JULY 2010


Hello and welcome to the July edition of the ASE monthly E-News. In this months edition there is update from the president on the Industry briefing she attended, on behalf of the ASE, and an exciting addition to this years Editing Awards so please read on for more details.

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…


The Events Sub Committee (Karen Fleming, Deb Peart & Katrina Barker) with support from the full Executive committee, staged a terrific event in Sydney this month, showcasing Luke Doolan's Academy Award nominated Miracle Fish and providing the packed house with insights on process of making the film, moving between the editor's and the director's perspectives, and, of course, the essential 'how to's' on walking the red carpet and chatting with "Jim"  (James Cameron).  In Melbourne the Underbelly event featuring Deb, Steve Evans and Shawn Seet, was also a highlight on the ASE calender this year, with thanks to the Melbourne committee for their efforts in staging that.

As president, I attended the Industry briefing night at Trackdown and heard that the directors of the funding agencies are cautiously optimistic about the future of the feature film industry with the international market showing some signs of picking up after the GFC and interest in Australian productions, particularly genre films, strengthening.  One problem for the Australian industry at large is the strength of the Australian dollar, which is driving away the big budget American productions that employ so many people, so, strong arguments are being put to government to re-structure incentives to attract these productions, even when the dollar is strong.  The biggest question for editors, in my view, only emerged at the end of the night: how can screen production on the internet be made to generate income?  This, I believe, is the key question, in the long term, for editors concerned about wages and conditions, which can only continue to decline as television audiences and revenues drop at a rate of 5 percent a year and audiences migrate to the net.  This discussion to be continued, no doubt, at the industry 'conversation' with NSW Arts Minister Virginia Judge on Friday.  The ASE will be there to represent you and your interests!

And last but not least the Executive Committee are very pleased to welcome Jason Ballantine ASE on board as a new member replacing Martin Fox who is on leave of absence in Melbourne.


It’s that time of year again … the Australian Screen Editors Awards.
Stay tuned, as it is nearly time for us to announce the official call for entries for the 2010 ASE Editing Awards.  It’s an opportunity for us all to reflect and celebrate achievements in Editing over the past year.

But first – we’d like to announce an exciting new category for our Awards – Music Video. Music Videos are an art form in themselves and fertile ground for Editors to get creative, experiment and have fun. We look forward to celebrating the art of the music video and it is a welcome addition to our list of categories for outstanding Editing Awards in 2010:

Feature Film
Television Drama
Television Non Drama
Short Films
Music Videos

Please don’t forget that this year ALL Editors of a production must be full ASE Members. Joint or Co Editors are welcome to apply if they are all full members of the ASE. So if you have worked together with another Editor this year – now is the time to make sure that you are all ASE members.

The Full Terms and Conditions will be announced with the 2010 Call for Entries later in July.

In the meantime if you have any queries please email us onawards@screeneditors.com


Omnilab Media appoints Tom Kennedy as The Playroom’s GM
Omnilab Media’s Managing Director, Christopher Mapp today announced that Mr. Tom Kennedy has been appointed to the position of Acting General Manager of The Playroom.  The Playroom is Omnilab Media's specialist Broadcast services and Digital media, aggregation, play-out and Distribution Company.

…Seeing the World through the Eyes of Women…

Screening 8 to 10 March 2011 in Sydney
Travelling to over 16 national locations & overseas

The 17th WOW (World of Women) Film Festival is now calling for entries for Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Digi-Vodules and Student films of less than 55 minutes duration with key creative input by women from Australia and around the world. Presented by WIFT NSW, Australia.

WOW is a unique showcase of films by women, allowing for a different storytelling and giving another perspective … of the world through women’s eyes. WOW 2011 aims to be a festival of discovery, celebration, debate, networking and an inspiration for new work.

WOW promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, writers, editors, cinematographers, composers, and sound designers.  New awards in 2011 for best director, best editor, best sound design, best music composition for eligible films as well as best writer & best cinematographer.  These awards are for women in the Australian film industry.  Prizes and awards in each category.

For more information & to download Guidelines & Entry Forms go to website:  www.wift.org/wow or enter via Withoutabox

Or ENQUIRIES: Sil-Nyin Cameron, Festival Director
Email: wowfilmfestival@wiftnsw.org.au or ph/ text 0402 246 601

OzDox - The Australian Documentary Forum, in association with ADG and AFTRS presents:

A Documentary Revolution? - Using a DSLR as a movie camera.

WHEN: Wednesday 14 July 2010
TIME: 6.00pm arrival for 6.30pm start

WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Fox Studios
Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW
Map: http://www.aftrs.edu.au/about/contact-us/sydney.aspx

ENTRY: Suggested donation $5

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat.
This event is open to the public.
Parking fees discounted after 6pm.

***Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival
July 2010
RISE - Fly Fishing Film Festival has become the premier event on fly fishers calendars across nine countries and two continents.
In July 2010 the film tour will start in Dunedin and play over 35 shows over three months circumnavigating New Zealand and Australia.
Rise - Fly Fishing Film Festival 2010 features action-packed films from global destinations including New Zealand, Australia, Iceland and Mexico. Gin-Clear Media’s "THE SOURCE - NEW ZEALAND" is the feature movie of the festival. New Zealand is the second chapter in the highly acclaimed 'THE SOURCE' series.
The film festival will present the best adventure fly-fishing films of 2010 in a big screen extravaganza. The mission of the festival is to inspire audiences with epic adventures, strong stories and big fish in pristine environments.

***Possible Worlds - Canadian Film Festival
2nd – 8th August
Possible Worlds - Sydney's 5th Canadian Film Festival - presents a selection of the best new features and documentaries made north of Hollywood, many of which will screen in Australia for the very first time. The Festival will screen 20 new films at Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown and venues across Sydney from Aug. 2nd to 8th 2010.

Welcoming prestigious filmmakers to Sydney, the Festival provides a rare chance for Australians to watch the best new Canadian films and meet the artists. Running alongside the film premieres will be filmmaker Q&A’s, panel discussions and of course, parties.

****Journalism on Screen Film Festival
11th – 18th July
The Centre for Advanced Journalism is proud to present its ‘Journalism on Screen Film Festival’ at Village Cinema’s Jam Factory from 11 July until 18 July 2010. The Festival will showcase 17 powerful and influential films that represent journalists and journalism from as far back as 1940 to the present day. The Festival will give viewers the opportunity to explore the way journalism has been portrayed on screen throughout cinema history.

***Revelation Perth International Film Festival
8th – 18th July
Rev is very much a work in progress. Since 1990, the event has developed from a range of alternative and independent screen culture activities and experiments to what is regarded as one of Australia's most unique annual screen activities. Taking place in cinemas, bars and clubs around the country this strange brew embraced live music, performance, movies and all manner of strange and unusual activity.
Revelation maintains its focus on progressive and inspiring works and embraces audiences of all ages, tastes and backgrounds. Like the films it presents, the event maintains an energy and enthusiasm for the industry quite unlike any other film festival in the country.



Watch out for the details on Facebook and via email for the time and place of the next Sundowner.

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 know.

If you are interested in taking part in the scheme please head to our website 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: http://www.screeneditors.com/ase_membership/membership_application_form.htm.
Or if you are renewing your membership access to all the ASE benefits will be yours at the click of a button: https://www.screeneditors.com/membership/form.php

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

Thought this might interest you...

Here's a link to the ScreenHub report on the industry briefing that the ASE was involved in:

"An editor is a performer and the editor comes up with a version of a scene, just like an actor comes up with an interpretation of a character. And the director that is presented with that as a fact either accepts it, rejects it or says 'That's very good but what if we modified it in this direction?' The difference, of course, is that the director and editor are in the same room for months and months and months on end with the same material. So you really have to be almost part of the same organism. You have to get along on a human level."
WALTER MURCH A.C.E. (The Wolfman, Jarhead, Cold Mountain)

Until next time

The ASE Committee