Upcoming Event

Bonnie Elliott ACS | 2 Day Masterclass

Date: TBC. Later in 2024.
Duration: 2 x 8 Hours
Cost: From AUD$1495 (Price includes GST)
Location: Bakehouse Studios, 27-19 Hoddle St Richmond VIC 3121 (enter via rear laneway)
Class Size: 16
Suitability: For Emerging and Early-Career DP's | Camera Operators and Camera Assistants looking to start shooting | DPs shooting other genres
HotShot Qualifier?: Yes

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ShotClass is excited to announce a very special masterclass with one of Australia’s most respected and highly regarded cinematographers, Bonnie Elliott ACS. This has been some time coming, as we have tried to squeeze into Bonnie’s busy shooting schedule.

This is your rare chance to spend two days ‘on set’ with Bonnie as she shares her incredible work ethic and approaches to filming across disciplines as diverse as video art to documentary to narrative drama and TVCs. And she has been awarded in all of them. If you have been fortunate enough to see her work on Stephen Page’s Spear for the Bangarra Dance Company, you will know why she drew so much early attention. Her stunning visual style has been the hallmark of her success as a prolific DP in constant demand and respected by her peers both in Australia and Internationally. Bonnie manages to install art into everything she shoots, and combined with her technical prowess, she achieves enviable outcomes we should all aspire to.

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Does this sound like you?

  • Emerging or Early-Career Cinematographer
  • Experienced DP wanting to expand your skillset and genre repertoire
  • Camera Operator or Camera Assistant, thinking about beginning to shoot more
  • Film crew member wanting to come over to the Camera Department and start shooting
  • Cinematography Student, ready to take the next big step to launch their career

ShotClass offer these opportunities to allow you advance your career with ‘in person’ masterclasses and to have direct interaction with some of our industry legends. We believe this is the most effective way to learn when practical aspects are involved and nuance is essential.

Bonnie Elliott ACS

Over the two days, Bonnie will discuss her methods from landing the job, to camera and lens choices, her ‘Bonnie’ lens testing practice, crewing, pre-production planning, her thorough research into each project’s subject matter, actually shooting the project, collaborating with the director, leadership as head of department and right through to colour grading to maintain the integrity of the cinematography.

She will be assisted by her crew including professional gaffer, grip and 1st AC and support crew as she sets up and shoots some sample scenarios with actors. She will demonstrate use of expressive lighting techniques and visual story telling. There will be elements of participation by some attendees to allow you to assess your thinking process in a shot challenge.

The camera kit will comprise an ARRI Alexa 35 production camera kit with a mixed selection of lenses so Bonnie can show what she looks for both in testing and shooting from her camera package. It will be perfect blend of technical vs artistic discussions and demonstrations that Bonnie is renowned for.

It is a wonderful opportunity having access to extraordinary DPs like Bonnie, and face-to-face time with her to discuss her processes. You rarely get the chance to learn from cinematographers of this calibre – don’t try to figure it out on your own by trial and error. Get a jump ahead in this special masterclass.

Spend two whole days with Bonnie who enthusiastically shares her knowledge with everyone. Bonnie is behind the ACS initiative “Who’s On Your Crew?”, which addresses diversity in the camera department. ShotClass is committed to providing a welcoming experience and access to events for all. Get amongst it!

Lunch and drinks are included. We cater for dietary requirements which can be noted on the registration form.

After the masterclass, you are invited to join us for a mixer in a bar where you can share your thoughts, meet with others and ask Bonnie questions more informally. It’s great way to relax after the day. (*Subject to Bonnie’s schedule)

Are you a HotShot?

ShotClass HotShots offer. Any returning ShotClass event participant is eligible for a special discount on most of our events. If you have previously completed one or more of our events, you are an automatic ‘HotShot’ and can purchase your ticket for less. It’s our way of saying thanks for participating.


Places are strictly limited. Don’t miss out. Applications are required for this event. The Application form must be completed. See below.

  • ACS Member/Student/HotShot – FEES TBA
  • Standard Entry – FEES TBA

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**IF you change your mind or pick up a job and need to cancel up to 2 weeks before the course, you get full a refund, no questions asked.

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Bonnie Elliot ACS

Bonnie Elliott ACS

Bonnie is a cinematographer who works across drama, documentary and video art. After shooting her first feature, My Tehran for Sale in Iran in 2008, her film credits include These Final HoursSpearUndertowPalm Beach, SlamH is for Happiness and most recently Run Rabbit Run, starring Sarah Snook and directed by Daina Reid, which continued their collaboration from drama series Shining Girls and The Veil, both starring Elisabeth MossOther series credits include Stateless, created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, and Fires which continued her collaboration with director Ana Kokkinos after the acclaimed Seven Types of Ambiguity, all three series won AACTA Awards for Best Cinematography in Television. Her documentary work ranges from observational to stylised, and recent credits include Step into Paradise and Freeman, both of which were nominated for Best Cinematography in Documentary at the AACTA awards in 2021.

Bonnie enjoys working across creative disciplines and has photographed screen work for iconic Indigenous Australian choreographer Stephen Page from Bangarra Dance Theatre. Spear, a visually stunning film told through movement and dance premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2016 AACTA awards. She has also worked with video artist Angelica Mesiti for over a decade, beginning with Rapture (silent anthem)which won the Blake Prize for Religious and Spiritual art in 2009, and more recently on Assembly for the Australian Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale.