SA eNews September 2014 - post AGM - Entries close soon SA & WA Awards - Overdue Fees - Miles' Mailbag! - Freeze Frame Exhibition Opens Sept 4 - Profile Jo Rossiter ACS

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Enter our Awards for Cinematography Now - before it's too late!

Only days left to enter the 34th South Australian & Western Australian Annual Awards for Cinematography. Online entries close COB September 5 CST so hurry and get your entries in real soon. Check out the new Categories and Terms & Conditions for 2014.

Our Awards theme this year is the Magic of Cinematography and the Awards will be held in Adelaide on November 1.

I am very pleased to announce our Guest of Honour - our very own, the talented and magical Tony Clark ACS from RSP and it will be great to have Jane Doyle back as our MC.

We have confirmed the uber magican Matt Tarrant who will be on stage and amaze us later in the night too. Also we'll have "Luke the Piano Dude" playing wonderful theme tracks from heaps of movies.

Ticket Sales will open online via our website on September 22 and close October 24 - $110ea inc GST.

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SA Branch le Grande Bouffe & AGM was held on August 12

Tres Bon, your new 2014/2015 committee are voted in and they are:

President: Ernie Clark ACS
Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans
Secretary: David Woolford
& Assistant Secretary: Kirsty Stark
Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate
& Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back

Committee: Clive Taylor ACS, Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Jo Rossiter ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Viv Madigan, Aaron Gully, Stephen Webb, Rod Bolton, Miles Rowland & newbie David Tang.

Please welcome them and if you have any suggestions for events, trade nights, social occasions, contributions to the eNews or Miles' Mailbag please contact one of them.

No Soup for You!

Our French themed AGM was not only fun but tasty with fabulous home made vichyssoise, great cheese from Udder Delights, lashings of good wine from VinoMofo, French pastries from Mulot's. All this topped off with a few games of Petanque. Of course the Phone-togrphy judging was also held and the results appear later in this eNews. Many thanks to the Prospect Petanque Club @ Buchanan St, Nailsworth.

The Secret of the Soup - enough for 40 went in a flash! - If you missed out on the Amazing ACS AGM Soup well fear not, for JoAnne who was merely SOUP-avising the cooking process, has managed to get the recipe from the chef, her hubby Andrew, and she is now able to share it with you. Click on the link below to download the recipe.

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Phone-tography 2013 - 2014 Comp Winners

The results for our 2014 Phone-tography competition were judged by all of the 24 attendees at our recent AGM on August 12 2014. We had a record 79 entires this year! The winners were:

Funniest Category 1st prize Winner "Chicken Style" by Russell Marratt. Ed: They both seem to be enjoying it a bit too much!!!

DTang not only won a wad of cash he walked away with a heap of baguettes!

Best Composition: David Tang 1st $100 for Stealing the Spotlight, Viv Madigan 2nd $50 for The Truth about Pandas, Most Creative: Viv Madigan 1st $100 for Focus on Frank, David Tang 2nd $50 for The End of the Tunnel, Funniest Photo: Russell Marrett 1st $100 for Chicken Style, JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick 2nd $50 for The Helfgott of Lighting, Best Selfie: Ernie Clark ACS 1st $100 for Shit it’s Cold, Viv Madigan 2nd $50 for Light Bulb, Best Manipulated: David Tang 1st $100 for The First Rule of Panda, Viv Madigan 2nd $50 for Wrapping, People's Choice: David Tang $150 for Stealing the Spotlight

Bit of a pattern there with DTang & Viv scooping the pool! BTW Entrant names were kept anonymous until after all the judging. See all the winning pictures via the link below.

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FREEZE FRAME - SA ACS Airport Stills Exhibition opens Sept 4

Pulveriser @ Port Augusta Power Station by SA ACS member Gabriela Szondy

Our Freeze Frame Exhibition opens September 4 and closes October 3 so if you are going through the airport check out the work or encourage any friends who are going to the airport to go see the exhibition.

The exhibition is spread across 5 areas throughout the airport concourse including: next to the Qantas lounge, near the Virgin lounge, the International boarding gate, and at either ends of the terminal.

There are over 50 works to see so we hope you appreciate the world, frozen in time, in single frames, in the photos taken by our members. The images are all available for sale and part proceeds will assist our branch. Framed $150 inc GST and unframed $100 inc GST.

The Freeze Frame Exhibition Launch event will be held at the airport on September 7 at 3pm in the 1862 Bar. All invited but please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Overdue Membership Fees

If you haven't paid your membership fees they are way overdue. They were due by June 30.

Therefore if you have not paid by September 30 we will be forced to make your membership inactive and you will not be able to enter the awards or receive AC magazine or receive any other benefits of membership.

Once memberships are closed it is necessary to re-apply for membership and pay the joining fee once again. We apologise for this tough stance but it is unfair on the branch and all the members who do pay their dues on time.

If you are suffering financial difficulties please contact our treasurer, Mylene Ludgate, or myself and we can discuss what options are available.

Miles' Mailbag

Welcome to our 2nd edition of Miles’ Mailbag

We want to know what’s happening! What have you been working on? Are you filming someone famous or infamous? Are you shooting on the beaches of Bali, the mountains of Malta or a car park in Cooper Pedy?

We want to hear from all levels of membership: students, camera assistants, DoP's be it news, features, TVC's or even cat memes for YouTube. Just let us know what’s going on.

So please email a few lines of what you are filming and a picture or two to SA committee member, Miles Rowland.

Vale Peter Biggs 3 Jan 1930 / 17 Aug 2014.:
Peter Biggs passed away at 84 years of age on August 17 after a four year battle with alzheimer's. May he rest in peace.

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Ben Dowie's view looking down from the summit of La Tournette in the French Alps.

Ben Dowie currently finds himself in France this month. He just spent a week in the French Alps, hiking mountains and collaborating with French adventure and wildlife film maker Mathieu Le Lay.

Sam King has again been all over the country this time playing with the MOVI rig working for St Hallett Wines shooting branded content for their Sacred Ground episodes with people such as George Gregan and Brett Emerton.

Jonathan Baker has been working on the Sydney feature "Gods of Egypt" as video split operator.

2013 ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year Jo Rossiter ACS is currently in Victoria shooting the crowd funded, first episode of a series on the life of bushranger Ben Hall for Director and ex Adelaidian Mathew Holmes.

Many SA members have gone AWOL (or stir crazy!) from Deadline Gallipoli after it wrapped up shooting on August 15 and they include Geoffrey Hall ACS Main unit DoP, Ernie Clark ACS Splinter unit DOP and 3rd camera op. 1st AC's Jules Wurm, Frank Hruby and Maxx Corkindale. 2nd AC’s Viv Madigan, Mike Tessari and Jordan Agutter.

Russ did the Bash in the comfort of a new Landcruiser supplied by Toyota.

Russell Marrett has been shooting the SA Variety Club Bash spending nine days in the dust camping out from Adelaide to Sydney. Driving almost 3,000 km's, mostly on dirt roads and tracks, there were close to one hundred 30+ year old cars “bashing” through the bush. A record $2.14 million was raised for charity from the event.

As soon as Russ got back it was straight up North to Parachilna as focus puller on a Woolworths commercial. Viv Madigan helped him out as a loader and more importantly music supervisor for the 6 hour road trip up there.

SA members Mark Cowley (pictured below), David Tang and Graeme Shelton recently worked together with Director/DoP Ernie Clark ACS on a series of TVC's for C Coffee for KOJO, one of them using Picture Hire's Olympus iSpeed 3 camera shooting between 1,000 and 500 FPS.

The same team of camera assistants then went on help me shoot a Bank SA TVC for Clemenger BBDO with some extra help from Mike Tessari before they went on to work on a big KOJO TVC for SkyCity Casino shot by the talented Earle Dresner from Sydney, Graeme Shelton was the gaffer on that too.

SA's very busy focus puller Mark Cowley worked with Miles on the 2nd Unit of the Jim Loach Project in the Flinders Ranges back in March.

Profile committee member Jo Rossiter ACS

Jo tell us about your passion.

My passion for the craft of cinematography grew from my early Sunday morning television viewings of Gerry Anderson’s “ThunderBirds” and the matinee sessions of inspiring movies like Stanley Kubricks “2001, A Space Odessey”. The disaster movies of the 1970’s - “The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Towering Inferno”, “Earthquake”. The list goes on…

Ok, what happened next?

Well everything changed with George Lucas’s “Star Wars”. When I saw it I said to myself - that’s what I want to do when I grow up!

Where did you begin your career in the film industry?

I commenced my film and television career in Adelaide, at the South Australian Film Corporation, in early 1984 deconstructing sets. It wasn’t long before I befriended Michael Cusack and Richard Chataway ACS of Anifex and talked them into giving me a job!

Whilst working at Anifex I have worn multiple hats as a model maker, project manager, and cinematographer. I pursued all things camera shooting with everything from 35mm to DSLR with some 18 years of motion control thrown in for good measure too. I worked on over 500 TVC’s over the last 28 years with such clients as Mortein, Schmackos, McDonalds, Sony, UOB Bank, Home Hardware, Victoria Tourism to name just a few.

I hear you've been involved in some of Anifex's short films too?

Yes, I also shot several short films for them including the award winning “(R)evolution”, “Tales From The Powder Room” and “Sleight Of Hand” for which I won the coveted Milli award for the 2013 ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year. This has been the highlight of my career to date.

So what are you up to now?

Well these days I work freelance and am currently DoP on Mathew Holmes crowd funded first episode of a series about the Australian bushranger Ben Hall being filmed in Victoria. I have also being doing a lot of motion control work with a company called Micronite where I have been working in various States as well as overseas running their rig for them on some very interesting projects.

Any other interesting facts?

I adore my three cats - April, May and June!

By the end of the year we'll have profiled the last of the committee. In October we have Clive Taylor ACS, then our newest committee member David Tang in November and my good self in December so if you would like to nominate yourself, or any other SA ACS member to be profiled, please email Ernie and we'll see what we can arrange. This includes associate, student, retired or active members.

Do you know an ACS CineKid?

This new membership category - ACS CineKids - 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.

So if you think you know someone who should be an ACS CineKid get them to check out our website and encourage them to join or enter the awards.

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.

We have a new category in our Awards for CineKids to be able to enter up to 2 films each.

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

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New AFTRS courses for 2015

Next year, AFTRS is offering all new courses, from online introductory awards to a three-year BA and two Masters degrees.

Their two new introductory courses provide a basic 6 week intro to film or radio. They are entirely delivered online, so they are available to anyone wherever they live and whatever their work hours. They do not require merit selection: they are opent to anyone to enrol.

So why not check out what AFTRS has to offer at

ACS Merchandise available

ACS Hoodie $35
ACS Spray Jacket $60
ACS Ladies Tees $30 Cool New design
ACS Mens Tees $25 Cool New design
ACS Tees $20 Original design
ACS Cap $20
ACS Beanie $15
ACS Mug $6 Pen $6 Notebook $3

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: or assistant manager Richard Wilmot to make sure someone will be there to show you around.


September 1 Committee Meeting @ Anifex

September 4 to October 3 ACS Freeze Frame Stills Exhibition at Adelaide Airport

September 5 Award entry deadline

September 7 3pm Official Launch of Freeze Frame Exhibition @ Adelaide Airport

September 13 Accreditation Assesments

September 15 Sponsors deadline for assets for Awards

September 19, 20 & 21 Award Judging @ RSP

September 22 Award tickets bookings open

October 13 Committee meeting @ Anifex

October 3 ACS Freeze Frame closes

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!

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