QLD Viewfinder - SEPTEMBER 2015


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From The President...

Well time certainly does fly! While it has been a turbulent few years for the QLD Film and Television industry, there seems to be positive news on the horizon across all formats of production as we edge closer to 2016! Here at the ACS, we have some exciting events, workshops and benefits for members planned going into the new year. We are now working closer than ever before with the other guilds and plan to bring you more events and networking with like minded screen professionals, in particular the QLD branches of the ASE (Australian Screen Editors), and the AWG (Australian Writers Guild). At the end of the year, we will be hosting our first ever 'QLD Screen Professionals’ Xmas function, where all the guilds will come together in Queensland to celebrate the year that was.

Recently the ACS QLD held the Annual ACS QLD Cinematography Masterclass, in partnership with Qld Gold sponsor The Griffith Film School. Hosted by Ellery Ryan ACS, this was a great 3 day event attended by 50 ACS members and students. In 2016, we are already in planning to revive a longer masterclass, with a broader range of guest DOP’s and approaches - so watch this space!

The ACS QLD Branch also recently hosted a Q&A with special guest Mr Jack McCoy. Many thanks to SAE of their support and space provided for this event, and it was well attended with over 40 ACS members having the chance to listen to Jack’s extraordinary life story as a world class filmmaker and exemplary surf cinematographer.

In Sydney recently, the Accreditations for 2015 were held, and we are very proud to congratulate Mr Leigh Hubner ACS as a new accredited member in QLD. We’d also like to make special mention of Mr Stephen Cavanagh ACS, who is the NT branch secretary, on also receiving thus special honour. Both Leigh and Stephen have had amazing opportunities in their career, and their cinematography in News, Magazine and documenties is simply outstanding. Congratulations on your accreditations and you are an inspiration to us all.

The next major event for the ACS is the 2015 ACS QLD AWARDS. Entry submissions are OPEN NOW (closing 18th Sept), and any member can enter. Please support the ACS, and get your entries in NOW. This year’s ceremony will be held on the 21st November at The Tivoli! Book in the date so you can celebrate the year that was with your peers.

Last week, the QLD ACS held its annual AGM, followed by a screening of the ACS/AFTRS interview with Roger Deakins CBE ASC BSC. A new ACS QLD committee has now been formed as we edge closer to 2016, and I am very proud once again to receive the honour as your ACS QLD President for the year ahead. I have been involved on and off with the society for now over 20 years, and I still am encouraged to see the support and guidance provided at every level, even in the tumultuous times our industry has faced recently across the board. We have an exciting new committee, and we look forward to providing you with information and events throughout the coming year.


  • ACS QLD President: Mr Tony O’Loughlan
  • ACS QLD Vice-Presidents: Mr Tim Jordin, Ms Hemma Kearney
  • ACS QLD Treasurer: Ms Alison Weeks
  • ACS QLD Web & Social Media Manager: Mr Mitch Kennedy
  • ACS QLD Web & Social Media Assistant: Ms Mateuse Pingol
  • ACS QLD Memberships Coordinator: Mr Tim Jordin
  • ACS QLD 2015 Awards Coordinator: Ms Hemma Kearney
  • ACS QLD General Committee: John Stokes ACS, Mark Wareham ACS, Jason Hargreaves ACS, Scott Kimber, Peter Baker, Stuart Pointon, Luke Nixon, Dan Macarthur, Daniel Maddock, Will Edmunds, Bryan Crawford, Brian Loewe, Davi Soesilo, Sascha Shipley, Corey Donaldson, Julian Panetta, David Street


Time is running out to get your entries in for the 2015 ACS QLD AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY. Make sure you prepare your entries NOW and get them in before the deadline of FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER @ 5PM.

The 49th Annual ACS QLD Awards for Cinematography will be held on Saturday November 21st at the Tivoli in Brisbane. This is one of the biggest events for the ACS, and we encourage all members at every level to submit their work for competition.

All Gold winners will progress automatically into the 2016 ACS National Awards for Cinematography which will be held in Adelaide next year. Earlier this year, 10 Queenslanders were awarded Gold Tripods or National Awards of Distinction at the 2015 National Awards in Hobart - so we are always very proud that QLD ACS members have a consistent high standard of work across all categories! So get your entries in with a chance to represent Qld at next years National Awards!

Entries into the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for Cinematography are open to all current financial members of the society. You must read the full terms and conditions of entry, and be sure to follow the guidelines when submitting your media for judging. There have been changes to the Entry Categories this year, so be sure to check the entry details on the ACS website via the links below.

ENTRIES CLOSE Friday September 18th @ 5pm.
Entries WILL NOT be accepted after this time. Prepare your entries now and submit as soon as possible.

HOW TO ENTER: Fill out a form for each of your entries via the link below. To give yourself the best representation of the work entered, then please ensure to send us the best possible quality of the project available.

The preferred entry format is PRORES 422 or 444, in 16:9 aspect with appropriate pillar/letterbox. For all acceptable entry formats please see the T's & C's link.



Jason Hargreaves ACS making a little ray of sunshine on set.

We're loving the support that members are showing for #CineSnaps, as the entries keep flooding in.

The winning snap for the month of September is JASON HARGREAVES ACS!

Don't forget to keep your entries coming through, it's as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1 - Use INSTAGRAM and tag @acsqld and #CineSnaps in your photo description
2 - Use FACEBOOK and tag the ACS Facebook page in your photo and include #CineSnap in the description
3 - EMAIL us at qldnews@austcine.org.au with the subject #CineSnaps and attach your photo

Check out all the #CineSnaps entries online, by heading to our album on the below link.

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Oarsome Cleanup Crew started purely from noticing a bottle or two floating in the water one day when we were out adventuring in our kayaks. Once we started picking up the "odd bit" we noticed just how much there was. From this one outing, how we looked at our local creeks and rivers totally changed. Areas that looked pristine were actually choking with plastic, polystyrene and all manner of items. We decided to tackle our local creek near where we live - Bulimba Creek - which is in really bad shape. It was just the two of us initially, but then our friends starting expressing interest in coming along to help. Our Facebook page started as a way to communicate with those friends and has since quickly turned into quite a hub of visitor activity - including local MPs, media, catchment committees and friendly locals.

Mark Broadbent and Greg Henderson doing an Oarsome job

Although we are doing this because it is actually very satisfying, through the publicity that we have received, we are hoping to raise awareness about the state of our local suburban waterways, and that what is in there, will eventually work its way out to sea and cause a greater issue. We are also trying to spread the word that you don't have to necessarily be part of a formal organisation to make a difference. Working with a great group of friends or even by yourself is a very satisfying and effective way to make a difference in your community.

We are currently planning our first big Cleanup where we are asking for community members to get involved and we're working with the Bulimba Creek catchment committee to assist in the logistics of a bigger event.

Eventually, once Bulimba creek is looking better, we hope to move on to other waterways in and around Brisbane and maybe mobilise other locals into action.

If you're keen to be involved we'd love to hear from you. Please check out our Facebook page Oarsome Cleanup Crew and keep an eye out for more cleanups to come.

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A dedicated Gold Coast Film and Television Industry Office is now open for bookings at the Robina Community Centre. This office is available free of charge, to the local, interstate and overseas film and television industry, to utilise as a creative hub to progress future productions. It is a shared office, to be used as a hot desk for people visiting the city and for the local film and television industry to undertake one-off or regular meetings. It is not the intent however, for daily ongoing use by one individual or group.

This initiative will be trialled until 30 June 2016, when a review will be undertaken as to its success. We urge the local industry to support this initiative and make a booking to use this space.

This initiative is supported by Screen Queensland and Village Roadshow Studios.

Who can book this office?

People involved in the local, interstate and overseas film and television industry. It can be a one-off use or for regular meetings. It is not the intent however for daily ongoing use by an individual or group.

Where is it?

Robina Community Centre (building opposite Robina Library), Room 2.7, First Floor,196 Robina Town Centre Drive (corner San Antonio Court), Robina. Entry to the building is via the door next to café.

When can I make a booking to use the room?

8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday
Public holidays closed.

What is included in the room?

One meeting room (30 square metres), consisting of two computer desks, two computer chairs, two-three seater lounges, a balcony, with outdoor table and chairs. The room is air conditioned. A coffee shop is located at the Robina Community Centre and a tea room is adjacent to the Industry Office. Toilets are adjacent to the Industry Office also.

How do I make a booking?

Contact Ms Ulta Brandt on 07 5581 7282 or division11@goldcoast.qld.gov.au for bookings and more information on the office. Please indicate when the office is required, who will be in attendance and for what purpose. You will then be informed if the room is available and if the booking has been confirmed.




Is your Membership Renewal for 2015/16 overdue?

We are still waiting on a number of member renewals for 2015/16. If you have not yet received your invoice or require login information for your member page to renew, please contact the ACS QLD Branch at acsqld@austcine.org.au

We are more than happy to discuss any arrangements or updating your member status to reflect any industry changes you may have - please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Please note, if your membership is NOT renewed by end of September and we have had no correspondence from you, then your membership will be automatically deactivated.


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