SA Kinemagraphe Easter 2014 - Book now: National Awards. Masterclass with Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC. No Shows!! SA Stills Exhibition. Wrap up of Denson Baker ACS night. 52 Tuesdays Q&A's.

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Book NOW National Awards in Brisbane.

The 43rd ACS National Awards for Cinematography promises to be a great night at The Tiviloi in Brisbane on Saturday May 24. It will be followed by an after party at Bacchus Bar at Rydges Hotel, South Bank. Shuttle buses from the venue to the after party are included.

I hope some of you can make it, tickets are $145 and can be booked via the following link:

Click NOW to book for the ACS National Awards for Cinematography »

Accommodation for the Awards

Mindful that our members are spread far and wide, the ACS has negotiated a discounted rate with RYDGES South Bank at $229.00 p/night.

To get this discount you must book by PHONE (not online) and simply mention “ACS National Awards” upon booking. This discount is only for a limited number of rooms and is strictly first in best dressed.

RYDGES South Bank
CNR Grey & Glenelg Streets, Southbank, Qld, 4101
PH: 07 3364 0800

Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC Masterclass May 3

Still a few spaces left for this fantastic Masterclass so hurry and register.

Andrew started his career shooting Simon Townsend's WonderWorld after studying at AFTRS. Since then he has shot numerous TVC's but he is well known for his work with New Zealand Director Peter Jackson whom he shot The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - for which he has been rewarded with an Oscar, a BAFTA, and numerous other awards and nominations.

He also shot the original Babe, as well as King Kong, Love's Brother, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, and recently the about to be released Healing and Russell Crowe's debut film The Water Diviner.

On Saturday May 3 Andrew is coming back to Adelaide especially to present this Masterclass for us. He will screen parts of films (not all his) and discuss coverage, dramatic points, how they were lensed or lit, etc, and have attendees involved in lighting exercises.

This will be an all day event held at Anifex, 65 King William St, Kent Town from 9am - 1pm, break for lunch, then 2pm - 6pm.

This will be an invaluable day whether you are experienced, up and coming, or a student of cinematography. ACS members free, non members $99 inc GST. Please register your interest via the link below. Note: ACS members will be given preference.

Thanks to our sponsors helping with this event including Picture Hire supplying an ARRI Alexa kit, ProAv Solutions a PA, digi projection by Mosaic AV, lighting Graeme Shelton and Anifex.

If you are not a member considering joining now; as a special, your membership would carry through for almost 15 months till 30/06/2015. So click the link below to join.

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No Shows!

Just a reminder about RSVP'ing and turning up.......or not!!

We ask you to RSVP for various reasons including: making sure we don't overcrowd a venue, some venues require a guest list for security, some require more security or staff depending on the #'s, sometimes we need to organise drinks and/or catering, or sometimes presenters put a limit on the number of people they feel they can communicate to effectively. It is also a requirement to report attendances to our events when applying for funding.

So please RSVP if you are intending to come and, if something unforeseen should occur, please let us know so we don't preclude someone else who was hoping to get in, nor waste money unnecessarily on catering, or extra security, etc.

Oh and to make it easier on us, don't leave it until the last minute to RSVP. Thanks.

52 Tuesdays Q&A's April 29 & May 4

The official release date of Sundance winner 52 Tuesdays is May 1 but there is a preview screening and Q&A session @ 6:30pm April 29 at the Palace Nova in the city to be attended by Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason, Matthew Cormack, as well as Tilda the main actor.

On May 4 at the Palace Nova @ 6:30pm there will be a, more industry focussed, extended Q&A after the screening of this International award winning film. Director Sophie Hyde, Writer Matthew Cormack and DoP Bryan Mason will be in attendance to answer your technical questions about how they achieved this very unusually shot film. Shot every Tuesday, every week for a year - 52 Tuesdays.

Either of these promise to be a great night to see this unique and well honoured film and hear from the team that made it. I've been lucky enough to see a sneak preview of the film and highly recommend it.

Here's a link to the trailer, check it out and get to one of the Q&A's if you can. Purchase tickets at the cinema.

Click to go to 52 Tuesdays trailer »

FREEZE FRAME - ACS Airport Stills Exhibition 2014

After successfully holding the National ACS Stills Exhibition at Adelaide Airport last year we thought we do it again but this time mount our own exhibition. We believe it will help raise the profile of our branch and our cinematographers. The exhibition is called:

FREEZE FRAME - Still photographs by SA ACS Members

Cinematographers normally film moving pictures at 25 frames per second but our exhibition concentrates on their still photographs freezing a moment in time. The pictures have been taken by members of the South Australian branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society.

So now what we need is for you, our members, to go through your best stills and email them to us to see if they get selected for the exhibition. The stills will be blown up to max A3 size, mounted and framed by the SA Branch for hanging at Adelaide Airport.

Works will be printed to approximately A3 size i.e if landscape 420mm wide, if portrait 297mm wide. Make sure the files of your stills have enough resolution to be blown up to this size. If you wish your photo to be framed in a particular ratio please indicate your composition on a scan of the photo or size your digital file in photoshop before emailing.

We are asking for permission to sell the pictures at the exhibition and we will share the proceeds 50/50 with the photographer and the branch. Our 50% will assist in mounting the exhibition. By entering you agree we have the right to sell the exhibited pictures.

There is not a theme for the exhibition other than the pictures are taken by cinematographers, there is no time limit to when they were taken, or the subject matter, or whether they originated on film or as a digital file.

Email your pictures to us soon, we need to tell the Airport how much space we require. Maybe I'll enter Cauldron bubble.

Cauldron bubble - Thermal activity near Lake Rotoaira, New Zealand c2006 by Ernie Clark ACS

Click to email pictures for Freeze Frame exhibition »

T's & C's for Freeze Frame

Terms & Conditions: The boring stuff that is so, so important.

1. Photos must be submitted via email to before July 31 2014
2. Entry is free and only open to financial SA branch ACS members.
3. Photo/s must be taken by the entrant and they must own the copyright. Copyright clearance, and all related permissions and clearances from any relevant Producer(s) to exhibit an entry are entirely the entrant’s responsibility. The Society accepts no responsibilities for any copyright infringement.
4. Entrants agree by the act of entering the ACS SA branch Freeze Frame Exhibition that they give the Branch the right to exhibit the pictures and to sell them, equally sharing the proceeds of each picture sold with the entrant and the SA branch.
5. Every photo entered must be "titled" and named and, if you wish, a brief description/story relating to the photo may be supplied. The following naming convention must be followed: phototitle_entrantname.filetype
eg: Cauldron_Bubble_Ernie_Clark_ACS.jpg
6. We require a brief cv from each entrant which will be made available by QR reader next to the entrants displayed picture.
7. Please consider the photos will be seen publicly and Adelaide Airport has the right to refuse any photograph.
8. Adelaide Airport has the right to select one of the pictures from the exhibition for their own collection.
9. After the Exhibition entrants can purchase their remaining framed pictures for the cost of the printing & framing.
10. Any works not purchased by the entrants will be sold to help raise funds for the SA ACS branch for mounting the exhibition.

Wrap up of "A conversation with Denson Baker ACS"

SA Pres & Denson Baker ACS at RSP

A conversation with Denson Baker ACS was held on Monday April 14 in RSP's theatre. Many thanks to RSP for the venue.

Denson chatted about his latest feature "The Untitled" Jim Loach project shot on the Sony F65 using the Leica Summilux-C lenses. We saw some great images and behind the scenes stuff as he took us through his photographic approach. It was also very interesting to hear how not all went to plan with the flies and the weather and how some of the creative solutions solved these problems.

We really appreciate Denson staying back in Adelaide and presenting this night and answering the many questions he received. This format worked very well with lots of positive feedback from the members.

All this washed down with a glass of wine or a beer and a bit of pizza. All in all - a great night.

ACS Accreditation 2014

If you are contemplating putting in a submission for Accreditation then as a starting point it might be worth checking out this page on our ACS website:

Accreditation application forms are only available from State or Territory Presidents or the National President.

Submissions open July 1 and close August 29 so if you wish to discuss Accreditation at all please contact Ernie Clark ACS. They are assessed in mid September.

Don't forget our website is a great resource with lots of info available. Check it out soon:

Click to contact SA Pres »

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

There are great prizes to be won in our Phone-tography Competition. The results will 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 the entrant. It's not just about the image but could also be about the subject matter, the location, the people, the occasion, even you! 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 »


April 29 52 Tuesdays Screening and Q&A at Palace Nova

May 3 Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC Seminar & Lighting Workshop

May 4 Industry focused 52 Tuesdays Screening and Q&A at Palace Nova

May 5 Committee meeting @ Anifex

May 24 National ACS Awards for Cinematography Brisbane, Queensland

June 2 Committee meeting @ Anifex

June 3 Mad Max: Fury Road tour with John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS

July 7 Committee meeting @ Anifex

July 31 Phone-tography pictures deadline

August 11 SA & WA Awards entries open

August 11 SA AGM

September 1 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

September / October Freeze Frame Stills Exhibition at Adelaide Airport

September 12 Award entry deadline

September 15 Sponsors deadline for assets for Awards

September 19, 20 & 21 Award Judging

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

ACS SA Branch Facebook page

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

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