Time for a change: I Can

June 22, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community

If you take look at the Australian national education and employment statistics for people on the Autism Spectrum you’d be pretty horrified, they are very low. Whats worse is they don’t have to be this way at all, there is plenty that can be done to change them. Why not aim towards statistics that as a community we can be proud of?

As a society we need to do a lot more to understand and support people on the Autism Spectrum. Our schools need to change and our workplaces need to change in order to embrace people on the spectrum. Our society has a lot to gain by accepting, valueing and encouraging people in autism spectrum.

The I Can Network is changing attitudes about people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder through the power of story. A big part of the I Can Network mentoring program is to encourage young, shy kids on the spectrum to stand up and deliver public speeches. It is no doubt a huge leap for these young people, who are generally not confident in social situations. Hearing their personal stories is a very powerful thing and leaves one both empathetic and hopeful.
Founded by Chris Varney, the I Can Network movement is still in its early stages but is fast growing to be Australia’s No.1 Autism support network. It provides education and employment growth and opportunities. And just as importantly it instills confidence in its participants and hope for the future.

This video explains what the I Can South West is, how it came to South West Victoria, why it needs your support and why I Can should be in every town in the country. I hope this film leaves you inspired.

More Info:

I Can Network website

I Can Network Facebook

I Can South West (Victoria) Facebook


Percy the Perch

May 29, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community Projects, Environment

Nothing like a cool costume to catch your attention!

I worked with Lucy Cameron from Glenelg Hopkins CMA to produce this short Pozible Campaign video. And, it worked; the GHCMA raised the funds (and awareness) they needed.

All credit for the costume and script goes to the very creative Lucy Cameron who may have lost her calling as a comedy writer.

The money raised through the FundsforFish campaign goes towards returning some much needed fish habitat into the Merri River in Warrnambool. The river is devoid of snags and so the GHCMA plans to put fish-hotels into the river. These wooden structures provide homes for the perch, which are estuary fish. The perch use the wooden habitat to lay in wait for their food source to float by, and then they strike. Without wooden snags in the rivers, the perch have nowhere to hide. The hope is the numbers of estuary perch will increase with the structures and the overall health of the river will approve.

 


Small business videos a hit on Facebook

February 10, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Film-Making Workshops

Have you noticed how popular video posts have become on Facebook? Almost every second post now is video and there’s a reason for that; video is fun, entertaining and engaging (but I could be biased)

On average, video posts reach a larger audience than photo posts. According to a study by Social Bakers, the average video post generates 135% greater organic reach, when compared to photo posts.

Possibly, the big reason the popularity of video has increased exponentially, is that Facebook is pushing to be the go-to platform for video (to out compete youtube). And so, videos just get more reach, more shares and more views because Facebook wants them to.

Whatever the reason, we can agree that video is incredibly popular, and making a video and sharing it on facebook is a very smart way to promote your business or organization.

There are lots of different types of business videos out there and ways to tell your story without it seeming like you’re directly advertising your business. Below are three different examples:

  • An explanation video: How to make a good coffee
  • A business owner talks about her passion for hairdressing
  • A business function

In this video, Henry Bird from Rough Diamond Cafe explains what goes into making the perfect cup of coffee. This video was created to be shared by Rough Diamond Café and by Schulz Organic Farms on their website and social media platforms. A shorter Instagram version was also created.

Rough Diamond- Why is your coffee so dam good? from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

Birds n’ Fellas

I created this short clip – entirely filmed and edited on an iPhone- for Arly Raymond’s Birds & Fellas. The footage was filmed both by her staff & me. It’s a great example of what can be created using mobile technology accessible to everyone.

Logan’s Beach Spa Retreat- Function night

In this video, Kristie Hayden has her one-year birthday celebration as the new owner of Logans Beach Spa Retreat – Warrnambool. She celebrated in style with champagne, music (John Hudson), facials and treats. She also launched the spa’s new line in skin products: Subtle Energies – Ayurveda Aromatherapy.

Do you want to learn how to create your own videos?

Learn the ‘basics’ of how smart technology can be used to record great quality video, audio and photos and edit and publish videos. Create video content using the technology at your finger-tips. First Ladies can run an informative workshops full of practical advice.
Learn how & what to capture when creating a short video/video testimonial, shooting tips, recording good audio and interviews, using natural lighting, editing on iMovie App on iPads and uploading videos to Facebook or Instagram. Click here to learn more about our workshops and training.

Click here if you wish to check out more examples of business videos.