SA eNews Kinemagraphe October 2013 Awards Bookings Open, ARRI XT Hands On Night, Peter James Screening / Q&A and Lighting Master Class, ACS AFF Discount, Profile Stephen Webb, Phone-tography Comp Is On

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SA & WA 33rd Award Ticket Bookings Now Open

Online bookings are now open for our 33rd SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography which are being held on Saturday November 2 @ 6pm @ Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hindley Street, Adelaide. Dress code: Smart. Tickets are only $110 per head inc GST which includes the Awards Presentation, 3 course Dinner, Drinks including wine & beer, music by Ellie Foster and some great door prizes. Book via this link:

Our Guest of Honour is 4 times Australian Cinematographer of the Year (Milli Award) winner Peter James ACS ASC and MC is comedian George Kapiniaris.

Peter has also agreed to do something special for us, in the week before the awards on Monday night October 28 he will present a screening and Q&A of Mao's Last Dancer at the SAFC theatre. On October 30 he will hold a Master Class on lighting and lensing faces. Peter has regularly taught at AFTRS and is one of Australia's most awarded cinematographers. More about these two events below.

On a completely different tangent, I hope you all got to read AC mag Issue #59 edited by none other than our own JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick. It features a great story on SA News supremo cameraman Rob Brown, committee members Kirsty Stark and time lapse expert Miles Rowland. Well done JoAnne.

Also congratulations to Daniel Soekov ACS who received his letters at the accreditation assessments held in Sydney 2 weeks ago.

ARRI Alexa Demo Night Oct 10

ARRI Alexa XT Plus

ACS ARRI Alexa night October 10 @ 6 for 6:30 @ Picture Hire, 45 Charles St Norwood

Here's your chance to see, handle and ask questions about the ARRI Alexa, XT, Remote Wireless and much more.

This is a Hands On look at this fantastic camera system, so come and have a play with the cameras, the lenses, the wireless remote, see what they are capable of, ask questions and have a drink & a nibble on us. Topics to be covered but not necessary limited to include: Overview of all current ALEXA models (there are now six different versions) and accessories; From scene to screen, the decision for a certain recording format and codec from acquisition through post to distribution; A discussion about 4K and the discovery that film has been a 4K media for ages (challenges and limitations); Recent development on lenses including two ALURA Lightweight Zoom lenses, the 15.5-45mm T2.8 and the 30-80mm T2.8, both with Lens Data System. If you have a PL mount DSLR bring it along and check out these zooms; Demonstration of Wireless Compact Unit WCU-4, accessories and metadata management; Current and future camera features and ALEXA firmware upgrades (SUPs); Recording of ARRIRAW and processing on set; Filtering on set, in-gate and matte box IRND and effect filters; Camera training and Q&A. So come armed with your questions and Stefan from ARRI will capably answer them and show you over the gear.

Many thanks to Silver sponsor PictureHire for allowing us to hold this night at their premises, all are welcome.

Mao's Last Dancer Screening and Q&A

Peter James ACS ASC will present an ACS screening and Q&A of Mao's Last Dancer at the SAFC theatre on Monday 28th October. 6:00pm for 6:30 screening.

So come and hear from this master cinematographer about his photographic approach to this exquisitely photographed film.

This is free to ACS members. General public are also welcome for a $10 donation to the ACS SA branch.

RSVP is essential via this link: a map will be emailed back to responders as entry to the SAFC theatre is only via the rear of the complex.

Peter James ACS ASC Lighting Master Class

Peter James ACS ASC will present an ACS lighting Master Class at Anifex studio, 65 King William Street, Kent Town 1830 - 2000 on Wednesday 30th October.

Peter is one of Australia's talented and awarded DoP's and has taught at AFTRS.

This is for all members young or old including News, Students, Drama or Doco you will all learn something from Peter. He has asked that you bring your stills cameras along and light meters if you have one.

He will show you how to light a face simply with one light, the effect of the positioning and choice of light and the effect different lenses have on faces and much, much more.

Pizza and something to drink will be provided. Free and only for ACS members and places are limited.

RSVP is essential via this link:

Profile: New committee member Stephen Webb

3 quick ?'s
Favourite Film? “Love Actually” – Brilliant film with a great screenplay, great characters and terrific acting.
Favourite on-set snack? I must admit to being a bit addicted to Eclipse mints when out on the road – they keep you going!
Favourite TV Show? Game of Thrones.

So Steve tell us more about you:
I started out as a young camera assist with Channel 9 Adelaide a few years ago now, before working my way up the ladder to reach A-Grade status within 18 months. My aim was to become a TV producer in the hope of one day producing my own show – a dream that became a reality 10 years later.

After 10 years of shooting news (the last 3 specialising in sport), I moved into the production department at Channel 9 as an assistant producer to work on the local gardening show ‘Gardens Alive’ – funny thing was I had no interest in gardening at all, and felt I was way out of my depth, but I guess you have to learn somewhere! At the end of the series, I moved into the newsrooms special project unit to produce the return of KG’s Footy Show – the same year the Crows made it into and won the ’97 Grand Final.

I was also given the task of taking a full OB crew from Adelaide to Melbourne to produce two special news programs, based on the Crows success that year. Apart from never making it into the MCG to see the game – this trip, and the experience is one I still regard as the highlights of my career so far! The following year I co-produced and filmed several TV documentaries for Channel 9, before the unit was shut down shortly before the sale of station to Southern Cross Television.

After moving back into the newsroom to edit news stories for the next couple of years, I was asked to take over the position of Chief of Staff in early 2002, where I managed the day-to-day running’s of the newsroom which included coordinating our coverage of the Bali bombings, the assassination of Margret Tobin (the SA Mental Heath Chief), a Royal visit and the tragic Salisbury Train/Bus crash. The following year, I was asked to take over the responsibility of running and managing the weekend news service.

At the end of 2007 after 20 years of service, I felt the timing was right to leave Channel 9 and try my hand at freelancing. I’d become very interested in new media, partiality online video, and could see the potential in developing a successful career and business in this new exciting area of online broadcasting. So, after a lot of research, I sold the house, rented a couple of crappy rooms in an old hut at Channel 9, bought some gear, which included an XDCAM EX1, an Apple MacPro with Final Cut – Studio 2, changed cars to a second hand Holden Adventra … and I was away! Admittedly, I had no idea what I was doing, especially when it come to encoding and compressing video for the web – but thanks to Google, Tafe and AFTRS, I was able to learn pretty fast.

I worked freelance for 3 years doing everything from producing, writing, shooting & editing TVCs, corporate videos, TV documentaries and a lot of online video productions, before returning to Channel 9 for a couple of years to shoot news once again. Working full time again was like a holiday with the benefits of a regular income, days off and annual leave, but after knocking back too many good opportunities to work with some great clients – I decided to return to the freelance world, and re-launch my business. Today, I’m kept busy producing video content for the web, shooting corporate videos and providing ENG services to the TV networks.

So Steve, why join the SA committee?

I’ve decided to join the ACS committee to represent and encourage more participation from ENG camera operators with the ACS. I truly believe the ACS is an important association to belong too, not only for career development and on-going education, but it also provides a great opportunity to meet new people, make great contacts within the industry and share experiences with one another. I’ll be working hard to make the ACS more beneficial for the involvement of everyone, and I’m keen to hear any feedback from ENG operators. Please feel free to drop me a line at

Thanks Steve, on behalf of the committee welcome aboard. Our committee would love to encourage you in your efforts by turning on a drinks night for the ENG camera operators in Adelaide as we want them to be inclusive in the SA branch. So over to you guys about when that can happen.

Cheers, SA Pres Ernie Clark ACS

Steve at the helm.

Phone-tography 2013 - 2014 Comp

Proffesor IMAX entered by Malcolm Ludgate ACS

You asked for it - the Phone-tography Comp is on again in 2013 - 2014. There are some great prizes to be won, the results to be announced at our AGM in August 2014. To enter email your phone pics to

So get your phones out and start snapping. If you'd like to see a gallery of last years entries check them out via this link:

Phone-tography T&C's:
photos to be taken at work, on set, on location, photos related to filming, but the photos MUST be taken on a Phone and then submitted into our Phone-tography competition. It's not just about the image but could also be about the subject matter, the location, the people, the occasion, even you! And you could win CASH PRIZES from a prize pool of $900.

The photos must be submitted via email by July 31 2014 and will be judged in 5 Categories (make sure you title each entry as 50 photos called untitled doesn't really work!):

1. Best Composition
2. Most Creative
3. Funniest Photo
4. Best Selfie (a picture you took of yourself)
5. Best Manipulated (Includes: Panoramics, Instagram filters, Hipstamatic + other apps)
6. People's Choice (voting for Cat 6 will take place @ 2014 AGM)

1. Entry is free and only open to SA branch ACS members
2. Photos taken on Phones only after 13/8/13 and submitted before 31/7/14
3. Photos to be taken "On the Job" i.e on set, on location, at work
4. No Photoshopping or filters allowed, except in Category 5.
5. Entrants agree by the act of entering the ACS SA branch Phone-tography Competition that they give the ACS the right to publish the photos as they see fit
6. To enter email please ensure you title your picture and select a category if you wish.
7. Please consider the photos may be seen publicly
8. The decisions of the judging panel will be final and binding. The judges may use their discretion and not award all prizes
9. Winners will be announced at the SA branch AGM in August 2014

1st Prize in Category $100
2nd Prize in Category $50
Plus the People's Choice prize of $150

Post Apocalypse entered by Graeme Shelton

ACS discount for Adelaide Film Festival Bookings

A scene from Tracks

The Adelaide Film Festival is offering our financial members a substantial 20% discount.

With 150 films from Australia and around the globe on offer, the Adelaide Film Festival promises something for everyone, from October 10-20. From the much-anticipated opening night feature 'Tracks', to new work from acclaimed directors Rolf de Heer, Warwick Thornton and Rowan Woods, and premiere films from 48 countries, the AFF "screen worships" the best of cinema, television, hand held devices and gallery installations.

For the first time, the AFF will head outside the city, travelling to suburbs and regional areas including Port Adelaide, Elizabeth, McLaren Vale, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. It will also feature a one-night only Drive-In experience, with the classic musical 'Grease' and the horror remake 'Patrick'. For the full program and bookings head to

To gain the code for this discount make sure you're financial and then contact SA Treasurer, Mylene Ludgate, or on her mobile 0418 853 515

Upcoming dates

September 30 Online bookings open for Award Tickets @ $110ea inc GST & Committee Meeting @ Anifex

October 1 Compile for Awards @ Kojo

October 10 ARRI Alexa 6:30pm night @ Picture Hire

October 25 Award ticket bookings close

October 28 Screening and Q&A Peter James ACS ASC presents Mao's Last Dancer

October 30 Master Class Lighting & Lensing Portraits with Peter James ACS ASC @ Anifex

November 2 (Saturday) our 33rd Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography
Guest of Honour Peter James ACS ASC Hosted by comedian George Kapiniaris
6:00pm @ Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hindley St Adelaide

November 11 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

November 26 Screening and Q&A TBA @ MRC

December 2 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

December 9 ACS Christmas drinks @ The Colonist,The Parade Norwood

May 28 National ACS Awards for Cinematography Brisbane, Queensland

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