Russel Boyd headlines Golden ACS night

Russel Boyd headlines Golden ACS night acs_nawards_1

Saturday 15th May, 2004

The Gold Coast Art Centre recently hosted 160 of film and television’s finest as the ACS National Awards made a highly successful return to Queensland.

Guest of Honour Russell Boyd ACS, Academy Award wining Cinematographer for Master and Commander: The Far side of the World, kept his brief speech on an even keel before presenting 2004 gongs to National award winners.

There were 15 Golden Tripods and 20 Awards of Distinction presented, with the evening climaxing in the Milli Award for Cinematographer of the Year going to David Parer ACS (VIC) for Platypus: World Strangest Animal. David also took out the Golden tripod in the Wildlife and Nature category

 Photo: David Parer ACS - winner of this year's Milli Award

Other highlights of the evening included induction of Daryl Binning ACS,
Rob Copping ACS, Jan Kenny ACS and Arthur Hansen into the ACS Hall of Fame.

Photo:acs_nawards_2 Jan Kenny ACS - inductee of the ACS Hall of Fame.

It was also a special chance for Miller to celebrate a long-standing association with the ACS, along with their 50th anniversary. Miller Camera Support has been proudly manufacturing professional camera support systems in Australia since 1954, with the original fluid head patent awarded to Eric Miller almost a decade earlier in 1946. 

In 1971, the Clementson family purchased the company from the founders, and still own it today. They have supported the ACS throughout their 33 years at the helm of Miller Fluid Heads with Grant Clementson receiving honorary ACS membership in 1995.

Miller heaps deserved praise and support on Australian Cinematographers whose talents, achievements and daily hard work have made the 50 year journey of innovation a labour of love.  To reinforce this at the Awards, Miller launched a new competition for all national award nominees – with the winner walking home with a newly-released DS10 Solo Tripod System.

The winner of the Special 50th anniversary Miller tripod was Peter Nearhos ACS (VIC). The prize was accepted by Victorian ACS President, Bruce Phillips. Peter’s letter response began,

Photo: Ron Johnson and Karen Hayward of ACS QLD drawing the Miller Special 50th anniversay tripod prize.

Dear Miller Marketing,

ACS Victoria El Presidente Bruce Phillips dropped around yesterday afternoon with my ACS Award of Distinction in the wildlife category... And a beautiful Miller DS10 lightweight tripod kit.  Wow!  What a nice surprise.  Thank you Miller for offering such a great award winners extra prize at the 2004 National ACS Awards.  It certainly is cream on the cake of winning an award at the nationals and will get plenty of use.acs_nawards_4

I was just the other day looking longingly at one at Videocraft's showrooms in Melbourne.  The DS10/SoloDV will complement very well the Miller 2 stage heavy duty carbon fibre legs I purchased earlier this year.  After 6 months of using the carbon fibre legs I find them fantastic and I'm wondering how I managed without them.

Again, many thanks,

acs_nawards_5Peter wasn’t the only lucky Miller winner. Thanks to a huge supply of Lucky door prizes, hand-carried under sufferance to the Gold Coast by Marketing Co-ord and ACS member, Heidi Tobin, everyone received a little Miller support. Miller 50th birthday limited edition caps were given to all attendees while 12 lucky cap wearers found winner’s stars under their peaks, giving them a liquid ‘winter warmer’ boost to their cache.

Miller’s 50th anniversary has been highlighted by new product launches such as the SOLO tripod and Arrow 30 fluid head. The events and product launches will continue as the juggernaut rolls onto Broadcast Asia and BIRTV Beijing on its way to IBC.




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