ACS South Australian Branch
From the Pres
Profile - Jonathan Baker
Bus Stop Films 2022 Enrolments Open
From the Pres
If you haven't heard already, our National ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS will not be standing for the position again at the AGM on May 1. Therefore one of his last official duties will be at the National Awards here in Adelaide on April 30 at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square. So put the date in your diaries and we'll have a host of other events including the customary Screening/Q&A from PANAVISION on Friday 29 April followed by the ROSCO - LEITZ DRINKS at a hotel or bar quite close by.
On the Saturday morning we'll have the popular MEET THE NOMINEES session sponsored by ARRI Australia. This Awards weekend is a great time to mix with some of the best cinematographers in Australia so I hope to se you there.
On behalf of all SA members, I thank Ron for all he has done for the society and our members. Under his stewardship the Society has grown enormously, we have become a more inclusive group, we have our own HQ in Sydney and we have been recognised as one of the best Craft Guilds in Oz. Well done SirRon may you really enjoy a bit of time off, you certainly have earned it! You will be very missed.
Once again our annual Christmas drinks event will be at the Colonist Hotel on The Parade in Norwood on Monday night Dec 13 starting from 6pm - this is for financial ACS members only. There'll be some finger food and a few great door prizes, except hopefully not for perennial door prize winner Leona Cichon! Bookings are essential by Friday December 10.
This is a really casual get together so BOOK NOW VIA THIS LINK and if you can't make it PLEASE cancel your booking or send me an email and I'll do it for you as #'s are limited!
May I take this opportunity to wish all of our members, sponsors, supporters and their families all the best for the upcoming Christmas and may 2022 bring you all your dreams and aspirations and some great projects to be involved in. Happy shooting.
Your SA branch committee will be having January off so our next meeting is in the first week of Feb.
SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography....and the winners were....
If you haven't already checked out who won what at our 41st Annual Awards for Cinematography proudly presented by Fujinon Fujifim then click on this link.
There was some fantastic work across all categories again this year, the competition was fierce. Congratulations to all the winners and if you missed out this year keep working at improving your craft as 2022 may be your year.
We recorded our Awards presentation this year so if you'd like to see what happened on the night click here. Many thanks again go to Daniel Charlton and Gold sponsor Pro AV Solutions for making this possible.
There were also some amazing door prizes & the winners were:
Fujinon Techno-Stabi 12 x 28 Binoculars RRP $799 - Angela Heesom
Moza Air 2 Gimbal for mirrorless cameras RRP $1,101 - JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Mylene Ludgate
Canon IXUS285 HS Compact Camera - Jordan Agutter
Kayell Aputure Accent B7C RGBWW E26/27 LED Bulb - Alex Kuchel
ARRI Australia Kit Bag - Emerson Hoskin
Creamsource Jacket value US$660 - Emma Chamberlyayne
Rosco DMG Dash LED Fixture Case - Lynne Ireland
Holey Moley Golf gift voucher for $75 - Carol Chataway
Thanks to all the national Sponsors who contributed generously to our door prizes and prizes from your SA ACS Branch are listed below:
A bottle of SA's own Heaps Good Gin plus Caddyshack & Happy Gilmore DVD's - Bec Taylor
Another bottle of SA's own Heaps Good Gin plus Caddyshack & Happy Gilmore DVD's - Taia Doyle
A very special thank you prize for all the work in producing the ACS compile, a $300 Dinner - Marty & Elene Pepper
Profile Jonathan Baker
Welcome Jonathan, how did you land in our industry?
I always enjoyed art and craft growing up and during high school did a small TAFE course in painting and drawing + visual design. I also took my family's mini DV handycam everywhere and filmed all the camps and holidays I went on. Eventually a friend of mine, Clayton told me about this course he was doing called MAPS where he was doing an advanced diploma in screen and media and it sounded really good and I decided that was what I wanted to do and to become a filmmaker. The pic above is of Jonathan and crew shooting the short film A Stones Throw.
So, you went a did film studies?
Yes, I did the advance diploma course at MAPS in Adelaide, then I worked for the next 10 years as a camera assistant doing video split, 2AC and focus pulling work on various movies and TV series as well as many music videos and commercials.
I have always wanted to become a cinematographer and shoot wonderful feature films which has been my dream but I think a bit of fear of stepping out has held me back but I have learnt a lot being a camera assistant.
At the end of 2019 I decided I need to stop camera assisting and commit to growing as a cinematographer and Steadicam operator (I bought an old Steadicam rig a few years back). It has been a challenge with what feels like taking a step back in order to step up but I know it was important to do and I have been enjoying Steadicam operating on a lot of interesting projects and also doing a lot more cinematography work and doing lots more short films again with the hope of landing a feature film down the track. I currently bounce between Adelaide and Sydney for work, covid permitting. The pic is of me operating steadicam on Wyrmwood Apocalypse.
What was your first job?
Once I finished MAPS, thanks to building a connection through doing work experience, I landed a part time job as a studio camera operator at Channel 10 in Adelaide.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
There is heaps, I think the one that I need to remind myself of often is this,
"Don’t compare yourself to other people, as there is always someone more successful than you, and less"
"Don’t live in fear of failure, it will stop you stepping out, trying and taking risks, which you need to do in this industry and you will fail, but that’s ok otherwise you don’t learn and grow" It's toxic mentally to get into this trap of comparing yourselves and valuing yourself to the success or failure of others.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
I think Geoffrey Hall ACS was a big influence in my early years as a camera assistant, working for him on a few TV series and commercials. I really admired the way he made work fun onset and yet also had a great eye for cinematography, also the way he placed a big importance on his family and on away jobs, he would fly home for weekends every second week. I thought that was admirable as this can be an industry that is very hard on families and relationships.
Tell us some of that hardships you faced during your career?
There have definitely been challenges on jobs where you have had horrible bosses and doing long weeks and night shoots with people yelling at you to "harden the F*** up", but probably recently recognising my own struggles with mental health and deciding to take steps to deal with that and seek professional help. That helped me grow and become stronger mentally which has been allowing me to take bigger steps creatively in the direction I want to go with cinematography. I think we all struggle at times with mental health in this industry and it’s important to talk about it and also help each other with it. I have many people in this industry for which I am so thankful for their encouragement and support with this. People are more important than movies :) The pic is of me onset with James Cromwell on Operation Buffalo.
What’s your favourite film or TV show?
I think working on Water Diviner was my first big budget feature film to work on as an assistant, as it was wonderful fun being able to sit down with the late cinematographer Andrew Lensie ACS ASC (RIP) and chat, he was a very kind and generous with his knowledge and he happily answered my questions.
What’s your next project?
Currently working on a few different short films as cinematographer and in a couple of months I might be starting a TV series as camera/Steadicam operator for a few months.
Operating steadicam on Wyrmwood Apocalypse and working on my tan!
What keeps you motivated to do this job as a career?
Having fun on-set with great crews who become your family on long form dramas and making beautiful, interesting cinema. Also, the dream and passion of shooting great feature films that impact people and will have something important to say.
Thanks Jonathan, it's been great to watch your career grow, and thanks for opening up about mental health, it is something we all need to be aware of.
Enrolments for Bus Stop Films 2022
Bus Stop Films is heading to Adelaide to deliver its award-winning Accessible Film Studies Program for people living with disability in partnership with The University of South Australia Samsung Smart School. Maybe you know someone that this course could be perfect for.
The classes teach older teens and adults with an intellectual disability, film studies subjects as well as literacy, social and work ready skills. Mentored by passionate filmmakers and industry professionals, students create amazing films of the highest artistic quality, which have won multiple awards and screened in festivals all over the world.
The program can be funded through your NDIS funding, you will need to ensure funding is available under Capacity Building. Commencing in 2022, the weekly 3-hour classes will run on Sundays for 40 weeks across four terms, February to December.
The two organisations will host a series of free taster workshops to allow potential students to get a feel for the full year program. To get you in the mood the team are hosting Free Taster Workshops at UniSA - Samsung Smart School
FREE Taster workshop 2: Saturday 4th December 2021 9.30am – 11.30am
FREE Taster workshop 3: Saturday 11th December 2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Interested in being a part of a workshop? Then CLICK HERE for more info and to register your commitment to attend.
Check out their new admissions video here https://vimeo.com/641735560
Bus Stop’s expansion is supported by a Screenrights Cultural Grant.
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.
December 6 Committee Meeting
December 13 Christmas Drinks @ Colonist Hotel
February 7 Committee Meeting
March 7 Committee Meeting
April 4 Committee Meeting
April 29 PANAVISION Screening & Q&A and ROSCO LEITZ Drinks
April 30 Saturday morning: Meet the Nominees sponsored by ARRI Australia
52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography Hilton Hotel Victoria Square
May 1 National AGM in Adelaide
May 2 Committee Meeting
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 15 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 TBC
December 5 Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks
South Australia Gold Sponsors
South Australia Silver Sponsors
South Australia Bronze Sponsor
National Major Sponsor
National Diamond Sponsor
National Platinum Sponsors
National Gold Sponsors
National ACS CineKids Sponsor