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April 3rd 2024
April already!

A state election and great ACS event just gone. 
'The Survivors' Netflix series has wrapped their Tassie block of filming, 'Bay Of Fires' about to start season 2 filming around Hobart and Queenstown.
The National ACS Awards are coming up next month and ACS Constitution vote on Sunday 21st April!

Voting members (Accredited, Full, Active, Retired and Life Members) be sure to attend the short zoom meeting where the poll on the Constitution will be taken:
Zoom meeting link
April 21 at 11am AEST
Or if you can't attend then there is a Proxy form.

On a more solemn note, Andy Ciddor, a valued member of our small branch, passed away on Sunday.
He did so on his own terms, through the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying program.

For those who knew him, Andy was always a welcoming, enthusiastic and caring person, with great knowledge across lighting and A/V more broadly. A more in depth obituary is in this newsletter.

I expressed sincere thanks to him on behalf of myself and the ACS earlier last week.

Tom Waugh
ACS Tasmanian Branch President
Pawel Achtel ACS / 9x7 Digital Cinema Camera

Pawel Achtel ACS flew directly from a busy Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference in Los Angeles, to showcase his 9x7 camera system.

All attending really enjoyed seeing the footage in 8K HDR on the Samsung 85" 8K TV, followed by a tasty BBQ and discussion about filming and framing differences for IMAX and Giant Screen.

Thanks to Pawel for his time and expertise!

ACS Tas Branch Social event!
Our next informal gathering is set for the end of April. 
Details below. 

Come along and network with fellow members!
Event Details

Date: Tuesday, April 30th

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Where: Tom McHugos - 87 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000

Vale Andy Ciddor

Andy Ciddor, a long time ACS member, Tasmanian ACS committee member and a respected figure in the fields of technology and production, peacefully passed away on March 30th, by his choice through the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying program. 
He had bravely battled stage-four bile duct cancer.

His career spanned over five decades, marked by a strong commitment to innovation and mentorship.

Andy's passion for technical pursuits emerged early in life, leading him to explore a wide range of disciplines, from electrics and lighting to broadcast and information technologies. He worked on programs like Hey Hey It’s Saturday at GTV9 and then in Perth worked at STW9.

An accomplished educator, Andy played a significant role in shaping the next generation of industry professionals. He was instrumental in developing the Theatre Arts Lighting and Sound course at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and co-founding the Australian Lighting Industry Association. Additionally, his advocacy for industry standards and sustainability initiatives, such as the milliWatts program.

As a journalist and editor, Andy made substantial contributions to publications like AV Technology magazine and served as the founding editor of AV Asia Pacific Magazine, which he ran for over 7 years. His work provided valuable insights and guidance to practitioners worldwide. Yet, his most enduring legacy lies in the relationships he cultivated through his jovial demeanour and great conversation.

Andy is survived by his partner Val, children Rivka, Lachlan, Priscila, Rhian, and Greg, as well as grandsons Atticus and Elijah. 

A commemorative event will be held on Sunday, May 12th, at St Martins Theatre in South Yarra, offering colleagues, friends, and industry peers an opportunity to honour his life and contributions.

In remembering Andy Ciddor, the broader entertainment industry mourns the loss of a respected pioneer, mentor and friend who will be deeply missed.

Andy (second from right) at a 360° capture event run a few years ago with ACS Tasmania and Wide Angle Tasmania

Andy (left) working the lighting desk


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