SA eNews August 15 - Masterclass Postponed, AGM Wrap up, Award Entries Open, Comp Winners, New Sponsor, Profile Kirsty Stark

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Lighting Masterclass Postponed

Apologies, our Lighting Masterclass on August 24 with Academy Award winning DoP Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC has been postponed due to Andrew's commitments on a film.

Andrew is still very keen to hold it in the near future so watch this space, as soon as we have a new date we will once again be looking for participants.

2013 SA branch AGM Wrap up

20 members attended our Lawn Bowls and AGM on Tuesday August 13.

The bowling was, well some may say, exceptional! Not sure if that's exceptionally good or exceptionally poor! Then there was the totally absorbing AGM with four new committee members added, something good to eat & drink, the very considered judging of the phone-tography comp and a chance to catch up with colleagues and friends.

Your 2013 / 2014 committee are:
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: Clive Taylor ACS, Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Jo Rossiter ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Viv Madigan, Aaron Gully, rejoining this year are Stephen Webb & Andy Stankovich. On board for the first time are Rod Bolton and Miles Rowland.

Careful consideration, judging the Phone-tography pics

Entries now open for SA & WA Awards for Cinematography

Online entries are open for the 2013 SA & WA 33rd Annual Awards for Cinematography via the link below. In fact there are only three weeks left to enter so get your best work together and enter soon.

On our website are -2013 Terms & Conditions:

2013 Award Categories:

Or you can access them and download PDF's of them via the links below.

As you most likely know the only way to enter the ACS National Awards is to win gold at your local awards so get your entries in. BTW the state entry fee automatically covers Gold Winners entry fees into the Nationals.

Entries close 5pm CoB on Friday September 6. Physical entries are preferred and can be dropped off at Anifex. Details are on the entry form. If you are overseas or in a remote location then entries can be sent via yousend it.

Please read the entry requirements carefully and only supply high quality files as requested and the best of luck.

Click for SA & WA 2013 Awards Entry Form »
Click to download 2013 ACS Awards Categories »

Magic Morning Steadicam - a winning Phone-tography picture taken on iPhone 4S

Phonte-tography competition winners

Well we can finally announce the 2012/2013 SA branch Phone-tography winners. I must say the overall standard of entries was fantastic this year. The judges were renowned stills photographer Milton Wordley, Creative Director Lyn Punshon and actor / musician Sam Clark. The peoples choice photo was voted by the AGM attendees. The winners are:

Best Composition:
1st prize - $100, Viv Madigan for Magic Morning Steadicam
2nd prize - $75, Tamryn Morris for I Bring You Peace

Most Creative:
1st prize - $100, Mark Cowley for Kids TV Horror Film
2nd prize - $75, Maxx Corkindale for Let me out, I'm Innocent

1st prize - $100, Aaron Gully for John & Graeme - True Love
2nd prize - $75, David Tang for A Couple of Badasses Over Here

People's choice:
$200, Viv Madigan for Magic Morning Steadicam

We will publish some of them in the upcoming eNews.

Viv Madigan counts his prize money after winning Best Composition and People's Choice

2013 / 2014 Sponsors

We would like to welcome aboard our newest confirmed sponsor - Cameraquip. They have been supplying camera gear to South Australian productions and Production companies for almost 30 years. Check out their website

Our sponsors list for 2013 /2014 now looks like this:
Major Sponsor: South Australian Film Corporation
Gold Sponsors: Kojo, ProAV Solutions, SAS 7 and ADS 10
Silver Sponsor: Anifex, Picture Hire and now Cameraquip
Bronze Sponsors: ABC, Best FX, Camco & Webster Hyde Heath Insurance Brokers.

The MRC are providing the Student Encouragement Award of $3K of equipment and facilities hire from the MRC. This award to be announced at the 33rd Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography on November 2.

Talking about our awards we would like to announce that comedian George Kapinaris will be our MC for the night. Should be a lot of fun!

On behalf of the SA committee and all of our members may I express our thanks to all of our loyal sponsors. So whenever possible please use or buy their services and products.

If you wish to sponsor us or know of a company or orginaisation that may be interested point them to our 2013 /2014 sponsorship proposal via the link below. Or they can contact me via the other link below.

Sponsors please note we require your artwork and other assets by September 6 2013 for this years program and awards night compile.

Click to download 2018 / 2019 SA Sponsors Proposal »
Click to email SA Sponsorship coordinator Ernie Clark ACS »

Profile: Cinematographer/Producer & SA committee member - Kirsty Stark

This is the second Profile featuring of one of our ACS committee members, Kirsty Stark.

Kirsty let’s begin with 3 easy ?’s:

Favourite Film? Amelie (one of many!)
Favourite on-set snack? Dried apricots, rice crackers & lollies.
Favourite TV show? No favourite, but I'm currently watching House of Cards.

Please tell me more about yourself Kirsty:

I studied cinematography in my Honours year at Flinders in 2007 and began working as a camera assistant at the same time. I've been lucky to work with some amazing people on feature film and TVC sets in South Australia and have learnt a huge amount from them. I took a lot of that knowledge early on and put it into shooting short films. Vivyan Madigan (another ACS committee member) and I were talking one day in 2010 about how difficult it was to get producers to agree to let us shoot on film (instead of digital), and decided to do something about it, so we raised some money and put out a call for scripts and directors. That was the beginning of Epic Films. We each shot a film on s16mm: L'Artiste! - and Landscape Scene -

Working on those films sparked my interest in producing and I've been working more and more in that area over the past couple of years. For most of that time I've been producing a project called Wastelander Panda, directed by Victoria Cocks. So far we've made a 3 minute Prologue and three films between 8 and 16 minutes long, and we're now developing a 6x10 min series with Madman, the ABC and the SAFC, to go into production early next year. The films are all online at

My favourite part of cinematography is figuring out how to tell a story through images in order to have the biggest impact on an audience, and I love producing because it gives me the opportunity to do that on a bigger scale. I have a small effect on every part of a project, from writing and scheduling to distribution and marketing. Having a background in cinematography and camera assisting has been a huge advantage, as you learn so much more about how a production works by being on set next to the camera, rather than in a production office. I'm still assisting from time to time and shooting the occasional corporate, but I also hope to get back behind the camera on a short film someday.

And Kirsty how come you are on the ACS SA branch committee?

I joined the committee back in 2008 after the ACS 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Sydney, where I learnt a huge amount about camerawork from the amazing ACS members who had travelled from all over the world. At the time, I joined to get to know some of the more experienced SA cinematographers and build relationships with them. I also recognised that the ACS was a great way to bridge the gap for younger members looking to transition from study to working in camera department. I wanted to help create opportunities for other young filmmakers to be part of the cinematography community here in SA. Even though I'm not shooting as much anymore, it's great to be part of such an active Society and I think the range of trade nights and the people that come to them are fantastic. You don't always get these opportunities in SA so I enjoy helping to make them happen.

Well until the next Profile, cheers from the Pres - Ernie Clark ACS.

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Upcoming Dates

Friday August 30 Accreditation submissions due by CoB

Monday September 2 Committee Meeting

Friday September 6 Deadline for entries to our 33rd Awards

September 6 Sponsors deadline for awards program artwork and other assets

Friday / Saturday September 13 & 14 Accreditation Assessments &

Sunday September 15 National AGM @ ACS HQ in Sydney

Saturday November 2 our 33rd Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography
Hosted by comedian George Kapiniaris

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