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Entry to our 38th SA & WA Awards for cinematography closed on August 24 with 107 entries and the judging is now happening over August 31, September 1 & 2.

So keep an eye out for the booking link for our Awards which will be held on October 27 at 6pm in the Vines Room at the National Wine Centre Adelaide, 5pm pre dinner drinks on the Terrace. Our MC will be Comedian & ABC Film Reviewer Eddie Bannon and Brendan Williams will supply our live music. Reserve the date in your diaries now.

Later in September we are organising a screening & Q&A with a leading female cinematographer. We will let you all know as soon as we can confirm the date.

Mylene, Ernie & Wooly hold the AGM.

Our 2018 AGM was held on Monday night August 13 at Holey Moley Indoor Golf in the city, 19 members attended.

The results of the AGM election were:

President: Ernie Clark ACS

Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans

Secretary: David Woolford Assistant Secretary: Kirsty Stark

Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back

Committee Members Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Rod Bolton, David Tang, David Gregan, Miles Rowland, Daniel Charlton, Claire Bishop & new committee members Michael Tessari & Johanis Lyons-Reid.

SA Peer Support contacts: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans

After the AGM we had a feed of pizza and 9 holes of insane mini golf, fun was had by all.

Winners are grinners! Team 3 - Anna, Mark, Michael & Bonnie.

The "stunning" 2018 AGM Team Trophy

The lowest overall Team score of 106 was by Team 3 which included Vice Pres Mark Evans, Michael Tessari, Anna Bardsley Jones and Bonnie Paku. They were awarded the incredibly handsome 2018 AGM trophy - I guess it's going straight to the pool room!

The Lowest score of 22 was by Michael Tessari and his prize was one free entry into our awards.

The dubious honour of the Highest score of 44 was made by David Tang. Unbeknown to him there was a prize for this - a $100 dinner voucher. A pleasant surprise for playing so badly!

Thanks to JoAnne for the manufacture of the "stunning" trophy and the pics.

Accreditation's Submissions Now Open

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If you intend to apply for ACS Accreditation, please review the following checklist.

1. I am a current financial member of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Members with fees in arrears may not apply.

2. I have been a Cinematographer (including previously Full) member continuously for at least the last 3 years and have been a professional cinematographer for a minimum of 8 years.

3. I will contact my State Branch in sufficient time to obtain assessment of the suitability of my submission prior to the material being sent to the National ACS Accreditation Panel by the deadline.

3. I will be able to submit all material within the specified dates for submission, currently being September 1 to September 30 and understand material will NOT be accepted after this date. My material is of high quality and will meet the media requirements.

4. I will include all required documentation and signed forms with my submission.

5. I will include payment with my submission.

6. I am aware that should I get my letters, the Society will be calling on me and will expect my involvement in things like Awards judging, Accreditation assessments, maybe being on my Branch committee or being involved Nationally on the Executive or on a sub committee. I understand that gaining my letters is indeed a privilege and the highest honour the Society can bestow on me but in turn I know the Society expects and indeed needs my involvement.

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Profile Tamara Gordon

Tamara swims with a Green Sea Turtle

Hi Tamara, please tell us when did you first become interested in the film industry?

I have always been interested in watching natural history documentaries. I would have to say that it was Sir David Attenborough’s films really got me interested in trying to capture behaviours on film and inspired me to want to capture my own footage. Starting my Masters last year has really opened my eyes to the film world and I am absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

Tamara about to head underwater on a Flinders Uni field trip

You’re currently studying at Flinders Uni, what led you there?

I started at Flinders in 2013 where I studied a Bachelor of Science - Animal Behaviour. My main interests are ecology and the physiology of plants and animals. I have a strong passion for conserving our environment and throughout this degree I realised that this message needs to be out there now more than ever. I am not the person that can sit down and write journal articles about the research that is being done, so I wanted to get the information across in a visual way. This led me to start my Masters in Screen and Media in 2017.

Tamara films a Bettong

You are in a unique position to observe animals and their behaviour, do you plan to make wildlife films?

I would love to make natural history/wildlife films. I am always trying to capture footage of our animals doing behaviours we don’t always get to see. This year I am making my first short documentary. It will be concentrating on our underwater life here in South Australia. A goal of mine is to combine my hobbies and start learning more about underwater cinematography.

A Marbled Velvet Gecko upclose with Tamara

Tell us about your hobbies?

Anything nature based. I love sitting and observing the behaviours of wild animals, it always gets me thinking, why are they doing that? My main hobbies are diving and surfing. The ocean has always felt like my second home. Diving is only new to me, but I wished I had taken it up sooner! There is nothing more relaxing than getting my head under the water and watching all the life under the surface.

You work with Australian wildlife, tell us about your business?

Animals Anonymous is a business that conducts educational based presentations to schools, childcares, events, etc. all throughout South Australia. We have very friendly Australian native animals that come along with us as they are our ambassadors for conservation.

Tam and Sherlock the Tiger Quoll

Where do you keep all your animals?

They live with us! We have around 100 Australian native animals, including quolls, tawny frogmouths, bettongs, potoroos, squirrel gliders, quokkas, pythons, lizards, crocodiles and more. These animals are my family and I can tell you they get better fed than I do!

What is the funniest thing a kid has said to you while giving your presentations?

I have a lot of funny conversations with the kids, but the one that stands out to me recently would be this:

Me: “What is the safest thing we should do if we see a snake outside”?

Child: “Umm, take your shirt off!”

Thanks Tamara, it just goes to prove how many different journeys our members take in this business. It's great to hear about your passion for animals, conservation and filmmaking.

Upcoming dates

August 31 and September 1 & 2 SA & WA Awards Judging @ AAMPCO

September 1 - 30 ACS Accreditation Application window

September 3 Committee Meeting

September 7 Sponsors Deadline for Awards Assets

September TBA Screening & Q&A

October 1 Committee Meeting

October 12 & 13 Accreditation Assesments

October 14 National OGM

October 27 38th SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography

November 5 Committee Meeting

December 3 Committee Meeting

December 10 SA Branch Xmas Drinks

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