ACS NSW Focus 17th April 2017


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In this Issue:

April Drop In
46th National Awards
Camera Department Standard Rates

April Drop In

Simon Duggan ACS

As an extremely in demand and busy cinematographer Simon Duggan ACS, (The Great Gatsby, 300: Rise of an Empire, Warcraft: The Beginning, Hacksaw Ridge) has been hard to pin down but the NSW committee is very pleased to announce that he will be our guest at the April Drop In.
Simon will screen parts of the multi award winning Hacksaw Ridge and, as usual, questions from the audience will stimulate what is bound to be a great Q&A.
The opportunity to learn from and chat with a cinematographer of Simon's calibre doesn't come along very often so don't miss this special night.
Thursday 20th April at ACS HQ (address below) and as usual doors will open at 6pm with Simon's presentation starting at 6:40pm - or thereabouts.

2017 National Awards

If you've been receiving Short Ends, the National ACS newsletter, you'll be aware the 46th National Awards For Cinematography are just around the corner - 6th of May 2017.

The NSW committee has been working hard to make the National Awards a memorable event and has chosen Strangers Dining Room at NSW Parliament House as the venue. Once again our Master of Ceremonies will be long time supporter and ACS Life Member Ray Martin AM and Guest of Honour will be Stephen Windon ACS ASC.

It's worth noting that traditionally our Awards evenings start at 6:30pm but this year venue requirements mean we will be commencing the evening at 5:30pm.

This is "the" night on the ACS calendar, and not to be missed, but there's a lot happening in the lead up.
Here's a run down of events from Wednesday 3rd May.

Below are important links associated with the National Awards.

Reserve your seats to the big night »

RSVP Rosco Drinks at Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

RSVP Sonderoptic & Leica Lenses Presentation

National Camera Department Standard Rates and Charging Practices: Proudly supported by the ACS

Camera assistants nationwide are currently in talks with the support of the MEAA regarding the state of rates across the country and the possibility of creating a nationwide standard rates card.
Recently a meeting was held with the MEAA in Sydney and concerns were raised over the state of rates and the growing number of "deals" being asked of camera crews across the country, particularly in Sydney.    
The main issue at hand is the future of our industry if the minimum wage and working conditions do not meet a fair minimum, and also the need for a standard and acceptable practice for charging that keeps productions and practitioners accountable and protects the penalties that ensure a safe and ongoing industry.  
The MEAA has been running a get real on rates campaign recently and so it seems like now may be as good a time as ever to unify the camera department in Australia.
Based on discussions it seems that a standard 10hr commercial day needs to be implemented to fight the 28% discount currently being asked of in the commercial world of Sydney.  This is not necessarily the case in all states but again this is an opportunity to band together for the future and to get tough on rates.  
As well as this, a standard rate card would be created for commercials and a standard minimum rate card would be created for Feature films, TV series / low budget features/ documentaries. 
These rate cards would be made available to booking agents, production companies and producers ahead of time to allow for a smooth transition.  They would also become a readily available resource for new camera crew members as well as for new and old producers to know what to expect to be charged across the board.  
Rates would be up for review every 12 months and would come into effect later in the year (with existing agreements to be honoured).  Other information included would be standard charging practices and minimum crew requirements for particular jobs.   For the most part the current conditions of the MPPA and BREA agreements would be accepted with the exception of any rates and conditions mentioned otherwise in the new standard rates cards.
In order for these new rates and standards to work, camera assistants will need the support of not just each other but also the entire camera department community and the MEAA.  
Questions being asked of 1st and 2nd AC's are if they would agree to stand together and accept the standard rates and be prepared to say no to jobs that do not comply to the standard rates and charging practices.  So far the responses have been positive.
We would love to hear from any ACS members who have more to add to these discussions (for and against).  If members are happy to support this move when it occurs and in particular, if there are any issues that directly affect them that need addressing also.  
For more information or to have your say please contact:


Here's the latest on courses available at AFTRS
AFTRS Diplomas - Mid Year Intake Open
Applications close 5th June for AFTRS Mid-Year intake Diplomas.
All Diplomas are sixteen weeks and part time over evenings, Saturdays or online so you can continue to work while you study.  
Courses offered include:
Diploma in Colour Grading
Gain the skills to interpret and apply colour grading requirements to achieve an intended cinematic look. Applications close 5th June.
Diploma in Camera
Learn the craft of cinematography. Develop your ability to confidently capture quality picture and sound across a range of shooting requirements. Applications close 5th June.

AFTRS Short Courses
AFTRS short courses in the coming months include:
Lighting Fundamentals Intensive (15% Discount before 30th April),
Camera & Sound Basics
Advanced Lighting Skills
Three Week Film School

For further information use these links:

Diploma in Colour Grading »
Diploma in Camera »
AFTRS Short Courses »

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