SA eNews July 2016 - From SA Pres - Accreditation Applications due July 30 - A Month of Sundays Screening & Q&A - SA AGM & Quiz Night - HDR Night - Wrap up CineKids Event - New Screen Makers Conference - Kim Mavromatis Profile


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If you haven't paid your invoice for your membership fees for 2016 / 2017, you are now overdue.

Fees were due by June 30. The membership year is July 1 to June 30 so please pay your subs promptly; our volunteers don't want to waste their time chasing tardy payers.

If for some reason you haven't received your invoice contact our treasurer, Mylene Ludgate

Whilst renewing your membership why not check your details are correct.

If you have you moved, changed your email address or got a new mobile # then please login to the ASC website and make sure your details are up to date.

It costs us money when copies of AC mag are returned to us and if you want to receive eNews and communications about upcoming events it helps if we have your correct details.

So log in and check:

Sponsors you should have received our 2016 / 2017 Sponsorship Proposal by now - if not let me know. We have had almost all last years sponsors renew again this year and we welcome back ABC & 9 as Bronze sponsors.

Entry for the upcoming 2016 36th SA &WA State Awards for Cinematography are opening soon on August 12 so start collating your best work.

Accreditation Applications Are Open

If you're thinking about applying for ASC Accreditation then please contact me regarding your submission and an Application form.

Applications are only accepted from July 1 to July 31, but by all means make contact so your submission can be viewed and appraised before you officially submit.

ACS Accreditation is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an ACS member.

Any cinematographer who has been a FULL ACS member for a minimum of three years can apply or may be encouraged to apply for Accreditation.

"The Accreditation process begins at the Branch level where the work to be submitted is, where possible, screened to confirm all material has been shot by the applicant and general assistance and advice relating to the submission may be offered.

The President of the Branch can discuss the submission with the applicant. It may be suggested the submission should be strengthened, changed or maybe even wait for another year or so before submitting.

Once deemed suitable, the submission is sent by the applicant’s Branch to our National Headquarters for that round of Accreditation assessments”.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ernie Clark ACS

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Month of Sundays Screening & Q&A

A Month of Sundays talented DoP Mark Wareham ACS is coming especially to Adelaide to present a Q&A after a screening of this wonderful local production.

Mark has won many ACS awards including 3 National Gold Tripods. AMoS was not a big budget feature and was shot over a 4 week schedule so come and hear how Mark approached this film with such constraints.

This event is co-hosted by the ASE, there will also be input from Assistant Editor Karen McKay and the opportunity to ask questions about the post production process.

ACS & ASE members free (Bookings are still essential).
$10 for other screen guild members (e.g. AWG, SPA, ADG, AACTA) and MRC members and students.
General Public $15.

Book now: Via the link below by 25th July

When: Wednesday 26th July

Where: Mercury Cinema, Morphett Street, Adelaide

Time: 1815 Screening starts @ 1845

Drinks available at the MRC Bar, ACS members will receive a free drink.

Book for AMoS screening & Q&A »

SA Branch AGM & Quiz Night

Our branch AGM will be held on Monday August 15 followed by something to eat and a quiz night at the cosy Colonist Hotel on The Parade Norwood.

So if you are keen to help the SA Branch advance please consider joining. Nomination forms are available via the link below. Please note: only Accredited, Full, Active, Life & Retired members are considered as Corporate Members and therefore eligible to nominate for the committee.

We hold a committee meeting normally on the 1st Monday of the month 11 times a year. We get January off!

There are some great prizes to be one on the night including a ACS membership, a meal voucher for $100 for dinner @ The Colonist and and a copy of The Shadowcatchers.

If you can't get to the AGM you can always register your vote by filling in a Proxy Form also available via the link below.

RSVP is essential so come along the AGM normally only takes 1/2 an hour and it will start at 6:45pm, followed by something to eat and a fun quiz night.

If you want a snack and a drink before the AGM be there by 6:15.

RSVP NOW! Also you can send me a ? for the quiz night if you like.

Click to download a Committee Nomination form »
Click to download a Proxy Voting form »

Learn about HDR (High Dynamic Range) cinematography.

HDR Information Event Invitation

Pro AV Solutions invite you to an educational event about HDR (High Dynamic Range) cinematography.

With the development of next generation codecs like Rec 2020, UHD in HDR and latest camera sensor technology capable of 16 stops of dynamic range there are many questions to be answered around what HDR has to offer both you and your finished product.

Dan Miall on behalf of Atomos will be giving an in depth presentation about the benefits, tricks and need to knows of filming & monitoring in HDR.

On display will be a number of cameras capable of recording HDR images along with new HDR Monitoring solutions from Atomos.

Date: Wednesday 20th July
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Where: Pro AV Solutions, 247 Greenhill Road, Dulwich 5065
RSVP: by Monday 18th July
Beer, wine and food will be provided after the presentation.

New Screen Makers Conference 2016

The New Screen Makers Conference is on again! Lock in Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 in your diary.

The two day 2016 NSMC in Adelaide brings some of the country’s most successful comedy and documentary- producers, directors, writers and broadcasters together to talk about the trends, opportunities and pathways for filmmakers wanting to build and sustain a professional career.

Speakers include Rick Kalowski (ABC Comedy), Paul Walton (Princess Pictures ), Liz Doran, Daley Pearson (Ludo Studio), Richard Harris (Screen Australia), Rebecca Barry (Media Stockade), Danny Philippou Racka Racka & Julie Byrne (Triptych Pictures) Kate Hodges (Screen Impact), Chloe Rickard (Jungle), David Ashby& Dario Russo (Dinosaur) and more to be announced!

The ACS as a Associated Guild gets a special discounted price of $100 - down from $160!

ACS members book NSMC tickets here »

CineKids Event

Maxx & DTang demonstrate "evil" lighting

Wow what lucky CineKids who got one on one tutoring about lighting & positioning the camera.

The CineKids were outnumbered with numerous ACS members showing them various skills; they included Miles Rowland, Maxx Corkindale, Mylene & Mal Ludgate ACS, JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick and David Tang.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who made this such a special event.

Here's a few word from the 2 CineKids who attended:

"On Sunday 26th June, the ACS held a workshop for Cinekids. It was at Anifex in their studio space where there were various cameras and lights set up ready for us. We were shown straight away how to do three point lighting. Then we were shown how to make a character look evil by how they were lit, which was really fun. The workshop was enjoyable because we learnt some useful lighting setups and how to use short depth of field. We also learnt about settings on the camera, like changing the colour temperature and what effect this had. We would like to thank Max, Malcolm, David, Mylene and Miles for showing us how to have good lighting for photography and film. Thanks also to Joanne for showing us around the amazing animation studio."

Khai and Finn

The CineKids Team

Profile Kim Mavromatis

Mav, you’ve worked in media for 40 years, how did you get into the industry?
5 years of art at high school opened the door to my first job, Graphic Artist / Film Librarian / Studio Camera operator, for regional TV broadcaster, Spencer Gulf Telecasters, based in Port Pirie. It was a great training ground and I really enjoyed my 13 years with the network. I remember travelling a great deal (that hasn’t changed much), filming regional sporting events with one camera OB’s, and on many occasions being the only camera operator in a live 2 camera studio program, running from camera to camera setting up different shots. By the time I left the network, as well as camera operation, I was also editing, sound mixing, lighting, directing and producing.

I hear you sold your home to start MAV Media.
After I left SGT, I worked in newspaper advertising for 3 years – great learning experience but paid peanuts. There was a need for an independent TV and video production company in the Upper Spencer Gulf region, so after talking it over with my very understanding wife, Tracy, we sold our home and purchased the equipment to start MAV Media. That was 24 years ago. The equipment cost $120,000. The equivalent gear today costs $20,000. After renting for a few years we did eventually build a new home.

You are now a CASA Certified Drone Pilot and Operator.
I did my drone pilot training last year in Melbourne and CASA Operator Accreditation earlier this year in Adelaide - I’m now a CASA certified drone pilot and operator. The weekend after I completed by drone pilot training, a short film I entered into the Footprints Eco film festival in Sydney (Bobby Brown Homelands: won the major prize - a Phantom 3 Pro drone worth $2k. Some things are just meant to be.

Drones are giving cinematographers wings and revolutionising the way we see the world. Stunning aerial images - awesome unlimited perspectives - captured by stable ultra high-performance drones. One of the first films I shot with my drone screened at the London Drone Film Festival in June, why not check it out: (Sharing Culture:

Kym operating the drone get's a "top shot"!

Documentary is your Passion?
SA’s share of docos that get broadcast nationally in Australia is a paltry 2% (Screen Australia stats). And I expect it may be worse since ABC production stopped in Adelaide!? Documentary is my passion, but as an SA doco filmmaker, I’m very much a fringe dweller. I survive because I’m a hybrid shooter (stills and video), who also writes, edits, directs and produces docos, corporate, training and safety videos and TVC's.

What's in your current kit?
My camera kit currently consists of a Pana GH4 (Mirrorless 4K DSLR), GoPro Hero 4 and Phantom 3 Pro.

Sometimes the train is a bit out of control, but it’s been an amazing ride and I love what I do.

Kym joined the ACS SA branch back in March 1998 why not see what else he's be up to at I bet they don't regret selling the house all those years ago!

Upcoming dates

June 30 Membership Fees were Due

July 1 Accreditation Applications Open

July 4 Committee Meeting

July 27 A Month of Sundays Screening & Q&A with Mark Wareham ACS

July 31 Accreditation Applications Close

August 12 36th SA &WA Awards entries open online

August 15 SA AGM & Quiz Night

September 5 Committee Meeting

September 9 Sponsors Awards Assets Deadline

September 9 Awards Entry Closes

September 16, 17 & 18 Awards Judging

October 3 Committee Meeting

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

November 7 Committee Meeting

December 5 Committee Meeting

December 12 Christmas Drinks

In Sydney? Why Not Visit ACS HQ

If your going to Sydney use the opportunity to check out ACS HQ in North Sydney.

The clubhouse is fantastic. The old gear, memorabilia, mementos and library are just incredible and worth visiting too see for that alone.

The NSW branch give all a warm welcome they have regular drop in nights so you might even get lucky with your timing.

If you're up in Sydney don't forget to contact Richard Wilmot or David Lewis ACS and go and check out your HQ, grab a coffee or use the internet, look though the museum or library. It's great and it's for all ACS members, send them an email to arrange a time as it’s well worth a visit.

Contact HQ Manager
David Lewis ACS
mob # 0408 273 702


Asst HQ Manager
Richard Wilmot
mob # 0450 223 837

Click to check out the HQ on the ACS website »

ACS online shop open

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

ACS brand merchandise is for sale at ACS Shop, 24/7. Conveniently search our range of products and buy items through our online shop with ease and security. Purchases can be shipped straight to your door.

Products include jackets, hoodies, caps, tees, beanies, coffee mugs, pens, note pads, publications and more. You can order back issues of AC mag, copies of Shadowcatchers, replacement or duplicate 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.

Shop in confidence, knowing that your purchase goes towards supporting our Society.

Click to go to ACS 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.

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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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