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Tickets for the 2014 ACS Qld Awards Ceremony are now available - please book via the link below.

22nd November, 2014
Sharks Events Centre, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenues, SOUTHPORT
Tickets $125 (ACS Members), $135 (Non ACS Members), $115 (ACS Student Members)
Dress: Smart/Formal



Judging for the 2014 QLD ACS Awards is now complete and tickets for the awards ceremony on the 22nd November are now ready to be booked. This year, the QLD branch invited 6 accredited judges to be part of the esteemed judging panel; Mr Nino Martinetti ACS, Mr Roger Lanser ACS, Mr Ben Allan ACS, Ms Velinda Wardell ACS, Mr Callan Green ACS and our very own Mr Jason Hargreaves ACS.

With over 170 entries to view across 20 categories, our judges spent a huge couple of days in October at the Griffith Film School Cinema, viewing all the material on 2k projection and OLED monitors. There was an impressive standard of cinematography across all categories, and our judges spent a lot of time deliberating as the competition is extremely tight this year with a high level of excellence across all formats.

The judging is a very formal process, with a structure and guidelines set by the National Awards committee across all states. All entries are judged to a scoring system, and no credits or names are revealed to the judges - and there is no discussion until all the judge’s scores have been tallied. Overall, the judges were very impressed with standard of work from our QLD members, and you’ll have to attend the QLD Awards ceremony to find out the results!

The QLD Branch would very much like to thank our local and interstate Judges for providing their valuable expertise and long weekend away from their families. Also, QLD Gold Sponsor - The Griffith Film School, with Herman, Donna, Brett & Alex providing their incredible facility and technical support again this year. Many thanks to all the QLD members who have submitted entries, both locally and many of whom have entered from all different parts of the globe - your work this year is all at a very high standard and congratulations to you all. Also thanks to the dedicated ACS QLD Commitee team who made the judging days successful - it is no small exercise - Tony O’Loughlan, Tim Jordin, Scott Kimber and Bryan Crawford.

Good luck to the entrants for 2014 and make sure you all attend the Awards Ceremony!

L-R: Mr Ben Allan ACS, Ms Velinda Wardell ACS, Mr Callan Green ACS, Mr Roger Lanser ACS, Mr Nino Martinetti ACS


The ACS QLD BRANCH in association with proud sponsor Mick’s Gripping, will be presenting an advanced lighting/gaffing workshop with gaffer Grant Atkinson. The workshop will be held on two separate days, Thursday 20th & Friday 21st November - at Molendinar, Gold Coast.

Over a long career, Grant has worked with some of the world’s best DOP’s, and his extensive credit list includes DEAD CALM, THE PHANTOM, BANGKOK HILTON, RISK, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II and BALMAIN BOYS. Aimed at all experience levels, this is the perfect opportunity to get some extra tricks to your own skill set as Grant will demonstrate techniques for FOOD & PRODUCT, PERFECT SKIN TONE & PORTRAITS, and GREEN SCREEN AND VFX LIGHTING.

Numbers are strictly limited and there is no cost, but you must be a current financial member of the ACS QLD, so register your interest early to secure a place on either day - this chance to extend your own skill set is not to be missed.
To pre-register - please email the branch now with the subject ‘ACS Lighting Workshop 2014’ and your preference of day (Thur 20/Fri 21 Nov).

Further information will be released soon, so watch your ACS inbox.

Email the QLD branch »


Are your details up to date?

Please login to the ACS Website and update your member contact information. We are getting a huge number of returned ACS Magazines and emails bounced back from out-of-date contact details. You can use your ACS member login details at the ACS homepage at www.cinematographer.org.au

If you need replacement login info, please contact QLD Memberships Coordinator TIM JORDIN on 07 3252 9777, or email the QLD branch on acsqld@austcine.org.au


The ACS wants to know what you’re up to - if you have a small photo and a few words - why not send a quick postcard to acsqld@austcine.org.au


Pictured above:

Jeffrey C Mygatt, Andrew Conder SOC ACS, Leo Holba Focuus Puller working together on the set of 24.

Matt Windon (2nd Unit on 24) & Andrew Condor SOC ACS

Andrew Conder SOC ACS Shooting some simulated travel with rear projection.


Christmas has come early here at CAMERAQUIP this year with the arrival of a lovely, brand spankin' new, ARRI Amira, which is now available for rental.

The Amira's excellent ergonomics and lightweight build make it an incredibly versatile shooting option for both handheld and full production setups.

The Amira is capable of shooting Pro Res 4444 Log C up to 200 fps and, soon, UHD.

For further information please call Bryan or Matt at Cameraquip on 3844 9577. We're very approachable.


Ted Taylor ACS

Ted Taylor, ACS Accredited Member number #6, passed away 25th September 2014 at the age of 96.

He was never an 'old man'. He remained mentally alert, politically active
and engaged with his surroundings right to the end. He never looked back,
he only talked in the here and now and was an amazing inspiration to his
family and friends.

He is survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Brian Taylor,

VALE ~ Ted Taylor ACS »


Deluxe Australia today launched the Deluxe Heartbeat Fund, which encompasses and extends the company’s industry support programs.

The Heartbeat Fund, announced at the Australian International Movie Convention, aims to foster excellence and growth in Australia’s screen industry by promoting Australian screen talent and audience engagement.

Deluxe’s industry support programmes have contributed more than $4 million in cash and services during the last two years, providing vital sponsorship for the major industry guilds, film festivals and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). The company also has provided direct financial support to more than 20 Australian feature films and feature documentaries, including “The Sapphires,” “Tracks,” “The Railway Man,” “Son of a Gun,” and most recently, “Backtrack,” starring Adrien Brody and written and directed by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”).

The Heartbeat Fund also focuses on programs that enhance the public profile of Australian screen content and talent, and which seek to connect Australian stories with local audiences.

“Australia has a rich and diverse storytelling culture,” said Alaric McAusland, Managing Director of Deluxe Australia. “It has extraordinary on-screen and off-screen talent which is in high demand both here and overseas. Importantly, this talent is backed by a strong and effective suite of federal and state government assistance programs.”

“At Deluxe, we’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with these great filmmakers and helped them tell their incredible stories,” McAusland added. “But all too often these stories are received much better overseas than they are at home. All too often, great Australian stories do not succeed in reaching Australian audiences. This has to change. I am committing, through our Heartbeat Fund, to playing our part in affecting this change.”

One of the first recipients from the new fund was the Josh Lawson-directed motion picture, “The Little Death.” The film, which recently opened in Australia, was a breakout film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, where it secured deals in the U.S, U.K., France, Germany and other major territories.

“Quite simply ‘The Little Death’ would not have been made without Deluxe,” said Jamie Hilton, producer of “Backtrack” and “The Little Death”.” “Unlike a normal post deal, its Heartbeat Fund made a major financial contribution to the film. It’s amazing to see this kind of support out of the private sector, particularly for emerging talent.”

“It was strange and extraordinary, having access to the world's best facilities and post talent—the ‘Gatsby’ and ‘Mad Max’ teams—on a film that was made for a fraction of the budget,” Hilton continued. “We were able to achieve amazing production values on very modest means the whole way through the process. We can't thank Deluxe enough for their support.”

For more information about the Deluxe Heartbeat Fund, send queries to info@deluxeheartbeat.com.au


Screen Queensland is proud to announce its support of Bacon Factory Films new initiative ‘The Production Line’ launching this week and focusing on emerging Indigenous filmmakers getting their ideas from story to screen. Screen Queensland’s support is part of its recently announced Early Career Screen Funding Program.

The Production Line is made up of three components – a master class, the ‘Remote Activation Initiative’ with a documentary to be made in a regional part of Queensland and the ‘1st Step Initiative’ giving indigenous filmmakers behind-the-scenes access to a film production.

“We’re thrilled to have Bacon Factory Films, a Queensland-based production company, on board as one of our Early Career Screen program partners,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

“The Production Line is an exciting opportunity to raise the voice of Queensland’s Indigenous community through screen culture.

“Not only will the program provide wonderful experience and valuable skills for Indigenous early career screen practitioners, it will provide a space in which to foster a new wave of vibrant cultural storytellers.”

The Production Line program commences with a free, two-day master class being held at the State Library of Queensland on Wednesday 15 October and Thursday 16 October and includes insights into areas such as working with broadcasters, funding bodies and post production.

The master class will bring together well-known Indigenous industry practitioners including guest panelists Ivan Sen (Mystery Road), Kelrick Martin (Outside Chance), Steven McGregor (Redfern Now), Aaron Fa’aoso (The Straits), Angelina Hurley, Douglas Watkins, Anthony Mullins, and Ramahn Allam (ABC Commissioning Editor).

Bacon Factory Films was set up in 2013 by Indigenous filmmaker Dean Gibson who along with Helen Morrison has been one of the architects of the program.

Dean Gibson says the program is exciting for the industry.

“We are so privileged to bring together these professionals, to inspire and work with hopeful Indigenous filmmakers who have not had this opportunity before,” he says.

“There’s a bright future here and this is just the beginning.”

Following the master class, selected participants will be guided through a documentary production process by experienced professionals, producing two ‘Our Stories’ projects for NITV, with at least one project produced in a regional location.

The Production Line will be based at the State Library of Queensland’s Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Space. To register for this week’s free master class contact: info@baconfactoryfilms.com or by phone: Helen Morrison: 0416 256 705; Dean Gibson: 0402 329 421.

For further information, visit: www.baconfactoryfilms.com


Our ACS friends down south at the Vic/Tas Branches are holding a fantastic Expo highlighting all the services and products available to professional Film, TV and Web production for mounting, supporting and moving cameras.

If any members plan to be in Melbourne on the 15th & 16th November, this would be a great FREE event to attend.

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