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ACS South Australian Branch


Post Awards November 2021

From the Pres incl Xmas Drinks
And the Winners are.....
Our Chat with Andrew Commis ACS

Profile - Matt Caporaso
MAPS Update
Bus Stop Fiilms 2022

From the Pres incl Xmas Drinks

86 ACS members, friends, supporters and sponsors attended our 2021 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography which were held at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club on Saturday November 6 with pre dinner drinks, canapes and a wonderful meal. Our Guest of Honour was our long serving, and often amusing National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS who gave an impassioned speech, Jane Doyle was our wonderful MC and great live music was from Samantha Edge. Find out who won what from the seperate story below.

As Iv'e mentioned before, we've also been working on the National ACS Awards for Cinematography to be held here and we've settled on the Hotel Hilton Adelaide as our venue to be held on Saturday night April 30, 2022. Crikey, that's only 6 months away! Lots still to do, so don't forget to put the date in your diaries now as this is your chance to attend our prestigious 52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography and mix with the elite of Australia's cinematographers without having to go interstate, remember we only get to host the Nats around every four years or so. Also all Gold State winners are automatically entered into the Nationals.

December is not far away and we have our annual Christmas drinks event at the Colonist Hotel on The Parade in Norwood once again. This to be held on Monday night Dec 13 starting from 6pm and is for financial ACS members only. There'll be some finger food and a few great door prizes except for the perennial winner Leona Cichon!

This is a really casual get together so BOOK NOW VIA THIS LINK and if you do book and find you can't make it PLEASE cancel your booking or send me an email and I'll do it for you!

Sadly, I'm sure you all will have heard of the terrible tragedy that occurred on a production recently in New Mexico with the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins, a highly qualified cinematographer, wife and mother. This should never happen! But it did and IMAGO has put out an Urgent Call so please download the pdf and have a read.  
SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography....and the winners are....

Want to know who won what at our 41st Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography proudly presented by Fujinon Fujifim then click on this link. 44 awards and 2 special prizes were presented to SA members so well done.

We didn't livestream our Awards presentation this year but we did record it and upload it to the National ACS Vimeo account so if you'd like to see what happened on the night
click here. Many thanks to Daniel Charlton and Gold sponsor Pro AV Solutions for making this possible.

Congratulations to all the winners and if you missed out this year keep working at improving your craft as 2022 may be your year.

There were also some amazing door prizes including from our wonderful National Sponsors:
Fujinon Techno-Stabi 12 x 28 Binoculars RRP $799
Moza Air 2 Gimbal for mirrorless cameras RRP $1,101
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Canon IXUS285 HS Compact Camera
Kayell Aputure Accent B7C RGBWW E26/27 LED Bulb
ARRI Australia Kit Bag
Creamsource Jacket
Rosco DMG Dash LED Fixture Case
And from the SA ACS branch:
1 x $75 Holey Moley Golf gift voucher
2 x Prizes of a bottle of SA's own Heaps Good Gin each with a Caddyshack & Happy Gilmore DVD

And a $300 Dinner special thank you prize went to Marty & Elene Pepper for all the work in producing the ACS compile.
Our chat with Andrew Commis ACS

Twenty five attended our chat with the very talented, Adelaide born and raised cinematographer Andrew Commis ACS held recently at the Marion Hotel.

This was quite an informal presentation as Andrew discussed some of the amazing projects he's been involved in, the trajectory of his career and some insightful thoughts about the role of the cinematographer.

There were plenty of good questions and answers, a few drinks and a break for some food and we wrapped up about 10pm. It was a good night!

May I take this opportunity to reiterate that if you book and you can't make it please cancel your tickets. We had a few late requests and I couldn't offer them a place as 6 people did not cancel!  Sadly we only received 2 cancelations from 8 non attending members.

A few of our members expressed that the'd love to have a screening & Q&A on Babyteeth and Andrew has graciously agreed to do this whilst he's still back in Adelaide. So stay tuned as we try to organise a date and a venue.
Profile Mat Caporaso

Mat, why did you decided to work in the film industry?
I first started to think of cinematography as a craft in high school where I started to ask myself, 'why does that look good, how did they do it and how can I do it?' It's like a never ending can of worms that the deeper you get into, the more worms you find and the more questions you have. Also, the fact that you can constantly learn and develop your craft are the some of the things that makes this industry so appealing to me.

What has been your most interesting or challenging project so far?
I had been editing some clips for someone when one day they emailed me asking, what were the chances I could be in Canada within 4 days to film a web series called Snow Chef where they travel to different mountain towns and check out the F&B scene for two weeks in the middle of winter. With no time to ask too many questions about how, I managed to gather what I thought would be the bare minimum kit and got on the plane. I had never filmed anything like this before so every day was a constant challenge and I learnt plenty along the way. I’m booked to do the same in NZ this year and excited to go again with everything I learnt on my last trip under my belt. The picture is of me being a pack mule during the Snow Chef shoot in Canada. I had to snowboard down to the shooting location.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
It takes 20% effort to get 80% done but 80% effort to finish that last 20%. I find myself always asking what I can do to finish that last 20%.
What keeps you motivated to do jobs like this?
The fact that every project can be different and if it isn’t, then there’s always a new way you can approach it. Collaborating with others and working as a team to achieve a vision is something truly unique to this industry.
What’s your next filming assignment?
I recently finished a fun music video for a band called Lickity Split that went really well. We're currently planning out the next one and hope to be filming it within the next few weeks.

Getting a high angle BTS pic from music video featuring Watch The World.

Thanks Mat, short but sweet, good luck on your next project.

The Future of MAPS = AIE

Many of our members have been through the MAPS course over the years and now things are changing.

AIE stands for Academy of Interactive Entertainment who are a not for profit and they have campuses around Australia and Internationally.

Ann-Maree Davies who is the Head of School in Adelaide told me that AIE acquired MAPS just a few months ago and they are looking forward to working with Sandra, Ash and others from the team. AIE intend to take the best of the MAPS course and integrating Virtual Production components to it to be delivered from 2022 in all their Oz Campuses (US to come later).

AIE are currently gearing up to set up a LED Volume stage on Level 1 which starts construction in the next few weeks and they will send out an invite early next year as they will be looking at a public launch of the space. 
The MAPS team are currently designing a course that will keep what is good about MAPS (hands on/ practical) and include elements of VP. The course will be rolled out in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Unfortunately MAPS was going to be shut down, so it's either end altogether or change form and these changes should see it survive and result in more opportunities for future students.

Au revoir MAPS, welcome AIE

Anyone that would like to find out more about AIE and MAPS Film course that will be running in 2022 should come along to AIE's Open Day on Saturday 20 November. 

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 1: 27th November 2021 9.30am – 11.30am
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

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.

Upcoming Dates

December 6  Committee Meeting
December 7 hopefully Babyteeth Screening & Q&A with Andrew Commis ACS
December 13 Christmas Drinks @ Colonist Hotel

February 7 Committee Meeting
March 7 Committee Meeting
April 4 Committee Meeting
April 30 52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography Hilton Hotel in Adelaide
May 2 Committee Meeting
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 TBC

December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks

South Australia Gold Sponsors
AADC logo        AMPCO Studios logo        Kojo logo        Picture Hire Australia logo        Pro AV Solutions logo

South Australia Silver Sponsors
Anifex logo        Best FX logo        Digital Pigeon logo        Mercury CX logo

South Australia Bronze Sponsor
Sponsor ACS SA logo

National Major Sponsor
Fujifilm Australia logo

National Diamond Sponsor
Creamsource logo

National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo
Lemac logo        Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Mark Robinson Motion Control logo        RED logo        Rotor Head logo
Sura logo        TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo

South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
C/- PO Box 278, NORMANVILLE, SA 5204

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