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eNEWS #58  -  FEBRUARY 2015

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
• Industry News
Event Report
Meet the Sponsor
The Production Book
Sponsor Updates
Education and Training
On the Web

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE

"Coast", edited by ASE Members Marcos MoroPhillippa Rowlands ASE and Jane St Vincent Welch ASE
Greetings Editors, 

Happy New Year and welcome to the new ASE committee for 2015.

Dany Cooper ASE – President
Deborah Peart ASE – Vice President
Scott Gray ASE – Treasurer
Fiona Macintosh – Secretary
Shannon Longville – eNews Editor
Jane St Vincent Welch ASE
Matt Villa ASE - Mentorship
Adrian Barac
Brianna Cook - Mentorship
James Sutton
Jenny Hicks
Alison Myers
Christopher Mill

We welcome a brand new committee member this year, Alison Myers and we welcome back a previous committee member Chris Mill. Our new Secretary is Fiona Mcintosh. Deb Peart ASE is again our Vice President, Scott Gray ASE is our treasurer.
We also welcome the ASE Committees from Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. We are a national body and it’s fantastic to have you all here with us.
2015 Victorian Committee
Barrie Munro ASE  – Chairperson
Jaklene Vukasinovic – Treasurer 
Steven Baras-Miller
Richard Greenhalgh
Steven Robinson ASE
Rob Nairn
Andrew Brinsmead
Belinda Fithie
Shan Jayaweera
Chris Hocking
Lucy Paplinska
Martin Elliot
Adam Connolly
Nick Barber
2015 Western Australian Committee
David Fosdick – Chairperson
Meredith Watson Jeffrey – Treasurer
Nick Dunlop – Secretary
Lawrie Silvestrin ASE
Roland Smith
David Langlands
Beckett Broda
Jonathan Rowdon
Andrew Parnell
Haig Stewart
Regg Skwarko
2015 Queensland Committee
Josh Dawson – Chairperson
Axel Grigor
Bob Blasdale
Charlotte Cutting
Jeanette McGown
Angela Graf
2015 South Australian Committee
Sean Lahiff – Chairperson
Sam Matthews
Thank you to all who have contributed to the guild this last year.
The newsletter is your forum. ANY contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please send pictures of where you are working or a story of what you are editing and where you are, no matter which state or country you are working from. 
We would like to start “Friends of the Committee”. A group for those that don’t want to commit to a monthly meeting, but want to have involvement in the ASE. Please let us know if you are interested by emailing me at
We are planning to reinvigorate the Sundowners drinks, the first of which we are hoping to hold some time in March. We’d love to see you all there so we can catch up on all things editing. We also have some new events, one which features our AACTA award winners. 
Remember we are here for you. Get involved ... don’t be shy.

Regards and have a great month.

Dany Cooper ASE
ASE President 

State Updates


Our first Committee meeting for the year was held at Clancy’s Pub on 27th January.
One of the goals we have set this year is to organize more training workshops not only to engage current ASE members but to also attract other non-ASE post practitioners to ASE events. In 2014 we had a very successful Adobe Premiere workshop staged by Jon Barrie which played to a full house. We are hoping to build on this success by offering our members access to more events to expand their skillsets.
The results of the 2014 wages and conditions survey was a focus of lengthy discussion as it showed that WA editors are still being paid less than their Sydney/ Melbourne counterparts. We wait with interest on the MEAA final draft of their recalibration of the minimum wages and conditions across the entire entertainment industry. In the meantime the majority of the committee are gainfully employed doing what they do best.
At a recent ScreenWest Industry Association meeting, chairman Ian Booth expressed his quiet confidence in the state of the WA industry moving into 2015. This was in spite of the cutbacks to the ABC and SBS, both considerable sources of freelance employment here in Perth. It remains to be seen whether this confidence is realised in the months ahead. 
David Fosdick
Western Australian Committee



2014 saw several of our committee members spend long stretches away from our sunny shores, resulting in a quieter year than usual for our state chapter. We look forward to ratcheting things up a notch in 2015.
As always, our local chapter is what we all make it. It’s only through the enthusiasm, brilliant ideas and support from local members that we’re able to arrange great events that inform, inspire and connect us all.
So…if you’re a local film student with a passion for editing, a post creative working in our local post scene or simply someone with a passion for this crazy-wonderful world of post-production, we’d love to hear from you and meet you at one of our shindigs!
Some of the things we are planning/considering in 2015…
SOCIAL EVENTS - potentially hosted by local post companies or screen organisations.
EMERGING EDITOR’S NIGHT – a chance for emerging editors and editors from local film schools to screen recent work and get helpful feedback from their peers.
If you have an idea for an interesting event, would like to contribute to an upcoming activity, or have any constructive suggestions for ASE Qld, please feel free to drop me a line on the email below.

We’d love to hear from you!
2015 will see many excellent Queensland-posted long-form projects arrive on screens big and small, near and far. Here are a few notable titles to keep an eye on…
Feature Documentary
Director: Richard Todd
Editors: Axel Grigor, Nicolas Cuellar, Scott Walton
In cinemas in March. Premiere at Byron Bay Film Festival on March 7
Feature Film
Dir: Michael Rowe
Editor: Geoff Lamb
Status: In post-production
3D Feature Documentary
Director: Claire Thomson
Editor: Bob Blasdall
In post-production, release later in 2015
Feature film
Director: Michael Du-Shane
Editor: Scott Walton
Assistant Editor: Ashleigh Harding
Currently in post-production, release later in 2015

Kind Regards,

Axel Grigor
Queensland Committee




Congratulations to our members who have won AACTA awards this year.
Matt Villa ASE won The AACTA Award for Best Editing for Predestination. The AACTA Award for Best Editing in Television went to Deborah Peart ASE for The Code Episode 1. The AACTA award for Best Editing in a Documentary was received by Chris King for All This Mayhem.
AACTA in conjunction with the ASE held a very successful MEET THE MAKER PANEL with Deb Peart ASE, Matt Villa ASE, Alexandre de Franceschi ASE, Scott Gray ASE and Simon Njoo on January 26th. A report on that is in this issue by Fiona Mcintosh.
Congratulations to our members nominated for Screen Critics Association Awards. Matt Villa ASE, nominated twice for Predestination and The Water Diviner, Simon Njoo for The Babadook and Bryan Mason for 52 Tuesdays.
And a very huge congrats for an American Cinema Editors Award WIN for Best Edited Animated Feature Film for The Lego Movie - Edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay.  This is a huge honour and to be celebrated.



“The biggest issue raised by crew is the stagnation of rates over a long period of time. When rates stay the same but cost-of-living goes up, the real value of the crew member’s income falls. This makes it harder and harder for crew to stay in the industry. We have seen skilled, experienced crew leaving the industry because of their financial situation.
“The rates linked below are a draft. Please let us know if you think they are accurate, or if you think they need to be adjusted and how. Discuss it with your colleagues. Feel free to contact if you have any questions or feedback.”
“We (MEAA) will meet with Screen Producers Australia to discuss the inclusion of the rates in the Motion Picture Production Agreement. We believe that it is essential that these rates are treated as an enforceable minimum standard across the industry.“

To read more follow these links to
1. The new proposed rates for the award.
2. The web page with more information.



The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) is happy to announce it now provides Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance to STAA members.  A recent survey of members revealed that Screen Technician Association (STAA) members are often being asked to provide their own Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance and often with higher premiums.
MEAA has teamed up with Coverforce to provide STAA members with a tailor-made policy that will ensure quality coverage for a premium below what would be attainable in the open market.



DATELINE:  Monday 21st January 2015
VENUE: Event Cinemas, George Street Sydney

Monday January 21st, Australia Day, for many it was time for the family, but for those intrepid enough to brave the Sydney rain and closed roads of the CBD, ACCTA and the ASE were hosting the Meet the Members Event celebrating the editing nominations of the 2015 ACCTA Awards at the George Street Event Cinema.

ASE President, Dany Cooper ASE opened the event and introduced the panel of Editors and the afternoon’s host, Jane St. Vincent Welch ASE.

Representing Editing in Television were Deb Peart ASE for The Code and Scott Gray ASE and Alexandre de Franceschi ASE for The Broken Shore.

Editing in Feature Films was represented by Simon Njoo for The Babadook and Matt Villa ASE with two nominations for Predestination and The Water Diviner.

A series of questions were posed and each editor took it in turns to answer them. Here are some of the questions that were asked.



Meet the Sponsor: ROAR Digital

2014 wrapped up for ASE Silver Sponsor Roar Digital with a bang. They celebrated the career of retiring Manager (and ASE Life Member) Evelyn Cronk in style and welcomed new staff member Charlie Ellis.

Charlie Ellis, colourist and former employee of AAV, thePost Lounge, Blackmagic Design Singapore and most recently VHQ Beijing. Charlie returns to Melbourne after 8 years in Asia and joins Roar Digital as General Manager. Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge with 27 years of post production experience, an International Colourist, 3D Stereoscopic Digital Workflow specialist, on set Data and Imaging Technical Director and DaVinci Resolve guru.
His passion for colour grading still lives on and he'll be available for feature film, 
long form and TVC work.
Amongst Roar's current slate of projects is feature film Pawno currently in post production.
Pawno is a character driven film about change, hope & identity.Within a day, an eclectic ensemble intersect as lives are examined & motives explored. At It's heart lies a simple love story, yet love is rarely simple.

An ageing pawnbrokers in Footscray is the pulse for an assortment of people attempting to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in a world too often cruel. It is a unique & unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society. Filled with humour, philosophy & unforgettable characters, Pawno is not a gangster movie. It's not an action film. It's not a tale of redemption. It's not political. It's not about sex drugs & music. It's a captivating narrative about a day in the life or fourteen very different players.   

Who just happen to encompass all of the above.
You can keep up to date with what is happening with Pawno, by visiting the Pawno facebook page -
About Pawno
Director/Producer - Paul Ireland
Producer - Damian Hill
Editor -  Gary Woodyard
Additional Editor - Amelia Ford
Post Supervisor & Colourist - Charlie Ellis





Latest version of the Production Book iPad App out now!

The Production Book has released its latest version of the iPad and iPhone apps with the most current details for all the listings.  It also includes UPDATED charts for 2015 for both Australia and NZ, including public and school holidays, tides, sunrise and sunsets, phases & apsides of the moon, latest grips crane chart and update on digital media explained.  Make sure you update to the latest version now! Go to:


2015 has kicked off strongly for Post and Visual Effects studio Cutting Edge.

With a slew of new hires, having added stars such as Marcus Bolton (Head of Longform Post Production), Dwaine Hyde (Senior Colourist, Sydney) and Finn Spencer (Creative Director, Sydney). And as part of their current extra push into Longform, Cutting Edge is also now offering expanded services such as specialising in Drama for Picture, as well as Drama and Feature Film Sound in Sydney. Cutting Edge would also like to say a huge congrats to Matt Villa ASE for his AACTA award for Predestination. They’re incredibly proud to have worked with Matt and the whole team on this high quality production.



Labspace hits 2015 running

Who says Instructor Led courses are DEAD? 

By the time you read this, Labspace would have completed quite a few courses in 2015. Starting on January 8 with FCPX, we have now completed courses in After Effects, Motion 5, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Premiere Pro with bookings stretching into April.

All those attending our courses are singing off the same song sheet - the benefits of an instructor led course way outstrips learning from the web step-by-step.  Ask the screen a question - you will get an answer!

“I now feel confident with my understanding of FCPX and look forward to putting all I have learnt into practice. Kind regards JN”

You will finish any one of our course with an understanding of how the software works which will help you avoid the common mistakes. 

That is the ultimate learning experience.

Tip for February:
Want to edit files in FCPX? 
Download and install the Avid Codec LE 2.3.8 for Mac from the Avid Knowledge Base page.  Import the DNxHD files and edit. Simple.

If you have any queries, email me - 
After Effects • Audition • Cinema 4D • InDesign • Final Cut Pro X • Logic Pro X • Motion 5 • Photoshop • Premiere Pro • Speed Grade
We teach the tools of the trade so Creatives can do what they enjoy doing best - Being Creative



Digistor Training 

Welcome to the Digistor Training Centre update. We have plenty of training on offer for the new year. Come along to our DaVinci Resolve Training later this month and discover why DaVinci Resolve is the name behind more feature films, commercials, television productions, documentaries and music videos than any other grading system!  
We have also redesigned our Cinema 4D to an Express 2 Day Option at the affordable price of $495 (inc GST) for 2 days training! Book Now as places won’t last at this price.
If you have any special training requirements please let me know and we can put you in touch with a trainer to suit.

Current Class schedule for February 2015
New Cinema 4D Express 2-Day Course 26 & 27 February 2015, 30 & 31 March 2025 or 27 & 28 April 2015
Great content, low price, professional instructors. This is the best way to learn Cinema 4D for the new year. Especially designed for those who need to be productive with Cinema 4D quickly and who need more than an introduction. New introductory price – only $495 per person for the 2 day course.

DavInci Resolve Fundamentals -  Friday 20 February 2015
Get up to speed quickly with the world's most advanced colour grading system. DaVinci Resolve is the world’s most advanced color grading system. With DaVinci you get the system that’s used on more feature films and television programming worldwide.

3ds Max – Introduction to Modelling for Visualisation with VRay
New 2 day class with Jonathan Yeoman coming soon. Discover how Jonathan’s training can help with your visualisation requirements
If you want to find out more about Digistor Training or how to choose the training partner that is right for you visit our blog:
If you would like to discuss how we can help with your training requirements please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sarah Palmer, Training Manager
02 9431 6032

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

 AFTRS Open logo



AFTRS Open has a large number of Editing and VFX courses scheduled in the coming months. Highlights include: Avid MC V8 110 and 110: Video Effects, Intro to After Effects for Broadcast Graphics, Intro to Premiere Pro, Cinema 4D Basics, Grading & Effects with Premiere Pro, TV Assistant Editor Colour Grading with DaVinci Resolve and Introduction to Matte Painting. And that’s just a taste!
For course details visit the AFTRS Open website:

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


Avid Media Composer V8 101 - Editing Essentials

This two evening plus one weekend Avid-accredited course is the first step in achieving confidence, creativity, and efficiency with Avid Media Composer 8, the non-linear film/video editing application used in most television productions.
23 Feb - 1 March





What is the MPIBS (Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society)?  It’s your benevolent society.  Founded in 1931 by people working in the motion picture industry, the Society provides financial and emotional support to currently employed, or retired, members of our industry - exhibition, distribution, production or post-production - who have fallen on difficult times and have a genuine need.
Ben* started his career as a projectionist and spent over 40 years in the industry, eventually becoming a Manager.
“During some very difficult times over the past few years, and especially this last twelve months with my wife’s decline in health, the MPIBS has extended a lifeline to help me bridge my financial concerns.  Their ready support and kindness has been a beacon of light and I will always be indebted to them!”

* Due to the stringent confidentiality requirements of the MPIBS, names have been changed.

The Society relies entirely on donations from motion picture industry enterprises and individuals to fund its work. As generous as these contributions are, we always need more to meet the increasing call on the Society’s funds.

To donate, please visit our website for more information.


Fellow Editors! THE CHOPPERS (Karin Steininger ASE, Karen Johnson, Sally Fryer and Lile Judickas) are still trekking - and counting down
to the fast approaching Big 55 k Day called Coastrek - a one day endurance walk in support of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

So far, our fantastically generous donors have allowed us to stay in the Top Ten of the Coastrek Leader board, with a current tally of $5,890!! WOW!  However, we could always do with some more! Help us to break through the $6,000 donations barrier - even a sponsorship of $25 to THE CHOPPERS Coastrek experience can restore a fellow human beings sight ... and here's how you could make that donation!

Firstly, all you need to do is go to the web-site of Coastrek at Look in the lower right hand side of the page and you'll see the 'Donate' box. Type in THE CHOPPERS in the section of the page titled 'DONATE NOW AND SUPPORT A TREKKER OR A TEAM':

Then click the drop down NAME panel. That will bring up the 'Make a Donation' dialogue and after you fill in the required info, your donation will be registered to the correct Team total - also visible on the web-site under the heading FUNDRAISER LEADERBOARD / VIEW ALL TEAMS - we're currently No. 8 on the Donations Leaderboard - out of 100 teams!!

And VOILA! You will then receive an e-mailed receipt for full tax deduction purposes from Coastrek!

(Remember - the largest individual donation gets the HUGELY valuable prize of a THE CHOPPERS T-shirt, baseball cap AND bandana couture combo .... DESIGNED BY Frenchbaker!! )

Check out the pics of THE CHOPPERS in action, wearing this fantastic prize!


Oscar-Nominated Editor Barney Pilling on The Grand Budapest Hotel



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Two Dogs Video Craft Audio Network
The Editors
Roar Digital Spectrum Films labspace

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