Dr Miller and Semler to debate at ACS50

By Zona Marie Tan

The future of the image will be deliberated on at the upcoming ACS50 conference with much excitement as Andrew Lesnie, Dr George Miller and Dean Semler will be amongst top cinematographers and filmmakers speaking at the industry panel sessions.

On May 31 there will be two free industry panel sessions open to all at the Dendy Opera Quays. The morning session entitled ‘The Collaborators’ will see three award-winning teams of director-cinematographer who will screen work examples, discuss their working relationship and be open to a Q&A from the floor.

The two pairs confirmed to be speaking at this session that will be moderated by Peter Thompson are Dr George Miller and Dean Semler (Mad Max 2 & 3, The Dismissal and Justice League: Mortal), and Bruce Beresford and Peter James (Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road, Black Robe and Mao’s Last Dancer).

The afternoon session, titled after the ACS50’s theme the ‘Future of the Image’ will be heralded by Academy Award winner Andrew Lesnie (Babe, Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong), President of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Daryn Okada (Baby Mama, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), Geoff Boyle (Mutant Chronicles, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li), Nigel Walters (Panorama, Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin) and Panavision’s John Galt, while moderated by Atlab’s Dominic Case.

“Looking at the people on the panel, I’m excited about it. There definitely won’t be a shortage of strong opinions there,” says Case, Atlab’s Communications Director.

“There’s broad range of people coming from different countries, experience and different fields, and personally to my knowledge, with different attitudes to a number of issues. So I don’t think we’ll be short of things to talk about.”

Among the issues that will be discussed at the ‘Future of the Image’ industry panel would be how technology is affecting the cinematographer today and 3D filmmaking.

There is a big buzz among cinematographers about 3D changing the grammar of filmmaking. Case certainly believes it’s a big enough topic that warrants deliberation on how that will affect cinematographers.

“Because things like the aspect of an image with depth of field and so on just have a totally new meaning when you go into 3D,” explains Case. “So I will be bringing up questions like how will 3D affect story telling as it becomes the all-new encompassing way of telling stories.”

Although free, those interested in attending the Industry Panel sessions should RSVP for seats at

The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is celebrating its 50 years contribution to Australia’s film and television history with a landmark conference, exhibition and awards gala dinner from May 28-June 1, 2008 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, Sydney. For more information visit