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eNEWS #39  -  MAY 2013

In This Issue

• Quote of the Month

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
'Wentworth' edited by ASE members Philip Watts & Ben Joss
Greetings Editing Colleagues,
Are you enjoying the new ASE website?  
Remember to update your personal bio page.  This is what directly links to the searchable ASE Members Directory.  You can't sell a secret, so tell everyone about your industry experience!.
We will soon be promoting this free 'Find an Editor' function to the broader industry, as well as the free 'Place a Job Ad' service.
ASE Vice President Mel Annan has produced a wonderful resource - the 2012 Wages and Condition Survey.  This is the result of your input last year.
Check it out HERE in the Wages & Conditions section of our website... It's interesting reading.
And one last time for those yet to explore the website and it's functions ...
2. Enter your personal email address into the 'Membership Login'.
(use the email address that is registered with the ASE).
3. Leave the Password field blank.  Press 'Forgot password'.  You'll be emailed a temporary password.
4. Retrieve the email and enter the temporary password into 'Password' field.
5. Click 'Log Me In'.
Under the 'membership' pull-down menu is 'my membership'.  Go ahead and update your professional details.
This is your personal page to display a bio, credits, showreel and your personal website link.
You can change your password here too.
This information will show on your personal page of the 'Members Directory' search - EXCEPT for personal details like home address, email address and phone number (these are kept strictly private).
Check out the Forum pages too.  Go crazy with posting editing questions or wonderful information!.
Remember, it really is a matter of "what can you do for your Guild?".
Please let us know what you'd like to contribute or make available to share.
Let's find great comfort in supporting each other.
Jason Ballantine ASE
ASE President 


State Updates


The Victorian branch is busy preparing a few very exciting events for the next couple of months.
Details will be published shortly. We would like to officially welcome on board Chris Hocking as a new committee member.
With the St Kilda Film Festival just around the corner, the ASE will once again be involved, not only for the Industry Day (a great way of profiling the ASE) but also with an editing panel on the 29th May.
Our thanks to committee member Rob Nairn for all his hard work in organising the events, while also juggling the role of new first time father.
On the subject of the SKFF, the ASE had a team at the annual Film Trivia night, which included, amongst others, another recent new committee member, Shan Jayaweera.
In what was a highly competitive evening, the ASE team came in a very respectable fifth place.
Congratulations to all.
Steven Robinson ASE
Chairman, VIC Committee

Meet the ASE Community

Meet The Member: Adrian Rostirolla

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Adrian has been in the industry for about 17 years. He has edited Features, TV Drama and Documentary. Currently he is editing the TV Drama series House Husbands.
I knew I wanted to work in post when… I made a home movie using 2 VCRs with my friends based on Mad Max in the late eighties.
My first break in the industry was… getting a work experience placement at Metro TV in 1994. I then volunteered with various productions. That was my crash course in basic film making.
The thing I love most about editing is… the combination of skills that an editor has to work with. Not only are you picture editing, you are sound editing, music editing and in some cases scriptwriting. But the the ability to manipulate an audiences emotions is paramount.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... Always put in 110%, build a reputation and keep it. Patience is crucial and so is knowing when to pick your battles.
If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… A fulltime musician or a barista!

Meet The Member: Cindy Rodriguez

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Cindy started working in promo producing for various companies in London.
On her return to Australia she was determined to work in long form and assisted John Pleffer and Claire Fletcher on various documentaries.
At the start of the year Cindy joined ASE mentorship program and was introduced to Matt Town who facilitated her first break into the feature film industry.
Cindy is now Third Assistant Editor on Mad Max: Fury Road.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I did a production certificate at Metro Screen when I was 19. We had a variety of tutors for writing, producing and camera op, but the coolest and most encouraging was Phillipa the Editor. That's when it dawned on me that people actually did this for a living!
My first break in the industry was… In 2004 when I got a job as a production co-ordinator in London. I would sneak down to the edit suites whenever I could and assist the editors. Obviously I didn't last very long as a production co-ordinator, but I did get offered a job as a production assistant with the same company, which meant editing was part of the job description.
The thing I love most about editing is… The ability to affect how the viewer feels and responds on a subconscious level and it's something that I'm only starting to fully appreciate at the moment. Every minute decision the editor makes; juxtaposing images, cutting against the beat, extending a shot by 4 frames, all these elements ultimately work together to affect the spectator on an emotional or cerebral level and that is exciting stuff.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… Edit anything and everything. Learn the tools of the trade and don't worry about the quality of the footage to begin with. As you grow as an editor, so will the scale and the quality of the projects you work on.
If I weren’t in postproduction I’d be… Unemployed.

Meet The Committee: Shannon Longville

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I specialise in… Assisting, and I would like to move into long-form editing. I have a passion for sci-fantasy projects, or any genre/period piece with likeable characters.

My first break in the industry was… My current job assisting at Beyond Productions has me going in the right direction. Along the way there have been many people who have helped and supported me.

The highlight of my career so far… Having 'Cargo' screen as a 2013 Tropfest finalist, then seeing it go viral on youtube, with some great responses from viewers.

I was inspired to join the ASE committee… To help build a stronger guild via personal contribution! And to increase the amount of social events for editors, because trying to get us all in the same room is like trying to herd cats!

The ASE is important… Because we have so much to learn from each other, and the guild is a great way to foster relationships between fellow editors, and share common experiences.

Meet the Sponsor


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ASE members were recently invited to an information evening on the latest updates for AVID to come out of NAB. The events were held by Gold Sponsors, Videocraft in their Melbourne and Sydney facilities.
We caught up with Sales Director, James Taylor to learn more about one of our newest supporters.

In a nutshell, what is Videocraft?
Videocraft is a solutions provider specialising in providing equipment and systems for the creation, distribution and archiving of content. In other words, if you need to shoot it, edit it and broadcast it in any fashion we can help. Then once you’re done, we can help you keep your content secure.
A big part of our business is the role we play as systems integrators. This means we design and build systems that include everything from single edit suites to complete production facilities, with comprehensive support to match. We build systems for feature films, drama and reality projects all the way through to the world’s largest sporting events and we build these systems for clients all over the world too.
Finally we sell and rent the broadcast, production and post production industries some of the world’s leading equipment and have a full service, support and training team to boot.
When all is said and done, as a family-owned business, we place understanding our clients’ needs and getting the job done well at the top of our list of priorities.

You have a broad range of clients from large production companies, to freelance editors. How does your operation facilitate their varying needs?
First rule of Videocraft, listen then talk. We always work with our clients to come up with the best solution for them, and with the range of manufacturers we represent, we can choose the best products on their merits. This is best achieved by truly understanding the client’s and project’s requirements. Often we suggest solutions that either haven’t been tabled or were thought out of the ballpark as coming up with cost effective alternatives is a real specialty of ours.
Having both sales and rentals divisions means we can be flexible and can structure solutions towards either depending on what makes the best financial sense for the client. 
Something you’ll find said over and over by our clients is how much they value the knowledge we have gained over our many collective years in the industry. At the end of the day it’s this knowledge that pays dividends when you see the thought processes as they are used in all of the systems we build for our clients. That said, we never stop learning too.
How does the company keep on the cutting edge of new technologies? How do you gauge if a product has longevity or not?

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Event Report

Sound Bytes: NSW
Film Sound Workflow - From Shoot to Delivery
April 30th
The Sound Bytes series recently ran a Sound Workflow session at AFTRS, which sought to examine in detail film sound through its' various stages during the filmmaking process.
Chris McKeith - Head of Sound at AFTRS and Trevor Harrison - former ASSG president, hosted the night leading the conversation covering from location recording, sound management in the AVID for editorial, and maintaining meta-data for the Sound Post team all the way to the Final Mix.

On the panel was Ben Osmo (Location Recordist; Mad Max – Fury Road, The Sapphires), Derryn Pasquill (Assistant Sound Supervisor; The Great Gatsby, Australia) and Christine Cheung (Assistant Editor ; The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet).

It was a great night of lively discussions, and great audience participation with many detailed questions about mutli-camera shoots, media management (storage, backing up, file formats), and especially the intricacies setting up for location recording in challenging situations.

Soundbytes pics


Upcoming Events:


This an ASE event all about meeting other editors in a very relaxed environment (i.e. not an edit suite!).
Come down to the Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills on Sunday 26th of May and talk editing or talk anything!
All are welcome: Editors, assistants, students, anyone with an interest in editing.
It begins at 3pm and be sure to look for the red balloon!

Sundowners 26thMay2013




Only 8 places left for this two day workshop.
Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June 
The Friday night session on 7 June is filling fast.  
Bookings are open to everyone and can be made though this link: 
Event address:
Sun Studios
42 Maddox St Alexandria, NSW

RAW Workshops Flyer


The Sydney Film Festival turns 60 this year!

The full program is now available.
Click the banner below to go the SFF site, and see their free online publication in our "ON THE WEB" section...

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Sponsor Updates:

Blue Post Logo
Blue Post Opens in Sydney
ASE Gold Sponsor Blue Post have opened an office in Sydney with three major TV projects in tow; Puberty Blues Series 2 (Network 10), Power Games (Nine Network) & Carlotta (ABC TV).  Read more about the expansion here:


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Autodesk invite
ASE Gold Sponsor Autodesk welcome ASE members to join them for an event to be held in both Melbourne & Sydney that will highlight the tools used in Autodesk's Media & Entertainment Software.
For more information and registration details please go to:


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Adobe announce major update to Creative Cloud
Last week Adobe announced a major update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, packed with features, reimagining the creative process through a new set of “CC” desktop applications and enhanced cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. With this update, creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.  
Adobe also announced that the company will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward. While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community.
Creative Cloud includes stunning versions of Adobe’s next generation of desktop applications -- including Adobe Photoshop® CCInDesign® CCIllustrator® CCDreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC.
Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating.



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Established in 1990, Digistor is Australia's leading supplier of professionally supported solutions for the creation, management, storage and delivery of digital media.

Further company information is available from

Digistor Training Centre has announced a complete list of upcoming courses.
For further information see here:

Don’t forget ASE Members are entitled to 10% off all training courses !



 AFTRS Open logo

New Sydney courses recently scheduled include:
‘Editing in Factual TV’ (June)
‘Data Management for Editors’ (July)
‘Advanced Cinema 4D’ (August)
Editing courses in Sydney with remaining spots include:
‘Avid 101:V6: Editing Essentials’ with David Forsyth
‘TV Assistant Editor’ and ‘Avid for Final Cut Pro Editors’ all in May
VFX courses over the next few months include:
‘Colour Grading with DaVinci Resolve’
‘Intro to After Effects’
‘Advanced After Effects’
‘Cinema 4D: An Intro’
Plus there are still a few spots in next month’s ‘Jill Bilcock: Editing Masterclass’ in Melbourne and the one-day intensive ‘The Creative Art of Editing’ in Adelaide.
For details of all upcoming AFTRS Open courses across the country visit:

Don’t forget ASE Members are entitled to 10% off all training courses !


ON the Web



This ground-breaking initiative is a world-first, designed as a free digital-only publication with thousands of pages of content and images, creating something so large it could never have been printed.
You can view it here:




48 EcoFilm Challenge is back
Team Registrations now open. Places are strictly limited so get in fast!
Register today!


Quote of the Month

Mark Atkin ASE pic

"When I'm editing I need lots of time to talk to the director about anything and everything.
Once we understand each other better, the work becomes more fluid and very little needs to be said."


Mark Atkin A.S.E.



Our Sponsors

Deluxe The Editors Avid Autodesk
Blue Post Digistor Adobe Two Dogs
Video Craft Roar Digital Spectrum Films Langoor

We would like to thank our Sponsors for their invaluable support of our Guild.
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