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President's Blog - May 2014

Greetings ACS colleagues,

The countdown is definitely on to our 2014 ACS National Awards for Cinematography on Saturday, May 24 in Brisbane at The Tivoli, with our very special Guest of Honour, John Jarratt and Master of Ceremonies; Ray Martin. There will be the presentation of Golden Tripods and of course the recipient of the prestigious Milli Award for our 2014 Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be announced. Please put the date in your diary, phone, iPad, calendar, smart phone, etched into fresh concrete, carved on a tree, whatever it may be!

Our hosts this year are the thoroughly dedicated committee members of the Queensland Branch led by Jason Hargreaves ACS and Tony O’Loughlan, so it promises to be an absolute cracker of a night as is the Queensland tradition! GO QUEENSLANDER!

NATIONAL AWARDS BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!!

Our 2014 ACS National Awards for Cinematography happen on Saturday, May 24 in Brisbane at The Tivoli when the Golden Tripods and, of course, the prestigious Milli Award for our Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be announced and presented. Please put the date in your diary, phone, iPad, calendar, smart phone, etched into fresh concrete, carved on a tree - whatever it may be!

Our hosts this year are the thoroughly dedicated committee members of the Queensland Branch led by Jason Hargreaves ACS and Tony O'Loughlan, so it promises to be an absolute cracker of a night - as is the Queensland tradition! GO QUEENSLANDERS!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW, so please support your fellow cinematographers by going online and purchasing a ticket or two, or three.

NATIONAL SPONSORS ARE FREE TO BOOK THEIR TICKETS AS WELL.

There will be other events associated with the 2014 National Awards to be announced soon.

SPECIAL REMINDER TO ALL 2013 GOLD WINNERS

- Attend ACS National Awards, Saturday May 24th in Brisbane!!


All those who attend the National Awards will not only share in the excitement of the evening by simply supporting the winners but will also enjoy some fabulous food and wine along with experiencing Queensland hospitality and some fantastic “door prizes” offered by our generous National Sponsors.

IMAGO

I have just returned from Greece where I attended the Annual General Assembly (IAGA) of IMAGO. Many topics were discussed, of which some will be reported by our NZCS colleague Mark Swadel later in this E News.

The main discussion was the vote regarding admitting some of the Associate members; Australia (ACS), New Zealand (NZCS), Canada (CSC), Israel (ACT) and Japan (JSC) as Full members of IMAGO, with voting rights.

I am pleased and proud to advise you all that all four countries were made Full members, which is such an important step forward in the ongoing relationship between all member countries and all cinematographers worldwide. There are still some areas, such as Authorship rights that will take much time and effort to come to fruition, if at all, but at least we now have the mechanism in place to pursue these ideals.

It has been over 5 years since Ted Rayment, as our Federal President attended our first IMAGO meeting, and there has been much consultation and deliberation to bring us to where we are today.

ACS BOOK DOCUMENTS THE SOCIETIES HISTORY

A few months ago, our ACS Historian, Ron Windon ACS and I talked about having a small brochure explaining the fascinating history of the ACS available to all members. That “brochure” has now become a 160 page book, because of the passion of Ron Windon ACS, who has worked for hours, days, weeks and months to chronicle not only the history of the ACS, but the many members who have contributed to the Society since our inception.

This bound A5 book will be available free to all current members upon renewing their membership, and to all new members of the Society, in the coming months.

This publication has come about because of the generous support of Paul Jackson at Panavision and

Nick Buchner at Sony, enabling us to do an initial print run of the book, something we are most grateful for, and could not have done without the contribution of Panavision and Sony

ACS & DELUXE @ CINE GEAR 2014

One of our other National sponsors, Deluxe, have agreed to support the Society in our efforts to have a presence at CINE GEAR 2014 in Los Angeles at the beginning of June. The generous support of Deluxe CEO, Alaric MacAusland and Marketing Manager, Hayley Davis will allow David Wakeley ACS and Ernie Clark ACS to attend and to “man the ACS booth” to increase the awareness of the Society to a larger, more focussed market.

Without the support of all our ACS sponsors we would not be able to pursue these in initiatives for the benefit of all members and supporters alike, and we are extremely grateful.

ACS ACCREDITATION

ACS ACCREDITATION

ACS Accreditation application is now open, so if you have been a Full member for 3 years you are eligible to apply for Accreditation.

Should you require any information please contact National President, Ron Johanson president@austcine.org.au or ACS National Secretary secretary@austcine.org.au.

I look forward to seeing you at the National Awards in Brisbane.

Until next time…
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

 
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