National eNews ~ SPRING Edition ~ 1st September 2017


Editor: Lizz Vernon

National eNews and much much more....

Message from the President:

Greetings ACS friends and colleagues,

As you read this I am preparing to fly to Oslo to attend an IMAGO Board meeting and the 2017 Oslo Digital Cinema Conference, which promises to be an outstanding event, taking place from September 8th to 10th,

at the Norwegian Film Institute.
Numerous, well known International technical experts and cinematographers will be holding lectures, showing and demonstrating new equipment and discussing production methods. Many camera and equipment manufacturers will be present discussing their plans for the future. I will make a full report on my return which will be either be in an E news Bulletin or the October edition.

AWARDS JUDGING will begin in September with the NT Branch utilising the SILVERTRAK Media Room to view entries remotely and have the judging panel assess and advise of their decisions. I wish all the entrants across all Branches the very best of luck, and I look forward to seeing the fantastic work of all our ACS members. This method of judging is being used by other Branches as well as IMAGO for their inaugural International Awards for Cinematography, which will see four of our very own entered into three categories:

Backtrack by Stefan Duscio ~ (Best Cinematography Feature Film)
The Daughter by Andrew Commis ACS ~ (Best Cinematography Feature Film)
Wolf Creek by Geoffrey Hall ACS ~ (Best Cinematography TV Drama)
Tales by Light - 'Darren Jew Submerged' by Abraham Joffe ~ (Best Cinematography Documentary Film)

They will compete against 100 other entries across the 3 categories, which makes it a truly International Awards presentation. The Awards will take place in Helsinki, Finland on October 28th.

There is plenty in this edition so enjoy the read….

Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS

The Australian Screen Sound Guild would like to extend an invitation to ACS members

The Australian Screen Sound Guild has opened its feature film judging screenings to the members of other industry guilds this year. The screenings will be held in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Please click on the link below for your invitation and to see the full schedule of screenings. If you are interested in attending any of the screenings, the ASSG asks that you submit a one-off RSVP that will be valid for all the films. Details are in the invitation.

You are invited to the 2017 ASSG Awards Feature Screenings! »

The 2017 ACS Awards for Cinematography season is rapidly approaching...

Wiith the NT Awards presentation being held on Saturday, 23rd September @ Darwin Deckchair Cinema in 2 parts – 1 for ACS members & one for the public on the same night, as part of the Darwin International Film Festival. Ray Martin AM will be the Master of Ceremonies and David Brill ACS the Awards Guest of Honour.
The other Awards presentations are as follows:

SA / WA: 28th October 2017 @ Frasers - Adelaide Oval
QLD: 11th November 2017 @ The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley
NSW / ACT: 18th November 2017 @ SMC Function Centre, Sydney
VIC / TAS: 25th November 2017 @ Dark Studio, Kensington Vic

The 2018 National Awards will be held in Queensland on Saturday, 5th May 2018 at Brisbane Customs House.

The sun shines on Lemac Queensland!

2017 has been an extremely busy year in across all offices, with Lemac Rentals supporting a high volume of productions ranging from commercials, corporates, and documentary through to feature drama and episodic TV. Fresh off the back of a recent renovation, Lemac Queensland in particular has had a full calendar.

It has been fantastic to see the level of production in Queensland continue to grow, and we are very excited to be a part of it. In recent times, we have supported the following Queensland productions; “Hoges” and “The Second” – DP Mark Wareham ACS, “In Like Flynn” – DP Peter Holland ACS, “Occupation” – DP Tony O’Loughlan, “Grace Beside Me” and “The Family Law S1 & S2” – DP Murray Lui, “The Bureau of Magical Things” – DP Andrew Conder SOC ACS, “Harrow” – DP Robert Humphreys ACS.

“Lemac have been around for as long as I’ve been in the business and are an integral part of the Australian film and television industry. The Lemac team is responsive, innovative and adaptable and their experience shows with every kit prep. They’re often the first to have the latest gear, which is crucial now more than ever. In this rapidly changing industry it’s good to have some things you can rely on and I’ve learned that I can rely on Lemac, my first choice in camera rental companies.” - Rory McGuinness ACS

“Lemac QLD provided bespoke camera and lens packages for feature 'The Second'. The prep and support was first class.” – Mark Wareham ACS

“We have been dealing with the Lemac rentals team for years now.  Not only are they at the forefront of obtaining the best gear around, their team is also knowledgeable, friendly and always very helpful.  We look forward to doing business with Lemac well into the future.” – Josh Zaini (Light and Shade Media)

"I love to hire gear from Lemac because I know that I can trust their expertise to help me get the best equipment for the job. The Lemac crew are very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic with their help and their urgency to fix problems should they arise on set. The Equipment they have is always well maintained and is usually the latest equipment available on the market. 
Always, great to deal with from Pre to Post!"
– Andrew Conder SOC ACS

“Lemac has been a great supporter of projects I have been lucky enough to shoot… from The Family Law Series 1 and 2 in QLD, to Rosehaven Series 1 shot in Tasmania... Awesome professional service with great people! Tim Jordin at Lemac QLD in particular has been there with great practical advice despite my outrageous requests! We’ve now worked together on a number of shows in last few years and I have always felt fully supported.” – Murray Lui

“I have been using Lemac for many years, with jobs ranging from magazine television through to feature films. It has been the communication and personal attention to service has been the reason I return. I find that creating a strong relationship and developing trust with the camera supplier keeps a show on budget, as approaches are discussed at the quote level and in detail. It’s not just the quality of the gear, but the reliable attention to detail, the continuing service and the support through pre-production and production that is the key to the successful photography of a show. Lemac cover all of these bases.” – Tony O’Loughlan

With over 40 years in the business, and a rental fleet that can take you to 4K and beyond, Lemac is the largest Australian owned rental house in Australia. With offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Lemac is ready to support you and your team on the next production.

Brisbane Rentals Manger ~ Tim Jordin : »
Sydney Rentals Manager ~ Lynn Simpson : »
Melbourne Rentals Manager ~ Jim Cookson : »

Chris Ras is this your NSW/ACT Awards entry?

If so,
you have inspired us to create...

The Golden Peg Award
for Drumroll Please

the most unusual method
entry delivery…

POSTCARD from the Margaret River....

Ron Johanson OAM ACS and Scott Hicks share a good old belly laugh!

Wonder what they were laughing about?

My guess:

They were asked if late entires could be accepted for the awards this year!

Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review consultation paper launched

The Department of Communications and the Arts, Screen Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have released a consultation paper inviting industry input towards the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review.

Read full If Mag article here »
READ: Consultation Paper »

You can respond to the review questions via an online form or email. You can also lodge a formal submission on the department’s website, or arrange a meeting.

Links below

The consultation period ends September 21

Online Survey »
Department Website »
Email via »

@austcine Check out each new Host

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