QLD eNews - MAY 2011

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The QLD ACS Viewfinder will now be sent out through the eNews online distribution format, which has been adopted nationally. The PDF version can still be downloaded on the below link.

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Presidents Update

Tim McGahan ACS

Well it is that time of year again and the National ACS awards and half yearly meeting was held in Adelaide over the May long weekend.

I would like to congratulate our Queensland award winners - Simon Christidis ACS with a Golden Tripod for his work on "Oceans" in the Wildlife & Nature category, Tony Luu ACS a Golden Tripod in Documentaries, Cinema & TV for "Who we Are" and an Award of Distinction to Gamal El Boushi in the TV Station Breaks/Promo for Masr Elnahrda -"Egypt Today".

The new ACS website was launched over the weekend and with it comes the new membership portal. We are also approaching the conclusion of the financial year and our membership cycle, there are still some members with outstanding dues and we have been working our way through contacting these members to seek payment and confirm memberships or discontinue a membership.

As I have said before the management of the membership, fees, cards etc hasn't been ideal in the past but we are very close to a final solution, so I thank you for your patience.

National Awards 2011

The 40th ACS National Awards for Cinematography, were held by the Australian Cinematographers Society at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hindley Street, Adelaide, on Saturday 30 April. The internationally recognised, Australian cinematographer, John Seale AM ACS ASC was the Guest of Honour.

This year's awards ceremony, the biggest in the history of the Society, were marked by the induction of three more Australian filmmakers to the ACS Hall of Fame. The new inductees Ron & Valerie Taylor and Malcolm Richards bring the number of Australian Cinematographers recognised in the Hall of Fame to 54, where they have joined such internationally renowned cinematographers as Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Dean Semler OAM ACS ASC and Peter James ACS ASC.

One of the highlights of the evening was the much anticipated announcement of the MILLI Award for Australian Cinematographer of the Year. This years MILLI award recipient is Greig Fraser for his outstanding work on the feature film Bright Star.

Other awards presented included the ACS International Award for Cinematography which is open to all feature film cinematographers and the Neil Davis International News Award, the NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award to an
emerging cinematographer as well as 18 Golden Tripod Awards in categories from Student to Feature Film. A full list of winners can be found in this edition of Viewfinder.

The glittering, black-tie ceremony, one of the highlights on Australia's show biz and screen industries calendars, will
be broadcast on the Movie Network channel, STARPICS on Saturday, May 7 at 8.30pm.

Feeling Arty?

If you feel like you need to get back in touch with your creative side, 'Remoteness' is an interesting exhibition being held in Brisbane during May, at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct.

Remoteness showcases video and experimental media art of digital artists from around the globe.

These artists draw upon the social, emotional and physical remoteness that has come to define our modern-day environment, one that is both more connected and more isolated than ever.

Artists include:

  • Christopher Baker (USA)
  • Johanna Billing (Sweden)
  • Hiroharu Mori (Japan)
  • Yasmin Heisler (Australia)
  • Vinegar Tom (Australia)
  • Geoffrey Weary (Australia)
  • Nathani Luneburg (South Africa)
  • Joel Stern (Australia)
  • Ash Keating (Australia)
  • Rebecca Ann Hobbs (Australia/NZ)
  • Dennis Del Favero (Australia)
  • Brian O'Reilly (USA/Singapore)
  • Lin Yilin (PR China/USA)
  • Colin Harman (Australia)
  • Marko Mäetamm (Estonia)
  • Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore)
  • Matthew Perkins (Australia)
  • Dr. Elaine Miles (Australia)
  • Lea Rekow (Australia)

The exhibition will be held in The Block and Parer Place Urban Screen, and run from the 4-21 May, with the following hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday 2.00pm-6:30pm
Thursday & Friday 2.00pm-7:30pm
Saturday 4.00pm-7:30pm

Admission is FREE
Contact: 07 3138 5495

Short Ends

  • Andrew Conder SOC ACS and Zenon 'Butch' Sawko are both about to finish shooting on Lightning Point.
  • Tony Luu ACS is in Bangkok shooting a TVC for Skittles China.
  • Nino Martinetti ACS has just finished up on a TVC with company Elephant Stamp - using the Arri Alexa.
  • Shooting Channel 9 props & effects extravaganzas for QUT - Nick Paton ACS.
  • Jason Hargreaves seen shooting on the Alexa in New Farm Park for a TVC with Blacklab.
  • Brigham Edgar has been pedal to the metal on Amazing Race Australia.
  • Scott Kimber has just wrapped on a short film trailer for upcoming feature Rarity.


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