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eNEWS #52  -  JULY 2014

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
Meet the ASE Community
We Want to See Where You Work
Upcoming Events
Sponsor Updates
Education and Training
On the Web

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE

 Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Ellie Awards, all the info you need is here

Greetings Editing Colleagues,
The ASE awards are now open for submission. All those who have work they are proud of please enter - don’t be strangers. The awards will be on December 6th at the Paddington RSL club, same venue as last year. 

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Class of 2004 Accreditation and we will meet August 3 to discuss all things editing in Melbourne at The King of Tonga Hotel, Elwood and Sydney at the Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra at 2pm. 

Come along.  It should be great. I will bore you senseless, but Alexandre De Franceschi ASE, Nick Holmes ASE, Andrea Lang ASE, Frans Vandenburg ASE, Mark Atkin ASE, Fiona Strain ASE, Kim Moodie ASE and Wayne Hyett ASE will be totally fabulous.

Please RSVP by July 28 (NSW)

I would like to remind you all to please fill in the 2014 wages survey:

You are the only ones who can give yourselves a pay rise.  By collecting information about comparative wages and conditions we can help the MEAA, and you, make sure you get the rate you deserve.  

Have a great July. 
Dany Cooper ASE
ASE President 

State Updates


The Victorian section of the ASE continues to have a busy year and has many more events in the pipeline. 

Thanks to Sean Lahiff for his Q&A and screening of Wolf Creek 2 at Backlot and to Martin Elliot for running a panel discussion on editing in News and Current Affairs - our first in a series of events on editing to be held at VCA this year. 

All ASE members are invited to join us on August 3 as we celebrate the careers of 2004 ASE accreditees Mark Atkin ASE and Wayne Hyett ASE at the King of Tonga in Elwood. 

Stay tuned for details of more events on documentary editing, drama and events for young film makers in the coming months. 

Steven Baras-Miller
Victorian Committee


Monday 14th July sees the presentation of this year's WA Screen Awards. There's another big contingent of films nominated in various categories demonstrating a busy year of production in WA. Congratulations to Editors Nick Dunlop, Jonathan Rowdon, Teresa Ashton-Graham, John Carozzi and Antony Webb for their nominations for Best Editing - Long Form. WA ASE Committee member Nick Dunlop is also up for Best Direction - Long Form as is Antony Webb - so the Director/Editor role is well represented. And congratulations also to Roderick Mackay, Simon Hill, Aaron Moss and Antony Webb for their nominations for Best Editing - Short Form. Anthony again was also nominated for Best Direction - Short Form so he's definitely on a roll.

And a reminder that the folks from the Shine Australia Recruitment Drive will be holding interviews in Perth on July 22nd.
If you're interested in heading to Sydney for a stint of work on one of their many shows you should contact them for a meeting... email:

They're looking for Supervising Post Producers, Supervising Assistant Editors, Post Producers and Offline Editors.

And finally please note that feature film These Final Hours edited by ASE members Nick Meyers ASE and Meredith Watson Jeffrey will commence screening in cinemas on July 31st. It had a great reception in Cannes recently so go see it.

Lawrie Silvestrin ASE

Western Australian Committee


Meet the ASE Community


Meet The Member: Belinda Fithie, VIC

Belinda Fithie has been working in Post Production for over 20 years and specialises in Editing and Post Production Supervising primarily in television drama. She has worked on such projects as Underbelly - Squizzy, Fat Tony & Co, The Doctor Blake Mysteries - Season 1 & 2 plus a variety of documentary and factual programs. 

I knew I wanted to work in post when… 
When I sat in with an Editor and Director and saw them work together, sharing ideas and collaborating to make the best program possible and both of their passions behind it. That was 20 years ago... 

My first break in the industry was… 
I was working in a facility where I was a tape operator doing dubs and was asked to be the assistant editor on Frontline, we came up with an entire new workflow with dubbing tapes and working with Lightworks. It was hard work, but amazing and fun to work on! 

The thing I love most about editing is… 
You can never get bored by what you do, every project is different, every subject is different, the collaboration of people you work with is different, the formats shot on are different, the workflows are different, the editing style required are different, plus and more importantly the creativity, collaboration and passion that goes into editing and the post production process is incredible. 

The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… 
Be yourself! Don't lie on your CV, you will get found out! It is hard work, but the rewards are worth it! Never stop learning! And don't give up... 

If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… 
Sitting in a cafe, reading a book or the newspaper, sipping coffee and hopefully someone would be paying me to do this! Truly I think I would be lost... 



Meet The Member: Jessica Harris, VIC

Hello! My name is Jessica Harris and I'm a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. I have a Masters of Film and Television (Animation) and a passion for telling stories. My graduate film Crochet Noir is currently doing the festival rounds and was Highly Commended at the Melbourne International Animation Festival. You can find out more here: 

I knew I wanted to work in post when…
I never enjoyed being on stage or acting in front of a camera, but when I got to do media classes in high school I found a love for editing and cinematography. 

My first break in the industry was… 
I guess I'm still waiting on that one, but I have picked up a few freelance projects, so who knows where that will take me. I feel very lucky for the success my graduate film has achieved so far. 

The thing I love most about editing is… 
Getting the relationship between shots is something I love, and being able to manipulate the focal point. I also really like storyboarding. In animation you kinda need to love it, otherwise you end up spending hours animating a shot that won't be used. For me editing starts before I've even touched a camera, or paper. 

The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... 
I'm still aspiring. I think practice and being open to other people's feedback is always a good way to learn more. And not being afraid to cull a whole scene. 

If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… 
Well, if I wasn't animating I'd probably be a graphic novelist, or an illustrator. I kinda want to be all three at once. 


Meet The Committee: Chris Hocking, VIC

Chris Hocking is one of the founders and Technical Directors at Melbourne-based production company LateNite Films. He was previously the Post Production Supervisor at the award-winning editing house The Butchery, and their sister company The Refinery. 

I knew I wanted to work in post when…
I went to Swinburne University and discovered that the real magic of movie-making happens very late at night in the edit suites. You have a whole heap of footage on a bunch of drives, and regardless on how good or bad the footage is, you know by the end of the semester you need to hand over something that's watchable. 

My first break in the industry was…
Working as an Animatronics Technician on the BBC Kids Live Event & Television Show, The Tweenies

The highlight of my career so far…
Shooting a feature film within three days.

I was inspired to join the ASE committee…
Because this industry is all about teamwork. The Australian film industry is so tiny, yet has so much potential - but to sell our content to a global audience, we all need to step it up a notch and work together to create something truly unique and brilliant. 

The ASE is important…
Because it supports both industry veterans and young up-and-comers. The only way young editors will really learn their craft is if they're mentored and inspired by the current industry leaders.



Editors are known for their different and often interesting work spaces so thanks to the brilliance of Jane St Vincent Welch, we want to feature the most interesting workspace here on the eNews each month. So post your photos on the Australian Screen Editors Facebook page or email them to:


My editing assistant. Or is that Post Production Supervisor?
Laura Zusters, Sydney, NSW

“I’m standin’ on the outside looking in…”


The above line from the classic Cold Chisel song has come to ring in my head several times over the last 14 months since I made the switch from sitting to standing when I work. Many of you may have read about or have colleagues who have made “the transition” (yes we may well be our own little editing cult), but I can personally say hands down, that it’s the best thing I’ve done for my cutting in recent memory.

Read about the transition from sitting to standing whilst cutting by Deborah Peart ASE + others below:


The Andrew Plain Memorial Fund

Hi Everyone,

As I think you all remember from the memorial service held for Andrew Plain in February, Huzzah Sound and the Australian Screen Sound Guild have established the Andrew Plain Memorial Fund for screen sound education. It would be fantastic if you could contribute - no donation is too small.

The logo below links to the fund pages on the ASSG website, and from there is a link to the Australian Communities Foundation 
(via which donations are contributed and received).

Warmest, Dany.


Upcoming Events

Invitation to the Class of 2004 - 10th Anniversary

Remember this year marks the 2004 ASE Accreditees 10th Anniversary!

Join us on August 3rd from 2pm - 5pm at The Lord Dudley Hotel, 236 Jersey Rd Woollahra. 
more info: here

Join us on August 3rd from 2pm - 5pm at The King of Tonga, 164a Tennyson St, Elwood. 
more info: here


Matt Villa ASE at MIFF

Matt Villa ASE will present an editing Masterclass at The Melbourne International Film Festival on
Friday 8th August 2014, 6:30 pm at ACMI Studio 1.
To book please go to:

2014 Ellie Awards - Entries now open!

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Ellie Awards, all the info you need is here


SponsOr Updates

Win an iKan Tablet Production Slate

Digistor is giving away 3 ikan Tablet Production Slates. This neat device appears to be a traditional clapperboard but is the perfect companion for your iPad and MovieSlate app. 

Enter here:




Digistor Training 

CINEMA 4D Essentials
9am Monday 28th July, Wednesday 27th August or Monday 29th September at Digistor
CINEMA 4D Extension
9am Tuesday 29th July, Thursday 28th August or Tuesday 30th September at Digistor
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve
Dates: TBA
Get up to speed quickly with the world's most advanced colour grading system.
Avid for FCP Users One day Intensive
9am Wednesday 23rd July or Wednesday 20th August
Migrate from FCP to Avid Media Composer

For further information please visit:

Digistor offers a 10% discount to ASE members for all classroom training

For further information, to take advantage of the ASE discount or to discuss alternative custom training options, please contact:
Sarah Palmer, Training Manager
02 9431 6032

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Labspace Australia celebrates six months in business this July. Our courses supporting the creative, professional and broadcast industries are published for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Video Editors, Sound Designers, 3D Motion Graphic Artists, Music Composers, Visualisers and Compositors keep checking in on our space for all course descriptions and bookings


Logic Pro X
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Not a musician? Sound Design and Audio Editing made so simple. Ideal course for Avid, Premiere Pro and FCP editors to expand their skills and do advanced audio mixing. Advanced audio editing tools and features make it easy to perform broad-stroke edits and sample precise ones in various places within the app. Hosted at Studio 301 with Apple certified trainer Anthony Garvin.

SYDNEY     29 - 31 Aug 09h30 - 17h30

Cinema 4D

C4D Basic Certification 3 day Course (certification exam included)

MELBOURNE              2 - 4 August 09h30 - 17h30
Adelaide or Brisbane**  8 - 10 August 09h30 - 17h30

** Where this course Premiere’s will depend on who books and pays first. 

C4D Advanced 2 Day
MELBOURNE      5 - 6 August 09h30 - 17h30

C4D Cineware Integration with Adobe CC Lite
MELBOURNE      5 - 6 August 18h00 - 21h00

All Cinema 4D courses are starring Australia’s only Maxon training partner and certified instructor, Andy Day.

Final Cut Pro X
Offering both Cross Over and Certification courses. FCPX 10 dot 1 is way beyond where Apple left FCP7 off. It’s fast, fluid and future proofed. Courses include 4K workflows.

XOver FCPX for FCP7, Avid, PrP experienced editors 1 Day 18,19, 25 or 26 July 09h30 - 17h30

FCPX Professional Post Production (Apple Certification exam included)
3 Day  28 - 30 July 09h30 - 17h30

Premiere Pro
Adobe courses are up to date with their 2014 June New Releases and video production pipeline - Prelude, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Audition. Courses suitable for CC or CS6 users. 

Premiere Pro 101 Certification 3 Day Course        5 - 7 August 09h30 - 17h30
Premiere Pro Advanced Power 2 Day Course      26 - 27 August 09h30 - 17h30

XOver PrP for FCP & Avid  experienced editors     22 or 31 July 09h30 - 17h30
Premiere Pro 250 2 Day Course                           23 - 24 or 29 - 30 July 09h30 - 17h30
Premiere Pro 101 Certification 3 Day Course         12 - 14 August 09h30 - 17h30
All Adobe courses star Adobe certified instructor, Chris Wyatt.

Quicklink bookings are open @

Do ASE members get a discount?  What a question!  As a 6 month old Birthday Special - 25%. Quote membership number with booking.

Do we do on site and bespoke training? Again YES!

Looking forward to a long and happy association with the Australian Screen Editors Guild.  

Cedric Robertson
Apple Certified Trainer

you’re welcome to ping me at   


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AFTRS OPEN has a wide variety of short courses in the coming months. All courses are taught by industry experts in AFTRS Open’s state of the art facilities in Sydney. Highlights include: AVID MC V7 101 in mid-July and AVID MC V7 110 with Dave Forsythe in early August, NUKE FOUNDATION and CINEMA 4D BASICS  in late July, INTRO TO AFTER EFFECTS FOR BROADCAST GRAPHICS plus, COLOUR GRADING WITH DA VINCI RESOLVE. There’s also AVID FOR FINAL CUT PRO, ADVANCED EFFECTS FOR PREMEIRE PRO CC plus INTRO TO PREMIERE PRO in August. And that’s just a small taste of courses on offer! 
To view all AFTRS Open short courses visit the website:

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


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