Vale – Geoffrey Williams

It’s with deep regret that I advise the recent passing of Geoffrey D Williams.

Geoff was very involved in re-establishing the SA Branch in the early eighties where he was very active on the committee as SA secretary for many years, assisting the then President Milton Ingerson OAM ACS.

He became a Full member in 1980 and Life Membership was bestowed upon him in 1989.

Geoffrey was passionate about cinematography and the ACS and in his later years he was a lecturer at TAFE SA in Light Square.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday 21st January in the Florey Chapel of Centennial Park Cemetery, Goodwood Road, Pasadena.

Rest in Peace in that great studio in the sky Geoffrey.

Ernie Clark ACS
SA President

Geoffrey D. Williams 4.5.1948 – 12.1.2014

Geoffrey D Williams was born in Orange NSW and as a young man was employed as a cinematographer, a job which he greatly enjoyed. In that position he travelled and filmed extensively ending up in Ceylon, where he lived for some time shooting the television series “The Elephant Boy”

After years working as a cameraman his bad back finally caused him too much pain and difficulties when lugging heavy cameras and gear, so he changed professions.

Geoff moved to Adelaide in the early 70’s taking up a teaching position at Kilkenny TAFE Media Unit. During the early 80s, along with his Cinematographic duties, he conducted a TV Production Techniques Course at the TAFE Kilkenny Campus. He also became closely involved with the design, and soon became overseer, of the new TV and Audio studio facilities being constructed at Adelaide TAFE Light Square.

In the late 80s, Geoff was D.O.P on the “Aussie Barbie” an innovative video production, using the, then, new Laser Disc technology as an interactive, multi option teaching medium. At that time, he was also involved with the TAFE SA trials of Narrow Casting a TV signal, via satellite, to remote communities as a possible replacement to Teleconferencing.

Geoff’s design and project management skills were recognised, when in the early 90s he became responsible for Special Projects within non-teaching areas of Adelaide TAFE. This included the electronic integration of all Lecture Theatres, Conference Rooms and production studios within Adelaide TAFE.

In his later years he became the manager of Adelaide TAFE telecommunications Learning Centre and responsible for the day to day operation and management of the extensive TAFE SA Video Conferencing Network, where he stayed until being diagnosed with Leukaemia seven years ago.

Geoff was one of the founding members of the resurrected SA Branch of the ACS and continued working on the state committee for many years. In those early days of the branch and with little support, Geoff effectively ran the local society including organising and running the state awards, almost single handedly.

Geoff became a full member of the Australian Cinematographers Society in 1980 and was awarded Life membership in 1989.