Our Instructors

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. 

ShotClass_1st AC Instructors

1st AC Masterclass Instructors

This team will blow you away with their knowledge, talent, aptitude, technical abilities, set-savvy and real-world film set experience.

Led by industry legend, 1st AC Angelo Sartore, who has been instrumental in helping put this masterclass together. Ange has been a 1st AC for ‘quite a while’ and has an incredibly deep knowledge of the craft. He began with film cameras and embraced digital cinema cameras when they hit their strides. He has worked across feature films TV drama and commercials. He is also an expert technician specialising in repair and maintenance of fluid and geared tripod heads and he makes the best cables you can get your hands on.

Alongside Angelo, will be Kitty May Allwood, Keir Suggett and Lisa Cushing. All of them have their own ways of working, all of them brilliant at their jobs, all of them plenty to teach you.

Kitty May Allwood (Ricky Stanicky, Woody Wood Pecker, La Brea, BlueBack, Jack Irish) is one of Australia’s most in demand 1st AC’s and came up through the ranks becoming expert at everything she took on. Kitty’s reputation has allowed her the opportunity to work with a large number of DP’s on a variety of different genres. The result is broad knowledge and fun anecdotes.

Keir Suggett (Better Man, Foe, Shantaram, Blacklight, Bloom, Halifax Retribution) has over 20 years experience working as a Focus Puller in Australia, the UK and the USA. Keir is regarded as one of the most capable and versatile 1st AC’s for long form as well as TVC’s etc. There are a lot of DP’s who have him at the top of their list. His equipment knowledge is incredible. And he loves to share.

Lisa Cushing (The Clearing, 2030 – Regenerate, Newsreader, Wentworth). Lisa is the next gen of 1st AC’s having achieved a stellar rise since moving on from 2AC’ing. She is also a Steadicam Operator and Gimbal Operator. Proudly I can say Lisa is one of the alumni from the first ever 2nd AC course we ran and an example of the success that can be achieved with proper training, drive, determination, hard work (and ShotClass…) 🙂

This team is subject to change based on availability. At time of publishing, all these instructors are on board. Any changes will include equally amazing crew

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Bradley Andrew

Bradley Andrew, is a VTR Operator and a DIT based in Melbourne, Australia. Brad has years of experience working on-set in the Camera Department in a range of different roles as well as one of the most extensive understandings of Data Management that you’ll encounter. With a flawless track record of safe data delivery, transcoding and workflow design you can be sure that you’re in safe hands.

He is also the creator of the app ‘Crew Call’, used by much of the film and TV workforce. It is a time tracking app for freelance film crew that tracks pre, shoot and post days for multiple jobs. Keeps tabs on equipment used. Generates weekly timesheets or custom reports. Reviews your hours and income by week, month, quarter or year. Records call and wrap times for a whole department with Multi User Mode.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crew-call/id1532198878

Most recently he has produced another app called ‘Video Assist’ which allows you to use your iPad as an external monitor and recording device with compatible USB Capture Cards. It can easily record videos or capture frame grabs from any HDMI or SDI Video Source.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/video-assist/id6464140279

Bradley came up with the idea to develop and produce the famous ‘Film Drives’ NVMe SSD drives, tailored to meet film industry needs.

https://filmdrives.com

Katie Milwright

Katie Milwright ACS

Katie Milwright is an award-winning director of photography and was the tenth female cinematographer to be accredited by the ACS. Katie works across film, television, art and documentary and has won nine ACS awards for her work.

In television Katie has recently completed shooting Guesswork and Amazon’s DEADLOCH, as well as THE CLEARING for Disney Plus and Wooden Horse Productions, and has shot multiple episodes of YOUNG ROCK for Universal NBC in 2020 which debuted to strong ratings during the pandemic. Katie shot eight episodes of UPRIGHT created by and starring Tim Minchin, the series was produced by Lingo Pictures, for Sky and Foxtel and has sold internationally. Katie set up and shot the first two episodes of TIDELANDS for Netflix. Katie was set-up director of photography on the first series of Josh Thomas’ PLEASE LIKE ME. Katie shot the second series of LAID directed by Abe Forsythe and Ben Chessell’s tele movie THE HEARTBREAK TOUR for SBS which she won a Silver ACS Vic Award for.

Katie’s film credits include: feature film CELESTE, directed by longtime collaborator Ben Hackworth; feature documentary GURRUMUL about the life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won an AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary; GUILTY, a hybrid feature documentary directed by Matthew Sleeth; THREE SUMMERS, a feature written and directed by Ben Elton; Italian/Australian co-production feature THE SPACE BETWEEN by writer/director Ruth Borgobello which was selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards; LOOKING FOR GRACE, directed by Sue Brooks and produced which was selected for Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival; SUCKER directed by Ben Chessell and starring Timothy Spall, which was theatrically released in 2015. (Katie won the 2016 Gold ACS Vic & Tas Award for her work on both of these films); THE WEDDING PARTY directed by Amanda Jane which was nominated for best cinematography at the New York International Film Festival; feature film CORROBOREE, which screened at festivals in Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne and for which Katie won the 2007 Gold ACS Vic Award.

Warwick and Marty

Warwick Field ACS & Marty Smith SOC

What a combo of instructors to help you learn how to operate and work with the wheels, both remotely and manually.

Warwick has been on the wheels for over 30 years and has worked with just about every remote head system out there. He has operated many films and series using geared heads for both International and Australian productions. His experience also takes in shooting hundreds of hours of aerials for drama, sport and wildlife on the wheels, and this helped raise his ability to the next level.

Marty is an ace wheels operator along with being renowned for his work with Steadicam. His body of work includes countless TVC’s and drama productions. Marty has a great knack of explaining complex things easily.

Between them you won’t be left needing answers. There’s not much they haven’t encountered from behind the wheels.

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Marty Smith SOC

Martin, or as everyone calls him, Marty is an accomplished camera operator and cinematographer with a very long resumé of drama and TVC work behind him.

Marty is renowned for his Steadicam capability as an operator as well as excellence on geared heads. He usually works as A Cam operator on films and TV drama and has also achieved great images a DP.