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eNEWS #38  -  APRIL 2013

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Top of the Lake
'Top of the Lake’ edited by Alexandre de Franceschi ASE & Scott Gray ASE

Greetings Editing Colleagues,

We have something very exciting to tell you... Our new website is finally launched !
A tremendous amount of effort has gone into building you a site that is not only easy to use, but very functional and a great resource for ASE Members.
No doubt you've noticed our new look eNews too!
Here is how to log in first time ...
2. Enter your personal email address into the 'Membership Login'.
(use the email address that is registered with the ASE ... this is very important as your membership details are linked).
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'.
When the page refreshes, you'll notice your name in the top right hand corner of the page.
If you have troubles logging in, you're probably not using the email address registered on the ASE database.
If this is the case, email ASE Administrator Margaret Slarke and she'll sort things out.
Once you have successfully logged in, wander around.  There are many things to check out.
There is one function that I'd specifically like to bring to your attention: 
The Members Directory Search.
This is a service we will be publicising to the Industry next month, offering a free Search For An Editor function.
Who shows up in this search depends directly on what you enter in your personal profile.
Under '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).
What you choose in 'Category' and 'Role' is how you will be displayed in searches made by those using the 'Members Directory'.
You can choose multiple to cover all aspects of your experience.
REMEMBER TO HIT 'Save all changes' at the bottom of the page.
If you're an Accredited Member, please leave the ASE at the end of your surname.  This assists in the Directory searching for Accredited Members.
To see how your listing appears to the public in the 'Members Directory', go to 'Membership' in the main pull-down.
Select 'Members Directory' and perform a search that you know will bring you up.  For example, your first name or one of the ticked 'Category' or 'Role' fields.
One other thing to let you know - If you had a credit card authority on file, it is no longer valid. This new system offers Paypal for Membership renewals as well as credit card and cheque.
Again, please contact Margaret if you have any questions regarding your ASE Membership.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful ASE asset!
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


Things are on the move in Victoria.
Last month, we hosted the “How to Freelance” night, which was once again presented by Belinda Fithie.
I’m sure everyone came away having learnt something, I know I did. (Read the report below)

In May, the ASE will hold an event with Suresh Ayyar ASE, in which he will talk about his career in editing, from documentary to drama. More information will be sent out soon.

At the coming St.Kilda Film Festival, the guild will be involved in the industry day and the awards.

The Victorian committee is working hard for the guild and its' members, and lets’ hope we see you all at future events!
Feel free to contact us any time. 
Steven Robinson ASE
Chairman, VIC Committee



Western Australia

For the past couple of months, I've been an absentee chairperson, traipsing around the country after my director, trying to fine cut a drama series on nights and weekends while he directs another film.
Many thanks to the others on the WA committee for managing things in the West without me.

The upside of my absenteeism is that I was able to attend ASE Committee meetings in both Melbourne and Sydney.  Thanks to Steven and Cindy in Melbourne for their invitation, and to Jason and Margaret in Sydney for letting me sit in.  It was great to put faces to names in some cases and great to see how hard-working everyone is.  Congratulations to Steven Robinson for taking up the Chair of the Vic Committee, and all praise to out-going Chair Cindy Clarkson for her amazing work at the helm.  The Exec Committee in Sydney was particularly impressive to witness...all straight from dinner..and three hours of intense discussions with Deb Peart attending via skype from Adelaide.  It was also great to see so many young and enthusiastic Editors on the committees.  
Coming up in Perth, we'll be presenting a session in conjunction with the ADG, exploring the relationship between the Editor and Director.
Also, stay tuned for a special "Meet the Editor" session with one of Australia's most prolific and pioneering Editors.  And a chance to take a tour of two of WA's newest Post Production facilities. 
Lawrie Silvestrin ASE
Chairman, WA Committee


Meet the ASE Community

Meet The Member: Edward McQueen-Mason

Ted McQueen-Mason picTed started in the Industry many years ago, getting caught up with the “New Wave” in the ‘70s and having the opportunity to work with Directors such as Tim Burstall, Richard Franklin, Ben Lewin and even Fred Schepisi (as a Sound Editor).  It has been a rollercoaster ride and Ted has enjoyed every minute of it (well mostly). He hopes to enjoy it for a bit longer. 

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I first walked into a cutting room. I knew very little about Film Production but I knew I was home.
My first break in the industry was… When I was offered an episode of a series to cut after being in the Industry less than a year.
The thing I love most about editing is… The combination of logic and emotion that comes into deciding every cut. 
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… Watch as many films as you can, see what works and what doesn’t. It can be inspiring.
If I weren’t in Post Production I’d be… In some other area of Film Production. I don’t think fate had any other Industry in store for me.

Meet The Member: Terry Taplin

Terry Taplin picHaving only just recently graduated, Terry has already established his own production company, Revelation Pictures, embracing all aspects of the industry and enjoying every minute of it. 

I knew I wanted to work in post when... I began the activity of Free-Running in high school. Taking small videos of our progression and uploading them to the Internet became a tradition and the passion for story telling and post developed from there.
My first break in the industry was… A couple of months after my graduation, I decided to hit the year with something fresh and so created a video for a company called They were holding a competition to make a short 1 minute video promoting mental health. The film ended up coming third in the Australia wide competition and for me this was a huge step forward in the right direction.
The thing I love most about editing is… The satisfying feeling of completing the puzzle. There are hundreds of different ways one story can be told and only hours and hours can show which one is best.  A whole day may have gone without you realising it, but that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction is priceless.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... Try and get your hands around as many different editing platforms as possible. And to remember through persistence of vision, anything is possible.
If I weren’t in Post Production I’d be… An aspiring Director or something to do with Criminology.

Meet the Sponsor


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David Cole, Managing Director of one of our newest sponsors, Two Dogs TV, gave us the inside word on his boutique facility and its' unique approach to Post, which is modelled in part on his own experiences as an Editor. 

In a nutshell, what is Two Dogs TV?
Two Dogs is a boutique Post Production facility that caters to all genres of the Film and TV industry. We have built the facility around the one-stop-shop principle of having Offline, Online, Grade, Audio and Delivery services all under the one roof. 
We have a full time staff of 6 experienced and creative Post Production professionals to service our clients' needs.

You have a broad range of clients. How does your operation facilitate their varying needs?
We really just try to offer a really broad range of services and tailor the equipment toolsets, personnel skills and pathways to meet each individual clients' need. 
Whether we are servicing large commercial TV productions, high end documentaries, independent films or new media, it all comes down the planning, understanding the delivery parameters, offering a flexible workflow and having a desire to make it as great as it can be with the available resources. 
Every production and pathway is different these days, and with varying camera choices available, expanding delivery formats and broadcast platforms, we really aim to get involved as early as possible to help steer production through it. We aim to design a flexible Post pathway and services solution to tie all this together and deliver as smooth a ride through Post as possible.
Technically, we assess each production's requirements, and use our experience and expertise to ‘crystal ball gaze’ any unforeseen challenges that may lay ahead and plan for them. 
Creatively, we find ourselves doing a lot of internal R&D to stay ahead of the curve. Playing with new camera formats before they even come our way on shows, running grading and online tests, so we can advise what’s the best way to go for what our clients are trying to achieve. We love a new challenge, so take any problem-solving as a potential to grow the expertise. We then in turn add that back into our collective IP available to our clients.

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Two Dogs facility pics


Event Report

VIC freelancers flock to a frank discussion on Post Production
The seats filled up quickly, upstairs at the Golden Gate Hotel, as students, emerging and experienced editors alike, arrived for a frank discussion on freelancing in Post Production, led by Post Production Supervisor and Editor, Belinda Fithie. The event provided a unique opportunity for those in Post Production to speak openly with each other about their experiences as freelancers and all those present were keen for the chance to compare notes, learn new tips and offer advice. 
The evening’s discussion began with a comparison of rates and establishing some ballpark figures of what could be expected in various roles, from Assistants through to Assembly and Senior Editors. Talk then quickly turned to concerns about the current award rate, with many pointing out that entry level rates were now commonly being perceived as standard. Several people also commented, that they had recently seen a growing number of job advertisements offering very low rates and poor conditions, seemingly taking advantage of the eagerness of young editors, just breaking into the industry. Led by Belinda, several Senior Editors present on the night generously shared their experiences to offer some invaluable advice and guidance on how freelancers can protect their rights when heading into job interviews. This inevitably led to an in depth discussion on negotiating, which most of those present on the night admitted, they still struggle with. It was strongly agreed upon that the key was remembering the importance of the language used during negotiation, having realistic expectations and maintaining a professional attitude in order to build a respectful and positive relationship with Producers and others within the industry.

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Belinda Fithie addresses the crowd


Sponsor Update:

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Digistor Appoints New Training Centre Manager

Sydney, Australia - Digital media integration specialist, Digistor Pty Ltd, has appointed Sarah Palmer as Manager of the Digistor Training Centre.
The Digistor Training Centre provides an extensive list of classroom-style training at the company's state-of-the-art facilities in Sydney and in other states, plus training at customers' own premises customised to specific needs.
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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.
With customers throughout Australia, the company has a proud history of providing elegant solutions and unsurpassed customer service for media production applications - irrespective of complexity.
Further company information is available from

Digistor Training Centre has announced a complete list of courses for April – July.
For further information:

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


 Sponsor Update:


Avid Media Composer 7 Extends Real-time Production Everywhere
Industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing solution now available for AUD$1,099; 
New release simplifies and accelerates file-based workflows, and offers Mac support for Interplay Sphere.
NAB (Booth #SU902), LAS VEGAS, NV, April 7, 2013
Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today unveiled Media Composer® 7, featuring accelerated and simplified file-based workflows including optimized HD delivery from high-res source material and automated media operations. In addition, as a key component of the Avid Everywhere vision, the new release offers Interplay® Sphere for Mac support, extending real-time production everywhere. Used to edit more top-tier content than any other nonlinear editing (NLE) solution, Media Composer software is now available starting at AUD$1,099—bringing unprecedented value to post production editors.
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  AVID Videocraft event



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Upcoming Editing courses in Sydney include:
A six-evening 'Avid 101:Editing Essentials’ course in May.
‘TV Assistant Editor’ in May.
Avid 110: Video Effects weekend intensive in June.

VFX courses include ‘Colour Grading with DaVinci Resolve’, ‘Intro to After Effects’ and ‘After Effects Advanced’ plus ‘Cinema 4D: An Intro’.
Plus in Melbourne, don’t miss 'Jill Billcock: Editing Masterclass’ in June.
For details of all upcoming courses across the country visit:

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



Upcoming Events:

Sound Bytes Workflow Event





ASE Members receive a special rate of $150 for ADG Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
RSVP to by end of this week.

ADG Awards Flyer



Film Critics Circle of Australia, 2013
JASON BALLANTINE ASE  -  "Wish You Were Here"
DANY COOPER ASE  -  "The Sapphires"

For all other winners and nominees, see:


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Quote of the Month

"Know when not to intrude in the link between an actor's performance and the audience - but also know when to intrude, and help or create that performance.


Brian Kavanagh 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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