Vic/Tas eNews 10th October

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The 47th Annual Victorian and Tasmanian Awards for Cinematography. Tickets are now On Sale

So, here we are. You have entered your finest work into the awards for judging. Now it's time to buy tickets to our most prestigious celebration of the year. And since you're pretty sure you will win, make sure you get tickets for your family and friends too so you can get plenty of pats on the back on the big night.

The ACS committee took off their shoes and socks and counted that these will be our 47th Annual Awards for Cinematography since the branch began in 1966! Our sights are now set on 2016 for the celebration of our 50th year. It will be BIG.

Set aside Saturday November 23rd and book your places now. Again this year, the Awards Ceremony will be held at the ANZ Pavilion at The Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Tickets can be purchased by following the link below and selecting the Vic/Tas Awards. Sponsors should also secure their seats here.

Click here to get tickets to the 47th Annual Awards »

Welcome to our newest Gold Sponsor, The George Revival Cinema, St Kilda

The ACS is very pleased to announce that the wonderful George Revival Cinema has come on board as a Sponsor. Located in Fitzroy St, St Kilda, The George is dedicated to screening the best of current release films as well as classics. Often you'll find sessions of retrospective works and spotlights on particular film makers. It is one of the few cinemas to continue to project film prints as well as DCP.

We expect to be holding some showcase ACS events there in the near future so stay tuned. It is a wonderful venue with great screens, comfortable seats, quality projection and a great licensed bar selling drinks and snacks.

ACS DISCOUNT: ACS Members will get admission at the Concession rate on presentation of your membership card. Please support this valuable sponsor and keep independent cinema alive and well.

Download the George Revival app for session times and offers.

Where: 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Visit The George Revival Cinema website »

Black Magic Cinema Camera Workshop with John Brawley

On Saturday October 26th, the ACS Victoria will be staging a very special opportunity for members to get the lowdown and hands on the range of Black Magic Cinema Cameras at Lemac Melbourne.

We are very fortunate to have John Brawley presenting the workshop in his enigmatic, straight talking manner where he will go through the latest advances and characteristics of the BMCC range. John has been involved in the testing and development phase of the cameras for some time and has shot several projects with them, including a chapter from The Turning. John's credits include Offspring and Puberty Blues among many others. Also present will be Soren Phillips from Black Magic Design who an integral and extremely knowledgable member of the design team.

The workshop will run on Saturday Oct 26 from 2pm - 5pm at Lemac Melbourne, Griffiths St Richmond. The price is FREE to members and $20 for non-members. Attendees will be asked for ACS Member cards at the event. Please bring yours along.

Tickets must be booked online to reserve your place. Members will be allocated a ticket free of charge. See the link below.

Click here to get tickets to BMCC Workshop »

Soundfirm Open House - an ACS Members-Only Exclusive Event

After relocating to a brand new purpose built facility, Soundfirm Melbourne
is hosting an Open House Evening on Tuesday the 12th of November exclusively
for the ACS. Don't be fooled by the name, Soundfirm is now fully equipped for visual post-production as well as audio.

Drop in between 6 and 9pm for drinks and nibbles and a variety of
screenings, as well as tours of the extensive facility and a friendly chat.

The evening will include screenings in 4K, 2K, 3D and HD with content
running on our Dolby PRM-4200 grading monitor, Christie 2K Grading suite
projector and Christie 4K Theater One projector on our 9.5x5.3 meter screen. Soundfirm also welcomes your colourist. If you have a colourist you like to work with, they are encouraged to use any of Soundfirm's Grading facilities with you.

Soundfirm will also be demo-ing Dolby Atmos, a brand new immersive sound delivery format exclusively in Australia at Soundfirm Melbourne.

This is a great opportunity to check out this world class facility during a cinematographer-focussed event

23-31 Fennell Street, Port Melbourne

When: Drop in between 6pm - 9pm Tuesday November 12th, 2013.

Price: FREE to members. Non-members will not be admitted.

Reserve your place online via the link below.

Click here to reserve your ticket »

Vale John "Jack" Wight, 1933 - 2013. A submission from Mark Hayward ACS

It’s with a sense of loss that Jack Wight passed away on Friday 27th of September. Jack was one of the last of the old school Gaffa’s. His knowledge, innovation and experience in the film industry was without question and would be hard matched by anyone. But Jacks talents went well beyond lighting, more than I can possibly mention here. In the days before ready-fit car camera rigs, Jack would hacksaw, file, weld, screw, bolt and manufacture the most sturdiest of steel camera rigs ever. None ever failed the test. Jack was also instrumental in the manufacture of one of the first ‘shoulder mounted’ helicopter mounts designed for 35mm Arri 2C/B and 10:1 lens configuration. Somewhat a little heavy, it worked beautifully and was quite stable. Although Jack might have been a little prickly to work with at times, in most instances he was amiable and of humorous nature and was always ready to enjoy a beer after a shoot.
Jacks career took him from lighting in the early 50’s in Toronto, Canada with the CBS network, then back to HSV7 Melbourne in 1959 as a senior lighting director until the mid 60’s where he then joined Cambridge Films as the in-house Gaffa. Jack, along with Ray and Keith Wagstaff and Director John Dixon soon bought Cambridge Films from industry veteran, Vern Wagstaff. With two permanent crews on staff, Cambridge went on to become one of the busiest film production company’s in Melbourne at the time. When Cambridge was called on to assist in the organisation of the first Sunbury Rock Festival in 1972, Jack played a large role in the co-ordination of essential services. But Jack also had a passion for sailing in his leisure time, and he was a long-time member of the Williamstown Yacht Club. Jack retired several years ago and after a nasty fall late last year, his health slowly deteriorated. Jack was a good mentor and he taught me a lot about lighting including the mechanics of various lamps. I sincerely thank him for that…………..Rest easy Jack!

Mark ‘Supa’ Hayward ACS
(ex Cambridge Films)

ACMI Discount for ACS Members

When you visit ACMI show your membership card to receive a Concession rate on cinema ticket purchases. If you visit ACMI often it is also worth considering their membership which provides further discounts and 2 free tickets.
There is a lot happening at ACMI at the moment and definitely worth a visit. "Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition" is now showing in the main exhibition hall and is fascinating, especially to cinematographers who have worked in Music Video. There is a Shadows and Light room featuring the art of music video cinematography.

See the website below.

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