MAY 2010


Hello and welcome to the May edition of the ASE monthly E-News. In this months edition there is news about the upcoming free AFTRS master-class with Nick Myers, on his editing of “Balibo” and also news of a free screening of the Oscar nominated short film "Miracle Fish" which will be followed by a discussion with writer, director and editor Luke Doolan. Members should also remember that the very popular Mentorship Scheme has been brought back so if you're interested please check details in the "Members Benefits" section of this edition.

Once again we always welcome news of upcoming events or your views on any issues that may be of interest to other editors. Please forward any production and publicity stills (copyright cleared), of current productions you are working on or have recently completed, to be featured on ASE website banners, to:

First up is news from the ASE committee…

In a very exciting development for the Guild's connections to the international community of editors, Vice President Melanie Annan has set up
an interchange with the widely read and hugely informative editing site Art of the Guillotine (http://www.artoftheguillotine.com). Excerpted
clips from ASE events will soon be posted on the Art of the Guillotine, side by side with similar posts from the American, British and Canadian
editors Guilds posts.

Also, on behalf of the whole membership, the Exec Committee made a submission this month to the Federal Government in response to its Review of the Screen Production Industry.  A huge thank you to all members who replied to our quick survey on conditions, we used this data to support our statements about issues of concern to the post-production sector of industry, and also thank you to those who sent comments.   Your comments have been included in the body of the ASE submission.  Our submission will be posted online by the Government, along with submissions from other Guilds and production companies insuring that our membership has a voice in the ongoing discussions with government about industry sustainability.

In other exciting news for our members the events sub-committee (Deb Peart, Karen Fleming and Kat Barker) are putting together an “Underbelly” event in Melbourne during May, due to success of the similar event held in Sydney last month, so please watch this space for more information. They have also planned a very exciting event for Sydney in May with Luke Doolan, editor of Miracle Fish (please check details below).
If you'd like to correspond about events, this sub-committee has a new email address: events@screeneditors.com and I'm sure they'd love to hear from you!

The Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) would like to invite you to a screening of the Oscar nominated Miracle Fish and a discussion with Director, Writer and Editor Luke Doolan.
Miracle Fish is a gripping, visually powerful and masterfully crafted short film, which sees 8 yr old Joe having a birthday he’ll never forget. After friends tease him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.
The film has received critical acclaim around the world and been seen at festivals including Sundance 09, Sydney International Film Festival 09 (where it won the Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short) and Munich Short Film Festival 09. It has also been named Winner Best Short Fiction Film and Best Screenplay in Short Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards 2009.
Luke has been gaining a reputation as an accomplished editor over the years. This is his first foray into directing and we will be exploring how his history in the cutting room has informed his approach.

WHEN:            Sunday, 6th June 2010
12pm – 1pm
Film duration: 17.53 minutes
Followed by a discussion and Q&A

WHERE:            Chauvel Cinema - Cinema 2 (up stairs)
Paddington Town Hall
Cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd
Paddington, NSW, 2021
Infoline: 02 9361 5398

ENTRY:             FREE for ASE members
$5 non-members

INQUIRIES:             please email: events@screeneditors.com

The Editing Department at AFTRS is organising a master-class for their Grad Dip and Grad Cert Editing students with Nick Meyers ASE, which will include a screening and discussion of his award winning editing of “Balibo” on Saturday 22nd May. Nick will discuss the way the film took shape, showing examples of early edits.
ASE members are invited to attend the event but places are strictly limited so please reserve your space by emailing events@screeneditors.com (your booking will be confirmed by email.)

***2010 Spanish Film Festival

Sydney: Wed 5th - Sun 16th May at Palace Norton Street and Academy Twin Cinemas & The Chauvel
Melbourne: Wed 12th - Sun 23rd May at Palace Cinema Como & Kino Cinemas
Brisbane: Thu 20th  - Sun 30th May at Palace Centro Cinemas
Adelaide: Thu 13th - Sun 16th May at Palace Nova Eastend
Canberra: Thu 6th - Sun 16th May at GU Manuka

***Colourfest Film Festival
21st May

***Newtown Flicks
4th – 6th June

***2010 Short & Sharp Pitching Competition
Entries for the 2010 Short & Sharp Pitching Competition are now open. Presented by Open Channel, Victoria's Screen Development Agency (SDA) with the support of Film Victoria, Short & Sharp 2010 is aimed at emerging and mid-career filmmakers and invites entrants to submit a short treatment for a screen-based project.

***New Zealand Noir
1 May – 4 July 2010

Due to the ASE event in May with “Miracle Fish” the next sundowner will be held in July.  Watch out for the June edition on the Enews for details.
And as always if you have any great pubs that you think we should visit we'd love to hear from you. Please send requests to:

All the best and see you next time,
Melanie and Chris

***SPECIAL OFFER on Avid courses from Amber Video and Audio Post for ASE MEMBERS.  Please heck the link for prices and course schedules:

Please check the ASE website for up to date job listings.

***Members receive discounts to the Sydney and Melbourne film
festivals, which are both coming up soon so check their websites for details.

***Palace Cinemas in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are now offering ASE members $13.50 entry to any film, any session (not including festivals or special
events) upon presentation of membership cards.

***Did you know ASE members get concession rate at Popcorn Taxi events? We do! So just remember to show your ASE members card.

***Special Limited Offer – free ASE shirt for every member. We have t-shirts or singlets in a variety of sizes. Follow these links to claim your free shirt (you only have to pay for shipping):

·     Head to http://www.remogeneralstore.com/ASE

·     Close the special offer box

·     Choose your style and size and add to cart

***Mentorship Scheme:
We have recently re-invigorated our popular Mentor Scheme. The ASE Mentor Scheme started in 2004 and is a successful link between younger
or less experienced members and other members of the Guild who have been working for many years in their field of expertise Given the
changing structure of the industry and the fact that the assistant editor has less and less contact with the editor its extremely important to make
sure knowledge is passed on. If you are a well-established editor and have the time and inclination to mentor a budding editor please let us
If you are interested in taking part in the scheme please head to ourwebsite http://www.screeneditors.com/mentor_scheme/index.htm
for more information on how to apply.

***Online Editor Database:
As well as exclusive access to EditSearch – the ASE jobs bulletin, we have another way to help members find employment. We are currently
working on an online Editors Database. This will be a members-only list of Editors and their CVs – making it easy for Producers and Directors
to find you. If you would like your CV displayed on the ASE Database please email it to website@screeneditors.com

***Online Membership Payment:
There’s never been an easier way to join or re-new your membership to the ASE! We are excited to announce our new online payment facility.
You are now able to pay online with your credit card. If you would like to join the guild follow the link for Online Application Form:
Or if you are renewing your membership access to all the ASE benefits will be yours at the click of a button:

***Discounted AFI membership, check the link below for details

Thought this might interest you...

The revolutionary editor Dede Allen, ACE (86) passed away on Saturday April 17th after a stroke. Born in 1923 and still editing in 2008 Dede cut many landmark films including the ground breaking Bonnie and Clyde and The Hustler. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Dog Day Afternoon, Reds and Wonder Boys. The ASE extends it wishes to Dede's family and friends. Click the link below for the LA Times Obituary.

Dede Allen on the MTV style of editing,

“That’s badly influenced a lot of narrative editing. I used to cut trailers and God knows I’ve been a big one for breaking the rules. But you have to know the rules to break the rules, and a lot of people don’t know the rules.”
Dede Allen ACE (The Hustler, Bonnie & Clyde, Wonder Boys)

Until next time

The ASE Committee