November 2011



Greetings Editing Colleagues,


'Tis the start of the season to be jolly.


Drum roll please...

The 2011 ASE Nominees have been determined. The full list of nominees and categories are below. A heartfelt congratulations to all ASE Members who have been honoured by peers for outstanding work this year. The awards will be held on the 4th December at the Vanguard, Newtown and tickets will go on sale soon - stay tuned.
Best wishes to all ASE Members who are in the running for AFI/AACTA and IF Awards too. The IF Awards are offering big discount on ticket sales for ASE Members.


This month's set of 'Meet the..' questions are focused on our freshly established South Australian contingent. The ASE warmly welcomes all southern Members with a special shout out to those willing to formalise the SA Committee.

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. Let's find
great comfort in supporting each other.



Jason Ballantine ASE

ASE President



Australian Screen Editors 2011 Nominations


Avid Award for Best Editing in a Feature Film

Blame – Meredith Watson Jeffrey

Mad Bastards – Claire Fletcher

Oranges and Sunshine – Dany Cooper ASE

Tomorrow When the War Began – Marcus D’Arcy


Blue Post Award for Best Editing in a Documentary

The Ball – Steven Robinson ASE & Mark Atkin ASE

Girls Own War Stories – Antoinette Ford

Jandamarra’s War – Lawrence Silvestrin

Scarlet Road – Andrea Lang ASE


Digital Pictures Award for Best Editing in Television Drama

East West 101, Series 3, Episode 14 – Nicole La Macchia

Hawke – Rodrigo Balart

Rush, Episode 308 – Stephen Evans

Spirited, Series 1, Episode 2 – Martin Connor


Omnilab Media Award for Best Editing in Television Non-Drama

The Amazing Race Australia, Episode 5 – Thomas Meadmore & Joel Page

Go Back to Where You Came From, Episode 3 – Matthew Walker

On Trial, Episode 1 – Denise Haslem ASE

Outback Fight Club, Episode 1 – Philippa Rowlands ASE


EFILM Award for Best Editing in a Commercial

Bunderburg Rum – Stewart Reeves

Carlton Draught ‘Slo Mo’ – Peter Whitmore ASE

NAB ‘3 Year Olds’ – Bernard Garry ASE

Nokia ‘Success: HK Honey’ – David Whittaker


AFTRS Awards for Best Editing in a Short Film

Fully Famous – Brad Hurt

Kiss – Danielle Boesenberg

Ostia - La Notte Finale – Adrian Chiarella

Something Fishy – Melanie Annan


Level Two Music Award for Best Editing in a Music Video

Brian McFadden ‘Mistakes’ – Brad Hurt

Schvendes ‘Lay the Noose’ – Matt Osborne

Son of Kick ‘Playing the Villain’ – Dan Lee

Tim & Jean ‘Don’t Stop’ – Alan Harca





There’s a lot to read in the following but please do, as there’ll be something of interest to you all.  Firstly I would like to thank veteran committee member Mark Atkin ASE for his contribution to the Guild.  Mark has happily given the Victorian branch 7 years of his time including a stint as Chair and has decided its time to step back.  The Vic committee wish him all the best for the future and will miss his knowledge and cheerful presence at meetings and events. You will all have the opportunity to thank Mark for his dedication at The Slap’ event occurring on Monday the 7th of November 7pm at VCA.  Joining Mark are fellow editor Andy Canny, assistant Annabelle Johnson, sound designer Craig Carter, and post supervisor Erin McGookin who’ll speak about the creative and technical process of one of the most anticipated television events for 2011. Drinks will follow at the Curve Bar for those inclined for a social catch up.


The Victorian AGM is almost upon us.  To make it a fun evening it’s being held at Strike Bowling on Chapel Street in Prahran on the 15th of November 6.30pm.  The meeting will run for approximately half and hour with bowling to follow. This is your opportunity to thank the awesome committee for their energetic output.  Better yet we would love people to become involved and be a part of the 2012 committee.  The only prerequisite is that you are a current financial member.   See you there!


A big thank you to Rosie Jones, Jane Usher and Phil Watts for their generosity in time and information about working on the documentary Triangle Wars which won best documentary at the Antenna Awards this year.  It was an informative evening about the 4-year project that was made possible by a passionate team.  Look out for Ka-Yin’s article.  For those of you interested in documentary check out the Doco 3000 group that meet monthly enabling film makers to screen 10 minutes of a work in progress to get feedback from the people attending.  They can be found on www.facebook.com/Doco3000 or doco3000.blogspot.com


In the spirit of ‘Iron Chef’ Digistor and the ASE are excited to announce Edit Chef – Shootout at the Golden Gate.  3 editors using Avid, Adobe and Lightworks will cut using the same material on identical laptops to show what the software can do all the while an MC comments and asks questions.  So shoot an arrow into your calendar Tuesday December13th, 7 – 9 pm at the Golden Gate in South Melbourne. Keep a look out for updates as to where you can book on the Digistor website.  There is a charge $10 for members $15 for non-members which include drinks, nibbles and prizes in a relaxed environment.  It is going to be a fun way to sign off 2011.


As per usual check the website for updates.  Have a fantastic November.


Cindy Clarkson

Victorian ASE Chairperson




Look out for preview screenings of On Borrowed Time David Bradbury’s documentary on Paul Cox edited by ASE members Lindi Harrison ASE and Andrew Arestides ASE.  Melbourne’s screening at Cinema Nova is Saturday 12 November 4.30 pm followed by a Q&A with David and Paul Cox moderated by Tony Ryan. Sydney screening is 23rd November, 6pm at Chauvel Cinema with a Q&A moderated by David Stratton.  Go and support local cinema!



Victorian Colourist Night

By Cindy Clarkson


(L to R) Dee McClelland, Brett Manson and Rachel Knowles.


Digital Pictures Brett Manson and Dee McClelland wowed the ASE members on what a colourist can do when presented with different formats and intent of filmmakers covering features and TV series...for more please click here



The Triangle Wars: Q & A Event

By Ka-Yin Kwok


(L to R) ASE VIC Chairperson, Cindy Clarkson and Rosie Jones, Editor/Director


The Triangle Wars (2011) documents the conflict between the local government, a property developer and the local community opposed to a massive commercial development - known as the “Triangle” – proposed for the Melbourne bayside suburb of St Kilda...for more please click here



Face to Face: Q & A Event

By Daniela Raulli


(L to R)  Cindy Clarkson, Adam McKenzie and Sasha Dylan Bell


On a blustery, stormy night in September, the ASE staged another event at VCA. Those who braved the elements were treated to a discussion about the critically acclaimed Australian feature Face to Face, with its editor Sasha Dylan Bell and assistant editor Adam McKenzie...for more please click here



'Meet the Members'

…with Carly Turner


South Australian ASE Committee Member Carly Turner


Carly Turner is always ready to work, and while she's known to be a bit of a chatterbox in the edit suite, she always manages to get her work done - and with a few laughs (in appropriate parts of course!)  She is currently editing her second feature documentary and has been upgraded to having a window - the view of the tree is nice while pondering her next cut!


I knew I wanted to work in post when… I was in my second year at Uni studying Screen Production and it was the year to get serious, and narrow down your craft.  I was stuck between choosing editing or cinematography, and at the time I was editing a small non-budget short at the Film Corporation after hours, and I also happened to be there for a few days doing a 16mm Kodak course with US DOPs (which was quite pricey).  And in those days while supposed to be learning about cameras, I noticed myself making several excuses to leave the course - mostly under 'bathroom break' pretences where I would then sneak into the office down the hall and continue editing the short.  That's when I realised I had to be an editor.


My first break in the industry was… When I got an Industry Attachment on a SBS 7-part series under ASE member Lindi Harrison ASE, Is Your House Killing You? After my attachment ended, I became the assistant editor and later cut the opening credits for the series as well.  I then went on to work with the same production company on a 10 part ABC/jtv series for kids, Pinaroo Surfer, where I was the editor.  And for the next few years I worked on varying television series and broadcast documentaries, in varying roles all in post - editor, post production supervisor and assistant editor, The Fairies (Season 3), The Graduate From Sudan (SBS Destination Australia), Chasing Shadows (ABC Artscape) and Wadu Matyidi (NITV).


The thing I love most about editing is… Having that moment of clarity when you can see the edit that's been staring you in the face, and it all clicks into place like a well made puzzle, just waiting for you to put it together.


The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... Get to know the editors you assist for, some of the best advice can come after hours or after the jobs are finished.


If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… I've always said a Warfie - since I'm from Port Adelaide, do own boots, and they seem to have a good union....But in truth, I would probably try to put my minor in English Creative Writing to use and would be trying to get published.  So still telling stories I guess! 



'Meet the Committee'

…with Sean Lahiff


South Australian ASE Committee Chairperson Sean Lahiff


Sean's enthusiasm and work-horse stamina has seen him well and truly besieged at Rising Sun Pictures this year, most recently - VFX editing on The Hunger Games.  His first feature film edit Swerve just played at The Hamptons FF and a short film he cut - Cropped, has been nominated for Best Short Fiction Film at this years AACTA Awards.  Only if his fishing success rate was on par with his editorial efficiency, he'd be set! 

I knew I wanted to work in post when… in high school I cut together videos of my friends, my brother and I setting off fireworks, fire-crackers and model rockets and laid down a score of Verdi and Wagner to it, I was hysterically amused and stayed-up till all hours of the night in stitches - that got me hooked!


My first break in the industry was… getting an Industry Attachment on a documentary series with editor Tania Nehme when I first left University.  Then I worked as an assistant editor where I learnt AVID on the Aussie feature The Caterpillar Wish with editor Jason Ballantine ASE.  From there I jumped straight on to GLASS: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, directed by Scott Hicks, and after assistant editing and eventually doing some assembly work on that epic 4 year journey, everything rolled on from there.  


The thing I love most about editing is… being so involved in the story-telling process, it's like conducting an orchestra but with a wacom pen instead of a baton!  I also love it when you meet an actor who you've been editing - you know all their intimate expressions and mannerisms, but to them you're a complete stranger! A funny relationship.


The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... make sure it works, then try something different! And don't panic if you're faced with an abundance of coverage and too many options - you don't have to use it all.


If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… a fisherman or a production designer who specializes in Science Fiction and Post Apocalptica.



'Meet our Sponsors'

…with Level Two Music


(L to R) Karl, Jess & Jen from Level Two Music


We are proud to announce that the boutique music marketing and music supervision company Level Two Music has sponsored the Best Editing in a Music Video Award at this years Ellies. It is great to have them join with the ASE in celebrating the best of editing, once again demonstrating the close collaboration between Music and Picture Editing.


Level Two Music provides creative placement of music in corporate branding and TVCs as well as sourcing and licensing music for TV shows and Film. Their very impressive list of credits for music supervision includes all 4 seasons of "Underbelly", Fox 8's "Slide", ABC's "The Slap", "Crownies", "Dance Academy" and the telemovie : "Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo." Their feature film credits include "Last Ride" and "Beautiful Kate". The Soundtracks for both "Beautiful Kate" and "Underbelly" were nominated for Best Soundtrack at the ARIA's in 2008 and 2009.


Level Two Music's TVC work is impressive to say the least. Their work spans both Australia and worldwide. Some of their work for international clients included Corona, Heineken, Vodafone, Virgin and Toyota as well as major campaigns for large brands such as Nokia, BNP Paribas, XBOX.


Their local work for Peters Drumstick ‘Rituals’ and Tourism Victoria ‘Labyrinth’ saw Level Two Music make the finalist list at Cannes in 2007 - the only Music Company in the world to have two finalists in the music division. In the last 4 years their work has been awarded multiple Silver and Gold at AWARD, LIA’s and MADC respectively.


In the last 12 monthsLevel Two Music has also added a recording studio to their facility, banging out original tunes for clients such as Ford, Crown Lager and NAB to name a few (of many!


So when it comes to music, the folks at Level Two Music certainly know their stuff. If you want to know more about them, check out their website at www.leveltwo.com.au or give Jess a call on 02 92829500





Avid Introduces Media Composer 6: The Industry’s Leading Editing System Raises the Bar with Openness and 64-bit Performance

For more information about Media Composer, visit www.avid.com/mc.



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X shot in Kings Cross is a potboiler of sex, corruption and explosive violence. Edited by ASE Member Cindy Clarkson, it starts its limited run in cinema’s November 24th in Melbourne Carlton Nova and Adelaide Palace Nova Eastend with Sydney following on 1st December Hoyts Broadway. http://www.xthemovie.com.au/ or http://www.facebook.com/xthemovie.





***IF Awards Ticket Discount for ASE Members
Thanks to our friends at Inside Film, we are very happy to offer a special Guild Members discount for the 2011 IF Awards. The price is only $125 per ticket, a good saving on full price of $195. Ticket price includes pre-show drinks, the ceremony hosted by the fabulous Eddie Perfect, and the Jameson After party with food and drinks. For more info: ticketing@if.com.au


***Members receive 10% discount to AFTRS courses.


***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.





"Film editing is why people like movies.  Because in the end, wouldn't we all want to edit our own lives? I think everybody would like to take out the bad parts, take out the slow parts, and look deeper into the good parts."

(Rob Cohen, Director of Miami Vice (TV Series), DragonHeart and XXX)



Until next time

The ASE Committee


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