SA eNews March - From the Pres, Profile: Miles Rowland & more

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From the Pres

I must say it's great to see the amount of drama that has been, and will be, filming in Adelaide recently.

I have just finished up on almost 5 weeks of 2nd unit Directing and Operating on Russell Crowe's feature "The Water Diviner" and was lucky enough to be working again with main unit DoP Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC. Andrew has promised he'll come back to Adelaide in a couple of months and present something special for our members, so keep an eye out for that one.

The judging for the National ACS Awards for Cinematography is happening in about a week and the awards are to be held on May 24 in Brisbane so mark the date in your diary as it promises to be a great night. I hope some of our State Gold winners can get there.

Happy shooting from the Pres.

Filming in the trenches at dawn on The Water Diviner

Profile: Committee Member Miles Rowland

Favorite Film or TV Series?

Seven by David Fincher is pretty much film making perfection.

Miles tell us about you -

My entrance to the industry echoes many other ACS member stories.

I loved experimenting with photography growing up but it wasn't until I hung out on a film set (in my case being an extra on McLeods Daughters) that I really fell in love with the idea of film making. I loved every minute of being on set and decided that I wanted to work in film.

I bought a DV camera and got my first job making dental training videos shooting tooth extractions, gum recessions and crown lengthening procedures (basically really gory stuff). I was a very early adopter of the 5D and shot lots of short films and commercials on this format which was a great addition to my portfolio and over time the projects, budgets and cameras got bigger and with the help of some important role models and mentors I was on the road to a great cinematography career.

Last year I was one of the DoP's of the acclaimed film THE TURNING and 2nd unit DoP on the FilmLab feature ONE EYED GIRL. In TV advertising I was able to shoot some great commercials for the University of Adelaide, iSelect and Qantas Frequent Flyer (shot in Bali, Bangkok, Istanbul and Paris!), The City of Perth, Stratco, Radio Rentals as well as other content for Yahoo in India, Indonesia and the Philippines and a bunch of other projects in China and Thailand.

Meanwhile all along the way I have been shooting time lapse which is a great passion of mine. Lately I've been pushing the boundaries with new ways of getting the camera moving using rails, tracks and post stabilisation for even bigger moves. Timelapse is something totally different and is a lovely blend of cinematography and photography.

Any other interesting facts?

My uncle discovered 9 comets, my great uncle invented the Twix chocolate bar and my birth held up a major cold war Australian defence contract handover.

Miles why did you decide to join the ACS?

To be able to contribute to an important society that keeps us motivated, inspired and connected is a great thing!

Pick up your award entries

Don't forget the 2013 SA & WA entries, other than Gold winning DVD or BluRay entries, are available for pick up during office hours from Anifex, 65 King William Street, Kent Town.

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Date: Wednesday 5th of March, 2014
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ACS Merchandise available

ACS T SHIRT $20.00
ACS CAP $20.00
ACS MUG $6.00
ACS PEN $6.00

ACS merchandise is available from ACS HQ Manager:

If you are in Sydney go and check out our HQ, it has a wonderful camera archive, a great library, wonderful coffee, free internet, access to computers with Final Cut and more. HQ can also be hired to shoot interviews etc and it's conveniently located in Ridge St North Sydney with a parking station opposite, just contact ACS HQ Manager: to make sure someone will be there to show you around.

Phone-tography 2013 - 2014 Comp

Our Phone-tography Comp is still on. There are 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 the link below:

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. The photo/s must be taken by entrant. 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! :-0)

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. The photo/s must be taken by entrant.
6. 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
7. To enter email please ensure you title your picture and select a category if you wish.
8. Please consider the photos may be seen publicly
9. The decisions of the judging panel will be final and binding. The judges may use their discretion and not award all prizes
10. 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

Click to see 2012/13 Phonetography entries »


March 3 Committee meeting @ Anifex

April 7 Committee meeting @ Anifex

April ?? Masterclass with Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC

May 5 Committee meeting @ Anifex

May 24 National ACS Awards for Cinematography Brisbane, Queensland

June 2 Committee meeting @ Anifex

July 7 Committee meeting @ Anifex

July 31 Phone-tography pictures deadline

August 4 SA & WA Awards entries open

August 11 SA AGM

September 1 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

September 5 Award entry deadline

September 12, 13 & 14 Award Judging

September 15 Sponsors deadline for assets for Awards

September 26 Award tickets bookings open

October 13 Committee meeting @ Anifex

October 24 Awards ticket bookings close

November 1 34th Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide

December 1 Committee meeting @ Anifex

December 15 Christmas drinks

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