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Australian Cinematographers Win Prestigious National Award

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Australian cinematographers Chris Fox and Tom Waugh have won a coveted national award for their Ignite Digi solution.

Ignite Digi manufactures a solution for operators to change modes in under one minute, a process that had traditionally taken between 5-10 minutes per change.

The pair received the Bob Miller - ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award for 2018 at the 47th Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards for Cinematography on 05 May.

"We are honored to be recognized with this year's Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement award," said Mr Fox. "Ignite Digi started as a small Tasmanian company that has made great strides since coming onto the scene in 2014. By combining our unique skill sets in cinematography and aeronautical engineering, we are able to provide the industry with a solution that helps to capture the shots needed, regardless of mode, and also help productions save time."

Ignite Digi originally started as a drone operator, building its own systems to meet the need for flying high-end cinema cameras. As the need grew for stable moving shots at the ground level, Mr Fox and Waugh developed a set of vehicle mounts for on-ground work that went alongside the drone shots. Its latest product offerings take this one step further by providing specialty mounts that allow for faster mode changes for multiple rigs, from aerial and ground gimbals, to traditional tripod or handheld set-ups.

"This award was created to honor Bob Miller's legacy and to recognize those that continue in his path of revolutionizing the film and television industry," said Mark Clementson, managing director, Miller Camera Support Equipment. "This year's winners, Chris Fox and Tom Waugh from Ignite Digi, were acknowledged by their industry peers for their tireless efforts and product creations that continue to expand upon Bob's vision."

The Bob Miller - ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award forms part of the National Awards for Cinematography, an annual opportunity that celebrates the art of cinematography in Australia. Miller Camera Support has sponsored the ACS since the organization's inauguration in 1958.

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