SA eNews July 2014 - 2014 AGM & Petanque - Fury Road & 52 Tuesdays wrap ups - Profile Mylene Ludgate - SA & WA 34th Awards entries - Phone-tography closes July 31

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SA Branch le Grande Bouffe & AGM August 12

(Imagine this said with a French accent!) Oh, oh, oh. Mais oui, madame, monsiuer, c'est bon. We are holding a French themed AGM with vichyssoise, pate, petanque, profiteroles, wine and cheese tasting. So get your beret and blue & white tee, or your french maids outfit, ready and répondez s'il vous plaît to our AGM. Tres bon!

Nominations for the SA branch committee are now open. Our meeting will convene at the Prospect Petanque Club starting at 1830, the AGM will begin at 1900 for about 30 minutes followed by Petanque, and something to eat and drink. All members are welcome but RSVP is essential.

This is also your chance to vote on the Phone-tography pictures as the winners will be announced after the AGM. So come along for a bit of fun and a bit of serious stuff too. Please RSVP if you wish to attend, a map & directions will be in the August eNews.

Committee Nomination forms are available via the link below as well as proxy forms should you not be able to make it. Only Corporate members may be on the committee or vote at the AGM which include Accredited, Full, Active, Life or Retired members.

Present committee members will need to be nominated again to be able to be voted back onto the committee for 2014 - 2015. »
Click to download a committee nomination form »
Click to download a AGM proxy form »

Mad Max: Fury Road wrap up

Many thanks go to both John Seale ACS ASC & David Burr ACS for coming especially to Adelaide to discuss the trials and tribulations of working on Fury Road. They showed 30 or so of our members a heap of amazing stills from this very large production shot over in Nambia. Also they regaled numerous anecdotes about how they achieved the coverage with the huge number of cameras.

All in all a very informative and interesting night topped off with a drink, pizza and an informal chat for desert. Thanks very much to Gold Sponsor ProAV Solutions for supplying the venue.

Remember the ACS membership year runs in line with the financial year so your dues should be paid by June 30. There's a link to the membership page below. Maybe you know a young person has a passion for filmmaking and interested in cinematography. If so, you could encourage them to join up in our newest category as an ACS CineKid - this is for members 15 years or younger.

52 Tuesdays ACS Q&A

Wow another great night with Bryan Mason talking us through his approach to this award winning film. Not everyone has a truckload of lights nor a huge budget and it was fascinating to hear how Bryan lit this film with three lights! Three lights well positioned, filtered, diffused and well exposed! Both student members and old pro's were astounded at the beautiful results that he achieved. So many thanks to Bryan and Sophie Hyde for allowing us access to the film, to Tony Clark ACS and Alex Meddick from RSP for the theater and to the committee for organising it.

SA Awards open soon

Well our 34th Annual Awards for Cinematography are fast approaching, they are on Saturday November 1, so start checking through your work from the last year as entries will open, through our website, on August 4 and will close September 5.

Profile SA Treasurer & treasure, Mylene Ludgate

Before the interview, I would like to let you all know that without Mylene's tireless efforts and enthusiasm for the SA branch it would not operate as smoothly as it does. So on behalf of our membership, I thank you Myles. Cheers, Ed.

Now what's your favourite film?

Too hard to have just one, so Chicken Run, (I think I can recite the whole film from memory), Terminator 2 and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Favourite on set snack?

Anything savoury.

Favourite TV show?

Modern Family – they are almost as dysfunctional as my own family!

Any other special interests?

Making Mal’s crazy Friday shirts.

Mylene's first job! Check out the shorts! No wonder Mal recruited Mylene's assistance!!

How did you become involved in the film industry?
I came to Australia from the UK on holiday in 1985. I met Malcolm Ludgate ACS and on our first date he asked me to help him on a film job, so he had me lugging camera tracks, cranes and a dolly to the top of the cliffs at Hallett Cove for most of the day. So I decide to move to Australia, where I was a personal secretary to two directors and ran a database of 500,000 members. I helped Mal on his jobs for years, but he kept going away having adventures, so I trained up as a sound recordist and went full time in 1993, after deciding that there was more to life than sitting in an office for eight hours a day.

My first big job with him was working for Beyond International, lugging 24 boxes of equipment around Europe for a 12 week shoot. Since then, I have worked on numerous documentaries, commercials, TV Shows and short films. We lived in Cairns for 4 months, followed by Costa Rica for another 4 months shooting two series of “Monster Bug Wars”, where I ran the film unit and used the Memrecam hi speed camera.

Using the Memrecam hi speed camera.

Is there one of your many shoots that sticks in your mind?
One of the more interesting shoots was National Geographic’s “The Search for John F Kennedy’s PT-109”. The expedition was headed by Dr Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic, and I was based on his vessel scanning the waterways of the Solomon Islands looking for JFK’s patrol boat, which was sunk by a Japanese Destroyer in WWII. We found the remains of a torpedo tube from the wreckage and even got to interview the two Solomon Islanders who found Kennedy’s shipwrecked crew and helped get messages to the Navy to rescue them.

Just another day at the office. Filming Sharks!!

I hear you’ve been involved in training students and indigenous film makers?
Yes. I regularly work on short films and with film students, which helps them gain the experience needed to work in the film industry. For a few years I worked with CAAMA TV in Alice Springs, and was often booked because I was a female sound recordist and the stories we were filming involved sensitive, women’s issues. Also, I was asked to teach a group of Aboriginal film students sound recording, so ultimately they were able to use an all indigenous crew. I love it as its good fun (and I often learn something from the students but I don’t tell them that!).

Why did you join the SA Committee?
I wanted to do some voluntary work and was looking at being the treasurer for the local Barn Dance Committee (to this day I still can’t dance!). Mal suggested that the ACS is always looking for committee members so I contacted Milton Ingerson and the rest is history. I have been treasurer for the SA Branch now for 21 years, National Treasurer for 6 years and have been running the Australian Cinematographer magazine accounts for the past 3 years. Ed: No wonder Mylene has been rcognised with ACS Life Membership & The Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award for Outsanding Service to the ACS and the Australian Film Industry.

Little known facts about Mylene:
The correct pronunciation of her name, which is French, is Me-len.
In 1987, she was awarded Citizen of the Year for the South West of England.
Mylyene is a fully qualified trampoline coach.
She knits jumpers for the Port Phillip Bay Fairy Penguin Rescue Centre.
Mylene is the shortest of 7 kids, 4 girls (all left handed) & 3 boys (all right handed).

Thanks Mylene, for a very interesting profile. Ed.

Myles family, minus her oldest sister who was away when this photograph was taken.

It won't be long and we'll have profiled all on the committee, so if you would like to nominate yourself, or another SA ACS member to be profiled please email Ernie and we'll see what we can do.

ACS CineKids

At the recent ACS General Meeting held in Brisbane, the ACS National Executive proudly launched its latest initiative - ACS CineKids.

This new membership category has been created to encourage and foster interested kids up to the age of 15 years to participate and take an active hands-on approach to Cinematography. Even more young people will be able to experience the inspirational community of the ACS. While membership to the ACS is actively open to anyone involved in the industry this initiative opens the doors to those that aspire to or are already producing content to join the fostering of cinematography knowledge across all genres and mutual cooperation between all our members.

An ACS CineKids Member is a young person, 15 years or under, who has a passion for cameras and filmmaking. ACS CineKids will receive a Welcome Pack with a membership certificate, membership card, note pad and pen, access to our E news both National & State, and various screenings and workshops, along with mentoring from our ACS cinematographers.

Commenting on the ACS CineKids initiative National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society Ron Johanson OAM ACS said, “The ACS firmly believes it is our responsibility to encourage the future generations of cinematographers in every possible way we can, as the future of cinematography, across all genres depends on it.”

To find out more and how to join ACS CineKids click on the following link:

ACS Membership Categories »

Entries closed for FREEZE FRAME - ACS Airport Stills Exhibition 2014

FREEZE FRAME - Still photographs by SA ACS Members

After much deliberation, an elite panel, including stills photographers Peter Fisher & Sam Oster and Art Director, Lyn Punshon selected 50 shots from the 160 entered.

As you would know, cinematographers usually film moving pictures at 25 frames per second but our exhibition concentrates on their still photographs, freezing a moment in time. There is no singular theme for this exhibition, nor a time limit to when they were taken, or the subject matter, or whether they originated on film or as a digital file, we just wanted great photographs that really catch the eye.

Our exhibition will spread across 5 areas throughout the airport concourse including: next to the Qantas lounge, the Virgin lounge, the International boarding gate, and either ends of the terminal. So if you have the time, please check out the whole exhibition. You won’t regret it!

We hope you appreciate the world, frozen in time, in single frames, by the photos taken by our members and we will announce soon when the exhibition starts. Thank you to all who submitted their pictures.

Click to email pictures for Freeze Frame exhibition »

ACS Accreditation 2014

If you are contemplating putting in a submission for Accreditation then time is running out. 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 »

CineGear Expo 2014

For the first time ever the ACS had a presence at the CineGear Expo in LA. David Wakeley ACS and I manned the ACS booth at CineGear 2014.

This massive event is held at Paramount Studios and most of the stalls are spread around the ‘New York City Streets’ lot (as seen in countless movies shot over many decades). This was only made possible through the generosity of one of our best sponsors, Deluxe. If you would like to read the excellent ACS Event Report about CineGear and our role in it, please check this link on the ACS website.

Click to see the CineGear report. »

ACS Merchandise available

ACS New ladies Tees - $30 Cool NEW design
ACS Mens Tees $25 Cool NEW design
ACS Tees $20 Original design

ACS merchandise is available from ACS HQ Manager:
Note: prices include GST

A special run of Ladies Tees with the new design are available:
Size 10 - 92cm
Size 12 - 96 cm
Size 14 - 104cm
Size 16 - 110cm
Mens sizes, new design:
Small - 106cm
Medium - 112cms
Large - 116cms
XL - 122cms
XXL - 128cms

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 Closes July 31

There are great prizes to be won in our Phone-tography Competition. The results will be announced at our AGM August 12 2014. To enter email your phone pics to buy July 31 2014.

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 »

Updating your profile

When was the last time you logged into you ACS account to update your contact details and professional profile? If your contact information is not current you may be missing out. It's a good time to log in and set up your account the way you want it.

Check your email is the preferred point of contact, and that your postal address is where you want your AC Magazine mailed to each quarter. Also update phone numbers or add website and Bio information. Additionally you can set your eNews preferences so you receive all the eNews publications from each State and Nationally or only the ones you want. Log in to check or update your ACS account before it's too late!!

Click on the link below to visit the ACS website and login at the top right side of the Homepage.

If you've forgotten your Login details or password click on the Recover Password link below the Login box. Please contact Mylene if you are having any problems.

Click to go to the ACS website & log in »


July 7 Committee meeting @ Anifex

July 31 Phone-tography pictures deadline

August 4 SA & WA Awards entries open

August 12 SA AGM

August 29 Accreditation Applications close

September 1 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

September / October Freeze Frame ACS Stills Exhibition at Adelaide Airport

September 5 Award entry deadline

September 13 Accreditation Assesments

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

May 2 2015 ACS National Awards in Tasmania at MONA in Hobart!

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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