop-in at ACS HQ
Thanks again to the wonderful and inspiring Bonnie Elliott ACS for the fantastic insights that she shared about her meticulous pre-production process for Run Rabbit Run and the deep collaborations with Director Daina Reid and Production Designer Vanessa Cerne.
A very well attended and social drop-in again in July.
Images courtesy of Vitali Lisau
(dir: CATE SHORTLAND, 2004)
Summary: A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.
Rated: MA15+ (Medium level sex scene, Adult themes)
Cinematographer: Robert Humphreys
AACTA Award for Best Cinematography 2004

"Cinematographer Robert Humphreys captures beautiful imagery throughout the film, indeed occasionally the imagery outshines the story itself"
The Indepedent Critic

7pm Tuesday 29th August

AFTRS Main Theatre

Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney
35mm Print. Click HERE to book your FREE seats


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