SA eNews Mid April 2019 - Ladies in Black Screening & Q&A - From the Pres - ProAV Solutions NAB Wrap Up - Book Now National Awards


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Peter James ACS ASC Screening & Q&A

ACS SA is pleased to announce that the four time Milli Award Winner, Peter James ACS ASC, will screen his latest collaboration with Director Bruce Beresford the feature film Ladies in Black.

Peter is the cinematographer behind critically acclaimed and popular films such as Driving Miss Daisy, Black Robe, Meet the Parents, Mao's Last Dancer and more recently Ladies in Black.

After running the film he will explain the grading, VFX, studio lighting, location problems, etc. Peter will answer questions as we go.

He will also present his views on the importance of the script breakdown, pre-production and collaboration with all departments both creative and administrative.

Although his presentation is about making a Feature Film, his approach can apply to any film, short, doco or commercial. A lot of the problems and responses are the same and Cinematographers always have to work with other people.

Join fellow members, sponsors and guests on May 1 at the SAFC theatre (enter via rear doors) and take the opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most experienced and finest cinematographers.

When: Wednesday night May 1, 6 for 6:30 Start until 9:30pm approx

Where: SAFC Theatre - entry via rear door only

How Much? (Includes a free welcome drink):
ACS members & sponsors free
Students and other Guilds $5
General Admission $10

RSVP is essential via the trybooking link below - a map to get to the SAFC rear door is on the booking site.

Click for trybooking link for Ladies in Black event »

From the Pres

Cardboard Addicts Doco

One of our members, Lennon Cooper, not only shot the doco Cardboard Addicts, he wrote, edited, and directed it as well. As Lennon is a sports card collector himself, this was one story he wasn’t prepared to hand over to someone else.

I hear the project was so well received by ESPN that after seeing early snippets, they offered to extend it from 48mins (allowing for ads) to a full 60mins and they would run it ad-free.

ESPN have also expressed interest in Lennon producing a worldwide version in the coming months.

Check it out as Cardboard Addicts premieres April 10, this Wednesday night at 8:30pm on ESPN.

CineKids All Things Camera Day

How lucky are our CineKids, on Sunday April 28 some of our best young DoP's will take our CineKids through All Things Camera including composition / coverage / crossing the line / editing / files / storage / analysing a film, etc.

The day will be held at Anifex studio in Kent Town and run from 10am until 5pm.

The CineKids have been asked to bring their own cameras / tripods along and any questions or topics they wish to learn more about.

We'll probably see some of these young CineKids shooting fabulous pictures professionally before too long.

Want to be ACS National Secretary?

Our diligent National Secretary for many years, David Wakeley ACS, has advised us that he will not be nominating for the National Secretary position at the National AGM in May in Melbourne.

So here is your chance to give back to the society and get involved at the National level.

If you are interested in nominating for this vitally important role please contact me asap as nominations close before the end of this month.

May I take this opportunity to thank David for his huge contribution to the ACS, he has been on ACS committees for over 25 years!

West of Sunshine Wrap Up

On Monday night we had the screening & Q&A of West of Sunshine at RSP. Thanks very much to DoP Thom Neal, RSP and Alex Meddick.

Thom shot the film in only 15 days with 3 extra 2 hour night shoots. This project was a labour of love and it certainly didn't suffer from the extremely tight schedule and small budget.

Keep an eye out for it and go see it if you get the chance.

DoP Thom Neal (standing) takes us through some of the challenges in shooting the film.

ProAV Solutions NAB Wrap Up

Hot off the Press! Daniel Charlton from Gold Sponsor ProAV Solutions will be back back from NAB real soon and on Tuesday April 16 at 6pm he will present a wrap up of all the latest and greatest from NAB 2019.

Please book via the link below the poster.

Click to book 2019 NAB Wrap Up »

Book Now 48th Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography

This is the premier event on the ACS calendar and is an opportunity to celebrate the art of the best cinematography in Australia.

In the National eNews there are suggested close-by hotels and a lot more info so check them out.

Entries for the National Awards are automatically determined from the Gold winners at the individual State & Territory Awards, held in November the preceding year. Direct entry is not available into the National Awards. Only current financial members of the Society are eligible to enter into the State & Territory awards and must remain financial members at the time of National Awards' judging.

The Gold Tripod is the highest award given in each category. A runner up may receive an Award of Distinction. Only one Gold Tripod and one Award of Distinction may be awarded in each category.

All of the Gold Tripod Winners are then reconsidered to determine the winner of the Milli Award for ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year.

Our friends over at the Victorian Branch have organised a great National Awards program weekend so go to the links below and book your tickets now.

The BLACK TIE GALA is the premier event on the ACS calendar and is an opportunity to celebrate the best cinematography in Australia.


The Gold Award winners from the 2018 State & Territory Awards for Cinematography will compete for Gold Tripods and Awards of Distinction in most categories except for the CineKids and Student categories where Gold Plaques are awarded.

The highly respected Milli Award for the Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be selected from the National Gold Tripod winners.

Standard Tickets are $150.00

ACS National Sponsors qualify for a number of complimentary tickets according to their level of sponsorship, theses tickets need to be booked.

Major 4
Platinum 4
Gold 2
Silver 2
Bronze 1

Purchase tickets via the Awards page link on the ACS Website: HERE!

Upcoming dates

April 28 CineKids All Things Camera Day

May 1 Peter James ACS ASC Ladies in Black Screening & Q&A

May 6 Committee Meeting

May 18 ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Melbourne

May 19 National AGM Melbourne

May 30 Send Membership Invoices & 2019 Sponsorship Proposals

June 1 Think about getting your Accreditation Submission together

June 3 Committee Meeting

June 30 Membership fees due

July 1 Committee Meeting

August 1 - 21 39th SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography entry window

August 12 SA AGM

August 30 - Sept 1 SA & WA Awards Judging

Sept 1 - 30 Accreditation Applications Window

September 2 Committee Meeting

September 6 Sponsors Deadline for Awards Assets

October 7 Committee Meeting

October 26 39th SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography at Adelaide Town Hall

November 4 Committee Meeting

December 2 Committee Meeting

December 13 SA Branch Xmas Drinks

Why not visit your National HQ

If you are in Sydney drop into our ACS HQ, Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney. The NSW committee will do their best to open up for you, contact David Lewis ACS or 0408 273 702

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