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ACS South Australian Branch


September 2020

From the reinstated Pres
Shooting film at Flinders

Profile Ella Kroning
From the Pres

We held the 2020 SA AGM at CitiZen Chinese restaurant in the city on Wednesday August 12 and I'm pleased to say we have a great committee for 20/21. Your committee includes: Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Mark Evans Secretary: 
David Woolford
 Assistant Secretary: Richard Back Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back
 Committee Members: Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Maxx Corkindale, Rod Bolton, David Tang, David Gregan, Miles Rowland, Daniel Charlton, Claire Bishop, Michael Tessari & Johanis Lyons-Reid and you'll have to suffer me, Ernie Clark ACS, as your Pres for yet another year.

Finally we had a get together in person with 21 attending the AGM and this was followed by a sumptuous Chinese banquet, lots of chat and a wine or two.

Should you have any suggestions re educational nights, screenings with Q&A's, new equipment showcasing, etc., please contact any of the committee with your suggestions. Now that we can get together again your committee will start exploring what next to present to our members.

As I write this newsletter we have our panel of judges going through the large number of entries that we received. In total 161 entries this year, 38 more than last year, with a good number in an almost all the categories. So if you entered may I wish you luck.  The judging process is extremely fair with no discussion between the panel until after their scores have been submitted and I have collated them into the excel spreadsheet to determine who has been awarded what.

Due to COVID-19 this is the first time we've held off site judging using MediaRoom 3 on Silvertrak. It will be most interesting to see what differences, if any, there will be in the judging process.

The entry window for Accreditation submissions opens September 1 and closes September 30 so if you are thinking of applying for Accreditation now's the time to start getting your submission together and to get all the files sorted as you need to put your submission before your local President before submitting.

We plan to hold our lower key Awards on Saturday night November 7 so put the date in your dairy, we'll let you know where and how much it will cost soon but I can let you know it will be cheaper than our usual flash Awards nights.

Don't forget to support our wonderful sponsors whenever you can and please stay well and stay safe. Happy shooting! Cheers, Ernie Clark ACS
Shooting 16mm Films at Flinders

You may not know it but long time ACS member and supporter, Helen Carter from Flinders Uni, has been encouraging their students to shoot short films on 16mm film.

What a great opportunity; but you really have to have your shoot planned out really well and you certainly just can't leave the camera rolling endlessly as some are known to do when shooting digitally. They have made a short film about their program.


Profile Ella Kroning

HI Ella, how did you end up working in this industry?

My passion for film grew from my childhood. Like most kids, I absolutely loved watching movies. What drew me in was the magical and weird visuals paired with the otherworldly stories and characters. I started to create my own videos by taking photos and editing them together on Windows Movie Maker (whilst experimenting with a large variety of effects and wipes) and then screened them to my friends and family. This is a sad but true story. Pic: Ella was 1st AC  on B-CAM with Jack Davis camera operating on a short film.

Did that light a fire in you to study film more?I never thought I would be able to work in the film industry but what led me to believe that this was a possibility was my Media teacher at High School, Mr Modra. I received encouragement to pursue media as a career, as well as having many opportunities to practice shooting. I would film school theatre productions, sports events and corporate workshops and in media class I created school TV News skits. Slowly I started to gain work as a freelance camera operator and editor on weekends. When I finished high school, I began studying Screen Production at University focusing on cinematography and editing. It was invaluable being around like-minded passionate young people and delving into the history of cinema. 

After graduating from Uni what did you do?
I began filming music videos with Repeater Productions and started freelancing at Picture Hire Australia. James Ward-Miller, who was an employee there found a full-time job posting at VA Digital Hire in Sydney and suggested I apply. As luck would have it, I got the job and I found this was an incredible opportunity to familiarise myself with gear. I would recommend this pathway to other young people who are looking to gain experience while working. After an expensive year of rent, I moved back to Adelaide to start working as a 2nd AC on features and my own creative projects. 

Pic: Ella with Movi shooting a music video for Morgan Wright at Repeater Productions.

Did you find it hard getting established in film production?
From my perspective, this is defiantly not an easy industry to enter for anybody starting out. I think it is an industry that is built heavily on community, trust and reputation from the nature of how short term but intense productions are. Productions and individuals prefer rehiring people they have worked with before because they know their work ethic, knowledge, and personality, as well as having previous experience in the role. When starting out, there is a level of risk that people have to take when hiring a newbie.

I’ve had people trust in me and given me opportunities which has allowed me to build a CV to gain more work (shout out to Hugh Freytag, Andrew Horton and again James Ward-Miller). I think Adelaide is one of the best places to start out because of how small the community is, so it allows for young people to step up and fill roles that would otherwise be filled by an excess of experienced crew in other states. At the end of the day, I think things just take time and there are no shortcuts in this industry. Pic: Ella utilising the classic tracking tool, a wheelchair, on a promotional video.

Who do you look up to in the industry, did you have any mentors?
I love working in the film industry because of how common it is to meet driven, unique and talented people who are open to sharing their knowledge and experiences. Every shoot I am taught something useful from other crew members regardless of what department they are in. At the end of last year I finished working on Mortal Kombat MU as the Camera Truck Loader.  This was an amazing opportunity for me, as I was able to work on a larger scale production and learn under some of the top crew in Australia. On this production, I treated 2nd AC Jeremy Wheatley as a mentor because of his experience in this role and the level of excellence he worked at. I think the best way to explain his way of working is, ‘if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing perfectly, colour coding it and using a label maker.’ I have been able to take what I have learnt from Jeremy and apply these practices to my future work in this role. 

Although you currently work as a 2nd AC, is that where you think your future lies?
Right now, I would like to keep working as a 2nd AC on productions but I am pursuing moving into 1st camera assistant work. Earlier this year I was lucky to work as a 1st AC on two short films before the pandemic had placed restrictions on film shoots. Once the restrictions have been lifted I aim to continue gaining experience focus pulling on other shoots. I am also passionate about continuing to be camera operator on creative projects to develop my cinematography skills. Pic: 2nd AC Ella Kroning on A Second Chance Rivals posing with Warren Luxford, Josh Koster and Johnathan Baker.

Thanks Ella it's great to hear of your journey so far. I look forward to watching you develop your career to the utmost.

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.

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September 7 Committee Meeting
October 5 Committee Meeting
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November 2 Committee Meeting
November 7 40th Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography 
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December 14 Christmas Drinks - Venue TBC

May 7 National AGM in ACT
May 8 The prestigious 50th National ACS Awards for Cinematography in ACT plus Meet the Nominees on Saturday morning.

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