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ACS South Australian Branch


September 2022

From the Pres incl
Lighting Focussed Event
SA 2022 AGM results
Virtual Production Wrap up
Mercury CX & Cinema EGM

Profile - Dusan Jonic
From the Pres
2022 Awards entry closed
Well the Awards entry window closed on August 21 and now it's up to the judging panel to ascertain what is awarded and what isn't.  If you entered I wish you all the best, don't forget this years Awards are held in Perth and for those who can't make the trip over west we will hold a night at the Rob Roy Hotel with dinner followed by a live stream of the WA Awards presentation so put October 29 in your diaries. I'm heading over mid Sept to WA to be involved with the judging and keep an eye on things for the awards ;-)
2022 Accreditation Submissions
The entry window for ACS Accreditation opened September 1 and closes September 30 so it will be interesting to see who achieves ACS Accreditation this year. The assessments happen mid October.
Lighting Technology & Masterclass
Save the Date: Wednesday 14th September @ 6pm
Lighting Technology & Masterclass @ ACS Gold Sponsor Picture Hire in Norwood
Industry specialists will present the latest in LED Lighting technology from Nanlite followed by the Picture Hire team demonstrating a range of lighting techniques and how to get the most out of difficult lighting situations. They'll also showcase the best Full Frame primes in town. More to come soon!
SA Branch Sponsorship
We are still after more for sponsors for our branch. So if you would be interested, or know of a company that would be good to consider sponsoring us, please forward them our 2022 2023 SA Branch Sponsorship Proposal, there are various packages available to suit varying budgets. If you do please give me the heads up so I can approach them personally.
Please stay well and stay safe!
SA 2022 AGM night

Our SA 2022 Annual General Meeting was held to elect our next committee and office bearers at in.Studio + Cafe on Pirie St, Adelaide in mid August. It was a fun night with good food and drinks with the formal part of the night only taking just over 30 minutes.

Your 22/23 committee consists of: President: Ernie Clark ACS Vice Presidents: Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick & Daniel Charlton Secretary: Richard Back Assistant Secretary: Daniel Charlton Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back Committee Members: Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Mark Evans, Michael Tessari, Miles Rowland, Maxx Corkindale, David Gregan & Claire Bishop

Many thanks to Mark Evans who stepped down as one of our VP's for many years but thankfully he's still on the committee. Also thanks to and Rod Bolton and Johanis Lyons-Reid who retired from the committee after years of great service. Next year I understand there will be a further reduction in #'s due to the requirement of only 10 positions being available on future committees.

In this my final stint as SA ACS President I thank the present and past committee members for their continued support over the many years and I look forward to transitioning to a new prospective President over the following year.

 On the night was we got the first chance to check out SA Gold sponsor Picture Hires new 
Cooke Panchro/i Classic Full Frame lenses which can be used with a range of Full Frame cinema cameras. Focal length range is 25mm T2.2, 32mm T2.2, 50mm T2.2, 75mm T2.2, 135mm T2.8 with an 18mm T2.2 coming early next year. These lenses are fully colour matched and features i/technology to record lens data, all whilst maintaining the warm Cooke look that is loved by cinematographers the world over. You can check them out via this link.
Virtual Production event Wrap Up
 Our Virtual Production event at Light Adelaide on Light Square was a great night with 39 interested peeps attending. Many thanks to Nick Dunstone and the team for hosting this event at their facility.

Director/Cinematographer Richie Coburn was our main presenter and he graciously explained the many lessons he has learnt shooting with this gear. If you want to talk about VP with Richie try his email or his instagram @richiecoburn

Shane Aherne from Model Farm spoke about the possibilities of making the best use of the LED Wall and the assets they can provide. If you want more info from Model Farm please email Shane Aherne directly at

Nick Dunstone from Light Adelaide offered up this invite:  
“Thanks for coming to the VP night at Light – if you are interested in using our VP facilities then please reach out to Nick at . For those interested in understanding more about the overall Light project, and the different uses for the LED immersive assets, then please check out:

After  a break for a drink and some pizza we were entertained and informed by Quentin Peel representing Blonde Robot who are the  Australian Distributor for RED Digital Cinema as he showcased RED’s multi-format V RAPTOR.

This was followed by David Gregan from Picture Hire showing off some of their latest and greatest lights as their FF lenses had not landed by the night.

I received multiple comments about what a great, informative night it was! Thanks to all the presenters and to those who attended.
Mercury CX & Cinema
Extraordinary General Meeting

Mercury CX will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting at Mercury Cinema, Tuesday 13 September at 6PM.

The Mercury CX board have issued a request for all members, patrons, stakeholders and the wider industry to attend this pivotal meeting, where they will be outlining the outcome of their discussions with the Government and the subsequent future of this beloved cultural institution.

The board strongly urge everyone with an interest in supporting the continuation of Mercury CX and Mercury Cinema to attend this meeting. You do not need to be a current member to attend.

WHEN: Tuesday 13 September 2022 at 6PM
WHERE: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide

Places are limited, so please RSVP.

Profile Dusan Jonic
Hi Dusan, please tell us when your interest in photography began.
As a kid my first experience was using a Kodak Instamatic stills camera, closely followed by filming with a Super 8 home movie camera. At high school I joined the photographic club where we learned about photography and cameras and we did black & white processing.

Did anyone have an early influence on?
Yes, I met Arthur Howe, the owner of Film Processors, one of Adelaide’s professional film labs where I took my 8mm film projects from school. Arthur took me under his wing and guided me through the early part of my career.
How did you get your start?
I got a lucky break when I scored a job with the ABC in late 1973, starting as a film camera assistant. This was followed by a job working as a film editing assistant for a while before going back to the camera department where I stayed for most of my career.
What equipment were you using?
We were always shooting with a variety of film cameras. These varied from handheld, windup 16mm Bell & Howell, Arriflex ST’s and of course our flagship camera at the time, the Arri 16BL which was rigged up to record sound. Later on we upgraded to light weight American CP-16 cameras and also used French Eclair 16mm cameras. Pic is of Dusan shooting on Arri BL in a shopping trolley used as a makeshift dolly.
What did your job entail as a film camera assistant?
As an assistant I was responsible for carrying a box of lights, stands, spare film magazines, etc. as well as operating a sound mixer which was plugged into the film camera. Many times when we ran out of film I had to use a black changing bag in the back seat of a car as a portable darkroom to reload the film magazines. I loved it as it was all good fun at the time. Eventually I became a fulltime camera operator.
Over time, what changes did you see at the ABC?
We went from using black & white film until the industry changed and we started shooting and transmitting colour TV. I distinctly remember one parliamentary press conference where we were still shooting film and in comes Channel 10 with a brand new Sony camera and portable Bosch 1inch tape recorder. Some week’s, later Channel 9 arrives with a RCA camera and 1inch Ampex machine and 7 started using Ikegami gear. We felt like dinosaurs, but eventually the ABC moved over to using some of the first Sony portable video ENG cameras with BVU U-matic recorders. They were really power hungry so we all carried extra-large separate batteries, one for the camera and one for the recorder. A few years later the first camcorder units (Betacam’ s) were in use. During that time we changed from 4:3 black & white to 16:9 colour, from standard def to HD and now to digital, streaming and social media platforms.
What programmes were you involved in filming?
In those day’s news mostly revolved around press conferences, parliamentary question time, courts, sports and footy training, etc. Apart from News I also filmed on all the current affairs programmes and shot inserts for many shows such as: This Day Tonight, Countrywide, Nationwide, Today and One State.
What about memorable highlights during your career?
Yes many, one of the more exciting news jobs I did was filming ABBA arriving at Adelaide airport. I was also involved in filming both Ash Wednesday bushfires and on both occasions wondering if I was going to survive. On another assignment I found myself standing next to Don Dunstan on a hotel balcony in Glenelg, apparently to hold back the expected tidal wave that was going to engulf all of Adelaide!
Do you have any favourite TV shows?
Growing up I was a couch potato, I watched just about everything but my favourites were mainly variety shows such as: Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, Laugh In, Eurovision and so on. I also loved the local shows, Graham Kennedy’s IMT, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, The Don Lane show, Countdown, Adelaide Tonight with Ernie Sigley and I’ve got a secret with Bob Frances and Ros wood. These days they are all still available to watch on YouTube.
When did you first join the ACS?
Back in the mid 80’s. In those days most of the news cameramen from all the local TV stations were members of ACS so they could further their careers and enter the Awards. I was invited to join and since then I’ve never looked back. I collected a number of awards over the years for stories like the 1982 Adelaide Festival and the Roxby Protests in 84. Now I wish I had entered a lot more. I must say I’m always learning something at our ACS events.
I hear you have helped on many fundraisers?

I regularly volunteered with all 3 commercial TV stations, on 9’s Telethon, 7’s Easter Appeals and 10’s Christmas Appeals, usually working as studio floor crew and/or manning a phone. In those days the charity telephones would be live-to-air, running for 24 hours nonstop. It was tremendous fun to be involved in. The pic is of me operating a studio camera on a pedestal for the Easter Appeal.
Tell us something about you that not many people may know.                                                                     
Hmm… well I play the Piano accordion, but very badly as sadly I’m out of practice these days.
Ok, to finish up  tell us about what are you currently up to?
These days, I’m more or less retired but on occasion I do a shift with the horse racing at Morphettville. My main focus is collecting and preserving analogue broadcast equipment ranging from 2” video tape recorders, studio cameras, Betacam, U-matic etc. I often get asked to transfer old video tapes for people which is fun as I get a lot of enjoyment going down memory lane watching them. I also hire out my old broadcast gear for feature film sets.

 Dusan with his 2" Ampex VTR

Thanks Dusan, it’s certainly been quite a journey.                                                  


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Upcoming Dates


September 1 - 30 Accreditation Application Window 
September 5 Committee Meeting

September 9 Sponsors Awards Assets deadline
September 14 Lighting Technology & MasterClass @ SA Gold Sponsor Picture Hire

October 3 Committee Meeting
October 14, 15 & 16 Accreditation Assessments in Sydney

October 29 42nd WA & SA Awards for Cinematography @ Frazer's Kings Park, Perth
and Dinner & Live Stream event at Rob Roy Hotel Halifax St Adelaide
November 1 Committee Meeting
December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks 6pm @ Colonist Hotel Norwood


Here's a few dates to get next year going - more to come!
February 6 - 1st Committee Meeting for 2023
March 6 - Committee Meeting
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window
August 14 - SA AGM - time to vote in the new SA President!
September 1 to 30 - Accreditation Application Window 

October 3 - Committee Meeting


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