WA eNews ~ FEBRUARY 2018


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THE CATCH UP with WA eNews Editor Ben Berkhout
SCREENWEST hold Emerging Sector Industry Review
ARRI Australia to hold ALEXA LF Launch in Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland

THE CATCH UP with WA eNews Editor Ben Berkhout

Howdy and welcome to the new year!

The ACS WA Branch committee have been keeping active over the last couple of months hosting two great DROP-IN SESSIONS to kick start the year, attending industry forums, festivals and reviews, as well as developing a new set of WA Sponsorship packages to hopefully entice some old friends back to the fold as well as picking up some new ones. We already have a bunch of Drop-In Sessions lined up for the coming months and we hope you've been enjoying the sessions so far.

We had a great turn out to our Christmas catch up @ PICA Bar during a busy December with some special appearances from some of our now "international" members. Locals had a unique opportunity to catch up with these peeps and gain a different perspective on the industry from around the world and talk shop till the late hours.

We had Olivia Dhimitri back with her experiences as 2nd AC in the booming industry of Vancouver, Canada. Jamie Alac who is now based in the US, shared some amazing experiences he's had shooting some huge Hollywood productions with Michael Bay and Nick Jackson shared his experiences working as a Focus Puller in Germany and through Europe and the world. We really appreciate these members making the effort and look forward to seeing your names up on the big screen in the near future. Congratulations on making the jump and we wish you all success!

Our most recent event held in January was a more casual members catch up @ Rosemount Bowl. We had a fun turnout and managed to fill a couple of lanes with some pretty epic strike combos and some groovy victory dances from some of the crew. Hats off to new member Michael Thomas for giving Ross Metcalf (a seasoned pro we think....) a run for his money in the strike department!

We have some more Drop-In Sessions lined up in the coming months where we'll be teaming up with Location Equipment and HD Rentals and take a look at some great world class gear available to cinematographers here in our home town. Make sure to stay tuned for our next series of Member Drop-In Sessions!


So we've mentioned in the past newsletters that we would be organising some business focused events in the future, well the future is here!

The ACS WA Branch are holding a Business of Cinematography info night with some great industry guest speakers that will be able to shed some light on an area many of us (new and old members) often neglect, running the business.

It's free to all members!

Date: 20th February 2018
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: WA Screen Academy @ ECU Mt Lawley Campus
2, Bradford St, Mount Lawley
Building 13, Room 221

Our special guest speakers include:

Luci Silvestrin (Entertainment Law)

Patrick Horneman (Media Super)

Craig Shand (Film Insurance)

If you're up for a bit of education or just for a casual chat please come on down. For the young crew it might be a great opportunity make those new connections and learn some interesting info that'll hopefully give you a better understanding of running your business.

Thanks to committee member Mahmudul Raz for arranging everything and everyone! For further info on our guests check the links below...

Luci Silvestrin (Entertainment Law) »
Patrick Horneman (Media Super) »
Craig Shand (Film Insurance) »

SCREENWEST hold Emerging Sector Industry Review

Recently ACS WA Branch (represented by Ben Berkhout) participated in the Screenwest Emerging Sector Industry Review event held at North Metro TAFE opposite Screenwest. It was a two day event hosting a wide range of industry representatives and it was great to hear some different perspectives especially from a few crew members who attended also.

The Professional sector is very supportive and will continually strive to provide support to the Emerging sector but the consensus was that in order for the professional industry to provide a healthy platform for emerging filmmakers there does need to be an established healthy and thriving "Emerged" Professional sector. Sustainability seemed to be a common thread on everyone's mind, and a push for longer form "Series" work seemed to be the new shift in the collective hive mind. Expect some refinement and maybe even some changes to this sector in the future.

Screenwest released a statement on Thursday 8th February 2018.

"Screenwest has engaged Colquhoun Arts Management to consult with the Western Australian screen sector as part of a comprehensive review of the programs, services and support available to the local emerging sector. The review will also explore the future of the WA Screen Awards.

Following on from two days of industry forums, an electronic survey is now available for all Western Australians to contribute to the review outcomes, regardless of their screen industry experience. Those who attended the industry forums are welcome to complete the survey as well.

The survey closes Friday, 23 February 2018 and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Responses will remain strictly confidential to Colquhoun Arts Management.

Screenwest is committed to ensuring strategic career development pathways are available and accessible to those embarking on a career in the screen sector.

The appointment of Colquhoun Arts Management as an independent consultant will assist Screenwest in the review process and will ensure a rigorous and objective approach.

A document outlining the key findings and recommendations will be publicly available in May 2018. The key findings and recommendations will be used by Screenwest in the identification, prioritization and delivery of programs, funding opportunities and services for the emerging screen sector into the future."

It's important to have your input so it would be great if every member could get involved!

The ACS WA Committee will be attending the next Screen Industry meeting @ Screenwest on 5th April 2018 held. We will continue to represent the society and its members and strive towards making it a better, healthier industry for cinematographers and camera crew.

Please click the link below start the Emerging Screen Sector Review Survey.

Emerging Sector Review Survey »

ARRI Australia to hold ALEXA LF Launch

ARRI Australia recently contacted some cinematographers and crew here in WA regarding the launch of the new beastly Arri Alexa LF, Arri's first True 4K camera.

Unfortunately the launch won't be gracing our shores, but be sure to keep a look out for it to make an appearance soon. ACS WA and it's members have developed a good relationship with national sponsors Arri Australia over the years so hopefully we can convince them to head our way later in the year. It's going to be a popular camera so I wouldn't doubt we'd have one around in the near future. This also poses the question; will there be an Alexa Mini True 4K on the horizon?

The event is still open to anyone, associates, crew or DOPs, interested in the new beauty and who will be in Melbourne, Sydney or Auckland during the following dates:

19th February 6pm
42 Maddox Street
Alexandria, NSW 2015

21st February 6pm
Noisy Ritual
24 Lygon St
Brunswick East, VIC 3057

23rd February 6pm
Thievery Studio
203 Karangahape Road
Auckland, Auckland 1010

Contact Arri Australia to register your interest.


With our president David Le May ACS out of town for work, WA Committee member Ross Metcalf stepped up and represented the WA Branch at this years Fringe World NEXT GEN Short Film Festival.

The WA branch followed suit from last year and continued their sponsorship of this years "Best Cinematography" winner and awarded them membership to the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Congratulations to Robert Bremner for his short film "Retriever", which won him the "Best Cinematography" award and a new membership to the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Ross mentioned that the level of cinematography shown in the festival was of a high standard, cinematographers shot a wide variety of genres and the festival showcased a great level of talented local filmmakers.

Another interesting observation was that a trend seems to showing in the number of anamorphic shot films with close to half the films screened choosing to shoot anamorphic. Old old is the new new!

Special thanks goes out to Ross for attending and presenting the award on behalf of the ACS WA Branch!

Newsletter edited and published by ACS WA Branch committee member Ben Berkhout


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