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Does your business or organisation require the power of film to tell your story?

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  • The purpose of your video project
  • The duration of your video project
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March 13, 2013 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Uncategorized

Skateboarding on film

Colleen has been rolling on a skateboard for close to 17 years now. It was natural that she would document this passion of hers on camera. Back in 1998-2003, Colleen teamed up with Ty Peterson and Lance Balchin to film skater profiles in Melbourne for their Local Vision Show, Grind TV and FS/BS. In 2001, Colleen created Chicks with Decks, a short skateboarding flick on five girls that skate in Melbourne.

Chicks with Decks Skateboard Documentary screened at MI FEST Launch, ACMI 2003, REAL: Life on Film Documentary Festival 2002, Prophesee Skateboard and Hip Hop Film Festival 2001

From Chicks with Decks, she went to work as Cinematographer & Field Director for AKA:Girl Skater

A.K.A Girl Skater Skateboard Documentary screened on The Chilli Factor Channel 10, at LA Fashion Show (Downtown LA), Gallaz Brand Launch Party (Sydney), Gallaz Fashion Party (New York) and Globe World Cup (Melbourne)

Fast-forward to 2012, Colleen had the opportunity once again to work on some skateboarding flicks. Not that she didn’t keep filming skating in between, its just that most of the skating she filmed ended up on youtube and facebook, rather than being produced into a film.

As part of her role as ABC Open Producer in Warrnambool, she produced a few mini-documentaries with local skaters as part ABC Open’s 110% Project. Colleen mentored Billy and Jesse Abrahams to make Billy and Jesse.Skateboarding.Warrnambool. Their short film has screened on News24 (ABC Television) a number of times and the boys are now sponsored skaters and still skating with the same passion and competitiveness as when this film was made.

Billy and Jesse. Skateboarding. Warrnambool from Billy and Jesse Abrahams on Vimeo.

Colleen followed up their project with an interview with their mum Cilla who has a pivotal role in their success. She drives them to all their skate competitions, and films them too!

Skate mum gives 110% to her boys from ABC Open South West Victoria on Vimeo.

Colleen continued to hang out at the skate parks, skateboarding with her husband Luke Foster and son Fred. And this is where she spotted Harvey McCorkell and through him, was introduced to Chair Skating. In her role as ABC Open Producer, Colleen collaborated with Harvey and his mum Kylie Thulborn to create Harvey Shares The Stoke. Read about Harvey and Kylie on ABC Open. Colleen also followed up this project with an interview with his mum Kylie, the driving force behind the Share The Stoke movement (A movement that provides opportunities for people in wheel chairs to experience ‘extreme’ sports, such as chair skating and adaptive surfing)

Harvey shares the ‘Stoke’ from Harvey McCorkell on Vimeo.

P is for Participation from ABC Open South West Victoria on Vimeo.

As recently as March 2014, Colleen caught up with Kylie Thulborn, Christiaan ‘Otter’ Bailey and crew at a ‘Share the Stoke’ Chair Skating Event in Melbourne. The event was about introducing new people to ‘Chair Skating’ and ‘having a go’. Colleen caught some of the action and edited this short video ‘Hardcore Sitting in Melbourne’

Hardcore-Sitting in Melbourne from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

Community Filmmaking Projects

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Y2Y workshop at the skatepark

In her role as ABC Open Producer in South West Victoria (2010-2013), Colleen has coordinated many digital media projects and delivered countless workshops in her local community. She has worked with primary schools, secondary schools, TAFE, community groups, senior citizens, people with disabilities and the indigenous community. She adapts her workshops to suit the ability levels and experience of workshop participants. The stories produced by her community as part of ABC Open projects have been distributed far and wide on all ABC platforms: web, radio and TV. Colleen has run workshops in film production, sound production, photography, writing/blogging, social media, digital story telling and creating media using new technology (such as smart phones and iPads).

Before her time at ABC Open, Colleen worked in Melbourne in the Bayside area as a Secondary School Teacher and as a project coordinator of the Bayside Film Festival Youth Documentary Program. In this position, she developed, coordinated and facilitated a series of documentary filmmaking and digital storytelling workshops to schools and community youth groups. The outcome of the project was public screenings of the films at the Palace Cinema, Brighton in 2006 and 2007 and circulated DVDs of the films.

Community Filmmaking Projects and Digital Storytelling:

  • Video Editing workshops presenter for Oceanarium, Fun4Kids Festival (Funded by Festivals Australia & Warrnambool City Council) 2016
  • Facilitator of the Movie Makers space at Fun4Kids Festival (Funded by Sinclair and Wilson & Warrnambool City Council) 2015
  • Filmmaking Workshop Facilitator for TRACTA at Timboon P-12 School (Funded by FRRR and ABC Heywire Grant) 2015
  • WAVE School Sound Project Crime Prevention Initiative (Funded by Community Safety Fund) 2015
  • Landscapes and Locals community collaborative film project, Peterborough, Moyne Pitch Project Grant Recipient (Funded by Moyne Shire) Read about it
  • Silver Ball Film Festival Documentary Workshops presenter (2014)
  • Glenelg Hopkins CMA in partnership with Gunditj Mirring Staff Training (documentary film-making) 2013
  • Digital Stories For Kids Project for Port Fairy Ex-Libris Festival. Funded by the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria (2013)
  • Artists in SchoolMortlake Shines’ Documentary Project at St. Colman’s School, Mortlake (Funded by Arts Victoria) 2013
  • ABC Open Multiplatform Content Producer (2010-2013)
  • Port Fairy Ex-Libris Writers Festival Documentary Film Workshops (Funded by the Port Fairy Film Society)
  • Bayside Jump Cut Film Competition Coordinator (2007-2008)
  • Digital Storytelling Course Teacher at South West Victorian SEAL Inc. (2008)
  • Youth Documentary Project Coordinator (2006 & 2007) and filmmaking & Digital Stories workshops facilitator (2005, 06, 07) for the Bayside Youth Documentary Film Festival Youth Documentary Project
  • Artists in School Digital Storytelling Project at Berendale School (Funded by Arts Victoria) (2007)
  • Digital Storytelling Workshops Technical Assistant (Volunteer position) at ACMI for the Monash Disability Group Civic Participation Digital Storytelling Project. (2006)
  • Video Workshop Presenter for Young Mothers Group, ExperimentaLAB Project, Warrnambool.(2004)
  • Travelling Filmmaking Workshop Facilitator and festival information session co-coordinator for 15/15 Film Festival (destinations include Albury Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Alice Springs, Broome, Adelaide and Hobart) (2004)
  • Facilitated Video Workshops at AMES Multicultural Women’s Camp (2002)