SA eNews December 2016 - ACS SA branch Xmas get together, Free Drinks, Fun, Food, Great Prizes - Canon Event - Profile Nima Nabalirad


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Free Drinks, Fun, Food and Great Door Prizes

Thanks to David Gregan for our Xmas flyer.

Wow it's already time again to get together for our Annual SA ACS Christmas Drinks.

ACS SA Members and Sponsors are welcome to come along for the Networking, the Free Drinks, Fun, Food and Great Door Prizes starting at 6:15pm at The Colonist Hotel, Norwood Parade Norwood on Monday night December 12.

Come and share some Christmas cheer and maybe even win a great door prize. They include a years ACS membership, 5 x free entries into our next 2017 ACS State awards and a copy of Shadowcatchers.

Also from Gold Sponsor ProAV Solutions are 2 x Lacie Porche Mobile 1TB USB Drives. These great drive prizes RRP at $141 each! Check them out:

RSVP is essential for catering purposes and so your name is on the door list for the door prizes. No name on door list = not included in the door prize draw!

Also your 2016 ACS award entries and uncollected winners plaques will be available for you to pick up on the night.

On behalf of your ACS committee may I take this opportunity to wish all a wonderful, safe Christmas and all the best for 2017.

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If you want to catch some of the photos from the Adelaide Awards Dinner click the link below. Thanks to David Woolford for taking the photos.

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Kirsty proudly holds her SPA Award.

Also I'd like to congratulate one of our SA branch committee members Kirsty Stark. Recently Kirsty was awarded the SPA (Screen Producers Australia) "Breakthrough Production Company of the Year" Award. This was presented at a gala presentation at Crowne Casino in Melbourne.

Also congrats to Geoffrey Hall ACS for his ACCTA nomination for Wolf Creek TV.

AWG Boys in the Trees Screening & Q&A

Join the Australian Writers' Guild for a Q&A screening of Boys in the Trees with writer/director Nicholas Verso.

Thursday 8th December
Adelaide Studios Screening Room
*Please go to the back of the studios and enter via the glass doors*
226 Fullarton Road, Glenside, SA 5065

6pm - Doors open, 6:30pm - Screening, 8pm - Q&A, 9pm - Depart venue

Book your tickets on the AWG website. $5 for AWG members, $10 for students and screen guild members (e.g. ACS, MRC, AACTA, ADG, SPA) & for other guests.

Canon Event

Gold Sponsor Pro AV Solutions and Canon invite you to an exclusive event with all the information and a demonstration of the new EF18-80mm f/4.4 servo zoom lens. Experts from Canon will be on hand to answer all your questions about the latest cameras in their range including the 1D MK II and 5D MK IV as well as the Cinema EOS range.

Date: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Time: 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start followed by beer, wine and pizza.

Where: Pro AV Solutions, 247 Greenhill Road, Dulwich 5065

RSVP via the link below. Great prizes to be won!

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Profile Nima Nabalirad

Nima composes a shot on an ARRI Alexa

Hi Nima, please tell us what’s your favourite film, TV show, pet food, place or person?

Hi Ernie, well it's too limiting to name one film so here's my top 10:
Yi Yi, Barry Lyndon, Sunset Boulevard, The Thin Red Line, The Hairdresser's Husband, Let the Right One In, Tokyo Story, Vertigo, Stalker & Amadeus

Your favourite TV Show? Father Ted, Carl Sagan's Cosmos

Favourite place? Haven't actually been there but it haunts my dreams all the time. Frank Lloyd Wright's FallingWater House in Pennsylvania. Hopefully will go and see it sometime in the near future.

Favourite person? here's 3, Carl Sagan, Stanley Kubrick, Antoine De Saint Exupery

Whose cinematography inspires you the most?

I would say Chris Doyle's work. He always inspires me to think with my eye and put technicality aside. If it creates the right emotion, then its the right shot. You have to feel a shot. He started out not knowing much at all about cinematography and he shot using his heart and his eyes. And I'd like to think I do the same. No amount of technical know-how can equal having a great eye. I'll get there one day and maybe be a tenth as good as Chris ;)

Nima I must say I loved Chris's work on In the Mood for Love.

Nima frames up on Arriflex 16mmBL

When did you first become interested in our industry?

Back in 2002, we had to specialise in certain areas of film in my Flinders University Screen Studies course. I have a love for light and imagery so I decided on cinematography as my specialty, I believe I was the only one in that class who did. My first proper project/film was one of the honours short films at uni which I shot on 16mm.

What did you do when you decide to further your career...?

I knew there was nothing like experience to give you the skills you need to succeed. So I shot and shot and shot. I wasn't interested in assisting on sets with other DOP's and getting experience that way, so I decided to shoot as many projects as possible. Almost anything that came my way, there was quite a few independent and funded short films, some corporate web content, and some music videos.

What has been your most interesting project so far?

There has been a few. Shooting second unit on the Babadook was quite interesting. Travelling around Australia and filming the ABC doco series Hannah Gadsby's OZ was a wonderful and super memorable experience.

Another that is quite memorable for me is a music video I shot for The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie (don't ever watch the actual film though, you'll get cancer for sure). The content wasn't anything that special, basically a band performing on a rooftop made to look like NY city while intercut with shots from the movie. But it was one of my first big jobs interstate and there was quite a few people to impress, including a major music label. It started raining intensely and we weren't sure what to do. Rather than staying away from it, I backlit the rain and shot in super slow motion and ended up wowing the client, etc. so it was a good learning experience and a memorable shoot.

Location, location, location!

Michael Tessari pulls focus for Nima

Tell us some of a challenge you have faced recently?

Recently, an interesting and challenging project was a fashion campaign at a chateau in the French countryside near Paris. I only had one A7sII camera and one zoom lens, with no rigs or other accessories, and no assistants or focus puller. I had about an hour to shoot enough great footage for the campaign and had to fight a million flies and the constantly changing weather. But despite the challenge managed to create an awesome piece. It goes to show that things have changed these days, and you can create something equally as amazing relatively without major equipment, huge budgets, and masses of time and a big crew. Exciting times! :)

Where do you think your future lies?

I love to work around the world, in new locations, meeting new people and having new experiences. So I know I won't be staying here for all my projects. But I'm happy to be anywhere as long as the right kind of projects are being offered.


What’s your next project?

I'm off to Mt Wilson in NSW next week to shoot a music video there.

Nima please tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

If I wasn't doing this I would have been in the food industry. I'm a massive lover of eating/cooking food and flavours. Opening a cafe here is definitely on the to do list still, so it may happen sometime soon if I get enough time to put towards it.

Thanks Nima, It's great to hear about the different path taken to achieve your goal. It's also been great to watch your work improve year by year and see how often your work is recognised with State Gold Awards including another this year for Venus II - I Want U 4 Myself. All the best with the rest of your career.

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Upcoming dates

December 5 Committee Meeting

December 8 Boys in the Trees Screening & Q&A @ SAFC

December 12 Christmas Drinks

Christmas Break

February 6 Committee Meeting

March 6 Committee Meeting

April 3 Committee Meeting

Thinking of applying for Accreditation? Then time to organise your submission.

May 1 Committee Meeting

May 6 National ACS Awards for Cinematography - Strangers Dining Room NSW Parliament House

May 7 National AGM @ ACS HQ

May 30 Send out membership renewals

June 5 Committee Meeting

June 30 membership renewals due

July 1 Accreditation Applications window opens

July 3 Committee Meeting

July 30 Accreditation Applications window closes

August 7 Awards Entry Open

August 14 SA AGM

September 4 Committee Meeting

September 8 Award Entry Closes & Sponsor Assets Deadline

September 15, 16 & 17 SA & WA Awards Judging in SA

October 2 Committee Meeting

October 28th 37th Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide

November 6 Committee Meeting

December 4 Committee Meeting

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