Australian Cinematographers Society
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The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing a forum for Australian Cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual co-operation. The ACS states the following aims:
- To keep members informed about the latest technology with new equipment demonstrations and ideas through meetings and seminars.
- To further the advancement of Cinematography in all fields and give due recognition to the outstanding work performed by Australian Cinematographers.
- To provide a forum for Cinematographers to meet with other members of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas, promote friendship and better understanding of each other's industry role.
Its first President was Syd Wood ACS. Its current President is Ron Johanson OAM ACS. The ACS presents annual awards for achievements in cinematography, including the Golden Tripod (the ACS's highest award for excellence), and the Milli Award to its Cinematographer of the Year. Members of the Society who are "accredited" are allowed to use the ACS suffix after their name. Accreditation is considered one of the highest honours bestowed upon a member and accreditation demonstrates more than just professional competence, but also creativity, consistency and aesthetic innovation.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awarded the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) as the recipient of the 2014 Byron Kennedy Award at the 3rd annual AACTA Awards. The award celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence. The award jury said of their decision: "We have chosen the Australian Cinematographers Society under the stewardship of Ron Johanson ACS for its enduring and pivotal role in the pursuit of excellence throughout Australian cinema". The award was presented to Ron Johanson ACS on behalf of the Society at the AACTA Awards Ceremony in Sydney on Thursday, 30 January 2014.
Its National Headquarters and clubhouse is located in North Sydney.
Members with Oscars
Five ACS members have been awarded with the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
- Dean Semler ACS in 1990 for Dances With Wolves.
- John Seale ACS in 1996 for The English Patient.
- Andrew Lesnie ACS in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Russell Boyd ACS in 2003 for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
- Dion Beebe ACS in 2005 for Memoirs of a Geisha.
Books and publications
AC Magazine is the quarterly journal of the Australian Cinematographers Society.
In May 2012, the ACS published book, The Shadowcatchers: A history of Cinematography in Australia. (see external links)
- Wood, Syd "A detailed history of the Australian Cinematographers Society"
- "Executive and Committees"
- Australian film and television chronology, Australian Film Commission.
- http://www.cinematographer.org.au/cms/page.asp?ID=20069 Accreditation
- http://www.cinematographer.org.au/cms/page.asp?ID=20066 National Headquarters