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Screen Editors
eNEWS #44  -  OCTOBER 2013

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
Meet the ASE Community
Meet the Sponsor
Event Report
Upcoming Events
Sponsor Updates
The Production Book
On the Web

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
The Turning

edited by ASE Members .... Andy Canny, Dany Cooper ASE, Nick Meyers ASE, Roland Gallois ASE, Annabelle Johnson, Beckett Broda, Geoffrey Lamb, Gabe Dowrick and David Whittaker.

Greetings Editing Colleagues,
The 2013 'Ellies' Nominees will be announced early in November.  Best wishes to those who entered. We're now nearing the ASE night of nights - there are many things to celebrate! Jot in your diary - Saturday evening, 7th December.

The ASE AGM has been set for Saturday afternoon, 9th November. Please come along and support your Guild.  It's time to vote for your Executive Committee representatives. Do you even want to be a part? See details below.

This month was a nation-wide simultaneous celebration of a unique film venture, 'The Turning'. ASE Members in VIC, NSW, WA and QLD gathered to talk of their individual experiences to this collection of short narratives. This fantastic event was instigated by VIC Committee Member Cindy Clarkson. Thank you Cindy! See the State Reports below.

There are still a number of events on the social calendar.  
Free AVID training thanks to our Sponsors Videocraft (VIC and NSW).  
ADOBE have a screening of the well regarded documentary 'Red Obsession' with Q&A (NSW). See flyers below for details.

AACTA also have their Award screenings of this year's eligible Australian feature and short films. See here for schedule -

Help us promote your creative endeavours. Supply an image for the ASE website banner here: It's great to proudly display the diverse work of our membership on our website:

Remember, it really is a matter of "what can you do for your community?".
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


Another great month in Victoria with "The Turning" event being a huge success. Read committee member Shan Jayaweera's report below. My thanks to all the committee for their hard work in making the night run so smoothly, but in particular to Cindy Clarkson for being the driving force behind the entire event. The highlight of the social calendar is just around the corner, the ASE Victorian XMAS drinks and get together. More details will follow but mark it in your diary now, the 4th of December, Golden Gate Hotel South Melbourne (same as last year). A must for the entire editing community. 

Until then, 

Steven Robinson ASE
Victorian chair


It is a busy month in South Australia with the Adelaide Film Festival kicking off from 10th – 20th October, featuring a number of feature films, documentaries, short films and web-series from ASE members in S.A. 

The new documentary Sons & Mothers, edited by two South Australian Screen Editors - Carly Turner and David Banbury, is launching its season with its World Premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival. 
David Banbury also edited Buckskin, which won Best Australian Documentary at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival in June and will be screening at AFF. He has also just begun editing Touch, a feature film of the South Australian Film Corporation’s FilmLab initiative.

Also having its World Premiere at AFF this month is the next film by acclaimed director Rolf de Heer – Charlie’s Country, edited by Tania Nehme. 
Wastelander Panda, a digital media project edited by ASE S.A. locals Krystle Penhall and Cleland Jones, can be experienced at Little Miss Crossover at the Festival Club, and the web-series – Humanimals, also edited by Krystle, will be having its premiere and a Q&A session at Festival.

Congratulations to all those with Adelaide Film Festival projects up there on the big screens in S.A.

Sean Lahiff
South Australian chair


Meet the ASE Community

Meet The Member: Garth Thomas

Garth has been active in post production for 30 years, working principally for the ABC. He has extensive experience in news, current affairs and weekly programmes such as "Foreign Correspondent" and "Australian Story".

I knew I wanted to work in post when…at North Sydney Technical College in 1983 I realised 16mm film cameras were too heavy to lug around all day (I saw it as grunt work)... and that the real filmmaking power was in the editing room. You can be a bit of of a god within those four walls crafting a reality on the screen. The camera operator may "chop down the trees for the timber", but it's the editor who "builds the house".

My first break in the industry was… joining the ABC as an assistant editor on "A Big Country" when I was 19. I got to work with the sadly missed editor Des Horne who was a delight to learn from. He was very patient with me - I was very green - but he could see my enthusiasm. It has never left me. One of the guys who interviewed me for the position was John Winbolt, who had been the camera operator for the first four Bond films. Needless to say I was in awe.
The thing I love most about editing is… creating order from chaos and drawing the audience in. Watching a film is like reading a book or seeing a stage-play. It requires the viewer to have a hypnotic suspension of disbelief. It's my job to nurse the audience through the story without breaking the spell. It's also good to have them come out of the screening in seemingly less time than it actually was. It's no mean feat.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… to watch lots of movies, especially the classics. Then again, Kubrick thought you could learn something from every film, even the bad ones. And as Coppola says: "Steal from the best!" May I add some compulsive / obsessive behaviour with fine-cutting helps, too.
If I weren’t in post production I’d be… doing something less interesting. Really. What could be more interesting than making films?

Meet The Member: Caitlin Spiller

After realising I spent more time watching films than studying, I thought I would be better suited to studying films. I’ve been playing with short films, docos, music clips etc and recently finished as assistant editor on my first feature. I love editing.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I kept skipping first year uni lectures to go see movies and started to realise that editing was a massive part of how films were put together and that it was an incredibly fascinating storytelling tool.
My first break in the industry was… earlier this year when I was very fortunate to work with Sean Lahiff as assistant editor on Wolf Creek 2. It was a lot of fun and I got to see and experience the intricacies of editing a feature.
The thing I love most about editing is… the creativity and the storytelling behind editing. The idea that you can take raw images, mould them and finally produce something that has the ability to deeply connect with an audience is exciting and motivating.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… well I’m still very new to the industry but so far I would say chase opportunity, keep learning and enjoy the process. We are storytellers in the end.

If I weren’t in post production I’d be… I think I would still be involved in something creative. I’ve always been interested in writing too so probably something along those lines.

Meet The Committee: Jaklene Vukasinovic (VIC)

I specialise in… Comedy. I study and perform Impro, which has really developed my timing, and I operate lights at Impro and Sketch comedy nights - it feels like I'm editing live people.

My first break in the industry was… 
editing a company OH&S video in my hometown. That was when I discovered I loved putting the jigsaw of sounds and images together.

The highlight of my career so far… was being asked to edit a pilot based on my work on a web series. It made me realise I was doing something right!

I was inspired to join the ASE committee… because I wanted to meet working editors I could learn from and with. So far it's been wonderful - I learn so much by attending ASE events, from both the people being featured at the event and the people producing the event itself.

The ASE is important… as a resource for all editors (especially the young and emerging!), as well as making the craft of editing more visible to the wider screen industry. The greater understanding we can build between the different crafts and professions within this industry, the better!

Meet the Sponsor

Meet The Sponsor: The Editors

In a nutshell, what is/are The Editors?
The Editors are a collective of talented editors and people with a passion for the art and craft of filmmaking, with a particular interest in the post production of short story media or in other words commercials. The Editors also work on web content, music clips, shortfilms, documentaries and children’s television.

You have a broad range of clients how does your operation facilitate their varying needs?
We have a large carpark and a spacious kitchen. It is as much about service as it is about filmmaking and problem solving. Today there are many people involved in the making of a single commercial and they all meet at The Editors. The social environment and business network that develops from having writers, art directors, directors, producers, musicians, editors, visual effects artists, assistant editors etc. all chatting and hanging out with each other is very stimulating creatively. TE have 10 editing rooms, 2 flame suites, a grading suite, a theatre, an open plan production space and a courtyard to go with the carpark and kitchen that provides the room for this activity to thrive. Technically we keep everything running as efficiently as possible to allow creative minds to explore and achieve.


Event Report

DATELINE: NSW VIC WA: OCT 10th, QLD: OCT 11th 2013

On the 10th of October in four states simultaneously, well almost, (Queensland held their’s the following evening), the ASE held a Q and A event with editors that worked on The Turning.
'The Turning' was a film event conceived and produced by Robert Connelly. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines, created a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by Tim Winton. 
Each director was given same budget but also complete freedom on how to interpret each chapter in approximately eleven minutes. Interestingly no one had access to what each other were doing including which actors were used, shooting and editing styles, music and sound
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Upcoming Events

ASE Annual General Meeting

Free Training from Videocraft

Red Obsession


SponsOr Updates

Digistor Complimentary Webinar

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DynamicDrivePool (DDP ) in conjunction with Digistor presents a not-to-be-missed live webinar providing a practical overview of DDP and its latest software developments introduced last month at IBC 2013. The webinar will outline why the DDP is simply the best shared solution available today.

Wednesday 23 October 2013
11:00am to 12:00 noon Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

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Autodesk Smoke Training and Specials

Digistor is offering 1-Day Smoke training courses on October 31st and November 1st. In addition, we are offering a place on this course at no charge for customers that purchase a Commercial Smoke License on or before October 25th 2013. With a further 20% discount and free Digistor Customer Assurance Plan (DCAP) offered until this date, there is no better time to get Smoke.

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Cinema 4D Training

CINEMA 4D Level 1: 1 Day Course Monday 28th October
Full day Introduction to the amazing capabilities of MAXON's CINEMA 4D. The CINEMA 4D Level 1 Workshop is designed for those who have little or no experience in 3D, but would like to learn how to become skilled in this growing area of production. This workshop is intended to introduce concepts needed to create three-dimensional (3D) graphics as a form of animated or still digital media. While the demonstrations and hands on participation will make use of Cinema 4D, the concepts and tools used are common to all 3D graphics software on the market today.

CINEMA 4D Level 2: 1 Day Course Tuesday 29th October
Full day Advanced Overview of MAXON's CINEMA 4D. CINEMA 4D Level 2 workshop is designed for those who would like to further their knowledge of 3D and gain a greater understanding of this powerful 3D software. People who have completed the Level 1 Workshop or have previously used CINEMA 4D would benefit from attending this course. However if you are experienced to an intermediate level with CINEMA 4D then you should also attend.

Digistor can provide one-on-one and small group training either at our Training Centre or customer's own premises. Customers can speak to the trainer prior to the course and plan the content. If you need a new tool-set integrated into your workflow, then this style of training is ideal. This could involve automating repetitive tasks through the creation of scripts or templates; or the fine-tuning of multi-program software skills to achieve more rapid and polished results. Often the problems that arrive in a workflow are not within programs, but between them, especially when it comes to codec and format conversions; preparing graphics for editing, animation or multi-platform delivery; or when you are obliged to switch over to a whole new software environment in the very near future! We can design a tailored package for your organisation which addresses these issues using your valued input and ideas.

We offer 20% Discount on Training to all ASE members.

 AFTRS Open logo


AFTRS Open has recently scheduled a large number of editing and VFX courses in Sydney over the coming months. Highlights include: Avid for FCP Editors and  Cinema 4D: An Intro plus Intro to Animation Basics - a new online course, Vizrt: Intro to Viz Artist the new Demystifying Data and Summer School: Avid Media Composer 101 & 110.  ASE members are entitled to the 10% Industry discount for all AFTRS Open short courses. For a complete list of AFTRS OPEN short courses in Sydney and around the country visit the website

Vizrt: Intro to Viz Artist
23, 24, 25 October Sydney

Cinema 4D - An Intro
26 - 27 October

Demystifying Data
2 November

Nuke Intermediate
4 - 13 November, 6 sessions (6 - 9 pm)
Don’t forget ASE Members are entitled to 10% off all training courses !



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Eddie Hamilton – The Rough Cut
This previously missing gem with features editor Eddie Hamilton was recorded live on our stage at NAB 2012. Eddie shares his passion for the art of editing and gives a behind-the-monitor look at the techniques he used on the films X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass. 


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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