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ACS South Australian Branch


 October update 2019


Postponed ARRI Alexa Mini LF night
Free Movie Tix
Book Now for Russell Boyd ACS ASC Screening & Q&A
Bookings close Oct 18 for 39th Annual SA & WA ACS Cinematography Awards
Free Anifex Special Presentation Screening

SAFC / AFF / Panavision Partnership
Profile Tom Scott

ARRI Alexa Mini LF Night Postponed

Sadly Sean cannot now make it to Adelaide this week to show us the ALEXA LF and ALEXA Mini LF with a bunch of Signature Primes therefore we have had to postpone the night to later in October or early November. 

But there is some good news as when we reschedule it Sean will also be able to show us one of the latest lights out of the ARRI stable "the Orbiter".

Orbiter’s top features are a variety of optics including open faceprojectiondome, and light banks, ARRI Spectra six-colour wide gamut light engine; extremely powerful output for maximal brightness and perfect colours; the Lighting Operating System (LiOS) with powerful software features; integrated colour sensor for matching ambient light; weatherproof housing; a removable, intuitive control panel; perfect smooth dimming to zero; a full suite of connectors and sensors; and an internal power supply, wireless DMX, and battery input.

We'll let you know as soon as we do when this night will be back on.


When: We'll let you know asap
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start
Where: Most likely Picture Hire Australia
Rear entrance, 26 Clarke St, Norwood, SA 5067
Catering: Drinks and nibbles provided
Cost: Free

Free Movie Tix

On behalf of Transmission Films, we would like to offer our members a double pass to a special preview screening of BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, it is about a woman living in New York who takes control of her life – one block at a time.
The screening will be held at The Regal Theatre on Kensington Rd on Wednesday 23rdOctober, at 6:30pm and we have 10 double passes to give away to our members.

 BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON is a whip-smart indie comedy with heart, about writer/ director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s real life best friend Brittany O’Neill.
Jillian Bell delivers a layered and generous performance as Brittany that explores the journey of change in a young woman’s life. This is a film with bucket loads of relatability for its female millennial audience and is poised to become a break-out hit off the back of its Sundance and local festival success.
Producing team includes Tobey Maguire (THE 5TH WAVE, Z FOR ZACHARIAH) and Australian based producers Padriac ‘Paddy’ Murphy and Richard Weinberg.

Thanks to Tracey Mair Publicity & Transmission Films.
Click to see the trailer

To receive one of these double passes please email me asap with Brittany Runs a Marathon in the subject line.
Click to email SA President

From the Pres

Welcome to our October Newsletter, there's lots on during October so I hope you can get to some of our events.

Bookings for our 39th Awards close on October 18 so get in quick and get your tickets via the link in the poster below. These prestigious Awards are the highlight of our year, I do hope you can attend. Don't forget the dress code is Smart.

Our Guest of Honour at our awards is Australian cinematographer legend Russell Boyd ACS ASC who will be accompanied to our awards by his wife Sandy. On the Friday night before the Awards (October 25) Russell will present a screening and a Q&A of some of his fabulous work which was Directed by Peter Weir. So hurry and also book for this event.

On the Monday night after the awards Anifex have a free special presentation and Q&A of their latest film at the Capri Cinema.

On October 11 & 12 the Accreditation Assessments will take place at ACS HQ followed by our National EGM on Sunday October 13.

We are also trying to organise a supplier to bring some of their latest lights over for a trade night soon so stay tuned for that one.


BOOK NOW for our 2019 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography

Dress code: Smart
Russell Boyd ACS ASC Screening & Q&A

Academy Award winner Russell Boyd ACS ASC will present a screening and a Q & A of some of his fabulous work that was Directed by Peter Weir including excerpts from Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Master and Commander - the Far Side of the World and The Way Back.

Russell is Accredited by both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the American Society of Cinematographers. A few other films Russell was DoP on include: Starstruck, Mrs Soffel and High Tide Directed by Gillian Armstrong, Bruce Beresford Directed Tender Mercies and Crocodile Dundee (One and Two) are amongst some of the better known earlier films. More recently he photographed A Soldier’ Story, White Men can't Jump, Cobb, Tin Cup, Liar Liar and Doctor Dolittle to name a few.

So come along and hear about his incredible career and learn from this amazing Australian cinematographer and true gentleman.

Free for ACS members but it's still necessary to book!
Other Guilds, MRC and Students $15 (Students must show Student cards)
General Public $25
When: Friday October 25
Time: 6pm for 6:40 start
Venue: Wallis Cinemas 119 Belair Rd, Torrens Park SA 5062
Parking: Under the cinemas
Note: Ticket include a welcome drink and some finger food.

Click to book Russell Boyd ACS ASC Screening & Q&A

"Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory..." Free Anifex Presentation

You are invited to a free Presentation Screening of a short stop-motion animation "Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory..." The screening is on October 28 the Monday night after the ACS Awards.

Anifex will also be be screening two other of their short films Sleight of Hand and After All. Followed by a short Q&A presented by Director Michael Cusack and DoP Richard Chataway ACS.

Where: Capri Cinema Goodwood Rd, Goodwood
When: Monday 28th October
Time: 7pm for 7:30pm screening
Cost: Free! Bookings not necessary.
Drinks: Please purchase at the bar
Please note: In Meanwhile, at the.... there is infrequent coarse language.
SAFC / AFF / Panavision Partnership

Here's a great initiative from our Major sponsor the SAFC and ACS National Platinum sponsor Panavision as well as the Adelaide Film Festival. 

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) have partnered with Panavision to launch a new $100,000 Short Film Production Initiative to co-fund the production of up to three short films to premiere at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival. In addition to the development and production fund, Panavision will supply up to $10,000 equipment rental to each selected project.

Amanda Duthie, SAFC Head of Production, Development, Attraction & Studios said the Fund was created to drive the growth of the local screen industry and support emerging filmmakers to find their authorial voice and develop their craft.

“Short films supported by the SAFC have launched the careers of many notable South Australian filmmakers and have achieved considerable critical success. Significantly, the success of this early career funding is evident in the fact that almost all of the active local screen sector were funded as emerging filmmakers. Short film has long been the proving ground for the distinctive and visionary filmmakers of the future,” Ms Duthie said.

From 2002-2017, films funded by the SAFC’s Short Film Fund initiatives including Anthony Maras’ The Palace, Azadi and Spike Up, Ashlee Page’s The Kiss, Dave Wade’s Welcome to Iron Knob, Matthew Bate’s The Mystery of Flying Kicks, Matthew Cormack’s My Last Ten Hours with You and Victoria Cocks’ Davi won awards including five AFI/AACTA Awards and were selected for prestigious international festivals including Venice, SXSW, Annecy and Palm Springs, and national festivals including Adelaide, MIFF, SFF, St Kilda Film Festival and Flickerfest. Many of these films were funded in association with the Adelaide Film Festival.

CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Film Festival Mat Kesting said “Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to partner with SAFC on this new short film initiative. Short films are both a great artform in their own right and developmental pathway for practitioners. We can’t wait to premiere the films at AFF in October 2020.”

Panavision’s National TVC Marketing Manager Nic Godoy said: “Panavision is proud to partner with SAFC and Adelaide Film Festival in supporting emerging filmmakers. As a key player in the Australian Film Industry, we believe in providing support, sharing our knowledge and experiences to strengthen our industry for today and the future”.

Applications close November 4. For further information and to apply, click here.

Tom Scott Profile

Tom when did you first become interested in our industry-what was your first job/project/film?

Ever since I was young kid I have always been fascinated with cameras and film, I was always running around the house and at family gatherings taking photos.

During high school I was set on becoming a Music Teacher, as I play bass and drums. I was also right into extreme sports; motocross, snowboarding and downhill mountain biking. And one day when I was in year ten I watched a Red Bull motocross film, which involved Robbie Maddison flipping and tricking around in an aeroplane graveyard. I was absolutely blown away by it, and from that day on all I knew is that all I wanted to do was work with Red Bull and film extreme sports. 

 In year eleven I scored work experience at the Clipsal 500 shooting for a freestyle motocross team (I still shoot for them seven years later.) From that event I happened to meet a local freestyle motocross rider and spend nearly every weekend filming and photographing for his sponsors and various magazines.

My first real taste of Film and TV was in 2014 and just happened to take place during my final year twelve exams. Aaron Gully asked if I would be interested in work experience as camera assistant on a RAA TVC produced by KOJO. With out even questioning it I said “yes” not even really knowing what a camera assistant is.

Once the first day wrapped I honestly don’t think I could wipe the smile off my face. That shoot was really what sealed the deal on me joining the film and TV industry.

What did you do when you decide to further your career?

 After I finished year 12 I decided to attend MAPS Film School. A lot of people I met through work experience highly recommended it. MAPS is an excellent school and I absolutely loved it. The staff do an excellent job at teaching all disciplines of camera, audio, editing and producing. And it's not every day you get have Roger Dowling as your camera studies teacher.

Did you find it hard to get started in our industry?

Fortunately I have been really lucky, once I finished up at MAPS a position as a Full Time Camera Assistant opened up at KOJO. I have now been with KOJO for just over three and a half years.

Throughout my time at MAPS I snuck away and did a fair bit of work experience on KOJO shoots. A massive thanks goes to Matt Byrne, Aaron Gully and Felice Burns for this job.

What is your current job in the industry?

 I now work as a Technical Production Coordinator based out of Adelaide Oval for KOJO. This job includes during the week looking after all technical requirements for a match day, building graphics projects for AFL teams, through to managing / programming all the commercial LED and much more.

As for a game day I always use to be up on camera doing ball follow. But now I mainly work as a Systems Technician, this involves making sure all play out systems e.g. Xpression, EVS, Ross Carbonite and Grand MA are all in working order / prepped with correct content and how to fix them if they break. This role also means that I am responsible for half million dollars of commercial LED advertising that is played out every game.

I have also done a fair bit of broadcast work around Australia from building broadcast control rooms in Brisbane, Spotless Stadium and Alice Springs, through to filming AFL / soccer in Sydney and Perth and Rugby in New Zealand. While working at KOJO I have worked as 1st AC on many TV commercials and I have shot a bunch of pick up scenes for Hotel Mumbai and the Nightingale.

I must say I do love my job.

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

 I believe my future in Film and TV is heading down the path as a Broadcast Technician / Technical Manager in world of live sports and TV. But being only twenty-two years old, I am still unsure on where I would like to focus and hone my skills. I really enjoy all the aspects of a live broadcast from technical directing, engineering, vision mixing, building graphics and of course my love for being behind a camera.

In my spare time I still continue to shoot extreme sports, and have managed to work on a few big projects. I still like to get out and photograph my mate’s ride; whether it is back flipping dirt bikes on farms or flying down the local mountain bike trails.

Whats your current/ next project?

My next major project is working on the 2019 / 20 International Cricket Season as KOJO has partnered with Cricket Australia as their Match Day event presentation team.

I've just finished working on the 2019 AFL season, definitely has been a chaotic and fun one so far. I also have a few motocross clips in the pipeline.

What’s your favourite film or TV show?

Favourite TV shows would have to be Breaking Bad and Seinfeld, as for movies my favourites would have to be HEAT, The Dark Knight and Terminator 2.

I also love my extreme sport films & docos and could watch them for hours on end.

Highly recommend watching the Art Of Flight, Return to Earth, The Motivation and Under An Arctic Sky

What has been your most interesting project so far Tom?

 One the most interesting projects I have worked on so far was a short documentary for Red Bull documenting Aussie Motocross legend Toby Price and his journey during the 2018 Finke Desert Race. Which is now is playing on Virgin in flight entrainment.

This shoot involved everything from hanging out of cars and helicopters at high speeds, to lending a hand to remove a gearbox in the early ours of the morning. While on this shoot the amount of constant cleaning of equipment required was through the roof, SO MUCH DIRT/DUST!  But trusty FS7 and RED Dragon held up well despite the conditions. The other issue was nothing at all went to plan e.g. cars crashed, locked gates at airports and engines blowing up. So it was very hard to plan out each day and shoot everything that was required as Red Bull had a very strict shot list, but everything was captured in the end.  

Overall it was an unreal job, and big thanks to Lachlan Russell for having me on board.

Ed: I recently saw the 2018 Finke Desert Race and what a tough gig! Well done Tom.

ACS Facebook Group

We've started a Facebook Group where all current financial ACS members can join. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale etc. here. To join, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request.

Click to go to ACS Members Facebook Group page

Some Upcoming Dates

October 8 Committee Meeting
October 11,12 Accreditation Assessments @ ACS HQ
October 13 EGM @ ACS HQ
October 25 Screening & Q&A with Russell Boyd ACS ASC @ Wallis Cinema 7 Mitcham
October 26 39th SA&WA Awards for Cinematography @ Adelaide Town Hall - Banqueting Room
October 28 Anifex free Presentation at Capri cinema
?? ARRI Alexa Mini LF & Orbiter night @ Picture Hire
November 4 Applications Close SAFC / AFF / Panavision Short Film Production Initiative
November 4 Committee Meeting
December 2 Committee Meeting
December 13 SA Branch Xmas Drinks
February 3 Committee Meeting
May 16 National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra

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South Australia Gold Sponsors
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South Australia Silver Sponsors
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South Australia Bronze Sponsors
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National Major Sponsor
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National Gold Sponsors
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National Silver Sponsors
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National Bronze Sponsors
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South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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