SA Kinemagraphe November 2011

In This Issue:

  • ACS SA Christmas Drinks
  • ARRI Alexa Night December 1
  • Birthday Premiere Screening November 30
  • SA & WA ACS State Awards Wrap Up / Pictures
  • The Shadowcatchers
  • 'The Belt' Extreme Film Festival
  • SA Branch on Facebook
  • ACS SA on Facebook

Christmas Drinks

Ho, ho, ho! This year's ACS Christmas Drinks will be held at 6pm on Monday, December 19th at the Colonist Hotel, 44 The Parade, Norwood.

Come and celebrate the festive season and join with your fellow ACS members to have a few drinks, a snack and a laugh!

Please note: this event is for financial ACS members and Sponsors only.

ACS ARRI Alexa Night very soon!

ACS members are welcome to come and check out CineHire's ARRI Alexa HD camera at Stepney Studios, Unit 2 / 29 Henry Street, Stepney on Thursday December 1 at 6:30pm.

This remarkable camera has 14 stops of latitude rated @ ISO 800 and is now teamed up with a set of Cooke panchro i/primes incl 18,25,32,50,75,100mm lenses. Of course, with a PL mount, it can take any 35mm motion picture lens you wish to use.

Footage from various recent shoots will be screened highlighting the "most film like" video images you'll see. As Roger Deakins ASC BSC said in the latest American Cinematographer magazine:

"The Alexa is a game-changer," Deakins maintains. "This moment has been coming for a long time, really, but with the Alexa I believe digital has finally surpassed film in terms of quality. What is quality? It's really in the eye of the viewer, but to me, the Alexa's tonal range, color space and latitude exceed the capabilities of film. This is not to say that I don't still love film - I do. I love its texture and grain, but in terms of speed, resolution and clarity of image, there is no question in my mind that the Alexa produces a better image. There is a beautiful roll-off between highlights and shadows [on the Alexa] that I haven't seen before. There's a subtlety in color rendition that is fantastic. I tested it in candlelight, and it was beautiful how the camera picked up variations in skin tones and texture. If you shot that same scene with film, you'd get a very monochromatic feel - just a color wash - but the Alexa can read subtleties that film cannot."

So if you are a financial member of the ACS come and hear what SA DOP's have to say about this remarkable camera, have a play with it, have a bite of pizza and a drink but you must rsvp via the link below before 6:00pm Tuesday November 29.

RSVP for ARRI Alexa Night »

Birthday Premiere Screening November 30

ACS members are invited to the Australian Premiere of BIRTHDAY, 7pm Wednesday November 30, Trak Cinema. Flip It Red Entertainment presents a film by J. Harkness.

M is the highest paid professional of the girls at Scarlet's, but on her 25th birthday, it's business as usual. M's trade is sex, but sex doesn't sell the way it used to; what client's are searching for, paying forÂ… is love. Instead of celebrating, her day is spent answering the silent prayers of Father Phillip, who has lost his faith and providing counsel to her colleagues, the vivacious Lily and troubled Cindy. Amidst the dramas that unfold and the demands of the 'no-nonsense' Scarlet, M's secret birthday wish goes unanswered, that is, until a young man, Joey knocks on her door. But Joey also has a secret, it's his birthday too, and today M might just discover that even the smallest, most unexpected wish can come true. BIRTHDAY encompasses lost love, first times, humanity and the discovery of intimacy in surprising and unexpected places.

The feature film debut by J. Harkness is stunningly photographed by award-winning cinematographer, Denson Baker ACS (The Black Balloon, The Waiting City, Oranges and Sunshine) and features original music created for the film by the acclaimed Ollie Olsen. Run Time 104 min MA Rating

SA/WA State Awards Wrap Up / Pictures

This year the 31st SA & WA State Awards for Cinematography were held in Western Australia for the first time, on November 5th at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Several members made the trip over from SA, including President Ernie Clark ACS, who collected numerous awards on behalf of SA members. The event was hosted by Peter Rowsthorn and the evening was very entertaining, with the opportunity for us to meet some of our WA counterparts.

A special mention must go to our hard working Treasurer (both State & National) Mylene Ludgate, who was presented with her Life Membership of the ACS by National President Ron Johanson ACS.

Our news shooters won every award in Single Camera News, Neil Davis International News & Current Affairs. Oh and TV Mag & Lifestyle too. Well done guys!

Not only that but Paul Martino from 7 was awarded the News Directors Award so he's in the running for the national award next May.

Again in the Fictional Drama Shorts category SA did very well with Nick Matthews ACS getting Gold for "The Palace," (which also won the Milton Ingerson Award for Best Entry), Kirsty Stark Silver for "L'Artiste!" (as well as recipient of the Cliff Ellis Memorial Award) and Bronze for Maxx Corkindale for "A Tale of Obsession."

Geoff Hall ACS did very well cleaning up the Commercials Nat/Int Category & also collecting Gold in features for Red Dog. Since then Red Dog has picked up 7 iF Awards. David Foreman ACS also scored Gold for yet to be released feature Swerve.

On the same night as the Perth Awards, a dinner was held in Adelaide to celebrate the awards in SA. Members gathered at the Maylands Hotel for a meal and a few drinks, with the evening's proceedings hosted by the very amusing and eloquent, SA Vice President, Mark Evans.

From all reports, the dinner was a great chance for everyone to catch up with their fellow cinematographers. Thanks to a live video link from Perth, they were able to see the awards ceremony in WA, despite the time difference meaning a late night for those here at home.

At the SA dinner, student member Gerald Wiblin was present to collect his MRC Student Award, worth $3,000! Not only that he also won the Major door prize of a Helmet GoPro. Congratulations, Gerald I hear he went home with a large smile on his face.

Next year's state awards will be held back here in Adelaide so we hope all of our members can get to them on November 3 2012.

SA & WA ACS State Awards Winners / Plaques

As you can see from above SA cinematographers did very well at the recent SA & WA Awards, especially with Nick Matthews ACS winning the Milton Ingerson Award for Best Entry for The Palace and Channel 7 news cameraman and SA committee member Paul Martino winning the Best News Story. Also, it was great to see the potential of our own Kirsty Stark recognised with the Cliff Ellis Memorial Award.

For a full list of winners from the night, please see the link below.

If you wish to collect your awards plaque they are at Anifex, 65 King William Street, Kent Town 5067. Call in during office hours and ask for Jo or JoAnne.

Click here to download the SA/WA winners list »

Pictures from the Perth Awards

Lovely ladies of the ACS SA committee - JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mylene Ludgate

Nick Matthews ACS, Daniel Charlton, Miles Rowland, Maxx Corkindale & Kirsty Stark

National President Ron Johanson ACS presents Mylene Ludgate with her Life Membership of the ACS.

Host Peter Rowsthorn presents Nick Matthews ACS with the Milton Ingerson Award for Best Entry

All of the award winners who were in Perth on the night

The Shadowcatchers

The long awaited ACS book, The Shadowcatchers is now available for pre ordering, with delivery in late March 2012. I've ordered mine and I couldn't be happier!

The ACS is providing a special opportunity for members and friends - ahead of general release - to secure one of a limited number of copies of The Shadowcatchers: a history of cinematography in Australia. This stylish and beautifully produced 288-page coffee table book contains over 380 photographs of working cinematographers taken on film sets from 1901 to the present, along with a ground-breaking historical text, biographies and anecdotes from some of the great characters of our industry. Only 2000 of the standard edition of the book will be published, and we know they will go fast. Please note that the hardbound collector's edition (signed by the Society's Academy Award winners) will be limited to 250 numbered copies, so if you want to reserve one for yourself or a friend be sure order asap as there is already international interest.

There will be 2 versions available, a numbered, hard cover Limited Edition of 250 copies at $250 per book inc. GST, signed by the ACS Oscar winners, and a soft cover Edition of 2,000 copies at $66 per book inc. GST. Postage for both editions will be an additional cost.

You can order a copy of The Shadowcatchers from the link below:

Click here to order your copy of The Shadowcatchers »

The Belt Film Festival

SA Branch on Facebook

The ACS SA branch now has its own Facebook page.

We will use this page to advertise upcoming events, as well as create photo albums of Awards and Trade Nights.

To become a fan, go to the link below and click the 'like' button.

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Click on the link below to contact SA Sponsorship coordinator, Ernie Clark ACS. We have varying priced packages available so why not ask for a SA Sponsorship Proposal.

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