Press Release from Kodak Entertainment Imaging

John Seale AM ACS ASC, Russell Boyd ACS ASC and Peter James ACS ASC will mentor 30 participants at the first of three Kodak ACS Masterclasses to be held over a three day period at the Australia Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) from June 21st to June 23rd.

Masterclass applications were opened to ACS members as well as Cinematography students from Australia’s leading film schools and the three days will be dedicated to the art of shooting and lighting both 35mm and Super 16mm film. Sessions will include hands on shooting exercises, portrait lighting, problem solving and mutli camera set ups, just to name a few. The workshop will conclude with a visit to EFILM to review the results of practical sessions in the DI suite.

The Masterclass will be led by John Seale AM ACS ASC (Academy Award ® Best Cinematography winner for The English Patient, 1996), Russel Boyd ACS, ASC (Academy Award ® Best Cinematography winner for Master and Commander: The far Side of the World, 2003) and the multi award winning Peter James ACS, ASC (Driving Miss Daisy, Black Robe, Meet the Parents, Mao’s Last Dancer) and will be supported by leading Australian filmmakers such as Ron Johanson ACS and Ben Allan ACS.

“It is a very unique situation to have such celebrated Cinematographers in one location imparting their wealth of knowledge on emerging filmmakers,” says Darren Swenson, General Manager of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division, Australia and New Zealand. “With over 60 applications for only 30 positions it is wonderful to see so many wanting to learn more about the art and craft of shooting on film from some of the best”.

Each applicant was asked to complete a questionnaire and a photographic exercise to determine their level of understanding of the basic principals and practices of Cinematography. Applications were reviewed by an ACS committee who determined the successful candidates.

“One of the fundamental charters of the ACS is the further advancement of cinematography in all fields,” comments Ron Johanson President of the ACS. “This Masterclass is an extraordinary chance for our up-and-coming Cinematographers to experience a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.”

Events like this require significant industry support and both Kodak and the ACS would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors; EFILM, Panavision, AFTRS, Deluxe Australia, LEMAC, FilmLighting and The Grip Shop.

Additional Masterclasses will be take place in both Melbourne and Brisbane in the coming months. For more information contact Leigh Christensen at [email protected]

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