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eNEWS #56  -  NOVEMBER 2014

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
• Event Report
Meet the Sponsor
Call for Entries
The Production Book
Sponsor Updates
Education and Training
On the Web

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE

The 2014 Ellie Awards - Saturday Dec 6th - Save the Date!

Greetings Editors,

CONGRATULATIONS to all Ellie nominee’s this year.

The ninth annual ASE ‘Ellie’ Awards, to be hosted by the multi talented actor/director and writer Leah Purcell, will take place on Saturday the 6th of December 2014 at the Paddington RSL in Sydney. In addition to the winners of the eleven award categories, the Guild will also honour a Lifetime member along with a new Accredited member. Our special guest this year is Gillian Armstrong.

Introducing our new GOLD award sponsor Shine Australia.

Shine Australia was formed in January 2010 to produce premium scripted and unscripted content. Shine Australia’s slate consists of shows such as The Voice, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, Australia’s Next Top Model, Beauty And The Geek, Aussie Pickers and Location, Location, Location. Shine expanded into scripted drama in 2014 with a handful of new commissions – the first of these being the Seven Network mini series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. The show was edited by Rodrigo Balart.

Shine Australia will be presenting the award for Best Editing in a Short Film.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the awards — tickets are now on sale.

The Little Death followed by a discussion with editor Christian Gazal was screened at AFTRS last month with a strong turnout. Christian’s brilliant insight into the post-production process and the film itself, a sharp well crafted comedy were an audience hit.

Warmest thanks to Christian for his time, to Jane St Vincent Welch ASE for hosting, to Gwen Sputore for her organisational skills and to all the Exec committee who gave their energy.

A huge huge thank you to Audio Network who attended and provided wine and starters and a short talk before the event!

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.

Dany Cooper ASE
ASE President 

State Updates


There are only a few seats left for the Muriel's Wedding 20th anniversary screening to be held at Cinema Nova on November 23. 
Bookings are essential and can be made through Cinema Nova. A rare chance to hear from Jill Bilcock A.S.E, A.C.E, P.J Hogan and the other  key creative talent on the iconic Australian film.
The Victorian committee already has several projects in the pipeline for 2015 including an emerging editors night and more Q and A events so look forward seeing you all there. 
Steven Baras-Miller
Victorian Committee


Q & A With Editor Christian Gazal for The Little Death

Christian Gazal (third from right) with ASE President Dany Cooper (end right), ASE committee member Jane St Vincent Welch (end left) and our fabulous sponsors from Audio Network.

When Christian first met the Director of The Little Death, Josh Lawson, they shared the same kind of thinking about intercutting the stories. Originally in the script the stories weren’t intertwined - they were written separately. Each of the five separate stories, with an individual beginning, middle and end, which all had such different energy levels.

In order to balance the different energy levels of each story, they were first cut independently before the initial intercut. The trick was not to over intercut the stories of the seemingly unrelated people. The theme was the only thing that connected each story, and Christian found that introducing only three stories first out of the full five, was enough to begin with. Through the use of different colour-coded scene cards different story orders were tried, but ultimately Christian and Josh settled to begin with Maeve and Paul’s story because it was the strangest and best established the theme: if you are truthful and honest then maybe it will all turn out okay. The Director wanted to keep the shock at the end of the film, leaving the question: was the biscuit man really that bad of a guy? He was also the common connection through each of the characters throughout the film.



Meet The Sponsor: Audio Network

Who is Audio Network?

The intention to distinguish Audio Network from other traditional music libraries was to deliver a product with depth and quality, and build that product from scratch. Audio Network have always been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a group of people, who along with being very talented and respected in their own right, have committed themselves to the idea of building the best and most diverse catalogue of production music in the world.

The first to embrace the idea were Jazz legends Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, rapidly joined by other composer luminaries including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Terry Devine-King, Chris Blackwell and Paul Mottram. Every single composer on the initial hit list joined in and their commitment and enthusiasm encouraged the all-important financiers to invest. The idea became a reality in July 2001 & Audio Network was born.

In the last decade we’ve seen a fundamental shift in the way content is created and distributed. This has meant that the music rights have had to be held centrally, allowing the music to be licensed without the usual restrictions. Removing barriers for people who use our music such as producers, editors, and content creators gives them the creative freedom to use as much quality music as they desire.

We’re growing our team internationally, we now have a dedicated A&R team who are always on the prowl for the next Audio Network talent. Building the size of our library isn’t the only touchstone we’re interested in achieving. We are also endeavouring to diversify it. We’ve recently commissioned artist James Burgess who creates soundscapes with sounds such as household products and is one of many new composers to recently join Audio Network, in our efforts to provide a plethora of musical genres and sonic tools. We also have a solid undiscovered program and we’re extending our composer circles in Australia, having just landed artists such as Braden Evans.

What’s next on the cards for Audio Network? You’ll have to log on and see.


StudioDaily’s Prime Awards 2014

StudioDaily’s Prime Awards is the industry’s best showcase for the top tier of new technology, cutting-edge thinking, and high-end craftsmanship. The entry deadline is December 5, 2014 and winners along with honorable mentions will be honored during NAB in April 2015.

The winners of the Prime Awards represent the software and hardware vendors who serve the film and video production and post-production market; creative and technical talent working in the industry; and creative studios and other facilities that make substantial contributions to the filmmaking process.  They are the risk takers who have taken tremendous strides and are driving the industry forward.

To enter, visit:

For questions regarding the Prime Awards, contact Kate Schaeffer at For sponsorship information, contact Todd Spitz at or 727-452-4282.





Pre-order the 2015 Production Book and WIN A VIP LUXURY GETAWAY, attending the Byron Bay International Film Festival! (Valued at over $2000)*

Now the ONLY resource if its kind in Australia & New Zealand... the 2015 Production Book (released early December) is the most comprehensive and reliable resource directory for the film, television, advertising and multimedia industries in Australia and overseas, with more than 18,000 listings across 245 categories.

For full details on how to win the Luxury Getaway and how to buy the book GO TO: or call 1800 651 422PRE ORDER your 2015 Production Book NOW!

The LATEST Production Book iPad app now out and available as a free download!
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“If only I knew how to do that last week I would have saved myself a lot of time!”

Today’s editing, VFX, motion graphics, audio, compositing and modelling software is so sophisticated and complex, we hear that on every course we deliver. Just recently, from an industry professional who had been using the software for 15 years! That is exactly the type of comment we love hearing as our course are designed to cater for the advanced user and the complete novice. You walk in with a certain skills set and you walk out with skills set++.
Sure there are thousands of free and paid online tutorials, but nothing beats an instructor led hands on course to build a solid foundation upon which your creative career will depend on. So, still editing on FCP7 and not sure where to migrate to?  Take a 1 Day XOver course with an Apple and Adobe Certified instructor and then you decide if Premiere Pro or FCPX suits you better!
Just upgraded to Cinema 4D R16 - all you need is a 1 Day with our Certified Instructor and Voilà. Only have a weekend or can’t take much time off during the week, then take a 2 Day Intense course.  Here you will learn the core elements and workflows which is essential and fundamental for that software. The ultimate foundation is a 3 Day certification course which extends your skills beyond the application’s required essential and fundamental knowledge.
Currently we have over 25 courses published. 
After Effects • Audition • Cinema 4D • InDesign • Final Cut Pro X • Logic Pro X • Motion 5 • Photoshop • Premiere Pro • Speed Grade
Tip for November:
Arri announced that ALEXA XT/XR cameras now support Apple ProRes 4444XQ and you can shoot in that format.  If you want to make this codec manually available in Adobe CC Applications (After Effects and Premiere Pro), email me at and I can send you a “how to”.  
We teach the tools of the trade so Creatives can do what they enjoy doing best - Being Creative



Digistor Training 

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals
Thursday November 20th at Digistor
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. All attendees receive a complimentary full colour poster courtesy of Blackmagic.

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve Advanced
9am Friday November 21st  at Digistor
Take the next step with the world's most advanced colour grading system. The Advanced day is perfect for those who have completed the Fundamentals Day or users who want to expand their skill set. All attendees receive a complimentary full colour poster courtesy of Blackmagic.

Avid Media Composer for Final Cut Pro Users Bridging Course
Flexible dates available at very short notice – call or email
A single day course for FCP editors that facilitates the transition to AVID Media Composer. Discover the differences between the two programs, project migration from FCP to AVID, media management, project setup, user settings, timeline operations, titling, VFX and grading.

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

 AFTRS Open logo



AFTRS OPEN has a wide variety of short Editing and VFX courses in November and December. All courses are taught by industry experts in AFTRS Open’s state of the art facilities in Sydney. November & December highlights include: INTRO TO AFTER EFFECTS,  AVID MC7 101, NUKE INTERMEDIATE, CINEMA 4D BASICS, INTRO TO PREMIERE PRO, AVID FOR FINAL CUT PRO EDITORS 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.

Nuke Intermediate

Nuke Intermediate is the next step to the world of professional compositing in the industry standard compositing package for high end productions. Building on the concepts introduced in the Nuke Foundation course, VFX artist Kazia Roach guide you through an entire effects shot for your reel.
17 - 26 Nov

Cinema 4D Basics

Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering application, used increasingly widely in the broadcast Industry in the creation of animated graphics.  This three-day course offers a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to CINEMA 4D basics, which lets you quickly and easily get started with CINEMA 4D.
28 - 30 Nov

Introduction to Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is the timeline-based video editing software application that comes bundled in the Adobe Creative Suite master collection, production premium and Creative Cloud. This two-day intensive course is an introduction to the basics of using Premiere Pro and is designed for absolute beginners.
1 - 2 Dec

Metro Screen’s positive reputation in the Australian screen and media industries offers you a great career advantage. Our Diploma in Screen and Media is taught by industry professionals who focus their training on real world scenarios with an emphasis on ‘hands-on’, platform agnostic practice. Applications close 13 December 2014 for our 2015 intake.



I've fallen, and I can't get up

You can do amazing stuff when you have time on your hands. Dave Fothergill did this hypnotic video of CGI people falling over and over as they get swept around by a swinging metal fence. It will be hard to stop watching.


The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS) is the film industry’s very own charity, helping colleagues who work or have worked in film production, cinema exhibition and distribution.

We recently contacted some of our recipients and asked them to tell their stories. Here are just a couple:

“After working in the film industry for over 20 years in both costume and art department, I developed breast cancer followed by severe arthritis in my hands that required several lots of surgery and made constant sewing difficult. I had to stop working and consequently had difficulty making ends meet. I was unaware of MPIBS until someone passed on my name and I was contacted, reviewed and given a monthly relief payment to help with living expenses. This has enabled me to maintain a modest lifestyle that would otherwise be very difficult. I'm immensely grateful for this generous support.”
(Sylvia*, Freelancer, Costume/Art Department)

“As a senior who doesn’t qualify yet for the old age pension, MPIBS support is allowing me to regroup. My financial difficulties arose because of serious health problems and the need to pay for expensive medications. While I'm not yet out of the woods, I am eternally grateful to the MPIBS for its assistance.”
(Martin*, Writer/Producer/Director)

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

The MPIBS is a safety net which enables our colleagues to be cared for when they need it most but we need your help to continue our work.

To donate, please visit our website for more information.

Our Sponsors

Deluxe The Editors Avid Autodesk Blue Post
Digistor Adobe Two Dogs Video Craft Audio Network
Roar Digital Spectrum Films labspace
Shine Australia the backlot studios

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