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ACS South Australian Branch


 October 2019


ARRI Alexa Mini LF night now Nov 4
And the Winners are..... Awards Not So Live Stream
Russell Boyd ACS ASC Screening & Q&A Wrap up
Hotel Mumbai screening & Q&A with Nick Mathews ACS

Pro AV Solutions Post Awards Special Offers
Invite to Flinders Screen Production VIP Sunset Screening
Profile Dave Birrell

From the Pres

Welcome to our November Newsletter, there's lots coming up so I hope you can get to some of our events.

The ARRI Mini LF demo is back on Monday night November 4, more details further down the newsletter.

Our 39th Annual Awards for Cinematography were a great success, read about them, there are links to the Winners List, the Live Stream footage and also check out the pictures from the night.

MC Eddie Bannon warmed up the audience. Pictures: Sam Oster - Silvertrace

Eddie channelled his inner Russell Crowe!

Congratulations to Nick Mathews ACS who won the Milty for Hotel Mumbai. He'll be back in Adelaide near the end of November so we have set up a screening and Q&A with him. See more below.

Awards Plaque Pick Ups: If you couldn't get to our recent 39th Awards and you were awarded a plaque it will be available for pick up during office hours from Anifex 65 King William Rd Kent Town until the end of November.

Our friends from the Australian Screen Editors guild have invited our members to Montage Wars which is Adelaide's first video editing competition! Six emerging editors will compete to show off their editing artistry and speed. Each will have two hours to edit a music video. Join them for a fun, live and interactive event where you get to witness the edits emerging from the raw media while enjoying the live commentary and beer, wine and pizza. Montage Wars - SA editing competition on 21st November, 6:30-10pm at UniSA Magill Campus, room CB110 Cost: $10 ASE / ACS members, $20 non-members. Some of our members have supplied the footage for this event.
Click this link for more info re the ASE event

Click on this link for tickets to Montage Wars

Also our ACS members are invited to the 2019 Sunset Screening | VIP Function presented by Flinders Screen Production on Friday November 22, see more below.

Our Christmas drinks, for financial ACS members only, are on again on Monday night December 9. This is a great networking / catch up night with some seriously good door prizes (please note Leona Cichon will not be in the draw to give other members half a chance!). We'll put the full deets and booking link in the December Newsletter but reserve the date.

Here's another benefit of ACS membership - If you are travelling interstate View Hotels which include the Harbourview in North Sydney, The Parkview in Melbourne and the Riverview in Brisbane are offering ACS Members 15% off the best available rate of the day at View Hotels. For bookings quote ‘Associations’ to secure discounted rate! 1300 785 453 or hotels Get more details from the link below.

Click this link for View Hotels flyer

ARRI Alexa Mini LF and Signature Primes Night

It's back on! 4th November so book NOW.

Sean Dooley from National Gold Sponsor, ARRI Australia, is bringing to Adelaide an ALEXA LF and an ALEXA Mini LF with a bunch of Signature Primes especially for our ACS members and the local industry to check out. He will also run some stunning footage of the cameras performing on a fancy 55” OLED Screen. Book now via the link below to check out this stunning latest offering from ARRI.


When: Monday November 4
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start
Where: Picture Hire Australia
Rear entrance, 26 Clarke St, Norwood, SA 5067
Catering: Drinks and nibbles provided
Cost: Free but booking preferable

If you booked the cancelled event please rebook for this new date now!

Click to book for ARRI night
And the Winners are ...... 2019 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
Eighty ACS members, partners, friends and sponsors attended our 39th Annual South Australia & West Australian Awards for Cinematography which were held on Saturday October 26 at the Adelaide Town Hall with pre dinner drinks in the Northern Gallery followed by the formal Awards presentation with a three course dinner in the magnificent Banqueting Room. 

Our Guest of Honour was Russell Boyd ACS ASC, our MC was ABC film reviewer and comedian Eddie Bannon. The Hon David Pisoni MP was our special guest and live music was supplied by Samantha Edge.

There were numerous first time entrants and first time Award winners this year, check out all the winners via the link below. Congratulations to all the winners there was great work entered this year.

If you couldn't see the live stream this could be good news. Many thanks to Daniel Charlton who live streamed this years awards, he has now put them up on YouTube in 2 parts (The first few minutes are missing from part 1).  Also thanks to Picture Hire for Supplying the gear and personnel to shoot the Awards.

Click for part 1 of the Not So Live Stream of our 2019 Awards

Click for part 2 of the Not So Live Stream of our 2019 Awards

National Pres Ron Johanson OAM ACS, SA Pres Ernie Clark ACS, Russell Boyd ACS ASC & WA Pres Dave Le May ACS

Check out the rest of the pics taken on the night by Sam Oster via the link below.

Marty Pepper from Kojo collects the Milty on behalf of Nick Mathews ACS with National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS, Russell Boyd ACS ASC and MC Eddie Bannon AKA the Master & Commander. Pic: Sam Oster

The Special Awards were:
The Milton Ingerson Award for the Best Entry
Nick Matthews ACS for ‘Hotel Mumbai’

The Cliff Ellis Memorial Award for the Camera Crew Member Showing the Most Potential
Matt Byrne for ‘The World is Looking for You’

The MRC Student Encouragement Award
Connor Gurr for ‘Signal’

The complete winners list is available via the link below.

Click to view the 2019 Awards Winners List

Click to access the 2019 Awards photo gallery
The password to access the images in the gallery is: Adelaide2019
The download pin # 2823

Russell Boyd ACS ASC Screening & Q&A Wrap up
Thirty SA ACS members attended the Russell Boyd ACS ASC screening and Q & A at the Wallis Cinema in Mitcham. A great night it was. 

What a gracious man this Academy Award winner is. There were lot's of great questions, Russell's answers were fabulous and the clips Directed by Peter Weir included Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Master and Commander - the Far Side of the World and The Way Back.

To see this great body of work was quite humbling, and Russell was very generous in sharing his knowledge and anecdotes. We thank Russ and his wife Sandy for coming to Adelaide especially for our Awards and the Q&A.
Hotel Mumbai screening & Q&A with DoP Nick Mathews ACS
The 2019 Milton Ingerson Award for the Best Entry winner, Nick Mathews ACS, will briefly be back in Adelaide and is willing to have a screening and Q&A about this fabulous film for our members.

So come and hear about the complexities of shooting this film, shot both here in Adelaide and in India.  The set to location matches are fantastic.

Synopsis: Terror strikes in the heart of Mumbai, India, as members of Lashkar-e-Taiba storm the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in a series of coordinated attacks throughout the city. Amid the gunfire and mayhem, a brave chef and kitchen worker decide to risk their own lives to try and protect the frightened guests. As the militants continue their assault on the hotel, a desperate couple must do whatever they can to protect their newborn baby.

When: Monday November 25
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start
Where: RSP enter via Car Park at rear
Catering: Drinks and pizza provided
Cost: Free for ACS and VES members only
Booking: Essential via the link below - spaces are limited

Click to book for Hotel Mumbai Screening & Q&A 

Pro AV Solutions Post Awards Special Offers
To help celebrate the 2019 SA & WA Awards for Cinematography, Gold ACS sponsor Pro AV Solutions has put together some ACS Member only exclusive offers for the month of November.

Click on the link below to access these great special offers for financial SA & WA ACS Members only.

Click for ProA AV Solutions ACS Awards Special Offers

2019 Sunset Screening I VIP Function 

SA branch ACS members are invited to the 2019 Sunset Screening | VIP Function presented by Flinders Screen Production on Friday November 22


Dave Birrell Profile

Dave, what got you interested in our industry and how did you get started in film and TV?
Well my father George was an aerial photographer, then documentary filmmaker in the 60's and 70's, much in the Leyland Brothers, Malcolm Douglas mold. I grew up helping set up projectors and screens in Town Halls and earning pocket money flogging snacks at interval. I’ve always been interested in photography and carried that into Film & TV at Arts School.  One day I saw an ad in the paper for a traineeship at the ABC and the rest is ancient history.

Tony Clark ACS (from Rising Sun Pictures) and I started at the ABC on the same day, beginning the now sadly defunct Production Operations Trainee (POT) course.  As he would agree, it was the best start in the industry that anyone could have.  It’s a shame that training like that: thorough, incredibly broad, technical and paid (!) just doesn’t exist anywhere any more. The opportunity to work in every discipline has been the best asset to my career.

There’s nothing better for building a cooperative team than knowing exactly what everyone else is going through.

Tony went into cine-camera and I went into editing, but I had always hankered to do camera or sound.

What did you do when you decide to further your career...?

I moved on to a post house called Network 8 as an online editor, got involved in drama post production for the SAFC and spent two mini-series supervising colour grading too. I eventually followed that into post management at Crawford Productions in Melbourne.  From TV I moved on to feature films and was lucky enough to work on some films that took me to the UK, US and New Zealand.

What has been your most interesting project so far?
Long story, but as you’ll have guessed, I’m a bit of an ACS fringe dweller. After years in Post, I saw that there was a disconnect growing with the introduction of digital media. There used to be a lab person who looked after your film, rang the DoP with comments, thumbs up, issues to address etc. and that role was suddenly missing.  Media was turning up to me in editing and I knew no one had seen it or knew what it should look like. I got involved gradually through transcoding media in the cutting room, then talking to DoP's, tweaking rushes a bit in Resolve, which lead to computers, screens, road cases, a generator, a van…. suddenly I’m a DIT. Then I became a DIT/Post Supervisor and here we are full circle. That evolution has been the most interesting, challenging and satisfying project so far.

Tell us some of that challenges you face as a DIT?
Late, late nights and worse, midnight to midday shifts.  For a DIT, the challenge when you’re effectively ‘jet lagged’ is to not screw up. It’s too easy to lose track of media if you don’t have a pilot’s check list of tasks to complete.


THE DIT’s job sets up the entire post path, is that where you think your future lies?
I’ve come back to post production through a chain of circumstances, but in a much more encompassing role. I believe in keeping data handling and QC on an editorial/camera nexus. It keeps it all in the family if we have good lines of communication and do as much testing as we can manage in preproduction.  I’m really enjoying the top to tail approach.
What projects are you working on right now?
I’ve been working on Stateless in SA and second series of The Heights in WA.  So I’m working on two exciting projects with two great ACS members and DoP's, the lovely Bonnie Elliott ACS and equally lovely Jim Frater ACS.  We’ve just started shooting The Heights in Perth and just finished Stateless in Timor-Leste. I have just returned from a week of data managing from a Hotel room in Dili, so you never know where this business will take you!

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
I was the maximum eligible age for the ABC POT training course; Tony Clark was the minimum.
The bugger sent me Fathers Day cards for several years afterward!
Thanks Dave.

ACS Facebook Group

We've started a Facebook Group where all current financial ACS members can join. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale etc. here. To join, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request.

Click to go to ACS Members Facebook Group page

Some Upcoming Dates

November 4 ARRI Mini LF & Signature Primes Night @ Picture Hire
November 4  SAFC / AFF / Panavision Short Film Production Initiative applications Close
November 5 Committee Meeting
November 22 Flinders Screen Production Sunset Screening
November 25 Hotel Mumbai screening and Q&A with DoP Nick Mathews ACS @ RSP
December 2 Committee Meeting
December 9 SA Branch Xmas Drinks
February 3 Committee Meeting
May 16 National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra

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South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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