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  • Presidential Address
  • Virtual Production Workshop with Jason Hargreaves ACS and Cutting Edge
  • Sponsor Stories - Bob Blasdall of The Post Works
  • Postcard from Lucas Tomoana
Message from the President

Greetings everyone,

Things are continuing to be busy here in Queensland, which is great. And it’s also busy with the ACS nationally. The Camera Workforce Survey had a great response - nearly 1200 respondents - so thank you everyone who completed it and got your mates to do so also. I’ll let you know as soon as there are preliminary results.

And there’s a new committee working on ACS social media policy who have created a great presentation on the way forward for using social media in all aspects of ACS communications - you’ll start to see the impact of their work soon and big thanks to everyone involved, including Lucas Tomoana.

Remember to register for the upcoming Virtual Production event here at Cutting Edge, it’ll be great. And hopefully some of you in contention for National Gold Awards will make it to Canberra for the Awards night on 1st May. I’ll see you there.

Erika Addis

ACS QLD President
Virtual Production Workshop and Q&A
Want to hear of the latest advancements of Virtual Production?
Brought to you by Arri Australia and Cutting Edge we will be demonstrating Unreal Engine integration and a large scale LED Stage with real time camera tracking. 

Mark your calendar.
Spots are strictly limited.
A link to the booking site will be posted soon.


Date: Friday 19th of March, 2021

Time: 5:50pm arrival for a 6:00pm commencement

Venue: 90 Victoria Street, West End QLD

Sponsor Stories featuring...
Bob Blasdall of ThePostWorks

Hi Bob, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us on our first Sponsor Stories. Let's get into it. 

Could you tell us abit about yourself?  

My name is Bob Blasdall and have been part of Queensland’s screen industry for more than 50 years and I’m CEO and chief editor at THEpostWORKS.

THEpostWORKS is not involved directly in the cinematography field but is a post-production entity that has been active in the Queensland and Australian screen industry since 1976.

Fantastic! How did you get involved in the film industry? 

My journey began in the film industry when I joined United Artists Film Distributors in 1961 as a tender innocent 15 year old office boy. In 1968 I shifted to television and began as a film assistant at BTQ7 and worked my way through the system. Eventually I joined the news department to become a news cameraman and film editor. It was at BTQ7 that I first met and developed a close working relationship with gifted and renowned visual artist Dick Marks. I shifted over to QTQ 9 in 1971 and that year I left television to become a film editor at Martin Williams Films. 

Since I first started there as editor, I have racked up credits on well over 400 documentaries, cinema and television dramas, short films and innumerable commercials.  I’ve seen the scene (oops) move from film to video tape to digital. One thing that hasn’t change though is the passion and dedication of industry individuals.

15 years old? What an age to start! What's your proudest moment so far supporting this industry in your current capacity? 

When very good friend: the late Edwin Scragg ACS reinvigorated the ACS in the mid-1990s he asked if ThepostWorks could participate in ACS sponsorship.  Ever since I started my postproduction facility I have actively encouraged and helped students with work experience and other pursuits to try to get them established in this difficult industry, so I said yes and requested that THEpostWORKS sponsor the student award. The answer from Edwin was in the affirmative and we started as sponsor of the Student Cinematography Gold award.

Then the national guild parameters changed, during Ron Johanson’s Queensland presidency I think, and I was present at a committee meeting (I was then a committee member) when the decision was made to alter the award to THEpostWORKS Student Encouragement award.

Since we kicked off our sponsorship, my wife and business partner Penny Wall and I are extremely proud of the fact that more than a few of THEpostWORKS award recipients are now highly regarded and well
established DOPs. Quite a few now have ACS accreditation.

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

In 1993 great mate from the Martin Williams days: John Stainton, asked me to edit a 5 minute marketing program for a documentary series Channel 10 were interested in. “Mate, he said it’ll have to be no charge but if it gets up you’ve got the gig.”

It was about a guy who, along with his Dad, owned a small Zoo at Beerwah. He caught problem crocodiles and relocated them, either back to their zoo or set free in a new location. The doco presenter was of course Steve Irwin. I saw the footage shot by Richard Chappelle and was blown away. I cut the promo – Channel 10 picked up the series – the name Crocodile Hunter was born- and with John Stainton’s guidance and marketing expertise Steve Irwin: The Crocodile Hunter became a phenomenal international success.  I edited all Crocodile Hunter episodes and either edited or was supervising editor on all the series ancillary spin offs.

THEpostWORKS co-produces “Escape Fishing With ET” and in August 2006 host Andrew Ettingshausen was invited by Steve Irwin to join him aboard his vessel Croc 1 which Steve was trying to establish as a fishing charter operation.  Because I knew Steve well, ET invited me along as a second camera operator and to participate in the fishing activities.  Andrew was also going to help Steve satellite tag large crocs.  We met up with Steve at their Lakefield National Park campsite and Steve allocated tasks to the team members and stated that he would take ET and two others with him to put tags on a 4 meter crocodile captured in a net. I thought he was a bit light in numbers to handle the large beast and sure enough on the way Steve turned to me and stated that if the croc became frisky I was to “ditch that – expletive – second camera and jump on it’s – expletive - tail.” 

Postcard from...Lucas Tomoana
Hey ACS, 

Lucas Tomoana here. What a year its been. From being in lockdown to Queenslands film industry now booming. The last few months Ive had the priviledge to operate 3rd camera on NBC's Young Rock, a show about Dwayne Johnsons childhood, shot by Martin McGrath ACS. 

Marty offered me the job after he had been listening to my podcast, Cinemapodgrapher, and saw I was playing American football. Turns out the The Rock also played football at the University of Miami and they needed my insight on the game. 

For me to be a Samoan fella that plays gridiron to shoot a story about a Samoan fella who played gridiron plus have my Gridiron team mates on set as well, well the job couldnt of been more perfect. Young Rock recently debuted to 5 million people and was NBCs biggest comedy launch in years. A job to remember!



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On the Horizon...
  • Virtual Production Workshop with Cutting Edge - 19th March
  • QLD Committee Meeting - 29th March
  • The 50th ACS National Awards (hosted in ACT) - 1st May
  • National AGM - 2nd May
  • QLD Committee Meeting - 3rd May
  • QLD Committee Meeting - 5th June

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        RED logo        Rosco logo
Rotor Head logo        Sura 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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