SA eNews April 2015 - Colour Grading with Dan Principe - Legal Issues & D.A.V.E. wrap up - Opening Invite - Profile Kym Rogers - MPBS

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Colour Correction & Grading night with Dan Principe

Master grader, Dan Principe, will take members through the difference between colour correction and colour grading and what he does.

He'll cover off how he prefers to work / how he think things should work (workflow / pipeline) versus how they usually work.

Show us before and after examples and talk through the process, using examples from clients such as TV (Panda / Danger 5 working to a brief) and TVC's.

Dan will also discuss the perceived / real differences of working with an ad agency versus creative (music videos, feature drama/short films).

He'll discuss common issues / interesting problems that have come up and how to deliver an image most suitable for a colourist to work with.

Compare flexibility / versatility of lower end footage (GoPro, 5D3) to higher end (Alexa, Red, Blackmagic) and how much the specs really matter.

This promises to be a great, educational night so RSVP soon for Monday April 20 @ 1830 for 1845 start at RSP Please enter RSP via rear gate, see attached map for directions.

ACS members free, AADC members $20, RSVP & AADC members pay via Drinks provided.

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Legal Issues & D.A.V.E. wrap up

Well our Legal Issues & D.A.V.E. night was a success. Anna Jackson a partner from HWL Ebsworth gave a great presentation on what we can and can't do and she graciously answered the many questions from the gathered throng. If you missed it it's a shame as it was great session.

Dave explains D.A.V.E.!

Dave Birrell demonstrated D.A.V.E. (his mobile DIT workstation) and again there was heaps of interest and all this topped off with a bit of pizza and a drink.

Tickets to the ACS National Awards in May at Mona in Hobart on May 2 are booked out so I hope you got in early.

If you are thinking of submitting for Accreditation it might be time to start getting your stuff together soon as submissions are only accepted in the month of July. Check out our website regarding ACS Accreditation via the link below and then talk to me, Ernie Clark, if you are contemplating applying.

Also if you are going to 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.

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ProAV Solutions Opening Invite & NAB Highlights

On Daniel Charlton's return from NAB he will be hosting an event at Pro AV Solutions covering whats new and what to look out for during the upcoming year.

This event will be on Thursday April 23rd starting at 6pm and 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!

Please RSVP to Daniel to

Profile ACS member & Gold Sponsor Kym Rogers

Kym the "Quasi Aussie" in Canada circa 1990

This is opportune since ProAV Solutions are having their opening event really soon. Kym I believe a lot of people think you are Canadian, is that correct?
Actually I'm a home-grown Aussie, from Ramco in the Riverland. I moved to Canada in 1977, arriving on the day Elvis died (August 16, 1977). There's a bit of a morbid musical trend to my milestones from that period; later, I would open my Hi-Fi business on the day John Lennon died (December 8, 1980).

Back then, all of my saleable skills were vineyard and orchard based, having grown up on a family property cultivating grapes and citrus fruit. But, there wasn't a lot of demand for that kind of work in frosty Calgary. I also found I had to adopt elements of the Canadian accent so that people would understand me. After a while, the locals called me the "Quasi Aussie".

So Kym how'd you make a living in Canada?
On my second day in Canada I applied for a job in a Calgary Hi-Fi shop, a question in the interview was “do I have any experience in the Hi-Fi business? Of course I said yes, I had used one for some time and built my own speakers, seems that was enough, no sales experience, didn’t know most of the brands but picked it up quickly and became their top sales guy in under a year.

A few years later when I opened my own store, Sound Advice Audio, I specialised in the cutting-edge equipment of the day: valve amps, electrostatic speakers, and turntables. Over time, I diversified my business ventures to pursue other emerging technologies; I opened a video rental library—Betamax only, of course—and later moved into satellite dishes and laser discs. In the early 80’s, I also founded the city's first music store that only sold Compact Discs—though, the selection was admittedly pretty limited.

Kym & Don Johnson in the John Frankenheimer directed film "Dead Bang" circa 1987

I hear you gave acting a nudge, please tell us more.
Through an acquaintance, who worked for Lorimar Pictures, I managed to land a few acting parts as an extra in films. My most notable role was playing an American journalist opposite Don Johnson in the 1987 "classic", Dead Bang. The director John Frankenheimer took special note of my performance, saying that I had the “worst American accent ever”. My lines ended up on the cutting room floor, but I did enjoy my time on the set of a big-budget feature. I remember thinking that a career in the film industry would be an exciting line of work.

A few years later, a former employee offered to buy my Hi-Fi business, and I decided it was time to bring my new bride, Carole the Canadian, back home to Adelaide.

So now back in Adelaide where did you land?
My career at Electronic Concepts began in March of 1993. Moving from the audio business presented a big learning curve, but the world of film and television quickly captivated me, and I feel very lucky to work in this industry. It's an industry that moves exceptionally quickly: in my early days, the growing trend was CCD cameras, and Betacam was replacing U-Matic. I've never stopped learning in the 22 years since, as standards have moved from tape, to disc, to SSD.

Tell us about Pro AV Solutions?
After a few years of supplying cameras, monitors and VTRs, I found that my customers were also looking for lights, grips, tripods, microphones, and so on. I decided to grow our stock, and we continue to add take on more lines each year. Later, I bought into Electronic Concepts, now Pro AV Solutions, along with another long time co-worker, Kylee Naglost. There were 5 staff in those early days; we now have 35.

ProAV Solutions staff member Daniel Charlton & Kym attending the SA & WA ACS Awards

Working each day with equipment that's constantly improving, and an endless stream of new gadgets helps to keeps the job interesting. But, I think it is the people that I deal with that make my work so enjoyable. They're a highly creative, intelligent bunch who are fun to be around. I also get a lot of satisfaction from helping out younger filmmakers and seeing the great work they can produce. I've been involved in supporting young talent for a number of years, through local film schools, the ACS Awards, SASA, and a few Indigenous film awards in the Northern Territory. I’m also very proud of the next generation here at Pro AV: they're a dedicated team of people that share my love of the industry.

Kym congratulates a young Nima Nabili Rad at the Flinders Uni Awards.

Another side of Pro AV Solutions that our ACS friends may not know too much about is the corporate AV side of the company. This division is where the majority of the 35 staff work. A few years ago Pro AV Solutions formed a alliance with 4 other businesses in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA and those companies now trade as Pro AV Solutions in their states. As a group we jointly work on large national projects that require system design and installation across the country. There are 200 staff all up and projects we work on include national video conferencing systems, large video / audio exhibition spaces, boardrooms, lecture theatres and more. The new Adelaide Oval redevelopment has 1000 Sony commercial LCD screens installed by Pro AV Solutions SA as well as large 25 screen video walls.

Filleting at the shack at Yorke's

Kym what's your favourite film?
My favourite film is Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch, though I think all of his films are great; particularly his latest, Only Lovers Left Alive.

What's other interests do you have?
Outside of work I love to shoot stills, and never go anywhere without a camera. Live music events, wildlife, street art, classic cars... They all make for great subjects. One of my favourite spots is at my shack on the Yorke Peninsula, where I spend every possible long-weekend and holiday. I’m always up just before the sun and ready for the best light to frame my shots.

My other interests are well served by Adelaide, which is a great city if you're into wine, world music, world cinema, or fishing.

I can't agree more, particularly the wine! I think Adelaide is very lucky to have you here Kym and on behalf of the ACS SA branch members can I thank you and your team for being a loyal Gold Sponsor for so many years. We really appreciate the support.

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Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society

Dear Industry Colleague,

This has been my seventeenth year as Chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society, and during that time I am pleased to be able to report that I have overseen just on $1.625 million dispensed in direct financial aid to assist with the costs related to maintaining daily living standards, as well as contributions to the costs of funerals, to a significant number of retired and present members of our industry who have experienced, and continue to experience, difficult times.

As at April 2015, there are 29 beneficiaries on the books of the MPIBS. These beneficiaries are from cinema exhibition and distribution, as well as the film production sector.

Fundraising in recent years has been very challenging. To continue the essential work of our Society, we are going to need urgent financial support from all sectors of our industry.

I make a very strong appeal to you to do whatever you can to support the vital work of our industry's only charity and make a donation this year. Please make your donation cheque or money order payable to .......

and send to: Bruce Leonard,
Secretary/Treasurer - MPIBS,
9 Collins Crescent,
Lapstone NSW 2773.

Donations can also be made by direct deposit to the MPIBS's ANZ Bank Account, BSB 012-010, Account Number 86 43764. (Please e-mail Bruce Leonard at with your mailing address so he can send you a receipt for tax purposes.) Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

I greatly appreciate and value your support. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Murray Forrest,
Chairman, MPIBS

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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.

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Upcoming Dates

2015 events to come including Drones, New lighting, Screenings with Q&A's and more. Maybe you can suggest something?

April 7 Committee Meeting

April 20 Colour Grading with Dan Principe

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 merchandise is available from ACS HQ Manager:

A special run of Ladies Tees with the new design are available:
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Size 12 - 96 cm
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Medium - 112cms
Large - 116cms
XL - 122cms
XXL - 128cms

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