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eNEWS #51  -  JUNE 2014

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
We Want to See Where You Work

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
Greetings Editing Colleagues,
June is a month for Congratulations — to all members who have films screening in this years Sydney Film Festival and for those who had films screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Tania Nehme for Charlie’s Country, Meredith Watson Jeffrey and Nick Myers ASE for These Final Hours deserve special mention for their projects screened in Un Certain Regard and Directors Fortnight. David Michôd’s second feature The Rover was also very well received at a Midnight Screening out of Competition.
A HUGE congratulations to Jenny Ward who has been named as this year's NSW Film Pioneer of the Year by the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers. Jenny was one of the first ASE members and a co-founder of the ASE. More on that from Henry Dangar ASE in this issue.
The ASE has been working with the MEAA on the reclassification of post production categories and the current award. This month we are sending out a survey to find out what you are being paid and whether you find this satisfactory. It’s fast, simple and much like the one you did a couple of years back, the only change being if you are full time then you fill in the questions once. If you are freelance then there is space for you to fill in information for up to three projects in the last financial year. 
I would like to thank Steven-Baras Miller who is resigning as Victorian Chair. Steven has organised some fantastic events in Victoria including screenings of Canopy, Mad Max, and 52 Tuesdays. Thank you Steven for your hard work and brilliant ideas.  
We would also like to welcome our new silver sponsor Labspace. 
Have a great June, please fill in the survey and remember we are here for you so let us know if you have something to share or contribute.
Dany Cooper ASE
ASE President 

State Updates


The Victorian branch has more big events coming up, following our very successful screening of 52 Tuesdays, thanks to the wonderful DOP/editor Bryan Mason. 

Next up, we have a full screening of Wolf Creek 2 and Q&A with editor Sean Lahiff on Sunday, July 6, 2 pm at Backlot studios, 65 Haig street, Southbank. 

On a personal note I have to formally announce that due to work commitments, I have had to stand down as the Victorian chair of the ASE. However there is still a vibrant Victorian committee working hard to present a wide variety of events in the coming months, including a series of television based events at the VCA Cinema 2, and our celebration of the careers of ASE accreditees Wayne Hyett and Mark Atkins. 

Hope to see everyone at at least one of these events.  

Steven Baras-Miller
Outgoing Victorian Chairperson

Meet the ASE Community


Meet The Member: Stuart Willis, VIC

Hi Everyone, I'm Stuart Willis. I've been working in VFX and animation for nine years. Most recently, I was the Layout Production Supervisor on The Lego Movie at Animal Logic. (Co-Edited by the awesome David Burrows and Chris McKay)

I knew I wanted to work in post when… 
I spent my lunch times in high school editing an atrocious student short film on a tape-to-tape machine (SVHS). It was more fun than most things happening on the playground. After that, I did the sound and music for a friend's HSC artwork: a cgi-animation that told the story of The Odyssey using Lego figures. 16 years later, we both worked on The Lego Movie! So, obviously, the right move.

My first break in the industry was… 
Working for Rising Sun Pictures on Superman Returns as a VFX Coordinator and (sometimes) VFX editor. Jumping from editing corporates and educational films to working on a narrative feature was something like a dream come true… and a massive learning curve.

The thing I love most about editing is… 
The subtle power. It still amazes me how one small decision - even just a few frames - can change a moment, a scene, and the whole story.

The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… 
I still consider myself aspiring. There's just so much to learn about storytelling! I guess that'd be my advice… editing is storytelling, we just write with pictures and sound and not (just) words.

If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… 
Well, I'm currently dipping my feet into directing. I'm shooting a project in August called RESTORATON, an online sci-fi miniseries, about a man who wakes to find his memories have been uploaded into a strange body. It will be edited by my good friend and fellow ASE member Hayley Dinnison. I think it's going to be hard to let go of the editing reigns, but I'm excited to see what she does with the material. If you're interested in learning more, the website is



Meet The Member: Ivan Rojas, WA

Hi! My Name is Ivan Rojas and I’ve been experimenting and enjoying visual Arts for 13 years, 5 of them as a professional editor in my Home Country Colombia, in companies such as City TV, RCN TV, Caracol TV, Bogota Digital Cinema and Post Bros. I've had the opportunity to edit many different formats including TV Drama - El Laberinto (The Labryinth) - and TV Reality - Colombia’s Next Top Model. As I am a VFX enthusiast I'm presently studying Animation in Australia, although, my big dream is to become a Film Editor for wicked Directors like David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Spike Jonze.

I knew I wanted to work in post when…
I was 13 years old and I tried to put up a sequence of hi8 handycam footage with audio soundtrack patching 2 VHS, the handycam, a walkman and CRT TV and the result was incredibly good.

My first break in the industry was…
As assistant director and Assistant unit production manager for FOX Telecolombia In Colombia. Following that I had an offer to start editing a gossip TV magazine which led me to meet people who where enthusiastic about my work and they introduced me to more people with editing offers for the main TV Stations and content producers from my home country Colombia. I was given a position in the Post-Production department of CARACOL TV which I enjoyed very much.

The thing I love most about editing is…
I have the ability to manipulate the order and meaning of an image to obtain the emotion I want from an audience.

The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is...
Editing potential goes beyond audio rhythm, you can always tell a story.

If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be…


Meet The Committee: Edward McQeen-Mason, WA

I've been involved with the committee for over a year
now, it started when someone was needed to attend a meeting with Screenwest and I was available to attend. Having done that and realising the value of the ASE having input in these things, I have tried to increase my involvement with the society. It has not been as daunting as it first seemed. I'm currently working on a documentary for NITV as well as getting my own projects up and fitting in some time to devote to the committee has not been difficult but has been well worthwhile.

I knew I wanted to work in post when…
I first stepped into a cutting room. I'd always had an interest in film, I bought my first 8mm camera when I was 15 and made some short films using friends as actors. I also experimented with animation using models that I constructed and shot against hand painted backgrounds. The film bug had struck!

I specialise in...
Film generally, I have worked on a variety of genre and enjoyed them all. To me all film is interesting and is a challenge to make the most of the material, whether it's a commercial or a feature.

My first break in the industry was…
Getting my first job as an assistant with Pacific films Melbourne and working on a children's TV series. A year later I was promoted to editor and haven't looked back since.

The highlight of my career so far…
I suppose I should say "getting an AFI award for editing" but the real highlight is the job. Working in film is the most consuming and the most rewarding career I can think of and hopefully, I can continue in it till I quietly fade to black.

I was inspired to join the ASE committee…
Because it's all to easy to let someone else do the work, so I decided that it was time I pitched in and took an active role in what I consider to be an essential organisation.

The ASE is important…
It facilitates interaction amongst members, promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience, enables editors to have a voice in the industry and last but not least, keeps members informed of potential work (rather useful in this business).



Meet The Sponsor: Adobe

Editing and video content creation workflows are about to get easier, with major updates coming soon to the Adobe Creative Cloud video apps.

ASE Gold Sponsor Adobe, Reveals Next Wave of Innovation for Creative Cloud Video Apps at NAB.

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April, Adobe announced milestone feature editions to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Anywhere for video.

These new features, expected to ship in the next coming months, are designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster, enabling video professionals to create stunning content more efficiently.  Key updates include timesaving editorial features in Premiere Pro CC, such as live Text Templates that let users edit text in After Effects CC directly in Premiere Pro CC, ability to autosave to Creative Cloud, a new Masking and tracking feature for accurate masks that blur moving faces, and the new Master Clip effect in Premiere Pro and Speedgrade whereby changing an effect to the original clip can ripple through all its instances.


Event report


Jenny Ward received NSW Pioneer of the Year 2014 for her work as Councillor for the Picture Industry Benevolent Society.

Jenny was a co-founder of the ASE in 1995 and has been a strong advocate for those who work in post production and the wider industry ever since. She was an active member of the Screen Technicians Association of Australia for nearly ten years and served as NSW Branch Vice President of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance for eleven years.

Recently Jenny resigned as Secretary of the Australian Screen Sound Guild to take up her position at the Benevolent Society.

What is the 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.

The Society relies solely on donations from industry enterprises and individuals. Jenny has been invaluable in deriving ever inventive ways of raising money.

If you have been attending industry events in the last couple of years you may have noticed small cardboard donation boxes on your table. This was one of the initiatives of Jenny’s that has helped make the Society a little more recognisable and the lives of Society recipients a little easier.

If you are interested to find out more, you can visit the Society’s website.

Jenny has always been passionate about ensuring the health and well being of the industry and all those who work in it. Jenny continues with her love of sound and sound editing, collaborating on many of our finest films.


Upcoming Events




Geoffrey Rush here... as AACTA Prez, I invite you to engage with the ever-blossoming Australian Academy and become a member today. The AACTA Awards is a sparkling annual celebration of the best and brightest in our screen industry. But if that's all you think AACTA does, think again!

Join colleagues and friends at our regular Members' Events, learn about and debate new trends and ideas, and be inspired by the work and stories of our talented screen creators.

Now in full swing in Sydney and expanding each month in Melbourne, our year-round Members' Event program has been embraced by members both new and long-standing.

For a full list of member benefits and to become part of the Academy visit


EVENT: Flickerfest 2015

24th International Short Film Festival
9th- 18th January 2015 Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

Call for Entries Now Open Online at

Celebrating its 24th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film festival, and its largest short film competition, is now accepting entries from Australia and around the world, for our 2015 Festival. Flickerfest will screen for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2015 with selected highlights heading off after the festival around Australia on a 50 venue national tour. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short film making from around the world, judged by a panel of leading industry experts.

* International
* Australian
* Documentary
* GreenFlicks – films with an environmental focus or theme from across the world
* FlickerUp- National high school and primary school competition. 

In 2015 our out of competition programmes will include Flickerkids short films for children and families, Love bites – short films about relationships, and a global comedy short film showcase.

Keep in touch with festival announcements at


SponsOr Updates


Digistor Training

Digistor is Australia's leading supplier of professionally supported solutions for the creation, management, storage and delivery of digital media.
Scheduled courses include the following (book via our Training page -

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve - 9am Thursday June 19th

CINEMA 4D Essentials - 9am Monday June 30th

CINEMA 4D Extension - 9am Tuesday 1st July

AutoDesk Smoke - 9am Friday 11th July

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

Workshops and more

Flame Premium 2015 - High-End Finishing & Post-Production Event
A live event exclusively for customers using or evaluating professional finishing and post-production solutions. The all-new Flame Family offers complete, flexible workflows for finishing, 3D visual effects and real-time colour-grading in a unified creative environment, even at 4K.
Get more info and register now:

Digistor Offers Extended Technical Services
Digistor has extended our customer services to give customer more options for service level agreements, phone support, pre-paid support plans, project-based and relocation services and much more. Call Digistor on 02 9431 6000 to discuss your support requirements.
More information available here:

Mobile ENG & Broadcasting Workshop
A 1/2 day workshop delivering an overview of these new mobile news and event coverage technologies and techniques using the Dejero LIVE+ Platform.
Get more info and register now:

NAS Storage Special for Media Content Ends Soon
Content creation, production, editing, and archiving demand high performance, reliability and big capacities as media grows. Take advantage of Digistor's EonNAS special which ends at the end of June. 
More information available here:

Avid Interplay and ISIS Trade-Up Specials
As an Avid Elite Reseller, Digistor provides complete solutions for Avid editing, workflow and storage. They are currently running g a number of specials for Avid. Contact Digistor on 02 9431 6005 or email for details.


 AFTRS Open logo


EVENT: AFTRS new Bachelor of Screen Arts – Information Day

AFTRS – Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast School – is introducing a bold NEW Bachelor of Screen Arts degree for 2015, geared towards preparing creative people to be agile operators in a platform agnostic world. Deeply focused on the art and craft of storytelling the three-year program also provides exciting opportunities to collaborate with other students and be taught by some of the best screen practitioners, in the best facilities in Australia.

To provide the answers to questions specifically about the NEW Bachelor of Screen Arts the School is hosting an Information Day on Saturday June 28, where future students can:
  • Speak with academic advisers
  • Gain an understanding of how an AFTRS degree can lead to a rewarding career
  • Get the facts so you can make a fully informed decision for 2015.

FREE. Saturday June 28, 10am-2pm, AFTRS, Building 130
The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park (Entry via Lang Rd)

Voted the top #20 film school in the world, by industry bible The Hollywood Reporter (in October 2012), AFTRS presents unrivalled opportunities for students to network and form life-long professional relationships.

Entry is by merit selection. Applications for 2015 will open in September 2014.

More information:
AFTRS Open has Editing and VFX courses in the coming months in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. May course highlights include: CINEMA 4D ADVANCED and FINDING ANIMATION with PIXAR artists plus in June there’s the brand new one dayer Cinema 4D Lite/ After Effects CC Integration.

To view all current AFTRS Open courses visit the website

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

the production book


The LATEST Production Book iPad app now out and available as a free download!

The Production Book continues to be the most widely used and recognised directory for all things film and television.  This year the app has undergone significant improvement to best address the needs of an ever-growing and evolving industry in Australasia.  

New features include:
- Personal notes against listings can now be saved to the iCloud so they are not lost when the app is updated
- The app will be updated every three months so the listings are the most current in the industry 
- Actors and their agents have been added as a category. 
- Digital Media and Grip Cranes charts have been added to the charts for pre-existing sunrise/sunset times, phases and apsides of the moon, tides and international clothing measurements, amongst others
- A dedicated New Zealand section

The Production Book is the only directory of its kind in this space. Now in its 25th year, it is a trusted resource that is known to be current and relevant whose subscribers include key decision-makers from every facet of the industry from production to executive roles, as well as significant international subscribers shooting foreign productions locally. Wherever they are or whatever they need The Production Book is with them in one format or another.

Download the app today




We want to see where YOU work

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

Just for fun, to get the ball rolling so to speak!
xx Jane Welch ASE

Senior assistant editor Oscar sitting in for dad while he has a lunch break
Scott Walton, Seven Hills, Brisbane, QLD


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