SA eNews July 2015 - Drones Drones Drones - Predestination Screening/Q&A wrap up - Screen Makers Conference - Profile ?- ACS online shop - Plus more


From the Pres............

Our nights are not just about learning but also a great chance to socialise, catch up with your peers or mates, have a drink and talk about who's shooting what, on what, and where.

I hope as many of you as possible can get to the upcoming Drone night on July 7, it should be very enlightening.

Our AGM is coming up soon so if you are a full member and wish to influence the direction of the club then maybe you should consider nominating for our committee. We usually meet about 10 times a year on the first Monday night of the month.

The AGM will be held @ 1830 on Monday August 10 at the Hackney Hotel with drinks & snacks provided and a bit of fun with Bingo following. So we can organise catering, etc, it is essential to book via

Nomination forms are available via the link below. Please note only financial Full and Active members are eligible to vote at the AGM.

If you can't make it to the AGM but want to vote you can always fill in a proxy form available via the link below.

Also have you paid your Membership Fees? If not they are now overdue and we need your funds to help us put on nights like our drone night and Screenings 7 Q&A's so dig deep and send us your hard earned dollars real soon.

For those who are wondering our 2105 SA & WA Awards for Cinematography entries open soon on August 17 and close September 18. Entry will be via our website and the link will be in our August eNews.

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Click to download SA AGM Proxy form »
Click to book for the 2015 SA AGM »

Drones, Drones, Drones, July 7

Drones, Drones, Drones. Learn everything you want to know direct from CASA and industry experts. Presented by ACS SA branch and Picture Hire Australia.

Drones are everywhere lately. It is a fast growing industry with a massive range of applications being developed almost daily. But most film/video/TV professionals are still very vague about how all this impacts on their daily work.

Here's an opportunity to learn: What can drones do for you? What do you need to do to be legal? What are the insurance issues? How good are drones? What are the costs?

Are drones easy to fly/crash? Where can you fly/not fly? How much can you do without a license? Where is training available?

This is Adelaide's first comprehensive information session on the drone industry, so don't miss it. Speakers include:

1. Ernie Clark ACS, President of SA branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society - Ernie will describe his recent involvement with drones and put drones into context.

2. Dai Cookes, Owner of Picture Hire Australia - Dai, a licensed drone pilot, will discuss what Picture Hire have been doing and what services we will be offered to the industry.

3. Special Guest speaker: Werner Lushington, RPAS Inspector from Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) - Werner will speak about the current and upcoming rules for commercial drone flying.

4. Q and A session with Werner, Dai & Ernie - ask any question about drones you like.

Several drones will be on display including dji Pantom, dji Inspire and dji S1000. There will also be a demo of gimbal stability using the Inspire hand held without propellors.

When: Tuesday July 7 @ 1830
Where: Adelaide Studios Theatre (SAFC) Fullarton Road, Glenside
RSVP via link below: Essential! This is a "No reservation - No entry" event. If your name is not on the RSVP list the security guards will not let you into the SAFC after hours.

Click to RSVP and put names of attendees in the subject line »

Wrap up of Predestination Screening & Q&A with Ben Nott ACS

Ben (on right) chats to SA members.

27 members watched this enthralling and beautifully shot film with the very talented, multi award winning but still humble DOP Ben Nott ACS.

Ben was very generous sharing his experiences, knowledge and advice. If you missed this one you missed a goodie, see if you can get to our next one.

Many thanks to RSP for providing us with the venue for this night and Alex Meddick for his continued technical support.



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Profile ?

I apologise but I have been distracted with work, a brief holiday and renovations and so our next Profile will be ??? in our August eNews. Stay tuned.

Cheers, Pres

Upcoming dates

2015 events to come including New lighting, Screenings with Q&A's; why don't you can suggest something?

Membership Fees are now Overdue

July 1 Accreditation Submissions Open & Call for SA Committee nominations

July 6 Committee Meeting

July 7 Drone Night

July 31 Accreditation Submissions Close

August 10 SA AGM & Bingo Night Hackney Hotel

August 14 SA/WA Award Entry Opens

August 21 Chase Sponsorship Assets

September 7 Committee Meeting

September 18 SA/WA Award Entry Closes

September 25, 26 & 27 SA/WA Awards Judging

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

2016 March 30 National Awards in Adelaide

ACS CineKids

You might know someone who may want to be 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:

Click to access the CineKids membership application form »

ACS online shop open

Visit our online ACS shop so you can buy all the ACS merchandise you could ever want. Check it out at

You can order back issues of AC mag, copies of Shadowcatchers, replacement plaques (as long as you've won them!), ACS branded Hoodies, Spray Jackets, Ladies & Mens Tees - cool new design or the original, Caps & Beanies, Mugs, Pens or Notebooks. Many thanks to Vic Pres Warwick Field and his team for iniaiting this.

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

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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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