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ACS South Australian Branch


July 2021

From the Pres

Profile - Ella Burton
From the Pres

Our Guest of Honour for this year's prestigious 41st SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography is none other than Ron Johanson OAM ACS - yes in the flesh this time and not appearing as a sock puppet. Our MC is the fabulous Jane Doyle and we've booked Samantha Edge for music.

The awards will be held on Saturday November 6 at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Seaton with pre dinner drinks overlooking the magnificent course so please save the date.

This year we are reverting back to the usual structure 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 cam let us know but there will be no refund involved. The Awards entry window opens August 1 and closes CoB August 21 so start collating your best work.

By now you should have received your membership renewal for 21 / 22 so if you haven't paid you should have as fees are due now. 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. Don't forget you must be a financial member to be able to enter our Awards.

Our AGM is coming up soon on August 16 so if you'd like to be President....... or a committee member and influence what our branch does please consider nominating to be on the committee. Nomination and Proxy forms will be available with the July newsletter. Please note
nominations also need to be signed by any 2 Corporate Members i.e. Active (Camera Crew), Full (Cinematographer), Accredited, Retired & Life members - these are also the only membership categories that can vote at the AGM. The venue will also be announced soon as will the booking link, bookings are essential. It will be a fun, free night and numbers are limited so get in early.

Don't forget 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. Don't leave it until the last minute as we also have Awards judging happening in September. 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.
Profile Ella Burton

 How did you come into our industry? 
Throughout my childhood I have always had a keen interest in photography and visual arts. I vividly remember Dads’ new compact Sony in 2004 coming out of its box. We stood in the kitchen as he told me to put the wrist strap on, seconds later I walked out the back door and accidently dropped it onto concrete tiles. No wrist strap on, my 4-year-old self completely oblivious to the fact I’d destroyed it, and the start of my love for cameras – I’m better now I promise!
In my very simple year 12 mind I saw it as Photography + Visual Arts = Filmmaker. The best of both worlds. 
Where do you think your future lies?
Definitely within the camera department. At the moment camera assisting, I still have a long way to go but each day brings something new on set. Whether it’s carrying 15 C-stands up Mount Osmond or shooting 16mm in pouring rain, I always come home happy, exhausted and with something new up my sleeve.
Who have been your biggest influences?
I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by a small team of amazing lecturers at university. These people have seen it all! They’ve witnessed my perseverance and creativity at its best but also seen many difficulties and ways that we’ve problem solved to get around it.

 A huge thank you to Helen Carter and Tom Young throughout these years and Cole Larsen for our brief but always entertaining classes. Cinematographer wise, I always come back to the movie Breath (2018) with cinematographers Marden Dean ACS and Rick Rifici. I remember sitting in the cinema by myself just in awe. It’s constantly pushed me to look into underwater filming as well as experimenting with older lenses. The picture is of DoP Helen Carter and I 1st AC'ing.
What keeps you motivated?
The people you meet, the creativity, and always managing to find the craziest ways to make something happen when all seems pear-shaped.
What’s your proudest moment so far?
I always stood my ground as a camerawoman throughout my time at university. It can be easy to be overshadowed but I never backed down in times where I felt less confident to do something or that somebody else may be able to do it better, it just came as a learning opportunity and I am where I am now because of that. By the end it was just common knowledge that I would be the one with the camera in my hands.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Label. Your. Tape.
What did you do when you decided to further your career?
Currently, it is applying for grants, work experience and finding short courses that will educate me even further in specific areas. It is also saying yes to opportunities to meet new people and work on something different or out of my comfort zone.
What piece of equipment or thing could you not do without on-set?
A wooden wedge in the AC kit. As much as you don’t think you’ll need one, you will.
If you could change anything in this industry, what would it be?
I often don’t get to work with female DOP’s or other female camera assistants. It’s always wonderful seeing female crew, especially within the camera department. We don’t bite!
What do you want to try next within film?
My super 8mm cameras have been staring at me from their dusty shelf for a while. I have plenty of half ideas floating around that need to be processed into realistic ideas and budgets.  I have also had my eye on learning how to dive and being able to film underwater as another approach to film. I love the idea of being able to try new things and learn a whole other technique but still be related to camerawork.

Ella framing a shot on a beautiful, old school 16mm Aaton.

When you're not on set, where are you?
When I’m not on set I spend time shooting all sorts of things with 35mm cameras. I find all kinds of expired cheap film in second-hand stores and often try to develop it myself in the bathroom – with some success. I also used to camp and hike a fair bit and love finding places to explore as well as chatting to the locals in the small towns, they always have interesting stories.

Thanks Ella, I wish you all the best with your career in the Camera Department. I can vouch that females in the Camera Dept don't bite,  I had a female Clapper Loader back in the 80's, she was great and on my last 2nd unit gig my 1st & 2nd AC's were both females who I could not fault!

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


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 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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