ACS Tas Update May 2018


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Congratulations to ACS Tasmania members Tom Waugh and Chris Fox, and their small but brilliant team at IGNITE DIGI, for picking up this prestigious National Award at the ACS National Awards in Brisbane.

Tom and Chris with Miller Australia's Mark Van Aken

Tom and Chris accepting the Award!

This is the second time in recent history that the Bob Miller Award has headed to Tasmania. Pawel Achtel ACS won it in 2015 for his remarkable work developing underwater camera housings.

This year Chris and Tom picked this Award up for design, development and manufacture of a unique suite of components, which enable quick changeover between gimbal and other traditional single camera production modes.

Some of the parts Chris and Tom produce

The boys are manufacturing some very clever and useful components that head all over the world. In mid 2017 demand for their products grew to the extent that manufacturing became the majority of their business. ARRI even have a full set of their parts in Munich to show to potential Alexa Mini customers!

An Arri Alexa Mini - IGNITE DIGI Parts in anodised gold.

Recently they invested in expanding their workshop space to allow for an additional CNC mill, which has now more than doubled their manufacturing capabilities.

Their parts are being used in almost 30 countries on Feature Films (Venom and more), Series (True Detective S3 and more), Commercials and Corporates.

Tom and Chris head to LA for the Cinegear Expo in June. They have a stand there and hope to further expand their sales into the US market. Its certainly exciting times for a small business working out of a garage Hobart!

Awards of Distinction for JOSHUA LAMONT and CRAIG PENNINGTON

Customs House - Brisbane

Also at Saturday nights ACS National Awards for Cinematography, held at the historic and beautiful Customs House in Brisbane, two additional ACS Tasmania members received well deserved recognition.

Very successful Hobart based cinematographer, producer and director Josh Lamont received the Award of Distinction in the Corporate and Educational Category for one of his very classy Macq01 Hotel 'Stories Behind Stories' series. Along with Music Clips this category probably attracts the most entries from across the country. Josh was pipped for the Gold Tripod by Oscar Award winning cinematographer Dion Beebe ACS ASC! Josh should feel extremely proud to be ranked with such esteemed company!

Josh at work

Click here to view Josh's Award winning work for >b>Macq01 »

It was a similar story for Washington DC based ACS Tas member Craig Pennington who won the Award of Distinction in the prestigious Documentary category for The Poachers Pipeline. You may recall Craig talked about this project in our December 2017 Newsletter (republished in the last issue of AC Magazine).

Craig Pennington - Documentary Award winner.

Click hear to read Craigs article in Dec 2017 Newsletter. »

Craig receiving his Award in person at the the National Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

Craig surprised us all by attending the awards ceremony, after flying in hours before for Washington DC. It was great to meet Craig and we hope he enjoys briefly spending some time with his family in Launceston before heading back to the capital of the free-world!

Click here to view Craigs award Winning Documentary, 'The Poachers Pipeline »

360 Capture Workshop

Tom Waugh with his Insta 360 Pro camera

A couple of weekends ago ACS Tas and Wide Angle Tasmania Members strapped on the goggles to get their heads around 360 and VR. We learned a heap and experienced some great projects thanks to Fraser Johnston, Tom Waugh, Gene Miller and Doug Broomhall.

Damon Heather - all goggled up! with Andy Ciddor, Fraser Johnston and Gene Miller watching on.

Fraser and Doug have recently collaborated on three short-form 360 projects for the Bob Brown Foundation. Each was filmed in a different environment within the stunning Tarkine region (Coast, Forest and Rivers). The results were quite stunning and everyone was particularly impressed with the efforts Fraser went to to achieve an amazing 360 shot (complete with Piece-to-Camera) from 100m up a giant forest eucalyptus. Frasers explanation of the logistics required to achieve this shot was fascinating. It was amusing watching everyone donning the goggles and staring up, down, left and right while muttering "wow' and pointing at non existing features surrounding them!

Gene Miller monitoring Wide Angle Tasmania's Abi Binning as she discovers 1820's Hobart!

Gene immersed us in an entirely different environment with his 1820's Hobart Town VR set up. It was a completely amazing experience with the use of the full VR kit that allows you to walk around the Hobart docks and Bond Store area and interact with the people and environment that surrounds you. This is a very exciting project and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the months ahead.

LEMAC NAB REEL 2018 | Thursday May 10th@6.30pm

It's that time of the year again! If you find yourself in Melbourne on May 10th come along to Lemac Melbourne at 6.30pm for the NAB REEL 2018.

The tradition continues as Lemac brings you a recap of all the highlights, innovations and announcements of this years NAB Show in Las Vegas - the biggest media and entertainment expo on the planet!

Join us for a beer and a chat as we discuss the latest developments and future direction of our industry.

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