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ACS South Australian Branch


August 2021

From the Pres
Awards Entry opens August 1
SA AGM & Get Together August 18
August 30 Anifex Free Screening
Hi from Nick
Profile - Tim Carlier
From the Pres

Gosh, as soon as we organise something COVID-19 seems to raise its ugly corona head but hopefully we'll still be able to hold our AGM on August 18 we've already had to change venue and the date as we were going to hold it at Mindshift Escape Rooms but alas we can't now due to social distancing! Get all the deets re the new venue & AGM further down your newsletter.

The next worry is, can we have judging in early September with 2 judges flying in from interstate and all of us in the theatre together? Stay tuned!

Awards entry window opened August 1 and closes on the 21st, see below for more details. Remember you must be a financial member to be able to enter our Awards.

Our good friends and long time sponsors at Anifex have invited SA ACS members to a free screening, more details below.

We hope that there will be a Virtual Production education night to be held early in September, we'll let you know in the Sept newsletter.

Don't forget, put Saturday November 6 on hold for our 2021 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography at  Royal Adelaide Golf Club with pre dinner drinks overlooking the magnificent course. Guest of Honour is Nat Pres Ron Johanson OAM ACS - yes, hopefully in the flesh this time. MC is the wonderful Jane Doyle and music from Samantha Edge.

Your membership fees for  21 / 22 are now overdue if you haven't already paid. Should you have difficulty paying your dues please don't let your membership lapse get in contact with our treasurer Mylene Ludgate and we'll see what can be done.

If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation please talk to me, the SA President, soon about your application as the window to submit Accreditation Applications is September 1 to September 30. Please don't leave it until the last minute. You can find out more about requirements for applying for accreditation here on our website.

If any of our members have any ideas or suggestions for equipment, trade, educational or screening and Q&A nights please let one of your committee know and we'll do our best to make it happen. You can find who are on the SA Branch committee via this link.
Entry to SA & WA Awards Open

From 9:00am August 1 until 23:59pm August 21 the 2021 State & Territory ACS Awards for Cinematography window is open for financial ACS members.

To enter members need to login to their ACS profile, here's a link for the login page:

Then click on the ‘AWARDS’  tab on the home page:

Please read the Awards T&C:

And of course, carefully read the Awards Categories:

This year we have reverted back to the usual system of entry fees and the Award plaques being covered by the entry fee. If you win an Award and don't wish to receive a plaque you can let us know but please note there will be no refund involved.
Enter Now!

Our AGM is on August 18 now to be held at Citizen followed by a Chines Banquet, to attend please book via this link by August 11. Bookings are essential due to COVID-19  restrictions. 

If you'd like to be the President....... or a committee member and influence what our branch does please consider nominating to be on the committee. Download a Nomination Form and/or a Proxy Form if you can't attend. Forms to be received by us before CoB August 11.

Please note
nominations also need to be signed by any 2 Corporate Members i.e. Active, Full, Accredited, Retired & Life members - these are also the only membership categories that can vote at the AGM.

SA 2021 AGM & Banquet
Where: CitiZen  Restaurant Adelaide SA 5000
When: Wednesday August 18
Booking: Essential by August 11.
Schedule: 6:15pm for 6:30 AGM
Cost: Free

Free Screening August 30

All ACS members are invited to the rescheduled South Australian screening of the latest Anifex stop motion short film The Better Angels described by the Creative Director of the Melbourne International Animation Film Festival as “poignantly beautiful.”

When: Monday August 30
Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm screening. The session will go for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.  
Where: The Capri Cinema, Goodwood

Cost is free, although if you can, please buy a glass of something or some Jaffas to roll down the aisles, as all the takings will go to helping The Capri to weather the storm brought on by the pandemic.

The evening will consist of three short films showcasing the Independent Film Award winning (R) Evolution, The AACTA award winning short Gargoyle and then the new film The Better Angels, shot by Anifex cinematographer Richard Chataway ACS.

The evening will conclude with a short Q&A and there will be a few props and puppets for you to see. We hope to see you there.

Hello from the UK

Hi Ernie, I just wanted to say thanks and hello. I’m busily shooting away in London at the moment on a new Netflix series called “Half Bad” (from book trilogy of same name), produced by Andy Serkis and his company Imaginarium and Netflix.

As always with TV, it’s a mad schedule, seemingly undo-able….yet somehow we’re pulling it off and have received notes from week 1 that the grown ups are happy…so….I’ll stay on and live to fight another day.

It’s been hard with COVID-19 getting back to SA but I’m hoping to try and get back for Christmas if they’ll let me in. If so, I look forward to catching up with you and the ACS for a vino or two.

Here's a pic from set! (as much as I'm allowed to show!) From L to R: B Cam operator/Steadi Cam Hannah Jell, A Cam operator Job Reineke, and I shooting by the Thames one evening (ARRI LF with vintage Canon SK lenses).

All my best,
Nick Mathews ACS

SA members, if you're in an interesting location or on an interesting shoot, please drop us a few words and a picture or two. Email me via this link, thanks, Pres.
Profile Tim Carlier

Gidday Tim, why did you decided to work in our industry?

Like a lot of people in the industry I have a secret stash of films I made while growing up. Films which should never see the light of day, but have a lot of fond memories attached to them.

The process of making films with friends was pretty addictive and I did it as much as I could. I honed my skill of making things that I would eventually be embarrassed by during my time at Flinders University, and ever since I’ve been continuing to make things and progressively being less embarrassed by them. Part of that journey has been working and learning on film sets as a camera assistant, grip and anything else people might have me on board as. I quickly realised I enjoy being on set and being a part of making something with a team.

Tim gripping on Wanted Season 3 out in the Flinders ranges on top of the infamous Pugilist Hill. Photo by Tom Hoffie.

Who has had an influence on your career? 

There are so many DP's, Camera assistants, grips and gaffers who have been incredibly generous with their time and knowledge. Especially here in Adelaide, there’s a great community of friendly faces who want to talk about what they do. You just have to ask.

However, I wouldn’t have any kind of film career without Tim Hodgson. He brought me on to my first film set and put me forward for my first paid cam assisting gig. I also ended up stealing most of his assisting kit for my first couple of years on the job.

Then, Helen Carter and Michael Tessari were both instrumental in getting me to where I am today. The same goes for the generation of ‘Camera kids’ who were coming up around the same time as me, such as Claire Bishop, Kadison Noack, James Wire and Bonnie Paku, they are some of the most driven people I know.

Where do you think your future lies?

Like I mentioned before, I really like being on set, especially if it’s a passionate team making something together. I’ve found this happens more on smaller projects, and I was definitely radicalised while participating in the 48hr film project. Crew roles started meaning less and less as we were all writing, directing, performing, shooting and editing. The results are some of the most rewarding filmmaking experiences I’ve ever had. Definitely not the perfect way to make a film, but it’s definitely a method I find really enjoyable.

A few of us from that 48hr team started a filmmaking collective called ‘House of Spaghetti’ which has mostly been a co-working hub, but has also been a fringe venue and a mini studio, where we’ve been able to experiment with different shooting styles and formats. I’d like to continue making projects like this and seeing what we come up with.

Wilson Tran, Tim, Hebe Sayce and Kadison Noack making our 48hr film ‘House of Spaghetti’. Photo by Kristin Hamil.

Do you have any advice for other young people getting started?

 As Shakira says in the film Zootopia, ‘Oh oh oh oh oh Try Everything’. There are so many opportunities and pathways into the film industry, and while locking yourself into a role can be the right way to go, I think it’s just as important to see what else is out there. There are always things to learn in every department.

Pic: Focus pulling for Tim Hodgson on The Fritz in January this year. Significantly less hair! Photo by the director Conor McCarron.

Thanks Tim, a short but sweet profile. There's a recurring theme in many of our profiles and that is how so many of you enjoy the collaborative process of making films together and how generous SA crew from all departments are in sharing their knowledge. Good times!

ACS Facebook Group

Current financial ACS members are welcome to join our Facebook group. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale, etc. To join, follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members can approve your request. If you're not a member please don't apply as we really don't want to have to reject you. Thanks.

Upcoming Dates


August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 18 SA AGM & Banquet @ CitiZen
September 1 Accreditation Window Opens
September 6 Committee Meeting
September 10, 11 & 12 SA WA Judging @ AMPCO
September 30 Accreditation Window Closes
October 4 Committee Meeting
November 1 Committee Meeting
November 6 41st SA & WA Awards for Cinematography @ Royal Adelaide Golf Course
December 6  Committee Meeting
December 14 Christmas Drinks

February 7 Committee Meeting
March Committee Meeting
April  Committee Meeting
May Committee Meeting
May    52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 16 SA AGM & fun night.
September 1 Accreditation Window Opens
September 6 Committee Meeting
September 30 Accreditation Window Closes
October 4 Committee Meeting
November 1 Committee Meeting
November 5 42nd SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Perth venue TBC


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Australian Cinematographers Society
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