SA eNews May 2014 - Mad Max: Fury Road presentation June 3 - Book now: National Awards - A Lesnie ACS ASC Masterclass - Healing screening & Q&A May 7 - 1st Entertainment Fellowship - Profile: Rod Bolton - SA Stills Ex'bition.

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John Seale ACS ASC & David Burr ACS Mad Max: Fury Road

After shooting for nearly six months in the desert of Namibia, NSW members John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS recently completed principle photography on the much anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road.

In roles reprised from previous films John was once again at the helm of Main unit and David in charge of the Action unit.

In support, and led by A camera focus puller Ricky Schamburg and 2nd AC/Coordinator Michelle Pizanis, was an international camera department numbering thirty seven drawn from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA - a large camera department by any standards.

This was John's first foray into the digital world and he chose to shoot with ARRI Alexa of which he had ten at his disposal - six Alexa Plus and four of the new Alexa M. Also in his camera arsenal were a selection of "semi disposable crash cameras", Canon 5D11's and Olympus OM-D E-M5's.

Both John and David are coming especially to Adelaide for our members on June 3rd to discuss the trials and tribulations of working on this high octane picture.

Join them at Gold Sponsor ProAV Solutions showrooms 41 Magill Rd, Stepney on Tuesday June 3 for what promises to be a great night.

We'll kick the night off at 1815 with a drink then get John & David to present and then have some pizza @ around 2000 and finish off with an informal chat.

ACS Members & Sponsors free. RSVP essential via the link below - space is limited so get in early. Of course if you're not a member maybe now's the time - join now and get almost 14 months membership till June 30 2015. There's a link to the membership page below.

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Click to RSVP to Fury Road night »

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 »

Awards accommodation

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

Wrap up of Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC Masterclass

Andrew got 5 groups to choreograph, light, design coverage & shoot a scenario.

Inspiring, Illuminating, Instructional, Interesting, Informative and In-depth!

What a great day we had with Andrew Lesnie presenting his Masterclass. Rather than me wax lyrical here's a few quotes that were emailed to me after the day.

"Workshop was fantastic, being put into a real life situation and receiving feedback on my lighting and coverage choices was the best way to improve my skills. Thanks heaps for organising this, I got so much out of the day and certainly made me think beyond the techy stuff and into something more personal in terms of adding a unique voice to projects. Pretty sure everyone throughly enjoyed the day." DG

"My name is Dan Pearson, I attended the Andrew Lesnie workshop yesterday, just wanted to send out a thanks to all you guys for organizing it! Was a great experience, learned a lot from one of the best, an opportunity that doesn't come around that often." DP. Pretty good initials to become a DP!

"I can say, without a doubt this was the best ACS night I've been too. I learned a huge amount. And the stories were excellent." MC

"To have such an acclaimed DoP, with such works as LOTR trilogy, The Hobbit & I Am Legend in his credits, explain his tricks, ideas, and thought process is inspiring, enriching and very entertaining." MR

"I want to send a quick thank you to the SA ACS Branch for today's masterclass. It was an experience that money can't buy. To spend a day (a full day as well 9-7) with such an accomplished cinematographer such as Andrew was an absolute dream. I won't start talking about everything that went on in the session because this email would just get bigger and bigger however I will say it is something I won't forget In a long time. So thank you." VM

"Thank you to everyone for the Andrew Lesnie masterclass and of course to Andrew himself. My favourite part was hearing Andrew dissect some of the scenes he has shot from various films, talking in detail about lighting and set-ups, planning and execution. It was a very enjoyable and informative day." BM

"I was lucky enough to spend 5 hours at the Andrew Lesnie masterclass at Anifex with other ACS members. He was very generous in sharing his knowledge and experience as a cinematographer as well as giving us hands on experience over the course of the day. Overall, it was a very informative and great day. My only regret was not being able to stay till the end!" HS

"My Favourite quote from Andrew was - Cinematography is the art of filming Sub-text”. T O'F

We could monitor what was being shot on our set on a large screen.

On behalf of everyone who attended The Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC masterclass, we thank you very much Andrew.

We also need to thank our sponsors who helped with this event including Picture Hire supplying an ARRI Alexa kit, ProAv Solutions a PA, digi projection/screen/switcher from Mosaic AV, and Anifex for their studio and loan of the set.

Thanks go to our wonderful crew which included Graeme Shelton gaffer, and he provided the lighting, John Smith gripped and supplied his dolly, Mylene did sound, Jo Rossiter Best Boy, James Ward-Miller camera, our cheated on wife - actress Tess O'Flaherty, JoAnne B-Sellick & Rod Bolton for arranging the studio and returning it to normal.

Healing Screening and Q&A 7pm May 7

Here's an opportunity to see Andrew Lesnie's recent work on the big screen at the Palace Nova on May 7, screening at 7pm followed by Q&A with Director Craig Monahan and 2nd Unit Cinematographer Ernie Clark ACS who mainly filmed the birds. Tickets available at the door.

Eddie Cockrell from Variety describes Healing as: An intelligent and satisfying drama from 'The Interview' director Craig Monahan.

A group of conflicted men, prisoners and inmates discover the majesty of great birds — and through them, the cleansing power of redemption — in the deeply felt outdoor drama “Healing.” The first film in a decade from director and co-writer Craig Monahan, whose 1998 psychological thriller “The Interview” remains an uncommonly smart genre piece, this equally intelligent and satisfying item will prove therapeutic to distribs on the hunt for quality fare.

The film is inspired by the formation of the real-life alliance between the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in the outback, northwest of Melbourne, and the state-run penal system Prisons Victoria. This partnership took the form of the Raptor Rehabilitation Program, in which inmates transitioning from lockup to life cared for wounded eagles and other big birds in a minimum-security prison farm that looks like nothing so much as a country motel.

It’s refreshing to see a film that takes its own sweet time building characters and the subtle conflicts simmering among them. Led by the familiar and bankable Weaving, the cast, under Monahan’s sure guidance, deftly underplays what could have been, in other hands, an awkward melodrama.

Ace d.p. Andrew Lesnie’s immaculate widescreen photography is the next best thing to being in the bush at the magic hour, while longtime Monahan associate Suresh Ayyar’s intuitive editing reinforces the slowed-down pace of country life. Monahan cites bird handler Andrew Payne as “the unsung hero of our film,” evidenced in the way each eagle, owl and falcon develops its own personality.

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Profile Rod Bolton SA ACS committee member

Rod what's your favourite film?

I have way too many to mention. A few of my favourites are: “City of Lost Children”, “The Elephant Man” and “Le Grande Bleu”, (“The Big Blue”) by Luc Beeson.

So how did you get interested in Cinematography?

I initially got into stills photography when given an instamatic camera as a teen. I used and abused it to its bitter end; creating multiple exposures and weird effects in camera, (I was in Holland at the time, which may explain a few things). I soon got into the SLR camera world and had a dark room; developing and printing and pushing the limits even more.

I studied film production (Art & Design course) at a UK Film College, where I wrote, directed, produced, shot and edited three short films on 16mm film using Arri BL’s, Bolex, Éclair and Beaulieu cameras. As well, I shot other student’s films. During this time behind the camera, I felt a certain comfortable confidence and really took to the whole filmmaking process. After surviving the cold English summers and the bitter North Yorkshire winters, I finally graduated with a BA Honours Degree.

When did you come to Australia and what happened then?

Trying to get a job in England back then was tricky for a fresh graduate, the Union was a closed shop and very hard to get in. I wrote to many production companies all over the place. And it was a positive and kind reply from the SAFC in Adelaide that inspired me to move down to Oz.

I arrived in Oz in 1982 to enjoy the sunshine, the surf and to pursue a filmmaking career. I initially spent a couple of years at the newly opened National Art Gallery in Canberra as an assistant photographer. It was a great opportunity to be surrounded and inspired by the immense collection of artworks. However, I soon got itchy feet and headed south. Once in Adelaide, I was soon on the set of, “Robbery Under Arms” as a film extra; which was shot by our now SA Branch president, Ernie Clark ACS. Here I got to know the local film scene and crew.

Soon I was employed by Great Southern Films as a run about on TVC’s. This opportunity opened my eyes to the real film world and the commercial business. I then started getting jobs as an assistant grip with key grip and gaffer Tom Moody and key grip Rob Morgan. They taught me an awful lot about on set procedures and work ethic, as well as lighting and all things gripology. They were my very important mentors in the boom time of Australian Cinema, TV series and TVC’s in the 80’s. Their knowledge and expertise was gratefully appreciated and is still with me to this day.

Having a love of cameras and photography, I jumped into the camera department as soon as an opportunity arose. Long story short - I had an excellent apprenticeship in Adelaide as a clapper loader and focus puller, working with some of the best in the biz, namely Geoff Simpson ACS, Ernie Clark ACS, Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, Roger Dowling ACS, Paul Dallwitz ACS, David Foreman ACS, Richard Chataway ACS, Tony Clark ACS and Geoff Hall ACS to name but a few (that’s a lot of ACS’s!). All taught me many technical and creative skills and tips along the way.

I was very busy as a camera assistant on TVC’s, TV series and films and must have handled every film camera and film stock in the country. Some highlights were working at Adelaide’s F1 Grand Prix with presenter Clive James and working on Scott Hick’s productions of “Call Me, Mr Brown” and “Shine”. Also Rolf de Heers’, “Incident At Raven’s Gate” with Andrew Lesnie ACS. And who could forget the bizarrely charming Japanese TV series, “UltraMan”, shot by none other than own Paul Dallwitz ACS!

Rod, this is such an interesting story and I can see it's going to be too long to include it all here. So if it's ok with you, we have provided a link below to see the complete story.

A gaggle of cameras line up on the 1990 TV series Ultraman

Click for the complete Rod Bolton profile »

Inaugural Entertainment Fellowship


Australians in Film, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that serves as the industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the US, announced that
applications are now open for the inaugural Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG)/Animal Logic Entertainment Fellowship.

The program enables Australians to visit Los Angeles to learn aspects of feature film development, acquisitions, packaging and production. Applications are open now and will be available until May 31st at The chosen candidates will be announced in late July 2014.

The VREG/Animal Logic Entertainment Fellowship is dedicated to fostering educational development and training in the film industry. The internship is open to undergraduate and recent graduate students. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the film business, with a clear strategic plan for how their proposed internship would support longterm career goals.

The internship includes professional development opportunities, such as practical paid work experience at
both Village Roadshow Pictures’ and Animal Logic’s offices in Los Angeles, as well as networking with
Australians in Film Board members, industry members and ambassadors.
"The partnership is a natural step given Village Roadshow’s international presence and Animal Logic’s growing influence in Hollywood,” explained Australians in Film President Tracey Vieira. “We are thrilled to be working with both of them.”

For additional information please visit

Founded in May 2001, in celebration and support of Australian film and television artists and their work, the Los Angeles based nonprofit organization holds regular screenings, seminars and labs, and currently has over 500 members. For further information please visit

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is a leading global entertainment company building premier, content rich businesses in the entertainment industry. VREG employs innovative strategies to produce, acquire and deliver intellectual properties with timeless appeal, while maximizing groupwide strategic and operational efficiencies. VREG is the holding company of Village Roadshow Pictures and Village
Roadshow Pictures Asia.

One of the world's most highly respected digital production studios, Animal Logic produces and develops awardwinning design, animation and visual effects for the film and television industries. Credits include Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Happy Feet, LEGO® Star Wars®: The Padawan Menace (TM), 300, House of Flying Daggers, Moulin Rouge, Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Iron Man 3. Animal Logic recently completed production on feature films: Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Rover and The LEGO® Movie. The studio is currently in production on Angelina Jolie’s, Unbroken and Chen Kaige’s, The Monk.

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 now via the link below.

Gibber by David Foreman 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

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