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Screen Editors
eNEWS #62  - JUNE 2015

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
Industry News
Meet the ASE Community
On The Web
Get Involved
Sponsor Updates
Education and Training

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
WA Sundowners
Postinsiders event in Brisbane QLD @Cutting Edge
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G’day members,

It’s with some concern over my lack of good grammar that I write my first President’s welcome to your latest ASE eNews. Before we get started I first and foremost want to send a warm shout out to outgoing President Dany Cooper ASE, whose commitment and efforts to the guild have been paramount to our continuing growth and profile. Thank you Ms Cooper!

Now onto some business…we have a few events in the works over the coming months that would benefit greatly from some members input. Firstly, an Assistant Editors workshop slated for the second half of the year. Are you an assistant wanting to take your career to a new level? Are you an editor who has particular needs from an assistant that are not quite being met? Then please send through any and all suggestions about what this workshop can cover to ensure that those who sign up get the best possible experience. It will be aimed at working assistants wanting to hone their skill set.

Our other order of business is in relation to a very special part of our annual Ellie Awards, the induction of a new Life Member. This is a special honour only granted to a small few. It’s fundamentally given to someone who has made a significant contribution to the editing and post production community (for more info take a look at our life members page

To aid in creating our life member shortlist, please email through a short submission that would offer the committee some insight into why this particular person would be a great addition to this select group. If you can get a number of people to back your submission even better. This is a nation wide search, in fact we’d love to hear more about the stalwarts of the community in our smaller membership bases.

Please send your emails for both of these items through to

Finally, there is a ASE screening being held in Sydney this Wednesday the 17th, on the startling documentary Pitch Battle. You’ll find more details below. This is an open and free invitation to all members and guests and will also feature a Q&A with producer Dan Goldberg and editor, Garth Thomas. RSVP essential.

That’s it for me folks. Your committees are all working hard on numerous events, wages and conditions issues, and the 10th Annual Ellie Awards (which is like preparing a wedding ever year…seriously) so stay tuned.


Deborah Peart ASE
ASE President 

State Updates


First off, a big welcome to all the wonderful Queenslanders who recently joined (or rejoined!) the ASE. The Qld Committee is thrilled that our local ranks are growing once again. We can’t wait to catch up with you again at one of our upcoming events. Welcome on board!

On May 28, we teamed up with guild sponsor Cutting Edge to host our inaugural ASE postinsiders event. The aim with each postinsiders event is to offer ASE members a peek into a local post facility to meet key creatives and learn how some of their recent work was conceived and created.

The turnout at our first postinsiders at Cutting Edge Brisbane was fabulous. Over 40 enthusiastic people showed up, representing a wonderful mix of both experienced and aspiring Queensland editors.

More event photos here

The event kicked off with a facility tour, followed by engaging presentations from Elle Croxford (Business Development Longform Production), Jeff Gaunt (VFX Supervisor / VFX Director) and Steve Tedman (VFX Supervisor). They gave us an interesting insight into the planning and execution of some of their recent short and long-form work. After a great Q&A discussion, everyone enjoyed some drinks, nibbles and lots of fantastic networking.

It was especially great to meet so many of our new ASE members at the event. Our 2nd postinsiders event will take place at ABC-TV Brisbane, where we will get to meet the editors behind some of Australian TVs most iconic programs. As soon as date and time has been confirmed, we will send email invites to all Queensland-based ASE members. Keep an eye out for it!

Wishing you all a great June and happy editing!

Axel Grigor
Queensland Chair



A big winter coming up for the Victorian chapter with three big events planned. It all starts with a screening of Chopper and Q&A with editor Ken Sallows ASE, and additional editor Stephen Evans. A chance to hear from some of the best in the business - and absolutely free to ASE members. The event is at Backlot studios - 65 Haig street Southbank on June 21 at 2 pm.

Then if that was not enough at 6.30pm on August 23 at Cinema Nova we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cult film Death in Brunswick. Run in partnership with the ACS and Cinema Nova, this promises to be a big night as a full screening of the film is followed by a Q&A with Editor Neil Thumpston, Writer/Director John Ruane, actor John Clarke, D.O.P Ellery Ryan, Producer Tim White, Executive Producer Bryce Menzies and Production Designer Chris Kennedy. Take this as advanced warning as tickets are about to be released and expected to sell fast. Contact Cinema Nova for more details and don't forget ASE and ACS members get concession tickets. And don't forget the after party in the Cinema Nova bar!

And that is just a sample of what is coming as we prepare to honour the tenth anniversary of two special ASE accreditations on July 19th at the George Hotel in South Melbourne and prepare for a big Melbourne Film Festival.

What a winter for the ASE in Victoria.

Steven Baras-Miller
Victorian Section





Nominations for 27th WA Screen Awards, 2015 are —


Karroyul – Lawrie Silvestrin ASE
Pale Blue Eyes – Joe Henderson
The Amber Sky – Andre Change Fane
Top Knot Detective – Steven Hughes and Dominic Pearce


Birthplace of the Giants – Jonathan Rowdon
Enigma Man: A Stone Age Mystery - Lawrie Silvestrin ASE
Prison Songs – Merlin Cornish
The War That Changed Us - Lawrie Silvestrin ASE and David Fosdick 


Following TVC crew meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, MEAA will set up committees that will work towards a fair standard for crew working in TVCs. The role of the committees will be to drive a campaign for a fair standard in TVCs by getting crew working together.

Crew have identified that a major challenge will be to eliminate producers asking for free hours. Any TVC standard will need to be backed up by a commitment from crew to enforce it in the long term.

Nominate to be on the TVC committee: Nominations for the committees are open until Friday June 19. Nominees will need to do significant work in TVCs and must be members of MEAA. Contact your local organiser (below) to nominate yourself.

It appears that consensus is building to recognise a 10-hour day for TVCs. Sydney crew have indicated a preference for 10 hours at a flat hourly rate with an 8-hour minimum and annual cost-of-living increases (‘Option D’). Queensland crew are already working a 10-hour standard and preferred Option ‘B’, which incorporates a 10-hour minimum call. Melbourne crew are continuing consultation.

Other issues raised at the TVC meetings include failure to pay superannuation, recognition of Sunday penalties, payment periods and unreasonable unpaid overtime. The new committees will work with TVC crew to address these issues.

To nominate for the committee contact your local MEAA organiser:

Kelly Wood, NSW
02 9333 0930

Chloe Gaul, Vic
03 9691 7150

Michelle Rae, Qld
07 3846 0145 




Coming up NEXT WEDNESDAY JUNE 17th in Sydney the ASE is presenting a very special screening followed by Q&A of the documentary Pitch Battle. RSVP essential.

Filmed over five months in Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, Kalkilya, the Philippines and Australia, PITCH BATTLE captures a story seldom told: the human story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of ordinary players who love football but struggle to compete on a level playing field. Set partly in Palestine against the backdrop of the war in Gaza, and partly in Australia, which does not officially recognise Palestine, PITCH BATTLE avoids the black and white of everyday political discourse and thrusts viewers into the nuanced grey zone of the century-old conflict where freedom fighters and terrorists collide, and where players become pawns in a political game. 

RSVP essential to:




The 15th Anniversary screening of Australian classic Chopper. Followed by a Q&A with the film’s Editor Ken Sallows ASE and Additional Editor Stephen Evans - Sunday June 21st at 2pm. Backlot Studio’s, 65 Haig Street, Melbourne. 

RSVP essential to:

If you have information that you would like published in INDUSTRY NEWS or WHAT'S ON whatever State you live in, please email



Meet The Member: Scott Dyer

Scott Dyer is an editor/assistant who’s spent the majority of his professional post-production life with 60 Minutes as an assistant, while editing Peter Harvey’s Mailbag, a bunch of short follow-up segments and the (very) occasional story. He’s since moved into the freelance world to find more editing experience and is currently working on an independent feature called Life Class for director Tom Cowan.
I knew I wanted to work in post when… My earliest memory of the process was as a 10 year old with a script (a movie satire of Raiders Of The Lost Ark from Mad Magazine), a couple of portable tape recorders and a cast of neighbourhood kids. I’d record the kids’ voices in various roles and start copying certain takes to another tape deck and later adding music from soundtrack LPs & my own foley. (Never could work out how to hide the clicks in the soundtrack when you hit the button to stop recording, though). I didn’t know what editing was back then, so I can’t say I wanted to work in post as a kid, but that was the groundwork.
My first break in the industry was… After uni, getting a gig with Babylonia as an assistant on The Winner Is Sydney, an Olympics special for 7 in 2000. These gigs continued until I started as an associate editor with 60 Minutes.
The thing I love most about editing is… It’s hard to tell, what I enjoy seems to change the more I do and learn. I suppose the best thrill I get from it is pulling a sequence from the rushes that wasn’t expected (but works) and surprises people.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… Bugger. I don’t have a best one, I still consider myself an aspiring editor myself. Anyone got any tips for me?

If I weren’t in post production I’d be… I have no idea. Bar work maybe?


Meet The Committee: Krystle Penhall (SA)

Passionate about unique and sometimes quirky storytelling, Krystle has worked as an editor and assistant editor on an array of projects comprising TV commercials, online content, corporates, shorts, animation and documentaries including post-apocalyptic web series Wastelander Panda, ABC half-hour Stunt Love, SAFC-funded feature documentary Sons & Mothers and 6-part ABC factual series Race to London.

Since completing a Master of Creative Arts (Screen Production) at Flinders University in 2009, Krystle worked as a freelance editor for many companies before finally settling at Projector Films + Post in Adelaide. Currently, she’s working as editor and assistant editor on ABC3’s The New Adventures of Figaro Pho, Channel 10’s 1001 Nights and on Channel 7 factual series Life Changing Adventures.

I knew I wanted to work in post when…I was in high school and I forgot to move/eat/talk to other humans while cutting my first music video. I liked editing so much that it felt like I had only been working for an hour when it had actually been something more like 12 hours. I knew that meant something.

My first break in the industry was… 6 months after I graduated from Uni I interviewed for a job with a small production company and got it. I worked with them for 2 years and really cut my teeth on professional editing there.  
The thing I love most about editing is… As an editor, you have the most pure experience with the story world, aside from the writer who dreams up the world. You’re the luckiest because you have the luxury of staying ignorant to any (or most) on-set politics; you just get to exist with the characters while you construct the narrative. 
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… Be proactive but don’t be in a rush. You need to be in it for the long haul because mastery will take time. Put lots of thought and time into seeking out the right mentors and colleagues who can further your development. Focus just as much on story and structure as you do on knowing software, being a strong storyteller is the most important part.
If I weren’t in post production I’d be… Living in a forest somewhere making friends with every animal.

I was inspired to Join the ASE committee because... It's important to step outside yourself and your ambition to see what you can do for others. I like the proactivity of being on the committee too, you can essentially create any event idea you want.

The ASE is important because... Raising the status and awareness of our craft is terribly important. As is making sure that knowledge is passed down so we can keep telling good stories. Fellowship among practitioners whether at a casual sundowners or in a development workshop is also good for morale and keeps us all together - the ASE provides this.




Kelley Dixon
Kelley Dixon's work on Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead has garnered her a Primetime Emmy as well as 11 more nominations for Emmy, Eddie and OFTA awards. 
As an assistant editor her credits include Good Will Hunting, Reservoir Dogs and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. She can be heard discussing the craft on the Breaking Bad Insider and Better Call Saul Insider podcasts.

FOR SALE $800 : Ergo-rise Sit Stand Electric Desk - 150kg Capacity

The Ergo-Rise is extremely heavy duty and features a twin electric motor and height adjustment at the press of a button.

At 1800 x 900mm this is the largest possible size in this style. 

The desk was bought to edit a feature film (January 2015) so I can say it can easily accommodate 3 monitors and 2 speakers. It's a great desk and 
I need to sell it as I'm moving interstate.

contact Karryn on 0417 969 363.

‘Maybe we will have 150 years ahead of unimagined excellence in film’ - WALTER MURCH 

Editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who worked on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II and the upcoming Tomorrowland, thinks the digital revolution has militated against reflection – but could also lead to a golden age... 


All the avid news from NAB 2015

The 2015 Production Book End of Financial Year Run Out Sale! 

Purchase the 2015 Book for only $88.00 (inc gst) a savings of $52

Your bible for film and television production contains all the personnel and service issues required for shoots to run efficiently and on budget.  Updated every year ensuring you have the most recent information.  

To purchase call 1800 651 422 and quote “TOBEOFY15” or visit us online at

Join AACTA By June 30 For a Chance to Win AACTA Awards Tickets

AACTA membership now offers a record 80+ year-round industry development and screen culture events in Sydney and Melbourne – a great way to see and discuss Australian film and television exclusives, and catch up with friends and colleagues working across crafts. In addition to preview screenings of upcoming films including RUBEN GUTHRIE and LAST CAB TO DARWIN, complete with Q&As with cast and crew, upcoming events include masterclasses with screen luminaries such as writer-producer Andrew Knight. Nationwide member benefits include cinema and Film Festival discounts, and AACTA Awards voting privileges.
Membership also allows you to hear first-hand from nominees at our Meet the Makers sessions held with AACTA in Sydney later in the year. With 96% of AACTA members recommending membership, now is the time to join at the special rate of $110 for guild members. Membership runs by financial year; join by June 30 and you could win tickets to the 5th AACTA Awards! Join today: or phone 1300 139 697.




A huge thank you to the SA and VIC editors who emailed through and have signed on to be mentors for 2015, we really appreciate your dedication to furthering our community.

If anyone else across all states is interested or wants to find out more about becoming a Mentor please email

If you are new to the industry, thinking of changing your medium, or are looking for a one on one relationship with an editor who can offer some guidance please check out the mentorship scheme page on the website and fill in the application form:

We look forward to hearing from you.

Matt Villa ASE & Brianna Cook 
Mentorship Coordinators


The ASE eNews is on the look out for contributions from members to make the best newsletter possible. But we need your help to make it happen!!! You can contribute to the following sections:


Editors are known for their different and often interesting work spaces so we want to feature the most interesting workspace here on the eNews each month. Do you have a funky home office setup? Or maybe you're working on a beach on some remote island? Post your photos on the Australian Screen Editors Facebook page or email them here


Profiles on Editors and Assistant Editors from all over Australia, as well as current Committee members. Send contributions here


Sharing links, articles, videos and anything of interest to the world of Editing! Send contributions here


The guild is endeavouring to increase interaction with members, so please email any questions/suggestions that you have regarding the Guild, eNews and website to:



Join Adobe & Digistor at SMPTE 2015

Teaming up with Digistor at SMPTE 2015, Adobe is showcasing advances to its complete line-up of video technologies and services that radically improve how broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals create, collaborate, deliver and monetize content across multiple screens. From simple correction tools to complex looks, Adobe is dedicated to providing robust, integrative colour workflows using any device you have on hand.

Adobe will feature:
  • The new Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro CC, a colour workflow that combines the power of SpeedGrade CC technologies with Lightroom's ease-of-use, allowing editors to quickly achieve great results for simple colour corrections or complex looks.
  • Capture inspiration anywhere with Adobe Hue, a new mobile CC Capture app that provides an easy way to capture and share production quality lighting and colour schemes by using the camera on a mobile phone and then applying them to a project in Premiere Pro CC.
Special guests
  • Jon Barrie, ProVideo Solutions Consultant, Adobe
  • Bill Roberts, Snr Director for Product Management, Digital Video Audio Business Unit, Adobe
  • Lars Borg, Principle Scientist, Digital Video Audio Product Management, Adobe


Note: Bill Roberts and Lars Borg from Adobe Systems USA will be speaking at the SMPTE conference. Click here for further information on the full list of conference topics and speakers.



West World Film Festival

Labspace is reaching out to ASE members in Melbourne who would like to participate in some workshops at the Shire of Melton’s initiative - West World Film Festival.

WWFF has been created for the youth in the western suburbs of Melbourne and is run by Melton’s City Council’s Youth Performing Arts Worker, Sean Kavanagh. Sean is highly regarded in this field of work as he has many years of experience running the highly successful Fist Full of Films Festival in the Northern Territory.

There will be a series of workshops covering the film making pipeline from scripting to the finished movie.

If you would like to be part of this and share your editing skills or feel you have something else to contribute to the pipeline, please contact Sean via

Who knows, there may be a future Ellie Award winner in the making here!

- Ced Robertson



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AFTRS Open Editing and VFX short course highlights in June includetwo Colour Grading Masterclasses with visiting UK colourist Dado Valentic and Avid Media Composer (V8) 101. In July and August there are introductory and advanced After Effects, plus Avid 101, Intro to Premiere Pro as well as Premiere Pro for FCP Editors and introductory plus advanced After Effects courses. Also the hugely practical TV Assistant Editor returns in September.
If you’re freelance and need to get your paperwork in order don’t miss Running Your Own Creative Business in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne. And that’s just a taste of the courses on offer! 
For course details visit the AFTRS Open website:


Colour Grading Masterclass with Dado Valentic (25 - 26 June)

ASE members receive a 10% Discount on all AFTRS Open short courses.

Cert IV in Post Production - Subsidised

Only 12 places available to specialise in Post Production in Metro Screen’s new industry designed course, developed to meet a critical industry shortage. Course starts 15th of July. This course is subsidised by the NSW government.

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