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Welcome to our August newsletter!
The big kahuna, (Mr WA President) Jim Frater ACS is busy off the grid working away and has asked me to fill in for this month.
Can I start by thanking everyone for their engagement and participation at our recent Camera Movement event. It was wonderful to see so many of you turn out on a chilly Friday evening.
Our committee is busy planning our next event, but as we’re all working individuals – sometimes best laid plans don’t pan out.
If you’ve considered being a larger part of the society now is the time. We’re calling our BGM for the WA Branch for Saturday the 9th of September. Time and location will advised soon. We’re always keen to have more help on the committee, so if you think you can give some time to the WA Branch, please reach out to us at
Nominations for committee positions will close a week prior to the meeting on the 2nd of September. Unfortunately we’ll be unable to accept nominations on the day.
Award season is now upon us. Society members are invited and encouraged to put their best work forward for judging. Entries close on the 23rd of August, so don’t miss out! Remember you must be financial if you wish to enter our 2023 Annual Awards for Cinematography we'd hate for you to miss out. The website will not allow unfinancial members to submit.

The 43rd annual awards are on Saturday October 28 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hindley Street. These awards include pre dinner drinks, 3 course meal, entertainment and we have a fabulous Guest of Honour who is a legend of cinematography coming in for it and they will also present a special screening & Q&A on the Friday night before the Awards so save both dates in your diaries. 
That’s all for now,
Keep shooting, stay sharp!
Blake Waldock
WA ACS Branch Vice President
The Entry window for our 43rd SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography is now open and you have less than a week left to enter as they close on August 23. Get your best work together and enter soon as you've got be in it to win it! ENTER via this link, then login & go to Awards.

Remember you must be financial if you wish to enter our 2023 Annual Awards for Cinematography we'd hate for you to miss out. The website will not allow unfinancial members to submit.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from our recent camera movement workshop at Friday's Studio in West Perth. With a pretty packed house we not only discussed the capabilities of the different kinds of gimbal/steadi-cam set ups a production can use - but we applied a practical element to the night as well.   

Thank you to everyone who came down to support the event, it was lovely seeing everyone get their smooth moves on. 

A special thank you to Michael McDermot ACS, Ben McCullough and Blake Waldock for giving live demonstrations on the night and for Raz Rentals, Cinemachine and Location Equipment for supplying gear for the night. 

Photos by Justin Griffiths.
Join us on Thursday the 7th of September for our next ACS WA event.

Our next drop in will be a workshop highlighting an integral part of a cinematographers job. On the 7th of September we will be holding a
run by some of Perth's leading camera assistants working in the industry today. 

This workshop will facilitate a space in which emerging filmmakers can learn more about the camera department and what it takes to be a 1st AC, 2nd AC, Video Split op or camera intern and what to expect on the job. 

Date:  7th of September 2023
Time:  6pm
Location: Fridays Studios, 13 Old Aberdeen Pl, West Perth WA 6005
Free for ACS Members. $10 for non-members
WA ACS Branch General Meeting


Time and location to be announced.

It's time to elect our WA committee for 23/24.

To be elected to our committee, it is a requirement to fill in a nomination form which is required to be submitted 7 days before our BGM is held. The nomination form also allows you to nominate for the positions of President, 2 x Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Assist Treasurer, Secretary and Assist Secretary, Newsletter Editor or as a committee member. Please note: only financial Accredited, Full, Active, Life & Retired ACS members are Corporate Members and eligible to nominate or vote for the committee or on any resolutions.

Our committee meetings are generally held on a Thursday night of the month (we get January off) starting at 7:30pm, and when the committee is in the busier season, we hold the meetings over zoom. There's a great bunch of dedicated volunteers on the committee and although we are dealing with the business of the ACS and our own events, the meetings are still fun. Check out who's currently on the committee HERE.

Please download a 2023 WA Branch Committee Nomination form HEREplease note you'll need other WA members to Propose and Second your nomination. If you can't attend the BGM you can still have a vote by downloading a 2023 WA Branch Proxy form HERE. Fill in the form/s and email it to:
Thinking of Applying for ACS Accreditation ?

If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation this year please be aware that the window for 2023 opens for three weeks only on September 1 and closes September 21.

May I take this opportunity to encourage you to start thinking about getting your submission together and passing it by your Accredited President for advice well before then, preferably in July or August. This process helps minimise the Assessment panel having to look at submissions that are "not up to scratch". Please don't leave it to the last minute as it's a busy time of the ACS year.

Accreditation assessments are not a mystery. The process involves a panel of ten ACS Accredited cinematographers, who work across as many genres as possible, gathered together (COVID willing) to assess the work. The submitted works of the applying cinematographers are screened and assessed before voting on each submission by secret ballot. To gain Accreditation a minimum of 8 of the panel of 10 must vote in the positive. It's tough but if the work is considered a high enough standard you should get through.

It's best you check out the ACS Accreditation page on our website so you make sure you qualify to apply and read the guidelines.

WA ACS Facebook & Instagram Pages
Are you following our Facebook & Instagram pages?

You can keep up to date with what's happening in the ACS WA Branch and members can submit their own contributions to the ACS WA Branch committee.

Simply click the links below and keep up to date with all things cinematography in WA.


What's new at Location Equipment
It’s been a couple of years since shooting anamorphic was all the rage around town however some of our clients still see the value in doing so to make their content stand out in the crowded visual world. Jonathon Shaw at Limitless Studios is a fan of our P+S Technik Evolution 2X Anamorphics (matching Kowa) and doesn’t want to restrict his use of them to tvc’s so he suggested to a client they use them for their “corporate” content production;
“One of our clients in CSBP Fertilisers was trying to differentiate themselves from the wash of content that their competitors were creating. They agreed to produce a full content suite shot anamorphic for a year. Location gave us a ‘content production rate’ on the KOWAs. We produced 4 content pieces in 2.29:1 aspect ratio. The content to this day is some of the most engaging, well performing content they have produced. Visually stunning and achieved the goal of creating a point of difference for them.”

Location Equipment has a set of 3 P+S Technik Evolution 2X lenses: 40mm, 75mm and 135mm. They are available with either PL mount or EF mount. (We visited the P+S Technik factory in Munich a while back and all that’s said about German engineering and efficiency is true; they run a slick operation and make excellent lenses.)

August 23rd SA & WA ACS Awards CLOSE!

September 1 to 21
- Accreditation Application window 

September 7 - Camera Assistant Workshop

September 9 - ACS WA Branch General Meeting

September 8 to 10 - 43rd SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography Judging

October 13, 14 & 15 - Accreditation Assessments @ ACS HQ

October 28 - 43rd Annual SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography @ Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hindley St Adelaide

November 26 - National AGM via Zoom
May 4 - 54th National ACS Awards for Cinematography in Queensland 

August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window

September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application window 



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