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ACS South Australian Branch


May 2021

From the Pres
National ACS Awards for Cinematography Winners
National ACS AGM
Profile - Emily Eilers
From the Pres

The wonderful 2021 National Awards for Cinematography were held in Canberra on May 1 at the National Gallery, MC'd by Ray Martin with Guest of Honour Ivan Sen. It was a great night of good food, wine, plenty of Awards and lots of catch ups with other cinematographers, their wives, friends and ACS sponsors from all over Australia.

Not only that but SA had two winners, they were first time National Award of Distinction winner Kane Chenoweth for Downunder in the Documentary Category and in the Serial TV & Comedy Series Category Judd Overton also won an Award of Distinction for No Activity - Ep308 Oops Sorry. Congratulations to you both, let me tell you winning a National Award certainly ain't easy!

The prestigious Milli Award for the Australian Cinematographer of the Year was won by WA member Denson Baker ACS NZCS  for his work on The Luminaries Ep2 The Place You Return for which he  was also awarded a Gold Tripod.

On the night, Mylene and I were thanked warmly by National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS for our many years of service, Mylene as National Treasurer for 12 years and I as a National Vice President for 13.

I have been told that the various satellite events were very well attended including the Meet the Nominees screening and Q&A moderated by Kim Batterham ACS where Kane Chenoweth was on the panel for the first time. ARRI Australia also organised an Awards afterparty where I'm sure a few sore heads were created!

PANAVISION presented a Q&A Screening of "High Ground" with Director Stephen Johnson and Cinematographer Andrew Commis ACS also moderated by Kim Batterham ACS and this was followed by a free Rosco / Leitz Pub Night @ Speakeasy Bar. Again both were very well attended.

I would like to thank my mate Jonathan Pagano for the program book design, Zoe White ACS for the cover pic and JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick for the layout.

Congratulations go to our own Geoffrey Hall ACS who was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame. He and his wife Monica were chuffed to be able to attend together and I know he's extremely proud to be honoured in this way.

In the end I didn't get to the awards as there were numerous stuff ups with flights / planes and in the end we would have arrived too late so we drove back home from the airport after 3.5 hours, hung up our formal wear and watched them on livestream at home.

ACS National AGM
On the Sunday morning following the awards the National AGM was attended by your two SA representatives, Mylene Ludgate in person and I via Zoom. It was an eventful AGM with a vote for the National President role as there were two nominees.

The National Office Bearer Positions for the coming year are: 

National President
Ron Johanson ACS OAM - Qld
Vice Presidents
Caroline Constantine ACS - NSW
Erika Addis - NSW
National Secretary
Ben Allan ACS CSI - NSW
Assistant Secretary
Velinda Wardell ACS - NSW
National Treasurer
Erika Addis
Assistant Treasurer
If you'd like to nominate for National Assistant Secretary please let me know.

Mylene Ludgate and I continue as your SA representatives on the National Executive.

SA Screen Industry Technical Careers Day
Thanks go to SA branch Committee member, Michael Tessari, who presented to potential cinematographers at the SAFC’s SA Screen Industry Technical Careers Day.
Michael said there were around 30-40 per session attending and there were a lot of questions and interest, especially one on one after the formal Q&A's.

Also thanks go to another SA member, Graeme Shelton, who presented to potential Gaffers.

Profile Emily Eilers

Why did you decided to work in our industry?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the Arts. After looking at various other avenues I ended up choosing filmmaking for three reasons. I believe that film is the most effective art form that can tell a story, as it is a combination of other art forms (Photography, theatre, writing, etc), and because I wanted to work with lots of people. Above all I chose filmmaking because I enjoy it.

I grew up in a hippie-like community where film was viewed as a taboo subject, therefore I was quite isolated from other filmmakers until I entered university. Since then I have met some amazing people in film, they have helped me grow as a filmmaker and further enhanced my decision in pursing a career in this industry. This year I was able to do some voluntary work with channel 44. I am now completing my honours degree in Screen at Flinders University and work as a freelancer.

Why did you join the ACS?

My lecturer (and cinematographer) Helen Carter advised me to join the ACS for a chance to interact with fellow cinematographers, getting my work out there for other members to see, and to gain more knowledge about the craft. It’s a great chance to find a community and see what’s happening in the local film scene.

Pic: Shooting motion capture with cinematographer / lecturer Helen Carter and AC Ella Burton.

What’s your proudest moment so far?

I don’t know if I could point out a singular moment, as every set and project offers different experiences. Last year I worked on much bigger projects than I ever had before, such as learning how to shoot on 16mm cameras. I think so far the 16mm shoot was the most difficult, yet most rewarding film I have made. I plan to submit this piece into the next ACS awards. Pic: Emily framing on a 16mm Aaton.

What’s the best thing about working in our business?

The best thing about working in film is going to different places and meeting so many interesting people! I get to do something different every time, and each project you learn something new. I’ve filmed interviews of people I’d probably never meet if I worked in a 9-5 office job. I’m constantly learning and improving upon my craft.

What’s your favourite film or TV show?

I love the classics such as Stanley Kubrick and Francis Ford Coppola, but I have to give love to the current Indie filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold, Yorgos Lanthimos, P. T. Anderson and Park Chan-wook to name a few. I love films, documentaries and TV shows that tell unconventional and innovative stories, take risks, tell character driven stories and have a much more personal perspective with their story-telling.   

What’s your next project?

Currently I am working on a larger format documentary about endometriosis through my honours degree. This doco will be about spreading awareness about the condition and will serve as a platform for people who live with endo to tell their stories. I am in the midst of researching more about the condition and conducting test shoots before we begin production. I’m very exited to get started on it! Pic: Emily operating the Aaton.

Thanks Emily, it’s great to have up and comers in our Society, over the years I have been privileged to see many become top professionals. I look forward to seeing your next project on endometriosis, it is much more prevalent than many realise.

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.

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May 10 Committee Meeting
May 30 Membership Invoices
June 1 to 30 Membership fees Due
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 16 SA AGM
September 1 Accreditation Window Opens
September 6 Committee Meeting
September 30 Accreditation Window Closes
October 4 Committee Meeting
November 1 Committee Meeting
November 6 41st SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide venue TBC
December 6  Committee Meeting
December 14 Christmas Drinks

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