SA eNews Mid March 2015 - RSVP to Legal Issues & D.A.V.E - NAB Slueth - MPIBS

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Time to RSVP to Legal Issues & D.A.V.E.

OK it's time to RSVP to our trade night on March 23 @ Anifex starting @ 1830.

This night has two disparate subjects, we'll start with D.A.V.E. and then onto Legals.

So have you ever wondered am I allowed to film that thing in the street, or that thing or person I can clearly see over the fence? Can I put my tripod wherever I like and point my camera at whatever I want? Can I use the footage I film in any film I choose?

There are so many ?'s and therefore we have recruited the expertise of law firm HWLebsworth and media specialist Anna Jackson who will share her knowledge and experience with our members. BTW Peter Campbell cannot attend due to other commitments.

This promises to be a most informative night so RSVP so we can cater properly (there'll be a bit of pizza and drinks supplied to keep you going) :-) and also prepare some questions so that you can get satisfactory answers! RSVP now to

Onto D.A.V.E.! What is D.A.V.E.? Well it stands for Duplicate And Verify Everything! Check it out at

More about D.A.V.E.

The SA debut for D.A.V.E. mobile DIT workstation was on the recent SA feature A Month Of Sundays. What does D.A.V.E. do? 3:2:2. Camera and Audio Data backup to 3 copies, held in 2 locations and ideally, on 2 types of media. Verified and safely stored. Sound’s pretty straight forward.....doesn't it!?

But image and audio quality assurance and reporting are far less cut and dried. Data wrangling alone can’t provide DOPs, Editors and Producers with the care and feedback offered by labs and post houses in the past. On the upside, the technology is here to do just that, on location and almost immediately.

SA ACS member, Dave Birrell, saw an opportunity to replace what we’ve lost in the shift from film and has launched Duplicate And Verify Everything (D.A.V.E.) to provide on-set media backup, useful feedback and a quality viewing facility to review shots as needed.

So come along to Anifex on March 23 starting @ 1830 and check out this impressive set-up. Don't forget to RSVP!

BTW The ACS National awards in May at Mona in Hobart on May 2 are booked out so sorry if you did not get in early.

Click to learn more about D.A.V.E. »

NAB Sleuth & ProAV Solutions night

Video Production Specialist at ProAV Solutions, Daniel Charlton, will be heading over the NAB this year again to check out the latest and greatest.

On his return he will be hosting an event at Pro AV Solutions covering whats new and what to look out for during the year.

This event will be on Thursday April 23rd starting at 6pm running until late as it will also be the unofficial opening of the new office.

The presentation will start @ 6.30 and all ACS members are welcome and ProAv Solutions will provide food and beverages for the evening too!

If any of the members would like Daniel to check out something specifically for them at NAB please email him.



When first assistant director and associate producer Philip Hearnshaw passed away in 2012, his wife Catherine Griff received assistance from the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS) – an organisation she had previously never heard of. In fact, it has been doing its discreet best since 1931.

According to Griff, her husband gave an enormous amount to the industry; he was always “helping out people that were new” she said. “So it felt right the industry in turn cared enough about him to offer us help”.

The MPIBS assisted Griff and her teenage son with funeral expenses and would periodically send small amounts of money to help with bills: “the amounts are not very big, but the gesture is very important. Having little dollops to help with electricity or phone bills ... I just cannot emphasize how much it did help.”

Griff is careful to note that any assistance received is not necessarily ongoing. “You’re not asking for long term help. The MPIBS are seeking to help you in the short term” she said. “The original crisis period” is where the assistance is “really important” and help also came from Kennedy Miller Mitchell, who were “incredibly generous.”

Encouraging other organisations to donate to the fund, Griff said “it would make a huge difference to their corporate image” by donating to the MPIBS.

To donate, please visit our website for more information. or you can donate at any of our events - just talk to Mylene or Ernie, you never know, maybe you'll be needing MPIBS assistance one day......

Looking for a great gift?

Why not buy a framed picture from our Freeze Frame Exhibition.

There are 50 great stills taken by our members. Check them out on our website

The images are available for sale and part proceeds will assist our branch. Framed $150 inc GST and unframed $100 inc GST.

If you want to buy go to

Of course you could always buy some ACS merch which is listed below.

Pick up your Awards

Please pick up your memory sticks or drives of your 2014 entries ASAP from Anifex during business hours.

Pictures from the 2014 awards night are on our our website:

Gold winning clips are up on National Gold Sponsor Showreelfinder site, check them out:

Know an ACS CineKid?

If so encourage them to join our newest 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.

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.

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

ACS Membership Categories »

ACS Merchandise available

Our lastest design, also has an ACS logo on the back!

ACS Hoodie
ACS Spray Jacket
ACS Ladies Tees - Cool New design
ACS Mens Tees - Cool New design
ACS Tees - Original design
ACS Beanie
ACS Mug Pen Notebook

Upcoming Dates

2015 events to come including Colour Grading, Drones, New lighting and much more. Maybe you can suggest something?

March 23 Legal Issues & D.A.V.E.

April 6 Committee Meeting

May 1 Reception at Government House Hobart
May 2 2015 ACS National Awards in Tasmania at MONA in Hobart!
May 3 National AGM in Hobart

May 11 Committee Meeting

May 29 Sponsorship Proposals Distribution & Invoice for Membership Renewals

June 1 Committee Meeting

June 30 Membership Fees Due

July 1 Accreditation Submissions Open & Call for Committee Nominations

July 6 Committee Meeting

July 31 Accreditation Submissions Close

August 10 SA AGM

August 14 SA/WA Award Entry Opens

August 21 Chase Sponsorship Assets

September 18 SA/WA Award Entry Closes

September 7 Committee Meeting

September 26, 27 & 28 SA/WA Awards Judging & Deadline for Sponsorship Assets

September 29 Award Ticket Sales Open

October 5 Committee Meeting

October 23 Deadline for Award Tickets

October 31 2015 35th Annual SA/WA ACS Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide

November 5 Committee Meeting

December 7 Committee Meeting

December 14 Christmas Drinks

ACS SA Branch Facebook page

The ACS SA branch has its own Facebook page.

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

To become a fan, go to the link below and click the 'like' button.

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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.

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


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