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ACS South Australia Branch


September 2019


AGM wrap up - From the Pres - Book for Shooting for Effect - Free Movie Tix 
Book for our 39th Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
 Bonnie Paku Profile

Wrap up for SA 2019 AGM & Chinese Banquet
What a great AGM with 28 members attending for a quick and efficient AGM followed by a great catch up with some delicious food at CitiZen Chinese Restaurant in the old Brecknock Hotel in the City.

After the vote there was no change and therefore the 2019 / 2020 committee includes :-
President: Ernie Clark ACS
Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans
Secretary: David Woolford Assistant Secretary: Kirsty Stark
Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate ACS Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back
Committee Members: Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Rod Bolton, David Tang, David Gregan, Miles Rowland, Daniel Charlton, Claire Bishop, Michael Tessari & Johanis Lyons-Reid.

Your committee looks forward to working with you all in making the branch as relevant, educational and fun as possible. So get involved, come to events, suggest events and attend our Awards.

From the recently reinstated Pres

Welcome to our September Newsletter, entries for our 39th Awards closed on August 21 and the judging long weekend is almost over so I wish all the best to those all who have entered this year. We have 30% more entries than last year!

With have some very exciting news as our Guest of Honour this year is Australian cinematographer legend Russell Boyd ACS ASC who will be accompanied to our awards with his wife Sandy. On the Friday night on October 25th before the awards Russell will present a screening and Q & A of some of his famous work Directed by Peter Weir. Stand by for booking information, I'm sure it will be a great night.

This year our prestigious 39th Annual Awards Awards for Cinematography will be held in the Banqueting Room at the Adelaide Town Hall so put aside Saturday night October 26 in your diaries. Many thanks to Corporation of the City of Adelaide and the Adelaide Town Hall for their in-kind support in the reduction of the fees associated with venue hire.

At our awards we will also have ABC radio Film Reviewer and comedian Eddie Bannon as our MC and Live Music as well as pre dinner drinks followed by the Awards and a three course meal. It promises to be a great night so book via the link at the Book Awards Poster below.

The Accreditation submissions window opened September 1 and will close September 30 so if you are thinking of applying for ACS accreditation please contact Ernie to discuss your submission rather soon. There is more info re applying for Accreditation on our website, check it out via the link below.

Sadly if you haven't paid your membership fees by now your membership will have to be cancelled and should you wish to rejoin in the future you will be required to pay the joining fee again.

Our second collaboration with the local branch of the Visual Effects Society (VES) is about to happen. Read more about this exciting presentation later in this eNews and book soon.

Click for Accreditation information
Click to email SA President
BOOK NOW -  Shooting for Effect
BOOK NOW for this the second presentation in the series, a reply to The Art and Craft of Cinematography in the "real world" presented, by the SA ACS branch, earlier this year.  This time a panel of VES members will be moderated by Ian Cope. They will be covering topics such as:
  • Connecting the shoot to the VFX process
  • What information is really useful to the VFX artists
  • How to collaborate with a visual effects supervisor
  • Technical and workflow optimisations for a great result and an efficient process
This educational night is important to all cinematographers so come and learn from the experts.

When: Tuesday 10th September 2019
Time: 6pm for 6:30 start
Where: Rising Sun Pictures - Theatre. Please enter via rear carpark gate, Sudholz Pl, Adelaide
Sustenance: Drinks and pizza provided.
Price: Free for financial SA ACS Members only but bookings essential via the link below.
Book now as the venue is limited (enter via rear lane, there is a map in the booking site).

Click to Book Shooting for Effect
Free Movie Tix
Thanks to Tracy Mair Publicity we have 5 double passes for each of the film’s below on the nights of their Australian September release. 

ANGEL OF MINE  In selected cinemas nationally, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
From Strangerland director Kim Farrant and starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Richard Roxburgh and Luke Evans, Angel of Mine, examines the themes of motherhood and grief and is inspired by real events.
Seven years after the death of her daughter, Lizzie (Noomi Rapace) locks eyes on a sight she thought she’d never see again: a girl, Lola, who is the spitting image of her own lost child. As she battles for custody of her surviving son, Lizzie’s obsession with Lola only grows – befriending Claire, the young girl’s mother (Yvonne Strahovski), following her everywhere and forcing long-held secrets out into the open.

ANIMALS  In selected cinemas nationally, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
From 52 Tuesdays director Sophie Hyde, shot & edited by SA ACS Member Brian Mason starring Holliday Grainger (Patrick MelroseAnna Karenina) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested DevelopmentTransparent), Animals is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action, and being a modern woman, with faults, longings and competing desires.
Grainer and Shawkat are Laura and Tyler, flatmates and best friends for 10 years.  After a decade of partying, their friendship is strained when Laura falls in love. But what is really stopping her from fulfilling her dreams?

Below are links to the trailers for the films and a link to "reserve" a free double pass. First in first served! A limit of 1 double pass per person and you may only "reserve" for one of either film. When you "reserve" a double pass please include your postal address so I can get them to but you better be quick!

Click to see Angel of Mine trailer
Click to see Animals trailer
Click to reserve your free double pass
Book now for our 2019 Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography

We have early bird pricing of $120 inc GST from September 1 to September 30
The tickets revert to full price of $130 inc GST from October 1 to October 18

Bonnie Paku Profile

Bonnie what sparked your interest and got you attracted to this business and what was your first job?
I first became interested in the film industry when I was in High School. I was obsessed with watching the behind the scenes videos and to see how all aspects of a production comes together to make the final film. I was fascinated by the behind the scenes of films such as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Personally, I am quite moved by films and I felt as a child and teenager, films had a great impact on my emotions and how I understood the world. 

At Uni SA, I graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Film and Television). My first professional job was when I was still in University. I worked on the documentary vignettes that were used during the Channel 9 Team Kids Easter Appeal. It was an amazing experience working for the first time with a professional crew and to hear the heartfelt and inspiring stories of children and their families dealing with illnesses. Soon after, I worked on Wolf Creek series 2 as Video Split Operator which helped me to be hired more often as a Camera Assistant.

After that experience did you still find it hard to progress in our industry?
I think it’s hard for everyone to get started in our industry, I volunteered a lot of my time to assist for local DP’s on short films or any kind of work/projects to gain the experience I needed. Some of these DP’s that I worked with are great mentors to me now and I’m grateful for all the work I put in as it has helped me to progress.  

What has been your most fascinating job so far?
The most interesting job I have worked on so far was the Sci-fi feature film I Am Mother.

I have always been a bit of a sci-fi nerd and to be able to work on a film like that in Adelaide was really exciting. The mother robot suit that was designed and built by Weta was incredible to see in real life.
One of the most fulfilling jobs I have worked on was after I graduated University, I worked as a Mentor for students. We travelled to Vietnam and I helped the students produce video content for the courses they were completing.

We were lucky enough to go to a school for blind children and spend time with the kids and interview the staff. It is not often that we imagine a world without sight, especially with the visual industry we work in.  It was the most humbling and enriching experience I have ever had in this industry. 

In a chopper over the Flinders Ranges on SA Tourism TVC
 Photo by Josh Flavell ACS

Your reputation for doing great work is growing around town, so where you think your future lies?

I am hoping to continue to work on long-form projects, there seems to be a lot of great things coming to SA this year.

I am always looking to further my skills and experience in shooting and want to shoot more than being a camera assistant in the future.

I love my job as a camera assistant at the moment, and find the job to be rewarding in the way I can learn so much from more experienced Cinematographers.


What’s your next assignment?

My next project is a web series I am shooting called The Fading. Produced by Jodie Kirkbride and directed by Stephanie Jaclyn. The Fading is set in a dystopian totalitarian society where a “Natural Selection” Law was introduced to control population growth. We are still in pre-production and are all looking forward to begin production. It is so great to work with these incredible women and I am grateful for the time we live in now where there are more and more opportunities for diversity in our industry. At the moment I am working on a nationwide Optus commercial with Josh Flavell ACS. I am writing this profile from the road, we are somewhere in rural Queensland. 

Bonnie do you have a favourite film?  
Yes, my favourite films is Arrival. I found it was subtle and moving. I also really love the Disney Pixar film Inside Out.

What’s the greatest thing about working in our industry?
I think one of the best things about working in our industry is when we are given the chance to tell an important story that might affect people in a positive way.

Another thing that makes this industry so great to work in is the collaboration. To work with many people with many different skill sets to create something together is really wonderful.

Also the people I have met along the way are some of the best friends I have known. 

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
Something people may not know about me is that I am a cheerleader and a dancer.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
I’m not entirely sure what the best advice I’ve received is, I ask for advice quite often, but this is one of my favourite quotes from Stephen Fry and I think applies to our creative industry, “A true thing, poorly expressed, is a lie”.

ACS Facebook Group

We've started a Facebook Group where all current financial ACS members can join. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale etc. here. To join, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request.

Click to go to ACS Members Facebook Group page

Some upcoming dates

Sept 1 - 30 Accreditation Application Window
September 2 Committee Meeting
September 10 - Shooting for Effect presented by SA branch Visual Effects Society
September 20 Sponsors Deadline for Awards Assets
October 7 Committee Meeting
October 25 Screening & Q&A with Russell Boyd ACS ASC covering 6 films he was DoP for Peter Weir including: Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World & The Way Back. 
October 26 39th SA & WA Awards for Cinematography - Banqueting Room, Adelaide Town Hall
November 4 Committee Meeting
December 2 Committee Meeting
December 9 SA Branch Xmas Drinks @ Colonist Hotel
February 3 Committee Meeting
May 16 National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra

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PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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