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July 2021 Newsletter
Message from Tas Branch President
It seems we continue to live in 'interesting times' as the ongoing pandemic creates further challenges for us all.  For now, those of us based in Tasmania remain virus and lock-down free, but the effect of what's happening elsewhere still ripples through our lives.  I hope that you're all hanging in there and our Tas members based interstate and overseas are staying happy and healthy.

Back on June 19th most of you would have received a renewal invoice for your ACS membership for 2021/22.  You might recall that last year the ACS waived all membership fees, as a gesture of support to members, as we dealt with a major downturn in our industry. While we're asking for subs to be paid this year we understand that some of you may still be finding things tough, so please don't hesitate to let us know and we can arrange things so you remain a member.

For those of you who can afford to pay your subs we ask that you do so promptly, so our small branch can continue to run events and support our members. Thanks to those of you who already have.  If you can't find your emailed invoice from June 19th, or are having difficulties paying online, please contact us via the button below and Tas Treasurer, Mitchell Woolnough, or myself can help.

Contact us regarding your ACS 2021/2022 Membership
Our Branch Annual General Meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks (see info below).  We'll be combining it with a couple of interesting presentations from local members, Mike Gissing, Fraser Johnstone and Joe Shemesh.  I hope to see many of you there. We will do the screenings and discussion with our guests first, followed by pizza's and drinks and then wrap up with the AGM, which will be done and dusted quickly.

Finally - Entries open very soon (1st to 21st August) for the 2021 ACS Vic/Tas Cinematography Awards. If you're considering submitting some of your best work, check out the various Awards Categories listed on the Awards Tab of the ACS web page.  Take care to  check the Terms and Conditions regarding making an entry.  I know there has been some particularly good work produced by a range of our members in the past 12 months so I hope you make the effort to enter.  The Vic/Tas Awards Presentation is schedule to be at the State Library in Melbourne on Saturday 13th November, but if there are travel restrictions or lock-downs then it will be online like it was last year.

Peter Curtis ACS
ACS Tasmanian Branch President.



Mike Gissing - Fraser Johnstone - The Sartorial Naturalist
Joe Shemesh - kunanyi - Brutal Beauty
followed by ACS Tas AGM

Firstly, join local ACS members Mike Gissing and Fraser Johnston as they screen and discuss the making of 'The Sartorial Naturalist'. 

This is a 12-minute short film funded by two grants - Screen Tasmania / Arts Tasmania and The Australia Council. The film is an 'autobiographical fantasy' depicting the life and work of Tasmanian botanical artist Deborah Wace. It captures her practise of collecting and printing botanical specimens and using them to design art works on fabric and wallpapers.


The fantasy element is her journey, depicted as a 17th Century botanist in a slightly steam punk outfit.  She encounters plants and dancers in the landscape, including palawa dancer Sinsa Mansell and contemporary dancer Felicity Bott.


The film progresses into a fantasy underwater world where Deb's designs are a ‘fabric forest’ for the dancers to move amongst and interact with. The film was made over a three-month period from mid April to June 20th, where it premiered at the Sartorial Naturalist exhibition in Hobart.

Mike Mike Gissing at work

Above water cinematography was Michael Gissing shooting with Blackmagic cameras (4k BRAW).  Underwater cinematography was Fraser Johnston with a Sony A7 S3 in a housing.

Fraser Johnston

Michael edited, graded, recorded and mixed the soundtrack using Resolve. Some interesting tech was used in post, including up-rezing the underwater footage, which had to be shot at 1080 due to the requirement of shooting 60fps for 24 slow mo. Topaz AI software was used and was remarkable in matching to the resolution of the 4k above water footage, shot with a BM Pocket4k on a Zhiyun Lab3 gimbal and the Ursa Mini 12k. It was also a fine use of the Laowa 15mm macro lens (demonstrated by Tom Waugh and Gerrard Woods at a recent ACS Tas event) for some special plant shots.

Next - Join wilderness cinematography specialist Joe Shemesh, as he screens
kunanyi - Brutal Beauty.

Having worked throughout Tasmania’s wilderness areas for more than two decades, Joe is no stranger to adverse conditions and the hardships brought on by our ever-changing weather.  Joe has a legenary reputation for doing whatever it takes to capture our stunning environment, in all conditions. His experience in wild weather cinematography was tested to its limits on this project, but you'll be amazed by what he's captured.

The Bureau of Meteorology described the winter of 2019 as one of the wildest on record. Throughout mid-winter,Joe made the mountain his base - documenting this Gondwanan massif, as it withstood the relentless onslaught of southwest gales, emanating from Antarctica.

In his soon to be published book - Chasing Light Across Australia - Joe writes……….

Even with the best intentions, some days were so bleak, I chose not to expose myself, nor my camera gear, to the extreme conditions. Winds were mostly in the range of 65 to 90 kilometres per hour at ,or near, the pinnacle – generating wind-chill factors of 15 to 30 degrees below zero. The cold cut right to the bone, while the piercing decibels generated by the howling wind–as it roared day and night–were deafening and disorienting.  

Joe shot and edited this short film in collaboration with local composer Dean Stevenson. Joe will discuss the challenges of getting this film made and how he went about capturing our mountain with fresh eyes.

The ACS Tasmania Branch Annual General Meeting will follow Mike, Fraser and Joe's presentations.  Refreshments will be available.  Please stick around, have a say, and help us plan the year ahead. 


Date: Wednesday 11th August, 2021

Time: 6:30pm - 9:15pm 

Venue: Wide Angle Tasmania, 6 Washington Street, South Hobart

Info: This is a FREE event for ACS Members and invited guests only. RSVP's are encouraged for catering purposes.
Click on the link below to book.


Tasmania Supporters
Ignite Digi logo        Seven Network Tasmania logo        State Cinema logo        Wide Angle Tasmania logo        Winning Post logo

National Major Sponsor
Fujifilm Australia logo

National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo
Lemac logo        Lighthouse Rentals logo        Miller Australia logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Dragon Image logo        Mark Robinson Motion Control logo        RED logo
Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo        Sura logo        TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo

Tasmanian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
48 Diamond Drive, BLACKMANS BAY TAS 7052

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