John Wheeler ACS

John Wheeler was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

John Wheeler is a cinematographer who has worked across all genres with great success and has contributed to the growth of the Society for decades.

John began his career in 1973 at Video Tape Centre or VTC, a small company in a small factory in a small street in Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne. VTC along with Bill Armstrong Recording Studios eventually became AAV.

Alan Cole ACS introduced John to film style lighting and was an excellent teacher. The great Volk Mol ACS, a master with hard light, and Ian Baker, the master of soft light were a great influence on John’s work.

After a short time John was shooting film and went freelance. He was kept busy shooting TVCs for Melbourne and Sydney production companies, mainly on 35mm. It was a very buoyant time for the industry and John spent 1987 based in Toronto filming TVCs for North America.

His first feature experience was as second unit DP on “Sky Pirates” with Garry Wapshott the Director of Photography. In 1989 John shot “Flynn” his first feature, and for this work he received an ACS Gold award. He has been awarded ACS Gold awards in the Feature Film, TVC, Music Video and Corporate categories.

John is a former Vice President and President of the Victoria Branch, and has been a prime contributor to the advancement of the ACS. He has served the Society and its members with great distinction.