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ACS South Australian Branch


Mid April 2023

From the Pres
National Awards Satellite Bookings Open
Meet a Cinematographer Night
Watandar Screening & Q&A
ShotClass Steadicam Workshop
SA ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award
From the Pres
We just received confirmation of the Satellite events and booking links around the National ACS Awards being held in Sydney.

Also we received notification re a ShotClass Steadicam workshop being held by Louis Pulli over in Melbourne, check out below more info. Our friends in Melbourne running SotClass also have a Wheels course (both manual and remote head) coming up led by Warwick field ACS,
check out about Wheels ShotClass here.

The Meet a Cinematographer night bookings are filling fast so if you wish to attend it would be good to do so soon.
Upcoming Set Visit

Your committee is working on a visit to the set of the 2nd season of Beep & Mort at the SAFC with cinematographer Aaron Gully ACS and some of his crew. Beep & Mort is an unusual ‘hybrid' production so come along and hear about camera/lens choices, lighting, gripping and monitoring this production. It promises to be a  very interesting and informative evening. Looks like it will be in the fourth week of May - more deets in the upcoming May newsletter.
53rd National Awards for Cinematography in Sydney
Bookings are open for the 53rd National ACS Awards for Cinematography proudly sponsored by the National Platinum sponsor FUJINON FUJIFILM and to be MC'd by Ray Martin AM at the spectacular Crystal Ballroom at Luna Park on Milsons Point on Saturday May 6, 6pm through to midnight. Come and celebrate the best of the best cinematography from across Australia and mix with some of the best cinematographers from each State & Territory! There are a bunch of satellite events too. Links for bookings below.

Level 2, 26 Ridge St, North Sydney
Whilst you are in Sydney ACS members and guests are invited to come  have a drink and check out the ACS HQ. Located within walking distance to the  Quest Apartments in North Sydney, where many guests will be staying.
THE GRAY MAN SCREENING plus Q&A with Stephen F. Windon ACS ASC
presented by Panavision at AFTRS theatre.
We are delighted to have Steve in the country who will be taking us behind the scenes of this action packed thriller.
followed immediately by
Rosco /Leitz Drinks and Food After Party at Urban Winery next door to AFTRS.
SATURDAY MAY 6TH 10am -1245pm
MEET THE NOMINEES presented by ARRI Australia
followed by ROSCO RDX LAB Presentation.
AFTRS theatre.
Join us for a panel of National Award Nominees as Kim Batterham ACS talks to them about their artistic and technical insights in creating their work.
SATURDAY MAY 6th 6pm -12pm
Crystal Ballroom, Luna Park, Milsons Point
The ACS "Night of Nights" celebrating the best cinematography work from across the country.
Book your tickets;
Official Accommodation;
Quest Apartments in North Sydney is our official accommodation for the National Awards.
For accomodation close by the ACS has a special rate at Quest Apartments in North Sydney. Contact: Joshua Harkness, Business Development Manager, Quest Apartments, 223 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060  M: 0405 981 604  E:  W:
Meet a Cinematographer Bookings Filling Fast

Our free "Meet a Cinematographer" night is booking out quickly so if you are a Student, Active or CineKid member get in quick to have discussions one-on-one about the careers of numerous SA cinematographers. A bit like speed dating without any of the complications!

We ask participants to come with at least 5 questions prepared as we'll have a bunch of cinematographers from across various genres that students can have personal discussions with on topics such as but certainly not limited to:
- how did they get started in the industry
- were they an AC before they began shooting
- did they head straight to a certain genre
- have you always worked in the same genre 
- what it's like to be a cinematographer, are you constantly working
- etc, etc.

It's on Friday April 28, starting at 1830 @ In.Studio + Café 268 Pirie St Adelaide. Drinks & some finger food provided. All attendees need to book by CoB 21/4/23 via this link.
Watandar -  My Countryman Screening & Q&A

Come and hear from cinematographer Katrina Penning about shooting this, her first feature documentar. It's also a good chance to catch up with your ACS collegues.

Synopsis: When former Afghan Refugee and photographer, Muzafar Ali, discovers that Afghans have been an integral part of Australia for over 160 years, he begins to photograph their descendants in a search to define his own new Afghan-Australian identity. Then the Taliban take over Afghanistan and his old country comes calling.

Adelaide Film Festival World Premiere Reactions
“I loved it! I had tears in my eyes from probably the first 30 seconds. Muzafar is the
most grateful, positive person I’ve ever met.”
Andrea Michaels MP, Arts Minister of South Australia

“A wonderful piece of cinema and documentary magic. Undeniably, it touches the soul.
David Minear, Former Chair South Australian Film Corporation & Adelaide Fringe Festival

“A journey through sadness, hope and sparkling laughter. What a beautiful film!”
Becc Bates, Director Creative Industries, Dept Industry, Innovation & Science - South Australia

“A new view of Australia’s multicultural society, its rich history and a genuine
perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and its humanitarian catastrophe.”
HE Wahidullah Waissi - Australian Ambassador of Afghanistan

It's on Sunday night April 230 5:30pm for 6pm start at Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide. Drinks available at the bar. All attendees book your free ticket via this link.
Bookings close midday Thursday April 27.
ShotClass Steadicam Course

A/B Camera operator, Steadicam owner operator & International Steadicam Instructor, Louis Pulli SOC, is running another 5 day Steadicam Workshop from the 15th of May through to the 19th. This workshop is the ONLY one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. It's held at fantastic location “The Abbotsford Convent” in Melbourne which is now an outstanding Arts precinct.

The 5 day course will cover everything from building and balancing to operating in different modes, configurations and scenarios. Supported by a camera and gripping crew and utilising various types of camera supports and vehicles, we will recreate a very realistic set-like environment. We will provide meals and drinks each day – and you’ll even get a complimentary T-Shirt on completion.

Applications are not required for this masterclass. Places are limited to 12 and it is first come, first served, so don’t delay. BOOK NOW!  

Your lead instructor is Louis Puli SOC and he will be supported by 2 -3 other professional Steadicam operators to teach you all the tricks. Class size is small and there is plenty of gear and rigs so you will be kept busy every minute: learning, experimenting, practising and finessing.

I have used Louis as a Steadicam Op on many shoots over the years and I can tell you he really knows his stuff!

More re SA Emerging Cinematographer Award

The SA Emerging Cinematographer Award aims to recognise and support an emerging SA ACS member so they can pursue creative ideas and enhance their career in cinematography. Applications open on July 1.

The award is supported with a cash grant from the SA branch of $1,000 and sponsored by SA ACS Gold Sponsor Picture Hire with a generous camera package for up to three consecutive days to the value of $5,000  (T&C's apply). We anticipate this Award will give the recipient access to a better camera and lens package than they normally could afford.

The cash grant could be used to hire extra gear for the shoot, used to complete a course to further their education, or on something else to advance their career. Only financial SA ACS Active members of one year or more may apply. Submissions from applicants for this award will only be accepted from July 1 to July 14.

Some of the criteria we are looking for in your submissions include:
- a bio of their career including what education or training you may have had
- any mentors you may have had, or those who have been influential in your career
- how has your cinematography improved and why
- what awards, if any, have you won
- provide files or links to some of your best cinematography
- if known, what would you use the Camera package prize and the cash prize for?

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


April 28 - Meet a Cinematographer night @ in.Studio + Cafe
April 30 - Watandar Screening & Q&A @ Mercury CX
May 1 - Committee Meeting 
May 5 - Screening and Q&A  of the Gray Man with Stephen F Windon ACS ASC in Sydney
May 6 - National ACS Awards in Sydney plus satellite events
May 7 - National Executive meeting @ ACS HQ Sydney
May ?? - Beep and Mort Set Visit with DoP Aaron Gully ACS & crew
June 5 - Committee Meeting
June 30 - Membership fees due date
July 1 to 14 - SA Emerging Cinematographer Submissions window
July 3 - Committee Meeting
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window
August 7 - Committee Meeting
September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application window 
September 1 to 3 - 43rd SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography Judging
September 4 - Committee Meeting
October 3 - Committee Meeting
October 13, 14 & 15 - Accreditation Assessments @ ACS HQ,
October 28 - 43rd Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
November 6 - SA AGM
November 26 - National AGM via Zoom
December 4 - Committee Meeting
December 11 - Annual SA ACS Christmas Get Together
December 12 - SA Branch goes into hibernation.


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South Australia Silver Sponsors
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South Australia Bronze Sponsor
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National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
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National Gold Sponsors
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National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Bronze Sponsors
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TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
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South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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