VICTORIAN eNews POV August 2011

Kodak ACS Cinematography Masterclass held in Melbourne in August

From Victorian President, Alan Cole ACS.

The hugely successful Victorian Kodak ACS Cinematography Masterclass on August 2 - 4 was attended by 32 cinematography students and working camera department members who were able to increase their knowledge through this intensive "hands on" three day event. Held at Swinburne University with 16mm and 35mm camera equipment generously provided, along with specialist staff, from Cameraquip and Lemac, Vic Branch members Adam Russ and President Alan Cole ACS provided additional support. The students were welcomed by Kodak's Leigh Christensen and ACS National President Ron Johanson ACS who introduced the Course lecturers, Ellery Ryan ACS, Alex McPhee ACS and Brendan Lavelle ACS.

Day One saw the participants break into three groups; On set Brendan discussed and showed via a "hands on" demonstration lighting for multicam; ably assisted by the renowned Steadicam Operator Louis Puli, and with the students shooting with the other camera on the dolly, the technique of multicamera coverage was explored. Ellery's group learnt the importance of the collaboration with your Director, lens & shot selection, operating coverage & continuity, etc. Alex's group took to the streets to shoot and learn how to solve the problems of uncontrolled lighting conditions and difficult ext locations.

And so it went on Day Two, with all groups rotating through on set shooting, exterior work plus extensive theory and screenings that illustrated various visual techniques.

Day Three involved a visit to Deluxe Laboratories where film that the students had shot was screened in the suite and the role of the Colorist, telecine workflow and color grading were discussed with Colorist Stanley Lopuszanski. The final session for the students was an invaluable Q&A with Alex, Brendan and Ellery. This was an opportunity to discuss at firsthand with these esteemed cinematographers their role, the choices they make and their experiences in filmmaking.

Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive largely due to the "hands on " approach and the chance to learn from working cinematographers, all in all, a very sucessful event that we look forward to being involved with in the future
Our thanks go to Kodak for their support of cinematography and Ellery, Brendan & Alex who generously shared with the students, their knowledge and experience gained over the years in their respective careers.

Swinburne School of Film and Television
Swinburne University of Technology
Prahran, VIC

Camera Assistants: Geoff Skilbeck, Ezster Faradi (Lemac) William Adam Russ, Loader Elvis Pramond Vittal. Grip: Tony Hall (Grip Equip) and Gaffer: Peter Ryan (PX2).

The Equipment:

1x Arri SR3 16mm cameras with full kit of primes and zoom lenses.
1x Arri SR3 16mm cameras with full kit of primes and zoom lenses (for use with SteadyCam.)
1x Arri 435 35mm Camera with full kit of primes and zoom lenses.

1x Aaton Penelope 35mm Camera with full kit of primes and zoom lenses.

Grip (Tony Hall)
Fisher Dolly
Western Dolly
Slide Dolly
Rocker Plate

2011 Victorian/Tasmanian ACS Awards Online Entry Now Available

For the 2011 awards, ACS members are able to enter the awards by filling an online form posted on the ACS website at this url:

Members are able to pay via Credit Card (paypal), direct debit EFT or by sending in a cheque.

THE DEADLINE FOR AWARDS ENTRIES IS 1700HRS OCT 7 2011. This deadline includes the deadline for receiving the physical entry.

Entrants can submit entries on the following formats: HDCAM, Digital Betacam, DVD, BluRay and Data* into the categories listed here:

Once an entrant fills in the online form they can follow the instructions emailed to them via their confirmation email to courier, mail or hand deliver physical entries, such as tapes, discs or USB drives to the address specified. Entrants should print and stick the labels emailed to them to the media and its container.

For entrants who chose to upload their data entry to the ACS via the VIC/TAS dropbox, they can do so by uploading it to this url:, provided that the file is less than 500MB. If entering a data file please place your name and project name and the entry number in the confirmation email into the file name eg:

Note that data entries must adhere to specific encoding guidlines listed in the terms and conditions, which can be found here:
Data entries not falling within these guildlines may be ineligible.

For queries about the Awards, members can get more information by contacting the following:

e: [email protected]
Jaems Grant ACS ph: 0419 588 603
Warwick Field ph: 0417 380 172

ACS Accreditation Applications

If you are considering applying for Accreditation this year please contact Victorian President Alan Cole ACS. Applications close on Sept 9th.
Email Alan at
[email protected]
or phone on 0418 178 219

Membership Cards Issued soon

Financial Members of the Victorian Branch of the ACS will be issued with Membership cards in September. Members who have not renewed their membership by August 31st will not receive cards for 2011/2012.

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