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ACS South Australian Branch


December 2020

From the Pres
Including Plaques Pick Up
Christmas Drinks
SASA Awards

Profile Cherie Luk
From the Pres
The plaque order has been placed and you can pick them up from Tuesday December 8 (if you won and ordered them that is) from Anfiex during office hours, 65 King William Street, Kent Town.

In the last newsletter I said: "The committee is working on bringing some educational nights to our members now that we can be in the same room." HOLD THAT IDEA!! Due to COVID-19 once again we had to put things on hold. 

COVID-19 willing we're still  holding our Annual Christmas drinks and get together @ 6pm at the Colonist Hotel on Norwood Parade, Norwood on Monday, December 14 @ 6pm.
To satisfy the current COVID restrictions we will have to sit at the outside tables on Norwood Parade. For COVID-19 tracing it will be necessary to book if you wish to attend and as the space is limited and therefore the numbers are limited. Book now via this link.

May I take this opportunity to wish all members, their families, sponsors and our friends all the best for Christmas and the upcoming New Year. Stay safe and stay well.

 Congrats to SA ACS committee member Maxx Corkindale and the rest of the crew for recently winning  the AACTA Award for Short of the Decade Welcome To Iron Knob - a short film Maxx photographed and Co-Produced in 2014. Congratulations to all involved. I hear everyone worked very hard on this BIG short film and hopefully they all enjoy this extra accolade.

Also congrats to all involved with Stateless which won a huge haul of ACCTA's across so many categories. Well done!
2020 SASA Awards
The 2020 SASA Awards are being announced on December 4 and all five nominees in the Best Cinematography craft section sponsored by Pro Av Solutions are members of the SA branch ACS committee. So all the best to: 
David Tang - The Loop 
David Gregan - Aftershock 
Maxx Corkindale - Down to Earth 
Miles Rowland - 25zero East Africa 
Johanis Lyons-Reid - Dusty Feet Mob - This Story’s True 

Shame there can only be one winner! All the winners will be announced in an online ceremony hosted by Mercury CX. To register for the SASA Award ceremony and Virtual Celebration

Profile Cherie Luk

Cherie, how did you end up working in this industry?

I started working in the film industry by accident actually. Shortly after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Commerce, I applied for a marketing campaign job. Our task was to create a one-minute video on the campaign topic in less than 48 hours. So, with the help of a friend, my phone and iMovie, I got to work! This was my first experience with filming and editing, and although I didn’t get the job, I adored the process.

Eager to learn more about filmmaking, I asked around for further info. Ultimately, the company’s head of marketing recommended I look into MAPS as another avenue. So, I took her advice, and a few weeks later, after another interview and semi-crisis, I found myself studying all over again – now at film school. This change was daunting to say the least, but once the year begun, I never looked back. Since then, from student films to large-scale productions, I’ve fallen in love with the industry and couldn’t see myself doing anything else!

What did you do to further your career?

A year after MAPS I discovered that I was most interested being behind the camera and when SAFC was offering a short 2nd AC course in Melbourne, I went for it and got accepted. It was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. The course was very practical and offered more information than I could ever ask for in only two short weeks.

Your reputation for being enthusiastic at work in the industry is growing around town, so where do you think your future lies?

I’m hoping to work on more long-form projects in the future. I love my job as a 2nd AC/ video-split at the moment and have found working with experienced crews/cinematographers to be really rewarding. In time, having gained more experience on camera, I aim to shoot a longer project of my own.

Cherie, what’s your proudest moment so far?

So far, it’s getting an attachment from the SAFC on a feature film called “A Sunburnt Christmas”. It’s my first longer form production and I absolutely love it. Hopefully similar long form opportunities will appear in the future.

What’s your favourite film or TV show?

The French film “Amelie”, or any of Guillermo Del Toro’s work - “Pan’s Labrinth” and “Shape of Water” are both great!

What would you be doing if you weren’t working in film?

I would be interning at a business consulting firm or somewhere in marketing.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people may know, do you have any hidden talents?

Well I can speak six languages and I’m also a Latin dancer.

Wow, did you say six languages!? Thanks Cherie, it's true that you're very enthusiastic, I always like to see your smile at our ACS events. All the best with your career. Photo below: Vivyan Madigan, David Gregan, 2nd AC Cherie and Jake Cooper...What a camera team!

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.

Upcoming Dates


December 7 Committee Meeting
December 14 Christmas Drinks - 6pm outside @ The Colonist Hotel COVID

February 1 Committee Meeting
March 1 Committee Meeting
April 5 Committee Meeting
May 3 Committee Meeting
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.

South Australia Major Sponsor
South Australian Film Corporation logo

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

South Australia Silver Sponsors
Anifex logo        Best FX logo        Digital Pigeon logo        Media Resource Centre logo        Picture Hire Australia logo

South Australia Bronze Sponsor
Websters logo

National Major Sponsor
FUJIFILM Australia 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        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo
Lighthouse Rentals logo        Miller Australia 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        Dragon Image logo        RED logo        Rosco logo
Rotor Head logo        Sura logo        Vimo Cine logo

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

South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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