SA eNews September 2017 - Entries closed - AGM results - Meet the Gaffer - Sponsors Assets - Profile Marie Press

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I hope you enjoyed the experience of entering your best recent work into the 2017 SA & WA Awards for Cinematography on the new online booking system that was developed for this years awards. And also enjoyed the convenience of uploading your entry files via our newest sponsor Digital Pigeon.

We have 94 entries this year and few were entered on physical media. The judging will be happening soon at AMPCO Films, I look forward to finding out who and what was awarded what.

Remember to put Saturday October 28 in your diary for the 37th Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography which will be held at the iconic Adelaide Oval with pre dinner drinks in the Rick Davies Bar overlooking the oval whilst the formal presentation will be a sit down dinner in the Cathedral Room.

We'll let you know soon when the bookings open.

Further down this eNews check out our Gaffer night, it will be a great opportunity to learn all sorts of things.

SA AGM wrap up

Well the AGM was a lot of fun. Well the Little Bang Games, sushi, drinks and pizza was fun anyway! Many thanks to Ryan and the team at Little Bang Brewing Co.

The results of the AGM are: President: Ernie Clark ACS

Vice Presidents: JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick & Mark Evans
Secretary: 
David Woolford

Assistant Secretary: Kirsty Stark

Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate

Assistant Treasurer: Richard Back

Committee Members:
Malcolm Ludgate ACS, Maxx Corkindale,
Viv Madigan, Rod Bolton, David Tang, David Gregan, Miles Rowland, Daniel Charlton & we welcome our newest committee member Claire Bishop

So if you have any suggestions for an ACS night be it educational, product or equipment related, a screening and/or a Q&A let one of the committee know and we'll do our best to make it happen. Or maybe you have a suggestion for a member who should be Profiled, just let us know.

Remember the branch can only be as good as the support it get's from it's members.

May I take this opportunity to thank the committee for their dedication and commitment over the past 12 months. I look forward to presenting as many interesting, educational and fun nights as we can develop.

How to work with a Gaffer presented by Graeme Shelton

Very experienced and talented Adelaide Gaffer, Graeme Shelton from Lycanthrope Lighting, will be conducting a Gaffer Night at Anifex 's studio on Monday night September 11.

Graeme has been around since the world was in Black & White!

This night is for all cinematographers whether you've worked with a Gaffer or not. Come and check out Graeme's 10.4 tonne truck full of gear and learn how the DoP / Gaffer working relationship works best.

Graeme will discuss the working relationship with a DoP (Graeme's worked with many of the best!), what lights you use for what, what lights you can run on house power, where to buy the best wine, and many other important tips of how to get the best out of working with a gaffer.

Graeme has worked on Features, Drama, TV Series, Television and thousands of commercials. Click on the link below and check out his CV and some of the DoP's he's worked with, luckily he's only listed back to 1980!

Many thanks to Best Boy Nathan Bolton who will help Graeme on the night.

This will be an informal night with drinks and food supplied and promises to be an educational, enlightening and amusing night.

RSVP essential please so we cater properly for this event. Sorry, ACS members only!

What: Meet the Gaffer night
Where: Anifex Studio, 65 king William Rd Kent Town
Dress: Warm as the studio can be cool at night
Time: 1800 for 1830 start
Food & Drinks: Will be supplied but please let us know if you have special dietary requirements.
Price: free to ACS members
RSVP: erniefilms@gmail.com

Click to check out Graeme's Drama credits »
Check out Graeme's impressive gear list »

Sponsors Assets

Hopefully all our wonderfull sponsors are getting their Programme Ads, Logos, Awards Vision ready as the deadline for these materials is September 8 so we can organise the printing of the Awards programme and compile the vision for the Awards night.

If any sponsor is not sure what their level of sponsorship is entitled to they can check it out in our 2017/2018 Sponsorship Proposal via the link below.

May I take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors who continue to support your branch. Without their help we could not do what we do. Please support them by buying or using their services.

Our 2017 /2018 sponsors include:
Major Sponsor South Australian Film Corporation
Gold Sponsors include AADC, Kojo, Picture Hire, ProAV Solutions & 7 News
Silver Anifex, Cameraquip, Digital Pigeon & MRC promising student $1.5K prize
Bronze Best FX, Camco, & Webster Hyde Heath Insurance Brokers

Click to download 2017/2018 SA Sponsorship Proposal »

Profile Marie Press

Hi Maree, can you give us an insight into how your career began.

I developed a passion for film at very early age. I used to read books and visualize the sets, position of cameras, the actors and could clearly see the stories before my eyes, all at the age 8! I grew up in castle Cimelice about 60 km south of Prague Czech republic, which was a Film School at the time, all I wanted to do is study film and that was that. Unfortunately because my dad’s political involvement against the Communist Party I had zero chance to even apply.

What was the spark that made you take your first step into the world of film?

When I came to Australia in 1987 as a political refugee with $20 in my pocket and no knowledge of the language and/or culture. I studied English and went to university to study nursing as a safe option of getting a job. I have enjoyed my career as a Registered Nurse and lecturer at Flinders University for many years. In 2012 I revisited the Cimelice castle and all my dreams came flooding back. My partner Bruce enrolled me into MAPS school where I major in Production and Camera.

What were some of your first productions?

My first short film I produced “My Shoes” has now over 3 million views on YouTube. It was accepted into Cannes Festival and won an Award for best short film in 2014. I have produced, directed and shot a number of promotional and educational videos including: Stinga T - music video “Gone” which played on RAGE.

What has been your most interesting project so far?

My most interesting project so far was producing a feature film “Friendship Love and Loyalty” in 2014 with a budget of $ 6,000! It was amazing to be surrounded with people completely selflessly dedicating their time and skills to create the film. We shot for 3 weeks continuously and we did not loose a single member of the team. I’m sure it was due to my daughter and her husband's catering skills, they are both professional chefs who came on set to feed the troops. “Feed them and they will stay" was my grandmother’s motto, not about crew but men (lol) but it works on every level.

Marie with her happy crew.

Tell us some of that challenges you faced doing that.

I have been told once that producing a feature film on no budget was not really knowing the craft but a fluke!!! I could not believe what I was hearing from an industry professional. The film took a year to shoot, edit and distribute and loads of hard work and dedication. It is now on Amazon Prime, You Tube, Google Play and Ozflix. It was very hard work but it paid off and all who worked on the film have now credits for a feature film. We could not do it without generous help of Malcom Ludgate ACS who was mentor to DOP Michael Selge and who provided heavily discounted equipment. Colourist Marty Pepper also donated his time to bring the images to a beautiful finish.

You're building a reputation in the industry here, is this where your future lies?

My favorite city is Prague, the magical medieval town, I would love to shoot a film there one day.

Maree, do you have a favourite film?

One of my favourite films is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” written by Czech writer Milan Kundera, staring Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche.

How about future projects, anything in mind?

My next project? Well I have a slate of different projects I’m trying to get financed, which is the very hardest part of filmmaking. One of them would be shot in SA only. Also, I would like to write a script for a psychological thriller that I have had in my head for a couple of years. That would be when I find the time to lock myself away.

Thanks Marie, it's great to see you attending so many of our ACS events. I wish you all the best in your career.

Upcoming dates

September 4 Committee Meeting

September 8 Sponsor Assets Deadline

September 11 Meet the Gaffer presented by Graeme Shelton

September 15, 16 & 17 SA & WA Awards Judging @ AMPCO Films

October 2 Committee Meeting

October 13 & 14 Accreditation Submission Reviews

October 15 National OGM

October 28th 37th Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography @ Adelaide Oval

November 6 Committee Meeting

December 4 Committee Meeting

December 11 SA ACS Christmas drinks

Christmas / New Year Break

February 5 Committee Meeting

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