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Hi All,
Can I remind you all that our committee members are mostly working crew so we don't always have a heap of time to commit to ACS duties, we are all volunteers but we also have jobs and we need to pay the rent. We gladly support our WA branch as we have a passion for cinematography and love what the ACS represents and stands for, so please support us when we put so much effort into making the branch as interesting, engaging and viable as it can be.
Personally, I would thank them for their continued input and support. Well done team WA!
We will be having our 2023 AGM soon (date to be announced), so maybe you could get involved on the local committee. So please nominate.
A lot of what your branch presents is actually suggested and presented to you by our committee members.
I must say I we are doing  a pretty bloody good job. But we need to hear from our other members too. 
So please, contact us and let us know what is special about the projects you shoot, or how you do it differently, or what bit of kit you've made and we'll try and set up evenings where you can demonstrate your magic, your special set of skills and inform , educate or amaze your fellow cinematographers.
If you, or you know of a company who may be interested in becoming an WA Sponsor please direct them to myself or  a committee member for 23/24 WA sponsorship proposal. Sponsors are an integral component of our branch and we really appreciate their support.

By now you should have all received your invoice for your annual membership dues, if for some reason you haven't please contact our treasurer

It also a good time for you to check that your membership level is the correct for your current status.
You can do this on our website on the membership page.
This can be very important if you want to apply for Accreditation in the future. Please use the credit card option to pay your dues as it makes the work of our volunteer committee members much easier.

Also remember you must be financial if you wish to enter our 2023 Annual Awards for Cinematography with the entry window opening August 1 to 21, or apply for Accreditation. 
Remember to stay safe and well.
Jim Frater ACS
WA ACS Branch President

Here are some behind the scenes photos from our recent LED wall production workshop with Limitless Studios. With a packed house we discussed the capabilities of LED wall technology for video production, and covered a few different setups possible with minimal resources, including a basic corporate interview setup and a couple cinematic driving scenes.
Special thanks to Limitless Studios for hosting us and providing our members with an insight into the basics of LED wall production, and local sponsor Cinemachine for supplying gear.

Click this link to view and download the Alexa 35 raw footage, graded footage, photos of the night, and the workshop presentation.
A special thank you to David Duong for colour grading the workshop's footage. 
Join us on August 4th for our next ACS WA event.

Learn more about the variety of gear available in Perth to add some movement to your shots. This workshop will have Ben from Raz Rentals demonstrating their new Ronin 4D and showing its capabilities. Cinemachine will also showcase their skateboard dolly on the night as well as new gear from Location Equipment!

To end a night of learning all of Perth's new moving gadgets, Blake Waldock will also be performing a short Steadi-cam workshop on the night.

Date:  4th of August 2023
Time:  6pm
Location: Fridays Studios, 13 Old Aberdeen Pl, West Perth WA 6005
Free for ACS Members. $10 for non-members
CineFestOz Industry & ACS 
CinefestOZ film festival is proud to be presenting the 2023 Industry Program, with support from the screen industry guilds including Australian Cinematographers Society. 

Providing solutions to challenges in the screen industry now and in the future is the focus of the 2023 Program. The increasingly popular event, which is part of the larger CinefestOZ Film Festival, attracts filmmakers from across Australia and overseas to share their knowledge at a series of seminars and workshops and networking events. 

Industry sessions will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, situated 50m from the iconic Busselton Jetty and stunning foreshore, making it the perfect central location during the festival. 

TICKETS - Industry Cinepasses
The two day Industry Cinepass provides access to all Industry Program sessions, breakfast each day of the program; access to resources and meeting rooms to facilitate business activities, along with networking opportunities.  Join us for inspiring talks, exciting discussions, intense debates, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more.  To get involved with this year’s industry program head to (Tickets/Cinepasses) or email  

Full Industry Program to be released soon, stay tuned!

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

Cineped Slider

Are you a smooth operator?

Tired of wobbling around on a Wally Dolly? Producer too tight to get you a grip?

 No more move and hope it’s smooth.

The Cineped 2.0 slider is made in the US from carbon fibre and precision-milled aluminium. It runs on small, greased wheels in the smoothest of tracks that allows for subtle precise moves. It has magnetic dampened end stops, no train wreck end frames. It’s very quiet, don’t upset the soundo! Heavy rigs? It can handle 43 kg. It has a Mitchell base but we have bowl adaptors for using 100mm and 150mm bowl fluid heads. Four fully adjustable legs allow for high or low positions on any terrain.
There’s no need to switch to and from a tripod at any given location. One person can easily move it around without a camera on it or 2 can handle it with the camera mounted for speed and efficiency.  
Even if you don’t want to move during a shot the Cineped allows for those last-minute adjustments to your frame. It rotates on the head as well as sliding so you can push in or pull out without lifting and moving the whole rig.
Check out ways to use it.  Cineped demo
The next generation of High Speed at CINEMACHINE.
Cinemachine has a long history of providing high speed cinematography resources in WA. It all started back in 2014 when we secured one of the first Phantom Flex 4k cameras in Australia basing it right here in Perth. It captured mesmerising shots that are hard to beat even today. It was applied effectively on Ben Young’s 2016 debut feature Hounds of Love to create the chilling and now iconic opening sequences.
With some of the bigger TVC accounts heading east, sadly the calls for the amazing but expensive Phantom became fewer and the tough decision was made to place the camera overseas.
In 2020 and we were excited by the prospect of MoVi creator, FreeFly’s Wave high speed camera. Unfortunately after receiving and testing, the Wave left us underwhelmed as it was not up to scratch, in our opinion, for commercial and cinematic production. We felt the offering was very much a prototype and not there in delivering our standards and what people have come to expect from modern day sensors. We had great dialogue with FreeFly about the camera and their tech and ultimately returned the camera rather than compromise our standards.
Fast forward to today and Cinemachine is proud to announce the arrival of the new, vastly improved FreeFly EMBER. It’s a monumental leap forward in every way especially in fields of image quality and dynamic range. The camera shoots 800fps @ 4K and 600fps @ 5K on its native Super 35 sensor.
In terms of form factor, imagine a Komodo sized body but 20% lighter with 4TB on board recording. It weighs in at just 800 grams and is incredibly compact as a 10cm cube.
We’re currently putting it through it’s paces and the results so far are really strong. In the meantime check out the FreeFly showreel of the new Ember. (link)
Stay tuned on Cinemachine socials for announcements about our upcoming Ember demo event.

We’re stoked to see all the great events and initiatives offered by the ACS WA already this year and look forward to seeing you all at the next one.
Friendly reminder:
We’re hosting a Lens Roadshow for LAOWA, one of the may brands we carry here in Sales and Rentals at Cinemachine.
The event is this coming Monday 24th July from 5:30-7pm at Cinemachine. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.


We are proud to share that we have recently been appointed as an authorised dealer for two industry-leading brands, Blackmagic Design and DJI.

This marks a significant milestone for our sales division as we broaden our product offerings and reinforce our commitment to serving the professional video and cinematography market, catering exclusively to the needs of professionals. 

Our commitment to rentals and sales and our extensive support offering is another point of difference at Cinemachine. Hit us up for any quotes or demo’s if there’s anything you’re keen to get your hands on.

We hope you have a busy and enjoyable run into the end of financial year period and look forward to serving you soon! 


We are thrilled to announce that Raz Rentals has recently acquired the brand new RONIN 4D

Designed for both solo use by independent creators and dynamic pro video capture, the Ronin 4D from DJI is an innovative all-in-one camera/gimbal solution. The "4D" designation refers to the Z-axis (vertical) stabilisation built into the X9-6K camera and the three-axis gimbal stabilisation.

We extend a warm invitation to Cinematographers, Camera Assistants and Filmmakers to see the Ronin 4D firsthand and how this stedicam can help you choose the optics for your next production.  

Check out our full inventory at

July 24 – Laowa Lens Roadshow Presented by Cinemachine
August 1 to 21 - Awards Entry Window

September 1 to 21 - Accreditation Application window 

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 



National Major Sponsor
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National Diamond Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        EIZO logo        Kayell Australia logo
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SUNSTUDIOS logo        VA Hire logo        Well Above logo        XM2 logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Mark Robinson Motion Control logo        RED logo        Rotor Head logo
Sura logo        TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo

Western Australia Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society

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