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  • Presidential Address
  • ACS QLD Committee Reachout 
  • Crunching the Numbers Recap
  • Sponsor Stories with Angela Cerasi of Peachy Keen Colour
Message from the President
Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to confirm our venue for the 2021 QLD and NT ACS Awards for Cinematography on Saturday November 20th will be the beautiful Brisbane Room in City Hall. Make sure you note the date in your diary now.

Awards entry window opens as always on August 1 and closes August 21 so start thinking about what you might enter this year. And remember, the only way to enter the National ACS Awards is to have won Gold at the State or Territory level.

By now you should have received your membership renewal for 21 / 22 so please pay promptly as they are due by June 30 - if you pay by then you will be able to claim a tax deduction if you’re eligible.

If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation please talk to Ron Johanson OAM ACS or the incoming QLD President soon about your application as the window to submit Accreditation Applications is limited to September 1 to September 30.

It’s been great to resume face to face events this year, and my warm thanks for all the hard work done by the QLD committee members who have brought them to you.
We have had a terrific response to the call out for places in the Encouragement Program, so stay tuned to find out more about who the successful applicants are and which ACS members are stepping up to encourage and support them. And it’s not too late to put your hand up to be a mentor.

It was a special honour to receive the recognition of the Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award at the recent ACS National Awards in Canberra. Unfortunately the award itself wasn’t presented on the night due to disrupted flights into Canberra, so the ceremony will take place on Queensland soil soon. 

And my time as ACS QLD President is coming to an end at the upcoming AGM, when I will hand over the reigns to the new President. Stay tuned for the AGM details of when and where to find out who is the incoming President. It has been such an honour to lead the branch and a joy to work with so many talented and wonderful members who volunteer a lot of their time to make everything happen. Huge thanks to you all, I’m really proud of you and everything you do, and I expect to see the work continue and grow! My involvement with the ACS is also growing, as I am taking up the role of National Treasurer, so I’ll not only be around, but actually busier than ever.
Remember to look after each other and stay safe.

All the best,
Erika Addis
ACS QLD President

ACS QLD Committee: Let your voice be heard
Want to make a difference? The AGM is quickly approaching and we're looking to expand our committee to create greater change in the community. 

"“I wouldn’t be where I am if not for members of the ACS before me. I’m hoping I can follow in their footsteps and give back to the industry. I’m also hoping to make positive change in the industry. If you’re keen to connect with others, help others and be a small part in shaping the future then join the ACS" - Lucas Tomoana

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you think who may be suitable for the role, feel free to email the following address: 
Crunching the Numbers: Recap
Recently ACS QLD hosted a Q&A with Matt Tucker from Creative Crunchers. In addition to answering every question that came his way, Matt was able to provide us valuable insight on the current financial landscape for those in the creative arts. With an awesome turnout comprising of mostly those early in their career, Matt has undoubtably given them a push in the right direction with this Q&A.

We'd like to thank Matt Tucker and Creative Crunchers for hosting their first ever event as well as our members for making the event such a success.

For more events such as this one, follow our social media to learn more! 
Sponsor Stories featuring...
Angela Cerasi of Peachy Keen Colour
Hi Angela, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us on our Sponsor Stories. Let's get into it.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

My name is Angela Cerasi and I am a senior colourist and the founder of Peachy Keen Colour. I colour graded full-time in a Dublin post house for 6 years, freelanced in Sydney for 6 years, and after moving home to Brisbane in late 2018 started my own colour grading company.

Creating my own company was a steep learning curve which I continue to find hugely creative, interesting and thrilling! I wanted to pioneer a delightfully simple, cost-effective and modern alternative to the traditional post production model of colour grading. Peachy offers something different to anything else out there, it has a unique 4-step "Peachy Process" (watch the promo here:, transparent pricing and flexible booking dates (amongst other things!)

The idea for Peachy had been brewing in my head for such a long time that I can't believe it's actually out there now alive and breathing! We currently have a studio manager, post producer, 3 casual junior colourists (who I mentor) and the latest addition which I am beyond excited about, a very talented NZ-based senior colourist.

How did you get involved in the film industry?

You can actually hear all about it in Episode 1 of my podcast, "The Art of Colour Grading" (shameless plug here! Available on iTunes and Spotify). Episode 1 is: "Talking her way into a Film & TV degree, finding her way onto random film sets and camera assisting on multi-million dollar shoots is where it all began.  Senior colourist Angela Cerasi explains why the weather is to blame for her switch from cinematography to colour grading, and how zig zagging through life can build a wonderful career."

But in a nutshell, I did a film and TV degree at QCA, grew an obsession with cinematography, became a clapper loader, shot everyone's 16mm shorts, went travelling, got a job in a post house, became a telecine operator, then a colourist, fell in love with a Irish boy, married him, moved back to Australia with a career in post production.
What's your proudest moment so far supporting this industry in your current capacity?

One day when I was in Sydney commuting to a freelance job, I had an idea. There were a few things at play; I wanted to be grading more drama (like I had done in Dublin), I had some availability coming up, and gender parity in the film industry was having a huge moment in the zeitgeist. So I decided to create an initiative where I would offer free colour grading to 5 projects which had either a female director or female cinematographer attached. I shared this idea with an EP friend of mine and he told me I needed a press release. I didn't even know what a press release was! Fast forward a couple of weeks and the initiative was all over IF magazine, I had over 200 applicants from all over Australia.

I ended up grading over 10 projects for free, everything from a feature film which premiered at Toronto Film Festival to a beautiful little animation which screened all over the world. With the disproportionately low number of female directors and cinematographers in our industry I was proud to be able to do my bit to support them getting their projects made. What surprised me is how much I got from the experience, it was a total value exchange and the filmmakers I had the opportunity to meet were passionate and inspiring. It also prompted my desire to do something bigger than be a freelancer sitting in a dark room everyday.

What's a novel fact about yourself that not many people may know?

My first day on my first gig as an A-Camera 2nd AC on a TV-series remains the most challenging work day I have ever had. We were shooting in the bush and there was on-and-off torrential rain. Everything went wrong, from trying to always keep the camera sheltered from the rain - to trying to push the video split trolley through the mud - to my whiteboard marker not working on a wet slate. I was really unprepared and out of desperation even asked for a poncho from Wardrobe. At one particularly low point (pun intended) I was carrying a camera and I stepped into a muddy puddle which turned out to be waist-deep. The camera was spared but I spent the rest of the 12 hour day completely soaked. It was probably chaos for all departments given the weather, the speed of a TV-series and the teething issues of a new crew. But as far as first days go, that one definitely toughened me up for life and every other first day since then has been a dream!

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On the Horizon...
  • AGM - July TBD
  • Committee Meeting - 5th July
  • ACS QLD State Awards Open - 1st August to 21st August
  • Committee Meeting - 2nd August
  • Accreditation Applications Open - 1st September to 30th September
  • Committee Meeting - 6th September
  • ACS QLD State Awards - 20th November

Queensland Gold Sponsors
Griffith University logo        Pixel Line logo        The Post Works logo

Queensland Silver Sponsors
Cartel Film Production logo        Creative Crunchers logo        Shed Light logo

Queensland Bronze Sponsors
Essential Crew logo        Orange Submarine logo        SC Grips logo        The Art of Colour Grading Podcast logo        TPR Media logo

National Major Sponsor
Fujifilm Australia logo

National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo
Lemac logo        Lighthouse Rentals logo        Miller Australia logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Dragon Image logo        Mark Robinson Motion Control logo        RED logo
Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo        Sura logo        TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo

Queensland Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
5 Exhibition Street, BOWEN HILLS QLD 4006

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