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ACS South Australian Branch


Bumper November 2022 Issue

And the Winners are...
SA Awards Dinner & Live Stream Link
Meet Slim - Motion Control Event
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande - Screening & Q&A
Megapixel Camera Night Wrap up

Our 100th Profile! - Daniel Charlton
From the Pres
2022 SA Awards Dinner

31 of us celebrated our 2022 State Awards for Cinematography with pre dinner drinks and yummy finger food, followed by a delicious dinner with nice wine, etc and we got to watch the Live Stream from the Awards presentation held over in Perth and give out Plaques to those who attended. Pawel Achtel ACS was our Special Guest at our night held at the Rob Roy Hotel in the city.

On the night we had Slim showing off  some of it's talents. You can meet Slim at a special event on Nov 8. Please see story below for more info.

Thanks to Gold Sponsor Pro AV Solutions and the SA ACS branch as we had a great Door Prize of a Sony 49” 4K HDR Bravia TV with a RRP of $1199 which was won by Emmerson Hoskin. Pretty good odds really, with about a 1 in 30 chance of winning that fabulous prize! Grace (Shuying) Liu won a free entry into our 2023 SA Awards and, since we were in a pub, Matt Byrne won a classic pub meat tray and trying to be politically correct we also had a vegetarian tray which was won by James Haskard.

42nd SA & WA Award Winners 

There were quite a few multiple awards for SA members including Johanis Lyons-Reid who came away with 4 Gold and a Silver across 3 categories. Kane Chenoweth collected 3 Gold and a silver, whilst Emmerson Hoskin received 2 Golds and a bronze. Well done! In all SA collected 47 Awards!

Our congratulations go to SA member Grace (Shuying) Liu, this year's Cliff Ellis Award for the Active Member Showing the Most Potential for her Gold winning entry in the Commercial Local / Regional category and her 2 Bronze awards in 2 other categories. Very well deserved Grace!

The Milton Ingerson Award for the Be
st Entry went to WA member and now record four time winner Denson Baker ACS NZCS for the film The Colour Room in the over $2m budget Feature category.

If you wish to know all of the 2022 SA & WA Awards for Cinematography winners
here's the 2022 SA & WA Winners List.

If you have won an award and weren't at the satellite event to receive it you can collect it during office hours from SA Gold Sponsor Picture Hire, 26 Clarke St Norwood.

Winners are grinners!

Link for not so live stream of 42nd Awards for Cinematography
Richard Chataway ACS was my "stunt double" over in Perth and tells me the Awards there were a great success. SA members Maxx Corkindale and Bonnie Paku attended too and said WA put on a really good show. I think Maxx would have been pretty happy with a Gold and 2 Silvers across 3 categories! Thanks again to Daniel Charlton for flying over and looking after the live stream for us. Click here to see it.

New SA Accredited Member
Congratulations go to Miles Rowland ACS who was granted ACS Accreditation #444 by the assessment panel. Those assessments were held at ACS HQ in Sydney over the weekend of October 14,15 & 16 with 10 ACS Accredited cinematographers on the panel. No easy task!

Miles is currently busy shooting so we will get together soon and present him with his Accreditation certificate and his Accreditation pin.
Check this site out
Please check this site out about the war in Ukraine produced by a very concerned SA stills photographer Drew Lenman. It’s called “Imagine Our City" and it’s intention is to show empathy and raise support for Ukrainians affected by Putin’s brutality in the region. imagineourcity

Save the date
Ho, ho, ho! Our Annual Christmas drinks, which are always well attended, will be held on Monday night December 12 starting at 6pm at the Colonist Hotel on the Parade in Norwood so save the date in your diaries now. A booking link will be included in the December newsletter. Note: For financial members of the ACS exclusively.
Slim! Motion Control for Cinematographers Event

Come and meet Slim. Adelaide’s Motion Control Robot for Cinematographers.

Slim in action at the SA ACS Awards satellite event.

Slim is a flexible and portable robotic motion control solution. It provides the power and capability of programmable, repeatable motion with low logistical overhead and setup time. Adam from Invisage Studios has been working with the robotics team to get a cinebot into South Australia to keep more specialised work here in Adelaide rather than it going to the east coast. Adam has industrial experience in robotic automation and has always wanted to bring this into his cinematography.

If you attended the SA Awards satellite event you may have already met Slim. If you want to see some of the Glambot footage check it out here.  Even better, come and meet Slim in person at our ACS SA event. BTW any footage with me being an idiot in it was before I even had a drink! Please don't imagine how bad it could have been by the end of the night!

Where: Star Avenue Studios – 7 Star Ave, Dudley Park SA
When: Tuesday November 8
Time: 6pm for 6.30 start
Book: by Friday 4th November
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Screening & Q&A

Your SA ACS branch has got together with the SA chapters of the Australian Editors Guild and the Australian Directors Guild to have Director Sophie Hyde and recent State Gold Award winning cinematographer Bryan Mason (who was also the editor) present their latest feature film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande with a screening & Q&A at the SAFC screening theatre. Following is a synopsis of the film:
Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher and widow, is yearning for some adventure, some human connection, and some sex. Good sex.

Whilst her husband Robert provided a home, a family, something resembling a life, good sex was never on offer. But he’s gone now, and Nancy has a plan: she will find adventure with a sex worker named Leo Grande. In an anonymous hotel room Nancy greets Leo. He looks every bit as good as his picture, but what Nancy wasn’t expecting was conversation as well as fornication. Leo has a view on everything, and though he may not always tell the truth, Nancy finds she likes him. And he likes her.
With growing sexual confidence, Nancy starts to relax. Over the course of their rendezvous, the power dynamics shift, and their well-worn masks begin to slip.

So come along to see the film, which launched at Sundance 2022, hear about the making and get a glimpse behind the scenes. It promises to be a most interesting and informative night presented by two of SA's best filmmakers.

Where: SAFC Theatre, enter via rear entrance. Here's a map!
When: Tuesday November 22
Time: 6pm for 6.30 start
Book: by 5pm Sunday 20th November
Cost: Free to SA Guild Members
Booking Link:
Megapixel LF Camera wrap up

Our ACHTEL 9×7 65 megapixel large format camera night at in.Studio + cafe on Pirie St was a fantastic night with 16 very interested members getting to see this amazing bit of technology being showcased by its inventor. The pictures from it were truly awe inspiring.

The colour space of this camera is truly amazing! Pic Mal Ludgate ACS.

This digital Cinema Camera designed specifically for VFX, VR, Giant Screen and IMAX® Cinema productions is not here to replace your Sony, ARRI or RED camera but it is designed to replace an array of ten of them.

The 9×7 has almost twice the number of photo-sites found in 8K cameras, but it is the quality of the photo-sites that results in ultra-high resolution imagery never seen before. At the National ACS Awards held here in April, Pawel won the 2022 Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award for innovative approach to designing and manufacturing the ACHTEL 9x7 camera.

He designed it to deliver unprecedented levels of sharpness, not attainable with traditional digital cinema cameras in a small and manageable package. It features  state-of-the-art Global Shutter, 4:3 aspect ratio, sensor featuring 65 Million photo-sites and delivers uncompressed 16-bit RAW footage up to 11 GB/s – approximately 30 times more than other high-end digital cinema cameras.

Many thanks to Pawel for taking the time out to come to Adelaide specifically for our members and to SA Gold Sponsor Picture Hire with helping us out with lenses and other gear for this event.

if you couldn't get to our event check out the Pawel Achtel website

100th Profile - Daniel Charlton
We've been waiting for this profile from Daniel for quite a while but here it is, our 100th. Hope you enjoy the read.

Daniel, please introduce yourself although many will already know you.

Most people will recognise me from Pro AV Solutions where I oversee the Pro Video Team and have resided for the past 16 years, filling all sorts of clients’ imaging needs. Many wouldn’t know that I have also run a small production company for the past 17 years and have a strong background as a camera operator in stage production, live event and live streaming work. I’ve owned more cameras than I care to think about (or want to know how many dollars I've spent) and love the technical side of filmmaking and production.

How did it come about that you ended up working in this industry?
I got into this industry from a relatively young age of 14, fortunate enough to get a head start by making short films and being given an educational copy of Final Cut Pro 1 as a prize. This then led to my start as an editor and getting some great work experience opportunities in high school on the set of Blue Heelers. Then it flowed from there.

Did someone have an influence on your career?
My father Bryan was a photographer for The Advertiser and The Age for close to 40 years, then a freelance photographer after that, so I’d been exposed to imaging my whole life, with a darkroom at home and learning how to use Photoshop on a black and white Mac. Having cameras around and film in the fridge definitely sent me on the way to working within the industry. The pic is of me being insufferably cute whilst my dad Bryan was being totally professional. 

When did you first become attracted to working in our profession and what was your first job?
One of my first real gigs was as an editor for a music video for local band “The Hiptones”, shot by Ernie Clark ACS. From this I got the opportunity to sit with Ernie & the director for a few review sessions of the clip, as well as watch it being created on set. 

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Just Say Yes. Then work it out how to do it later.

Who do you look up to in the industry, did you have any mentors?
I was heavily influenced by Kym Rogers (pictured with me at an ACS awards), who was a big part of me becoming the Daniel you’d know through Pro AV. He taught me all the base knowledge I know today about gear, but most importantly about client relationships and making sure you’re always there to support the industry, and how to have fun along the way doing it.

Have you won any awards along the way?
A couple of film festival awards in various supporting roles. Although not an award, at one point I was the youngest certified Apple trainer in the world for Final Cut Pro.

How do you approach shooting or creating a new project?
I ask lots of questions so I understand the requirements, then see what I can do to improve what they want. The pic is of our son Angus getting an early lesson on camera operating.

What keeps you motivated to do this?
If it doesn’t feel like work... then it’s not really work, it’s just turning up to something you love doing every day. When that feeling goes away, I’ll stop turning up and find something else. I love being given tricky tasks for live streaming, saying yes, then working out how to make it happen seamlessly.

What specific skills do you need to do your job?
A detailed understanding across all aspects of a production so you can jump on any piece of kit during a show and make it work. Especially relevant for live streaming where things don’t always go to plan and you have to think on your feet, fix the problem with seconds to act and make sure the client think it was all part of the plan.

What’s your favourite film or TV show? 
The original Jurassic Park. When I was a child I watched it at the cinema more than five times! The latest animatronics technology at the time coupled with dinosaurs and Steven Spielberg - what more can you ask for? If anyone has a 1994 Ford Explorer hanging around, I’d love to paint it up just like one in the movie.

Favourite TV Show? 

Boardwalk Empire. Amazing period drama with a great story. It was my first introduction to long form TV and one of the best examples I’ve watched to date.

What would you be doing if you weren’t shooting films?
Probably building houses or working as firefighter for the MFS. I’m currently working pretty hands on renovating and extending our house. I’m also in the Burnside CFS as a volunteer firefighter. Both of these things I really enjoy.

What do you do to relax?
If it’s just me, I like to go bouldering. I find it both physically and mentally challenging as you have to adapt your movements to suit the climbing problem.

Do you have any advice for other young people getting started in this job?
The same as the best advice I received... “Just Say Yes! Then work it out how to do it later.”

Here's Angus attending his first ACS Awards at a couple of weeks old with his mum Kirsty and I.

Thanks Daniel, I know a lot of our members rely on your in-depth knowledge and assistance when you're at work at Pro Av Solutions.  The SA committee also appreciates your enthusiasm for our branch and your commitment to it.   

Our 100th profile made me realise we've been putting Profiles in our newsletters for over 9 years since we only put 11 newsletters out a year! Many thanks to all the contributors so far and also thanks to Mal Ludgate ACS who has had the unenviable task of extracting some copy and pics from some reluctant members.             

ACS Facebook Group

All current financial ACS members can 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, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request. Of course, if you're not a member please don't apply as rejection is not really in our DNA.

Upcoming Dates

November 7 Committee Meeting
November 8 Slim. Motion Control Robot Event
November 22 Screening & Q&A of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande @ SAFC theatre
December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks 6pm @ Colonist Hotel Norwood

Here's a few dates to get next year going - more to come!
February 6 - 1st Committee Meeting for 2023
March 6 - Committee Meeting
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window
September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application Window 

October 3 - Committee Meeting
October 28 43rd Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography


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PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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