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ACS South Australian Branch


December 2022 Issue


Book Now ACS SA Christmas Drinks
Hola from Nick Remy Matthews ACS
Slim - Motion Control Event - Wrap up
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande - Wrap up
Intro to Crew HQ

Profile - Isabel Armstrong
From the Pres
SA branch annual Christmas Get Together

Financial ACS members and SA ACS Sponsors are invited to come and join your ACS mates for our annual Christmas get together at The Colonist on the Parade in Norwood. Let's celebrate "being out of COVID-19" and for a good year and hopefully an even better one to come in 2023.

We'd love to see you at our casual social evening, drinks and finger food provided, free and exclusively for ACS members and SA ACS Branch Sponsors only. Bookings are essential.

It's on Monday night December 12 starting at 6pm and going through to around 8:30.

Book now for our Annual Christmas drinks as they are always well attended and space is limited.

I take this opportunity to say to you and your family, partners and friends to have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Thank you to all the members who have attended our events and in turn supported our branch. I also thank my dedicated committee who go the extra mile to make our events and our branch as good as it can be.

Special recognition.

At the SAFC 50th Birthday celebrations on Nov 30 six special, surprise recognition awards went to crew members who worked from early days of the SAFC and who are still working in SA (must mean they're old!). They included three ACS SA branch members including Mal Ludgate ACS, gaffer Graeme Shelton and David Foreman ACS. Also recognised was David's partner in life, Ruth De la Lande for Wardrobe, sadly Ruth and David couldn't be there on the night, James Currie for sound and Beverly Freeman for make up. Congratulations to them all but especially to our SA ACS branch members. They were all presented with beautiful trophy's hand mad at the Jam Factory.
Mal & Graeme proudly show their special recognition awards.

Remember if you have ideas for events or trade nights for next year please let one of your SA ACS committee know. We'll do our best to make them happen.

Also, don't forget if you 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. But don't leave it too long as they can't store them forever!

Winners are grinners!
Hola from Nick Remy Matthews ACS

Hola! Thanks so much for your email Ernie and for the congrats; it's always a big surprise to pick up a Gold gong (still suffering from imposter syndrome!). Great to see all the TV and film Gold coming out of SA DP's…especially lovely, having been away for quite some time, to see the next generation killing it….including the brilliant news that Miles Rowland is now Miles Rowland ACS!

It's been a mad year so far for me, I’ve been shooting all over; most recently I shot a Lionsgate horror in Bulgaria called The Bagman. Hopefully it’ll give everyone nightmares. It was certainly tricky to shoot, lots of complex prosthetics.

After I wrapped in Bulgaria, had one day off, then went up to the very north of Norway and began season 2 of Furia that we shot in both Norway and Poland. Just wrapped on everything and catching my breath in the village in Spain…rumour has it i’m finally headed back to Oz in January for a few months, sadly not SA but QLD. Will keep you posted!

I’ll be dropping into SA a bit so I look forward to a long overdue catch up with everyone. Here's a few photos that might somehow sum up the last, mad 8 months!

All my best, Nick

For those who don't know, back in 2019 SA ACS member Nick won the Milton Ingerson ACS Award for the Best Entry for Hotel Mumbai and in the following year he won a National Gold Tripod and subsequently the Milli Award - Australian Cinematographer of the Year for the same film. Virtually ever since he has been shooting Internationally.
Meeting Slim! Cinebot wrap up.

Adam demonstrates how easy and quick it is to program Slim.

25 attended the Meet Slim night at Star Avenue Studios in Dudley Park. Adam from Invisage Studios had set up a bunch of precise, repeatable moves demonstrating some of his cinebot's capabilities and he clearly answered the numerous questions from the obviously interested and impressed audience.

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. So if you want precise, repeatable moves give Adam a call so this impressive bit of kit will stay in Adelaide: 
300 184 336 | 0404 287 447 or or check out his website:

BTW you can also hire the studio space, it has easy access and it has a "U" shaped cyc too, email: or 0401 948 854 or check out their website:

Many thanks to Daniel Charlton for suggesting this night and for his excellent catering. If you missed seeing the Glambot footage from our Awards night, check it out here. 

Slim goes through its moves.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande - Wrap Up

On Tuesday night on November 22 we got together with the SA chapters of the ASE and the ADG 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. Thank you SAFC.

48 attended this excellent presentation (25 ACS members!).....many thanks to Sophie and Bryan and our friends at the other guilds. It really was a most interesting and informative night presented by two of SA's finest filmmakers, it's great to see them working internationally again. The filmmakers and cast are already nominated for numerous awards.

Here's a few comments we received:

I just wanted to write and say how terrific last night's session for Leo Grande was! It was fantastic to hear from Bryan and Sophie, and get that behind-the-scenes insight into making the film. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. - 
And they joined the ACS!


Good seeing you last night. Just wanted to say thanks for organising the Leo Grande screening last night. Was super informative and a great film.


Thanks for the screening & Q&A of Leo Grande, we really had a good laugh and enjoyed the wonderful performances from the excellent cast. A really well crafted film all round! The chat afterwards with Sophie and Bryan was and insightful and educational.

Introducing Crew HQ
Local producer, former ACS SA committee member and Cliff Ellis Memorial Award winner, Kirsty Stark, has just launched the website for CrewHQ, a nationwide crewing platform for the film and television industry. As a cinematographer, you'll be able to create a profile that is visible to producers and ad agencies around the country, and share your availability on your personal calendar.
Sign up now as a crew member for pre-launch discounts ahead of the full platform going live in February 2023.
Profile - Isabel Armstrong

Welcome Isabel, please introduce yourself and tell us when your interest in cameras began.

Hi! I'm Isabel Armstrong and currently I am primarily a 2nd Camera Assistant, but I also shoot digital and film pictures and video on the side to express myself creatively. I went to MAPS Film School in 2020 and have since been freelancing in the camera department. I have worked on Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance and Monolith, both as 2nd AC. My goal is to become a DP and shoot primarily on film.

Photography had always interested me, but it wasn't until I started giving it a go when I was 16 that I realised that I couldn't live without a camera. It kind of all came together that this is what I was meant to do. I went to MAPS Film School in 2020 and started getting more confident in video since that was what I found most interesting and have since been AC'ing and learning from many talented DP’s about their perspectives on shooting.
Who do you look up to in the industry, do you have any mentors?

The Adelaide industry is full of so many lovely people and I'm so lucky to have worked with many of them. I really look up to Michael Tessari, who I'm lucky enough to be able to call a mentor. I've worked with him on multiple projects (including Gymnastics Academy and Monolith - some Monolith crew pictured), and he's taken me under his wing and I've learnt a lot from him about the industry and shooting both digital and film. David Gregan has also helped me since I was at MAPS and I've got him to thank for a lot of helpful advice and opportunities!

And how have you been accepted on set as a young female, do you get support from other women in the industry?
Well, my answer for that would be, I've definitely been accepted on set as a young female, but I was nervous going into an industry that was so male dominated. I've had a couple of annoying experiences, but I was able to get support from people I've worked with and there are so many awesome non-males on set that I've been able to learn from. Of course I'd love to see a more even balance, but I know it's getting better and I've mostly had good experiences so far.

What’s your proudest moment so far?

My proudest moment so far would definitely be making it through my first long form jobs, Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance. It was a huge learning curve going from corporates and shorts to 12 weeks of long form with 2 cameras. It was a hugely overwhelming undertaking doing the 2nd AC role for 2 cameras, but it taught me to move on if I made a mistake and to keep persisting and believe in myself that I could get through it. I'm so grateful for all of the things that the camera department taught me on that shoot and for their friendship and banter.

What’s your favourite film or TV show?

Choosing one favourite film is really tough - my top 3 would include Inception, Requiem for a Dream, and Good Time. Requiem for a Dream and Good Time have some of my favourite shooting styles; they're both erratic and fast paced to match the story. But then Inception is more slowly paced in terms of shot style but really plays into the practical effects of the set and how the camerawork moves with the actors. I love these movies for multitudes of reasons but Requiem for a Dream was a "dream" to me stylistically!

Thank you Isabel, good luck with the rest of your career.

May I take this opportunity to remind all of our members that
the ACS cares about its members and therefore follows a Code of Ethics and Professional Practice + Harassment, Discrimination & Bullying Policy. Please familiarise yourself with these documents and speak out if you witness behaviour that is unacceptable.  

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

December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks 6pm @ Colonist Hotel Norwood
December 14 SA Branch goes into hibernation for about 6 weeks!

February 6 -1st Committee Meeting for 2023
Hopefully a Colour Grading night soon.
March 6 - Committee Meeting
April 3 - Committee Meeting
May 1 - Committee Meeting 
May 6 - National ACS Awards in Sydney
May 7 - National Executive meeting @ ACS HQ Sydney
June 1 - Invoice Membership fees
June 5 - Committee Meeting
June 30 - Membership fees due date
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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