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ACS South Australian Branch


May 10 2023

Winners of the 53rd Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography

The Milli Award Winner for Australian Cinematographer of the Year went to Mandy Walker AM ACS ASC for her stunning work on Elvis presented by the Guest of Honour Russel Boyd AO ACS ASC.

Mandy said: "I'm humbled to be the first woman to win.... These doors that are opening cannot be closed behind us"

Special recognition Awards from the night include:

David Gribble ACS  (NSW)
Laurence McManus ACS (NSW)
Robert Krasker BSC ASC (Deceased)

Life Membership
Mark Evans  (SA)

Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award 2023
Richard Chataway ACS (SA)
James Cunningham (Past AC Magazine Editor)

Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award
Mark Ruff (Vic)

ACS National Judges Merit Award- Sony Camera Prize
Jonathon Le Grice  (NSW) for Echoes of Darkness

John Leake OAM ACS Award for an Emerging Cinematographer
supported by Panavision
Joanna Cameron  (NSW)

Here's a link to the Winners List.

And for Photo's from the night go here.
Photographer credits: Mikayla Grosse who did candid and awards/stage photos and Phil Erbacher for the media wall.

SA Winners:

Our congratulations go to our SA members 9and committee members) Maxx Corkindale and Johanis Lyons-Reid who each won an Award of Distinction. Maxx in the under $2m Feature category and Johanis in the Ron Taylor AM ACS & Valerie Taylor AM Nature & Wildlife category. Both their first National awards, very well done!

Ex SA Vice President Mark Evans was honoured with ACS Life Membership for his enormous contribution to our branch over many, many years. Mark only recently resigned as one of our Vice Presidents after 16 years - he only resigned so a younger VP could come into the role. He was our branch President back in 88 and in between times he always contributed greatly on the SA committee.

Mark has been responsible for writing the script, VO record and edit of the SA Compile for the State awards for as long as I can remember as well as doing the same for the National Awards over the years when they were held in Adelaide. He has been a great contributor to our branch and thoroughly deserved Life Membership.

Richard Chataway ACS was recognised with a Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award for his commitment to the ACS nationally as Webmaster looking after the rebuild and redesign of the ACS website over the last few years.

This has proved to be a much bigger, onerous task than anyone could have realised. Richard has approached this role with a great deal of sense, innovation, care, politeness and dignity.

Richard has also been a staunch supporter of the ACS, for over twenty years through his company Anifex with his business partner Michael Cusack, as a SA State Gold Sponsor. They also hosted our committee meetings nearly every month over all those years - our SA HQ so to speak and often provided their studio gratis for trade nights, lighting courses and equipment demo's.

Richard has also been instrumental in developing the careers of numerous SA cinematographers including Milli Award winner Jo Rossiter ACS and JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick, both of whom he trained and mentored.

We had a wonderful group from the SA branch attending the Awards and a special surprise was to see Bryan Mason up there as well - Bryan was a nominee in the Feature Category over $2m for his great work on Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. It was wonderful to have a chat with Bryan and so many other cinematographer legends, I believe there were 275 in the room! A great night, thanks team NSW, it's a huge job for volunteers to put on awards such as these as we can attest to. Apparently we will be hosting the Nationals again in 2026!

Beep & Mort Technical Set Visit
How good is this! Our SA ACS visit to the set of the 2nd season of Beep & Mort is on and being presented by our own Aaron Gully ACS & crew.

After the success of season one, Beep & Mort is currently in production of 20 more episodes. Created and produced by Windmill Pictures, Beep & Mort is an endearing pre-school television program aired on the ABC and around the world.

Beep & Mort is a unique hybrid of live theatre and television production, with a cast of numerous warm and comical characters. Beep & Mort uses traditional puppetry on the hands of some incredibly talented actors, while some characters have motion-tracked post-animated facial expressions.

There are a huge amount of logistical complexities filming this production, with not only the extremely obvious issue of hiding the many puppeteers, but also having the camera’s ground level at 1.6m high, live lighting scene changes, motion trackers, blue-screen, post-paint- outs, countless monitors for the puppeteers and working with full scale puppets and scenery as well as miniature versions of both.

Many thanks to Windmill Pictures the ACS SA branch have organised a set visit in the very large, magical world of Mollyvale and hear Aaron Gully ACS talk through both the challenges and logistics, and on using the Sony Venice-2. Gaffer Richard Rees-Jones will speak on one of the most sophisticated lighting builds ever installed in Stage 1 at Adelaide Studios. John Smith will discuss gripping and rigging and Chris Daniels will explain his complex role as not only DIT but also managing a vast array of puppetry monitoring. 1st AC Sian Bates and 2nd AC Bec Taylor will be available to answer questions and show the camera kit in further detail.

The Sony Venice-2 & SIgma FF lenses used on Beep & Mort are supplied by VA Digital Hire thanks to Warren Day’s ongoing support of the South Australian film industry. It’s also looking likely that Nigel Gorham from VA will be flying over for the evening to speak on the Sony Venice-2 and answer any technical questions on it.

Don’t miss this unique and informative evening in Mollyvale, hearing all about the secret inner workings of the amazing world of Beep & Mort.

Where: SAFC Studio 1 - enter via door at the rear of the building. Click for Map
When: Thursday May 25
Time: 1900 - 2045 approx
Cost: Free - ACS Members & invited attendees only - #'s are limited.
Careful: This is a live set - do not touch anything unless asked to do so!
Drinks: Thanks to SA ACS branch
Pizza: Thanks to Windmill Pictures & SA ACS
Bookings: Essential bookings close Monday May 22!

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

May 22 - BOOKINGS CLOSE for Beep and Mort Set Visit if not "sold out" before!
May 25th - Beep and Mort Set Visit / Tech Night with DoP Aaron Gully ACS & crew
June 5 - Committee Meeting
June 30 - Membership fees due date
July 1 to 14 - SA Emerging Cinematographer Submissions window
July 3 - Committee Meeting
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window
August 7 - Committee Meeting
September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application window 
September 1 to 3 - 43rd SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography Judging
September 4 - Committee Meeting
October 3 - Committee Meeting
October 13, 14 & 15 - Accreditation Assessments @ ACS HQ
October 27 - Special Screening & Q&A
October 28 - 43rd Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
November 6 - SA AGM
November 26 - National AGM via Zoom
December 4 - Committee Meeting
December 11 - Annual SA ACS Christmas Get Together
December 12 - SA Branch goes into hibernation.

56th Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography held in Adelaide

South Australia Gold Sponsors
AADC 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        Cutting Edge logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        Aputure logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        EIZO 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        XM2 logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Camerahire logo        Nanlux logo        Panasonic logo        RED 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
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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