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ACS South Australian Branch


February 2022

From the Pres
Inside the Frame Interviews

Profile - Bec Taylor
From the Pres
Belated Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great, COVID safe Christmas and an enjoyable break.

The National ACS Awards judging is happening here in Adelaide by the end of February and the Awards planning and orginisation is keeping your committee very busy.

If you haven't heard already, our National ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS has hung up his light meter and he did not renominate for the role at our recent National AGM.  Ron has been a tireless worker for the society and has built it into a truly remarkable craft guild respected world wide. He leaves the ACS in a better place than when he became Nat Pres 14 years ago.

I hope you all will come and celebrate his legacy and farewell him 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 night April 29 followed by the ROSCO - LEITZ DRINKS at a hotel or bar quite close by.

On the following 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 see you there.

Of course, if you can attend the National Awards weekend you'll most likely get the chance to welcome our first female President Erika Addis.

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. BTW he'll still be busy as he's now one of the two Vice Presidents of IMAGO!

Once again our annual Christmas drinks event were held at the Colonist Hotel on The Parade in Norwood on Monday night Dec 13 with 35 members attending. It was a fun night and  the door prizes were drawn by perennial door prize winner Leona Cichon!  The winners included:
 Richard Back free membership, Sunny Wu free Awards entry, Mylene Ludgate $100 dinner, Keep Cups to Michel Selge, Ben Day & Richard Coburn, T Shirts – Kym Rogers & Darryl Wood, ACS Caps – Helen Carter, Daniel Charlton & Miles Rowland.

Good times! BTW Leona did draw her own name out but was generous and passed on the prize.

The ACS has three important initiatives that are being resumed in 2022. Check them out below. Maybe you know someone who could be eligible?

Nominations are open for The Bob Miller Award, named after the inventor of the world’s first fluid action tripod head, Bob Miller.
The award is presented at the ACS Annual National Awards for Cinematography and comprises $1,000 in cash and a $2,000 Miller voucher enabling the recipient to purchase any Miller Camera Support product at 40% discount off list price directly from Miller, with a valued list price of $3,333.
In addition, Miller has donated an LP54 in a wooden case and a special Bob Miller Award plaque, which will reside at the ACS headquarters in North Sydney. The name of the award recipient will be engraved on the LP 54 Classic plaque, every year, in perpetuity. The recipient will also receive a framed, signed plaque to commemorate their win.

Nominations are now open and will close at the end of March 2022.
All those nominated must be financial ACS members who have potentially contributed in the 24 months prior to the 2022 Awards by way of technical and/or innovative practical ideas that have helped the industry to advance. You can nominate yourself or a member who you believe is worthy of recognition.
For consideration send, by March 30th, 2022, your nomination with a detailed description of the particular technical or innovative achievement, to ACS National President; Ron Johanson ACS;
Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, enables one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Torun, Poland with $4,000 towards flights and accommodation, along with introductions at the Camerimage festival.

The Scholarship, which commenced in 2015, will be open to financial Full and Active (Cinematographer & Camera Crew) members of the Society. It will be administered by the ACS and decided on by a subcommittee of peers after submitting a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.

Previous recipients of The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship are:
2015  Lizz Vernon  NSW
2016  Drew English  NSW
2017  Meg White  NSW
2018  Sissy Reyes  NSW
2019  Simon Woods  QLD
2020 - 2021  No Scholarships Awarded
The Australian Cinematographers Society invite emerging cinematographers to apply for the 2022 Panavision - John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award.
The Award provides a prize of $2,400 cash to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or has begun working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work that will further their skills and career in cinematography. They will also receive from our generous sponsor PANAVISION a camera rental package to the value of $15,000 (Insurance not included but can be arranged).

This incentive has been a total success, fostering young cinematographers in the pursuit of their career goals and the ACS is very proud to be part of this valuable programme.
SA Branch member Claire Bishop, recipient of the NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award in 2019, said: “I was completely astonished. This award is so beneficial for aspiring cinematographers. It’s the push of encouragement, sense of belonging and connection with the industry I needed. I encourage anyone who thinks they aren’t ready to apply, to go for it!”
The 2022 recipient will be announced on Saturday 30th April at the prestigious ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide.

About the ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award
The Award is named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co-founder, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009). John began his cinematographic career as a 15-year-old with Movietone News before moving on to Supreme Sound Studios. He served as both NSW President and Federal President of the ACS and was the Society’s Official Historian until his passing.
Applications are now open and will close on April 1st 2022.
For 2022 application forms please contact:

Previous recipients of the John Leake OAM ACS Award are;   
2010  Kirsty Stark SA
2011  Edward Goldner Vic
2012  Jimmy Ennett ACT
2013  Dale Bremner ACS  NSW
2014  Thom Neal NT
2015  Josh Farmelo VIC
2016  Simon J Walsh VIC
2017  Mark Kenfield VIC
2018  Ben Cotgrave QLD
2019  Claire Bishop SA
2020-2021 No Award due to Covid
Inside the Frame Interviews
"Inside the Frame" Producer David Lewis ACS

Some years ago, NSW branch member Peter Reynolds approached David Lewis ACS and David Burr ACS with an idea for an interesting ACS project.

The idea was to record a chat with some of our well respected senior members - an informal talk where the cinematographer may reflect on how they entered the industry, some of their achievements, highs, lows and perhaps a few useful tips to benefit new and upcoming cinematographers.

The project would be called “Inside the Frame” and be recorded at ACS Headquarters. The resulting interviews would be accessible through the ACS Web site and be available to everyone. Pete’s plan was put into action and now fifteen interviews have been recorded and released.

Hopefully the series will be open-ended as additional interviews with a broad cross section of ACS cinematographer interviews being added on a regular basis.

The ACS would like to thank Peter and Marie Reynolds for having the inspiration and the drive to get the project underway and to all those who generously gave their time and effort to finally bring the project to fruition.

Special thanks to:
David Knight ACS and his company Gear Head for so generously supplying ARRI  cameras, lenses and lights.
Anthony Church - Audio        
Nick McKeon - Editor         
Kevin Hudson ACS - Editor
Aleksei Vanamois - Editor, Colourist, Vimeo Editor
Tom Mears of Peachy Keen Colour - Colourist
Patrick van Weeren - Colourist
David Burr ACS - Editor, Producer
David Lewis ACS - Producer

Use this link Inside the Frame or click the image below to view the videos.
Profile Bec Taylor

Please tell us about yourself.
Thanks for asking me to do a profile, what an honour. I’m Bec Taylor, I’m 24 and I’ve been working in the industry for around two years now, so still full of enthusiasm and excitement for every job - which I’m told will deplete as time goes on, but currently I’m still walking around set beaming and happy to be here! 

How did it come about that you decided to work in our industry?
My Dad loved stills cameras and I always gravitated towards that, I loved taking photos and learning from him and I was always shooting stills throughout high school. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I really discovered the world of video, at first I wanted to be an editor and spent hours watching Adobe After Effects tutorials, trying my hand at compositing and motion graphics. But it wasn’t long before I realised that I enjoying being around people and being social too much to spend that much time sitting in a dark edit suite, so I decided that camera department was for me! 
As many do, I came up through the industry through Channel 44, while studying Media Arts at UniSA, where I got to do both camera operating and be Assistant Operations Manager. This was incredible experience and led to me connecting too many local filmmakers and creatives. While previewing programs I came across Stephanie Jaclyn and reached out to her to work on her next short film, In The Wake which SA ACS member Michael Tessari was shooting.

I am so grateful to have learnt so much on that first short about camera assisting, having known nothing beforehand I did my best to soak up as much knowledge as I could from the experienced and lovely crew surrounding me. From that one job I met people who have now become great friends and who went on to bring me on other shorts and commercials. I’m so grateful that they gave me a chance when I’m sure I looked like a scared deer in the headlights! 
Have you had any mentors?
At the end of last year I was involved with the SAFC & MRC’s Masters’ Apprentices scheme where I was paired with ACS committee member Rod Bolton! We only had to meet up four times over eight weeks, but we got along so well and Rod has so much insight to share, that we ended up meeting about twice a week for those eight weeks! Whether our meetings were chatting over coffee, with Rod showing me how to use different light meters, or meeting up with other industry professionals, or practicing a camera build at Picture Hire, we were always having a great time and I was always learning so much! 
Bonnie Paku has also been an incredible mentor and inspiration to me. Her passion for what she does and the perfect balance between being professional and also finding time to have fun, is how I aspire to work also. We worked together on The Unknown Man and not that long ago finished up on The Tourist, both which have been incredible experiences. She always has great advice to share and always willing to help and teach and I’ve learnt so much from her. Nothing bonds people together like eight weeks in the Flinders Ranges - I truly have so much admiration and appreciation for Bonnie.

 Pic: Just a little dusty! Having a blast camera assisting in the Flinders Ranges on 2nd Unit of The Tourist. Photo by Maxx Corkindale.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don’t stand in doorways and always be kind. 
What’s the best thing about working in our business?
The best thing is definitely the places we go and the people we meet. We’re so lucky to be let into such intimate corners of people’s lives, particularly in documentary and that’s something that I really love. Not only am I constantly learning in camera department, we also get to learn so much from people outside of the film world, who let us in to capture their lives.

A highlight for me and an experience that I never thought I’d have, happened last year on an episode of Catalyst for the ABC. I was camera assisting and data wrangling a brain surgery and a spinal readjustment. Lucky I have a strong stomach, because checking through that footage was brutal! Never did I think I would be in the room where a brain surgery was happening, that was very surreal and such an amazing experience.

Pic: Me carrying the Sony Venice with Rialto and a 100mm Atlas Orion - such a long build! Photo by Sian Bates.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know, do you have any hidden talents?
I love bouldering - but if you know me this won’t be a surprise at all as I talk about it a lot. When I’m not working I try to go 2two to three times a week. It’s so much fun and the community is so welcoming and supportive and a great way to build overall strength, but particularly grip strength. I highly recommend it! 
What are your goals and plans for the future? 
I've just started working on Beep & Mort, the new ABC children’s show. I'm so excited to work on something that's completely different to anything I've worked on before! I’m also looking forward to hopefully squeezing shooting some things into my weekends. Working on Unknown Man and The Tourist, and seeing Sam Chiplin, Ben Wheeler & Geoff Hall ACS’ different styles of shooting and watching them work makes me so excited to create things of my own. I shot a short film last year called Assimilation and I just loved the process so much, I can’t wait to get stuck into being creative again and taking what I’ve learnt and put it into practice. 
Thanks Bec and good luck with your career and your future projects.

Pic: When the sun shines, we do some washing! A clean truck is a happy truck. Photo with Camera Truck Loader Hamish Tamlin. 

Upcoming Dates

February 7 Committee Meeting
February 25, 26 & 27 National Awards Judging
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 GM in Adelaide
May 2 SA Committee Meeting
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 15 SA AGM & fun night.
September 1 - 30 Accreditation Application Window 
September 6 Committee Meeting
October 4 Committee Meeting
October 29 42nd WA & SA Awards for Cinematography @ Frazer's Kings Park, Perth
November 1 Committee Meeting
December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks

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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