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President's Blog - April 2013

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From the President

Greetings ACS colleagues,

This April E News will advise you of many special ACS events, one of the most pleasing being the birth of a little boy, Leonardo Boyd Fraser, to happy parents Greig & Jodie and big brother Felix. Yet another cinematographer and ACS member of the future.

ACS supports KidzFlicks

Speaking of which, I am overjoyed at the response to the ACS being part of the KidzFlicks festival. These youngsters are the future of our industry and in particular, the cinematographers of the future, that we must all nurture and encourage as much we can. Iíve had discussions with the good people at KidzFlicks and offered them any ongoing support they may need from us at the ACS. To see the faces on these kids when the first time they enter a cinema is to see their own film, on the big screen for all to see, is an absolute joy, and brings a tear to the eye. Great stuff!

Congratulations to David Lewis ACS who mentored and offered encouragement when it was needed. Now itís our turn!

Wanted: National E News Editor

This E News edition will be the last to be edited by Kirsty Stark. I cannot thank Kirsty enough for her diligence and her amazing contribution to not only the success of the E News but the work she has done for the SA Branch and the National Executive. Thanks from us all Kirsty and all the very best of good fortune in the next phase of your career.

So, who feels like stepping up and taking on the job of National E News Editor? Contact me on Iíll be waiting for all the applications!

Geoff Boyle ACS RAW Workshops Open for Bookings

Iím pleased to announce the opening of bookings for the Geoff Boyle RAW Workshops. We will be opening bookings in two stages, the first for ACS members, then the second phase for other industry practitioners.

In this series of Workshops, Geoff Boyle will take you through RAW workflow from acquisition, to on set media management, to post production. With a healthy mix of theory, practical demonstrations, personal observations and hands on sessions, you will discover the every day issues of using RAW, what it adds and how to handle it.
All RAW camera systems available today will be covered, including ARRI Alexa, Sony P65, F55, Penelope D, RED, Canon C500, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and RED Dragon. Post systems will include: Colourfront Express Dailies, IRIDAS Speed Grade, Da Vinci Resolve and RedCine-X.

Topics will include: Basic Theory, Theory of CFAs, Compression, Camera set up, Use of exposure meters, Cameras and meters, Simple laptop colour grading, Post workflow, Problems that can bite you!

Workshops will be held in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, with special admission prices for members from the Tasmanian and NT Branches. There will be an additional informal evening workshop in Sydney for Directors, Producers, Editors, Production Managers as well as other industry practitioners.

Iím confident this will be a very popular series of events, so be sure to book as soon as possible.

To find out more information and book, visit the relevant link for your state:

My thanks to all the sponsors and supporters of this event for their contributions, without whom it would have been very difficult to achieve. It should remind us all that we should reciprocate the loyalty of our sponsors and supporters.

2013 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

Canberra will be celebrating its Centenary in 2013 and there will be no bigger night than May 25th when Gold award winning cinematographers meet to celebrate their night of nights in our Nation's Capital! Everyone is warmly welcome to come to Canberra for a weekend of festivities. More details soon, just save the date now so you don't miss out, as the ACT Branch, under the leadership of Robb Shaw Velzen, will no doubt have some surprises in store.

Until next timeÖ
Ron Johanson ACS


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