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It's time to book the 2016 National ACS Awards for Cinematography held here in Adelaide.

There are a heap of Satellite events, most are are free but still require booking through the ACS Online Shop as numbers are limited. If your name is not on the door list and the event is booked out you will miss out.

To give our visitors a taste of the wonderful things Adelaide has on offer we have organised a few touristy things to do. Of course, our members are welcome to attend as well.

The South Australian Film Corporation, South Australian Tourism, Penny's Hill winery and Kojo have all stepped up to help us make these events and awards very special.

The black tie 45th Annual Awards for Cinematography, held in the Riverview rooms 6, 7 & 8 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, on Saturday 30 April @ 1830 will truly be a celebration of the best Cinematography Australia has to offer.

For the first time we have the ACS - SAFC Southern Light Expo in the Hindley rooms 2 & 3 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. This is your chance to see and hear about the latest gear available in Australia and what's more it's free for all to attend just got to to register your free ticket.

Expo companies attending include Fujifilm-Fujinon, Silvertrak, Canon, Blackmagic Design, Lemac, Rosco, Miller camera Support, Panasonic, SunStudios, Videocraft, Picture Hire, Psycholites, Ignite Digi, CW Sonderoptics (Leica lenses) & Form Cut (laser cut foam).

In the Torrens rooms there will be Exhibitor Presentations from the companies below at the following times.

Friday 29/4/16 Exhibitor Presentations:
1400-1430 Picture Hire
1440-1510 Lemac
1520-1550 Rosco

Saturday 30/4/16 Exhibitor Presentations:
0915-0945 Miller
1000-1300 Panasonic
1040-1110 Canon
1120-1150 Blackmagic
1245-1315 CW Sonderoptics (Leica Lenses)

Click the link below to download more detail regarding the Expo Presentations.

We also have the Ray Martin AM stills Retrospective, Meet The Nominees, Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood screening, 2016 AGM, and John Seale ACS ASC “Presents”……supported by David Burr ACS. A look at How they shot that with clips from work spanning the last 40 years.

Also we have an ACS tour of Adelaide Oval, a Chinese Banquet and a Southern Fleurieu Winery Tour & Lunch as well as the National AGM.

At the National Awards presentation in Adelaide, we will be holding a special raffle with some fantastic prizes, with all proceeds going to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society. Every little bit helps, so please dig deep for this very worthy cause. $5 for 1 ticket or 3 for $10, so bring some cash!

Download Exhibitor Presentation information »

ACS Tour of Adelaide Oval

On Friday 29 April @ 1100 be led on an unforgettable journey into the inner sanctum by expert volunteer guides.… Go behind closed doors where you’ll discover hidden secrets and re live celebrated moments. Access restricted areas and experience the roar of the crowd as you take to the ground through the interactive player’s race. Step into living history as you explore the iconic scoreboard, and see where some of the world’s greatest musos have entertained sold-out crowds.

This is a group tour especially for the ACS and will take approx 1.5 hours and you need to walk about 2.5k’s. Please read the FAQ’a as suitable footwear is required: Click for Oval FAQ's

Book via ACS SHOP special ACS price of $17 inc GST.

Chinese banquet

Since there will be quite a few sponsors and expo participants in town on Friday night the 29th we have an especially organized for the ACS a delicious and generous Chinese banquet.

CitiZen is on the corner of Gilbert & King William Streets 1.5k from the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. A 20 minute walk or you can catch the tram from King William St/Rundle Mall stop, 3 stops to Halifax St tram stop then an easy 200 meter stroll. The SA President reckons it’s the best Chinese in Adelaide!

Book via ACS SHOP $55 per person inc GST.

McLaren Vale winery tour & lunch

Lunch and winery tour on Sunday May 1 1000-1600. Bus pick up/drop off from Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, meet in foyer at 09:45.

The first stop for the bus will be Hugh Hamilton followed by stunning Primo Estate. You will receive a $15 credit on your first purchase from Primo Estate.

Followed by lunch at gorgeous Penny’s Hill Winery & the Kitchen Door Restaurant where you will have a beautiful plated share lunch after a wine tasting of their fabulous range of award winning wines before being bussed back to the Hotel.

Book via ACS SHOP $110 per person inc GST.

Thanks to Penny's Hill for supplying their fantastic wines for our ACS National Sponsor Packs.

Click to go to Penny's Hill website »

Saturday night the 45th Annual National Awards for Cinematography

Our Special Guest is Nigel Walters BSC and Ray Martin AM will MC. So get your black tie or best frock organised for the Awards which start at 6:30pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre.


Schedule of Events

Friday 29/4/16

Adelaide Oval tour $17 per person
ACS - SAFC Southern Light Expo @ Grand Chancellor on Hindley
Exhibitor Presentations @ Grand Chancellor on Hindley
ACS Chinese Red Fire Monkey Banquet @ CitiZen restaurant $55 a head (excludes drinks)

Saturday 30/4/16
ACS - SAFC Southern Light Expo @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
Exhibitor Presentations @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
Ray Martin Stills retrospective @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
Meet the Nominee’s Screening/Q&A moderated by Kim Batterham ACS @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood documentary presented by David Brill ACS @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
2016 National ACS Awards Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverview Rooms 6, 7 & 8 ~ Tickets $150 incl GST

Sunday 1/5/16

National AGM @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
McLaren Vale Winery Tour (10am-4pm) includes delicious plated share lunch and wine tasting @ Penny’s Hill Winery $110 incl gst. per person (drinks extra) Bus pick up & drop off @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley

Monday 2/5/16

'How they shot that' on Monday May 2 in Hindley room 1 @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. 0930 to 1600.

John Seale AM ACS ASC & David Burr ACS

'How they shot that' on Monday May 2 in Hindley room 1 at Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. 0930 to 1600.

Bookings for 'How they shot that!' are essential via ACS SHOP

Helen Carter Profile

Helen at AFTRS (2001) photo by Michelle Pizanis

When did you first become interested in our industry - what was your first job/project/film?

My very first job was as camera attachment on TV series Ultraman in 1990 (thanks to WIFT and the SAFC). The shoot was really intense with lots of stunts, multi cam and a high daily output. The main camera was a super 16mm Aaton, with a wooden miller tripod and no video split.

The camera crew (DOP Paul Dalwitz ACS, focus puller Mike Kelly and clapper loader Rod Bolton) were all very generous with their knowledge and I was quickly taught how to load film, do slates and assist with B camera. Looking back, I cant believe they trusted me with their rushes, but we were all really working as fast as we could, all day, to get it done.

Click to check out Ulltraman »

How did you advance yourself?

After many years of camera assisting and shooting small projects, I decided to enrol at the AFTRS to try and push my skills and knowledge along. This was an amazing opportunity to work on larger sets, with fantastic teachers and very talented peers. Studying cinematography with me were Hugh Miller, Tim Alewood and Pete Holland. We all operated and assisted for each other which was a great way to figure out the details of shooting, lighting and working as a team.

What you are passionate about?

My two obsessions are framing for the rule of thirds, and single-source soft lighting. I find these themes endlessly interesting and every shot is a subtle variation of it.

What about features?

My dream has always been to shoot a feature and in 2011 we made a low budget film at Flinders Uni, Double Happiness Uranium (DHU). I wanted the experience of holding a longer story in my head and to get into a groove of shooting and lighting. I was able to twist Rod Bolton’s arm to gaffer for me and help me mentor the student crew. We shot on a Red camera and used every light, clamp, gel we could find in the store at uni.

Camera crew on DHU (2010): DoP Helen Carter, Amber McBride (2nd camera assist), Sian Bates (operator) Lejla Sarcevic (1st Camera assist) and director Cole Larsen in the BG.

Click to see Double Happiness Uranium trailer »

Oh well, there goes the day!

Have mentors influenced you at all?

I have been extremely fortunate to have wonderful mentors to encourage, teach and challenge me. Rod Bolton taught me so much about assisting and gave me a great start. Les Parrott got me out on some big TVC's and from him I learned about lighting and how to film close ups.

I also learned a great deal about working with others on a crew and how to be a DOP. Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC was a wonderful teacher and we were very lucky to have him run master classes at the AFTRS. I have both of their voices in my head when lighting.

Older DOP's are the backbone of cinematography and it is really important for young people to find someone to help and guide their careers. Mandy Walker ASC, ACS is a significant role model for young women wanting to work in camera.

Helen shooting helicopter aerials in the NT, with assistant Charlie Kiroff and pilot Terry Lee.

Favourite filmmaker:

I was brought up on the films of Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career and Star Struck). She has had excellent working relationships with Australian DOP's both in Australia and Internationally and across many genres and formats.

I’m particularly interested in the films she did with Russell Boyd ACS, ASC (High Tide, Mrs Soffel, Star Struck) and Geoff Simpson ACS (Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda, Last Days of Chez Nous).

I also really love the films of Studio Ghibli, especially for their perfect lighting and composition, as well as the wonderful female characters. I encourage my children to watch them.

Helen shoots timelapse in Utah for Discovery/BBC (1996)

These days you teach?

I’m very fortunate to be teaching in Screen Production at Flinders University where I spend my days working, discussing, viewing and learning from younger people. It makes me so happy to see them learn new skills, win awards and sharing my enthusiasm for lighting and composition. (I’m pretty sure they tire of hearing about rule of thirds and soft lighting) We run a 16mm film class, with an Aaton camera, and I love getting out my light meter and showing them the lost art of loading magazines.

Thanks very much Helen and thank you for your support of the ACS. As you know it's in our charter to help educate our members so we always love having students come to our events.



The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS) of NSW provides financial and emotional assistance to industry workers who have fallen on hard times.

Established in 1931 for cinema exhibition and distribution workers hit hard by the Great Depression, it has accepted beneficiaries from the film production and post-production sector since 2003. It is the only state benevolent society providing support to current or former workers – and their spouses - in all states throughout Australia.

Without additional contributions, the Society cannot meet the increasing demand from the film production & post-production sector.

The MPIBS recognises the challenges faced by film production and post-production personnel who need to set aside funds for a possible “rainy day”, especially in an increasingly uncertain production environment. In the knowledge that the MPIBS will be there to provide support and comfort, we appeal to you to make a donation to support the vital work the MPIBS is doing on behalf of you and your colleagues.

Please make your donation cheque or money order payable to:

Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (no abbreviations please) 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 note - If paying by direct deposit, 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 very much. Yours sincerely,

Murray Forrest,
Chairman, MPIBS.

Upcoming dates

Events to come include New lighting, Screenings with Q&A's; why don't you suggest something? Don't forget to put the 2016 National Awards, here in Adelaide on 30 April in your dairies.

April 21 Special Awards Committee Meeting

April 29 1100-1230 ACS Adelaide Oval Tour
April 29 1300-1700 ACS - SAFC Southern Light Expo plus Exhibitor presentations @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
April 29 1900-2100 ACS Chinese Red Fire Monkey Banquet - CitiZen

April 30 0900-1500 ACS - SAFC Southern Light Expo plus Exhibitor presentations @ Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
April 30 1100-1230 Ray Martin Stills retrospective Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
April 30 1330-1500 Meet the Nominee’s Screening/Q&A moderated by Kim Batterham ACS Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
April 30 1500-1630 Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood documentary presented by David Brill ACS Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley

April 30 1830-2300 45th National Awards in Adelaide @ Adelaide Convention Centre

May 1 0900-1630 National AGM: Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
May 1 1000-1600 McLaren Vale Winery Tour includes delicious plated share lunch and wine tasting @ Penny’s Hill Winery

May 2 0930-1630 John Seale AM ACS ASC ‘presents’…… ably supported by David Burr ACS. Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. A fascinating day of discovering how they shot “that”! Clips from 40 years of motion picture brilliance explained by the masters

May 9 Committee Meeting

May 31 Invoice Membership renewals

June 6 Committee Meeting

June 30 Membership Fees Due

July 4 Committee Meeting

August 15 AGM

September 5 Committee Meeting

October 3 Committee Meeting

October 29 Annual SA/WA ACS Awards for Cinematography to be held in Perth for only the 2nd time, simultaneous awards dinner & live streaming in The Torrens Room @ Hackney Hotel Adelaide

November 7 Committee Meeting

December 5 Committee Meeting

December 12 Christmas Drinks

A surprised Richard on his birthday at our recent meeting.

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.

Of course you can also book the free Satellite Events being held over the long weekend of the 2016 National Awards - April 29 to May 2.

Click to go to the ACS OnLine Shop »

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 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.

Click to link to SA Facebook page »

ACS Facebook posts

We have rampied up our Facebook posts so no matter what you're up to regarding filming why not let us know.

Go on, click this FB link now and tell us what your doing. »


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