ACS Short Ends E-News - September 2012

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In This Issue

- From the President
- A Postcard from Steve Windon ACS
- Sponsor Spotlight: Panavision
- Awards Entries Now Open!
- A Message from the Editor of AC Magazine
- Directors of Photography: Personal Works
- A Postcard from Brad Shield ACS
- Shadowcatchers Book Launch
- ACS HQ Report - August 2012
- ACS Secures SIDE BY SIDE Documentary for Member Screenings
- Funnel Web Spider Dolly
- Proposed Neil Davis Museum
- Octocopter For Sale
- ACES-IIF Workflow
- Upcoming Short Courses at AFTRS Open

From the President

Greetings ACS colleagues,

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate ACS Accreditation & Awards judging. It really is a celebration of the very best we have to offer as cinematographers, no matter which genre we work in.

September is also the month for the National AGM, where all the branches' representatives assemble to elect the new National Executive for the 2012-2013 year. It’s a real opportunity to have a voice and to put forward ideas and proposals to ensure the ACS continues to grow, and more importantly listen to the views and opinions of our members. If you have something to say, please let your Branch President know and they can table your recommendations to the meeting on September 9, or contact me at:

Accreditation screenings will take place at the ACS HQ on September 7 & 8. We have a fantastic panel assembled this year including; David Wakeley ACS, Ellery Ryan ACS, Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, Anna Howard ACS, Geoff Burton ACS, Ernie Clark ACS, Alan Cole ACS, Garry Phillips ACS and Ted Rayment ACS. David Lewis ACS and I will act as scrutineers. The successful candidates will earn the right to use the letters ACS after their name, and they will be presented with their Accreditation pin and certificate at their respective Awards presentations in October/November.

The ACS Patrons Wall of Can Do is almost full, and the generosity of the Branches must be acknowledged. I thank you for showing the confidence to reinvest your hard earned funds in the future of the National Headquarters, which incidentally, draws praise from all those who have paid a visit and enjoyed the hospitality afforded them. Welcome and thanks to the Tasmanian Branch as our latest contributors to The Wall.

Thanks to NSW member Damian Smith, who has generously given his Worrall Head to us on loan. This will enable us to position the Ross Wood Elemack dolly, Mitchell camera and now the Worrall Head in a prominent position in the HQ for all to see. We are very fortunate.

But it gets better! We now have a comprehensive list of all the wonderful books available in the Bruce Hillyard Room at the ACS HQ. After many long hours, this has finally been put in place by Ted and Anne Rayment. To see the list click on the link:

Many thanks to Ted and Anne for their fantastic work.

The ACS Mentor Scheme was re introduced this year, with much success. Thus far we have 4 confirmed placements with cinematographers; Ridley Williams, Mark Wareham ACS, Andrew Commis ACS, Peter James ACS ASC and one still to be finalised with Dion Beebe ACS ASC.

The ACS is a proud supporter of the following competitions and events this year:
- The 48 Hour Film Project
- The Cockatoo Island Film Festival
- 19th WOW – World of Women Film Festival
- The Music Video Mash Up 2012.
- Australian Production Designers Guild Awards 2012.

In closing, I thank you all once again for the honour you have afforded me by allowing me to be your National President over the past four years. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience and I am very proud of the ACS itself, its role within our industry, the generosity of its members and the optimism we all share for the future. It is my pleasure to nominate once again for the National Presidency.

Until next time,
Ron Johanson ACS
National President

A Postcard from Steve Windon ACS

Hi Ron,

A Postcard from the set of Universal's "The Fast and the Furious," shooting in London. It's been crazy shooting here during the Olympics, but has been a great buzz at the same time.

Great to be working with my 1st AC brother Matty again. The two of us are seen in the attached snap, along with my sons Tom and Mitch, who spent the day with us at Shepperton Studios. Future camera department?

Should be back in November. We'll see.

All the best,


Sponsor Spotlight: Panavision

Increased production levels have seen Panavision Australia kept busy recently with a range of international and local shoots.

Now in its second month of filming, the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road is shooting on the other side of the world. Director/creator George Miller’s stellar crew includes renowned cinematographer, John Seale ACS ASC. Currently they are freezing/boiling/freezing in the Namibian desert.

John Seale ACS ASC - DOP "Fury Road"

The Wolverine (Dir.: James Mangold) is now underway in Sydney and is in the experienced hands of US based cinematographer, Amir Mokri. The majority of the shoot will be at Fox Studios, plus locations in NSW and Japan. Fresh from completing I, Frankenstein, Ross Emery ACS is the second unit cinematographer.

Good news for Melbourne with the latest series of Seven Network’s Winners and Losers (Prod: Bevan Lee/Maryanne Carroll) being confirmed. Cinematographer Greg de Marigny’s debut in Prime Time television drama comes hot on the heels of his third feature, Blinder (Dir.: Richard Gray, 2013).

Adding to his growing list of international productions, Judd Overton has just finished filming Nim’s Island: Return of the Pirates (Dir.: Brendan Maher) in Queensland.

Judd Overton - DOP "Nims Island 2"

Recently wrapped in Victoria is The Dr. Blake Mysteries (Dir.: Ken Cameron, ABCTV), a ten-part series photographed by Lou Irving ACS. You can still read our recent interview with Lou on the Panavision website:

A big welcome back to Australia for Mandy Walker ACS ASC who will soon be filming John Curran’s next movie, Tracks. Following camels across the outback, Mandy will be using Panavision Millennium cameras and anamorphic lenses.

Awards Entries Now Open!

The 2012 State and Territory Branch Awards are open for entries.

Don’t miss out on having your work included in the judging for the 2012 State and Territory Awards and the chance to go through to the National Awards in Canberra in 2013.

SA/WA Awards Entries opened August 1 & close September 14

NSW/ACT Awards Entries opened 13 August & close 21 Sept.

VIC/TAS Awards Entries opened September 1 & close October 6.

QLD/NT Awards Entries opened September 1 & close October 2.

Click on the following link for more details about the awards:

Directors of Photography: Personal Works

This Photographic Exhibition was held first in Queensland and is now showing at the ACS HQ. There are plans to change and to add to the Exhibition, so who knows where it will pop up next?

We look forward to seeing you there at the opening night on Thursday, September 6.

Panavision, as well as supporting the event from the beginning, have very kindly provided refreshments for the opening night, and we thank them.

A Message from the Editor of AC Magazine

There's a lot happening in our industry that I don't know about. And if I don't know about it, I can't run a story on it.

And please don't think that I'm only interested in big movies. On the contrary… if you shoot for any of the following categories - docos, current affairs, magazine, news (dramatic or interesting), music videos, science, experimental, short films, big budget movies, low budget movies, no budget movies, TV commercials, TV drama, TV soaps, sport, art installations, industrial, health etc., I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO.

So send me something!

Dick Marks. Ed.

A Postcard from Brad Shield ACS

Brad Shield sent us a postcard from the set of a film he has just finished shooting, with the working title 'Sweetwater.' It is directed by twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller, and stars Ed Harris, January Jones and Jason Issacs.

Click below to read Brad's postcard on the ACS website.

A Postcard From Brad Shield ACS »

Shadowcatchers Book Launch

There will be a special Shadowcatchers book launch event on October 10 at the HAYDEN ORPHEUM PICTURE PALACE.

A panel discussion will take place, moderated by David Stratton and including Bruce Beresford, Martha Ansara, Jack Thompson, Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC, Geoff Burton ACS, Peter James ACS ASC and Pieter De Vries ACS.

This will be very special and is one not to miss, so plan ahead to ensure you get a good seat. ACS members, on presentation of their ACS membership card will have free entry.

Check out the link:

ACS HQ Report - August 2012

Another busy month at the HQ.

Pieter de Vries almost took up residency this month, holding 15 days of his very popular classes at the HQ, with more to be held in September.

The Channel 9, 60 minutes team again used the facility for one of its interviews.

The Australian Designers Guild held their awards meeting in the boardroom.

Ian Nicholson, NSW member, will again conduct his introduction to film classes over the next four Wednesday nights.

Several members have taken advantage of the Mac computer in the Archives to hone their editing skills , download cards and do some color grading on their work.

Sidat De Silva showed the members some of his work at very low light levels with the Canon C300 camera on his short film at the very popular NSW ACS Drop In.

September also promises to be very busy at the HQ.

First off will be the DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PERSONAL WORKS photographic exhibition starting on Thursday Sept 6

The Accreditation screenings will be held in early September, along with the National Annual General Meeting.

Remember the HQ is there for all members to use.

For details, contact:

David Lewis ACS

Anna Howard ACS

ACS Secures SIDE BY SIDE Documentary for Member Screenings

Thanks to the generosity of the Producers, Justin Szlasa & Keanu Reeves, the ACS have been able to secure this groundbreaking documentary to screen to our members. We will be able to send Blu Ray copies on a rotational basis to ALL branches to enable you to screen the film free to members, guests and sponsors only.

For those who are unaware of the film, it is a fascinating look at the shift from celluloid to digital and its impact on moviemaking: Keanu Reeves in conversation with film-industry heavyweights including James Cameron, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan and many more.

Click on the link to see the preview:

If you see one film this year, see this! More details soon.

Funnel Web Spider Dolly

The Funnel Web Spider Dolly has been designed and built by new NSW Branch member, Rory Anderson. Click on the links below to see some videos Rory has made to showcase what the dolly is capable of. It's excellent viewing!

Time-lapse footage:

Real-time Motorised Footage:

Rory states: The idea is to put the dolly on Kickstarter or equivalent but before I do I want to get some feedback from the film making community so it can be the best dolly it can be. I want to give that same quality and production value in the dolly but at a fraction of the cost of other dollys that are available today.

I have set up a Facebook page where the discussion can start:

The ACS Technical Committee had a good look at Rory’s dolly and their feedback can be found at the link below.

Rory will bring the Funnel Web system to one of the NSW Branch Drop In evenings in the very near future.

Click here to download the ACS Technical Committee's Report on the Funnel Web Spider Dolly »

Proposed Neil Davis Museum

Neil Davis was a legendary News cameraman, who is a member of the ACS Hall of Fame.

There is a proposal to establish in his hometown of Sorrell - which is just north of Hobart - a museum in his honour.

The ACS would obviously be a keen supporter of this proposal. Click on the link to see the story:

Octocopter For Sale

Queensland based cinematographer, Dan Macarthur is selling an Octocopter - full carbon fibre with gyro stabilized camera mount, suitable to carry a 5D or equivalent.

- Includes 2 batteries. Each battery provides about 12 minutes flying time.
- JR 2.4 gz transmitter with battery indicator and temp info down link.
- Has no video transmitter (quite cheap to buy).
- Flies really well with smooth pictures.
- Very minimal flying time.
- Never crashed.

$9,000.00 or nearest offer ($12k new). Postage and freight not included.

Contact Dan Macarthur on 0433 677 793

ACES-IIF Workflow

ACES is a workflow being developed by the Academy of Motion Pictures to standardise the process of digital production - from camera to exhibition.

This is yet to go through SMPTE standards.

Robert Morton has asked the ACS to take part, by coordinating a series of tests involving shooting a number of camera systems that are ACES compatible - F65, Alexa RAW, RED EPIC, running them through the pipeline and making the results available to all those interested. We’re likely to test standard workflows as comparisons so that a true understanding of the benefits can be attributed to the workflow.

ACES is still in its infancy - but more and more post production tools are starting to support it. It has not become a standard yet, but there are already productions like "Justified" that have used it - see American Cinematographer magazine March 2011.

More information and when and where the tests will be shot, will be available soon.

Upcoming Short Courses at AFTRS Open

AFTRS Open has a wide range of short courses in the coming months. Discounts of 10% apply to all ACS members.

Production Stills Masterclass
Taught by Alina Gozin’a, an award winning photographer, this two-day Production Stills Masterclass is an intense exploration of the craft of on-set stills photography for film, TV and theatre on a working film set!
13 - 14 Sep)

Lighting Fundamentals
Learn basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept.
12 - 16 Nov

Underwater Cinematography
Dive underwater with the professional cameras that are commonly used on underwater projects whilst receiving expert tuition on the unique challenges the underwater camera operator faces.
18 - 21 Oct

For full course details visit
Any questions contact us: 1300 065 281 /

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