SA eNews 21 October. Awards Bookings close 25th! RSVP now Screening/Q&A & Master Class. Wrap up ARRI & ENG night plus Rosco. Sleight of Hand update.

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Award Bookings Close Very Soon

Online bookings close Friday Oct 25th for our 33rd SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography. They are being held on Saturday November 2 @ 6pm @ Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hindley Street, Adelaide. Dress code: Smart.

Tickets only $110 per head and includes the Awards Presentation, 3 course Dinner, Drinks including wine & beer, music by Ellie Foster and some great door prizes. Book via this link:

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

Seating is limited so get to it and book for this highlight event of our ACS calender!

Please note tickets to be collected at the door and there is no reserved seating arrangements for dinner.

Sponsors please don't forget you need to "book" your complimentary tickets online via the same link.

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RSVP to Mao's Last Dancer Screening and Q&A

RSVP by Friday Oct 25 for the Peter James ACS ASC 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: click the link below for a map as entry to the SAFC theatre is only via the rear of the SAFC complex.

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Peter James ACS ASC Lighting Master Class

RSVP by this Friday Oct 25 for the Peter James ACS ASC lighting Master Class at Anifex studio, 65 King William Street, Kent Town 1830 - 2000 on Wednesday 30th October.

Peter is one of Australia's most 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, places are limited.

RSVP is essential via this link:

Many thanks to Picture Hire for supplying their Alexa, Dave Gregan 1st AC, Graeme Shelton for lighting, ProAV Solutions for monitoring and Anifex for their studio.

SAFC Attachment Register

Interested in registering to become an attachment?

The SAFC are at the stage of collecting expressions of interest for attachments.

They have not yet put in the “attachments” category on the crew and services directory (so therefore the formal “register” is not up and active yet).

This will happen over the next few weeks, so for the time being interested people can email Andrada Tudor,, their CV and what area they would like to be listed as a potential attachment for, and she will follow up to complete their register profile once the category is properly up and running.

ARRI Night

Well what a bumper few days the society has had recently, there was the ARRI Trade night held at Picture Hire followed by a drop in at Psycholites to see new lights from Rosco and then a ENG night at the Caledonian Hotel.

Stefan Sedlmeier from ARRI Australia flew down the latest Alexa XT and he bedazzled a group of our members with the new gear. We all got the chance to play with the camera and give the amazing remote a go. Stefan talked us all through the number of features on the XT and the lightweight zooms and we were elated to here that Arri are not trying to re-invent the wheel but are making their camera more user friendly by using off the shelf accessories and batteries. With every bit of feed back given to them they are more than happy to take it back to the lab and try to bring out a camera with everything that a DoP wants.

The Alexa XT was definitely a winner amongst the group and we were all keen to grab copies of the Arri mag and handouts about the camera and lens available. Here is a link to their latest mag,
Stefan and his team in Sydney are always there to help with advice, knowledge and of course great equipment. Our thanks to the guys at Picture hire for being lovely hosts and the pizza and drinks went down a treat.

ENG Night

As if that wasn't enough there was a news camera get together at the Caledonian on last Thursday night.

Once again a good group attended for a few drinks, nibbles and of course a chat. We were even lucky enough to have the ever elusive, one minute he's here - next minute he's in Iraq or wherever, Rob Brown join us.

News Cameraman Steven Webb, one of our new committee members, organised this night and a good time was had by all, we hope to see you guys at the next few trade nights coming up, and don't get me started on those there is plenty coming up in the next couple of weeks and then there is Christmas drinks too.


Bright eyed and bushy tailed, next morning I headed over to Psycholites to meet up with Ian Linton and Rosco Rep Andrew Ball. Rosco has a number of amazing small lights that will fit almost anywhere. The Miro Cube is a great light with loads of features and option for the DoP and gaffer.

Check out this link and if you want to check out the lights themselves with a bit of hands on, give Ian a call at Psycholites as Andrew was kind enough to leave them here for a while.

But the lights that caught my eye were the Rosco LitePad Axiom, check out this link to the specs here,
I think the image of Andrew with one of the little LitePads speak for itself, with various sizes and colour temperatures available they make for a great addition to your lighting kit.

These panels can be made to specific sizes as well. Rosco lighting is used around the world not only in the film and theatre business but in architecture as well, the LitePads have been used to light up entire shop/building fronts.

Your roving reporter, signing off for now, cheers, JoAnne Bouziannis-Sellick :-)

Sleight of Hand update

You may recall that a certain Jonathan Charles Rossiter ACS picked up the Milli Award earlier in the year for his work on the stop motion film Sleight of Hand produced by Anifex in Adelaide.

It's been a while since we have heard any further updates, but the film is continuing on it's merry way chalking up more Film Festival wins than you can wave a Milli at. The film recently screened as part of the "Made in SA" section of the Adelaide Film Festival and recently took out five more awards in festivals in the States. It won "Best Animation" at the NYC Shorts Film Festival in New York, "Best Animation" at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, "Best Animation" in the Route 66 Film Festival in Springfield Illinois, "Best Animation" at the Santa Monica Independant Film Festival and "Best International Animated Short" in the Roseville Festival of Animation.

Including all awards given, including Jo's ACS accolades, the film has an astonishing total of 23 awards both locally and internationally and the film is still being requested at film festivals worldwide... Not bad for 10 minute stop motion!

Director, Michael Cusack recently returned from The Encounters Film Festival in Bristol in the UK and was delighted with the reception that the film received. "While it didn't pick up anything at that festival, the vibe around the film was terrific and it got a great reaction when it played in its session. It was while I was there that I heard about these other wins." said Cusack.

Here's hoping that the film continues to impress and that more people get to see what our South Australian filmmakers can offer.

Phone-tography 2013 - 2014 Comp

Title: The Abyss

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

Neck-breaker! Title: Welcome to the heavy future.

Upcoming dates

October 25 Award ticket bookings close

October 28 Screening Q&A @ SAFC 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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