Landscapes and Locals Window Installation

September 25, 2015 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Community, Community Projects, Video Art

This is a clip of the ‘Landscapes and Locals’ Window Installation in main street Peterborough which screened Jan 22nd- Jan 30th, 2015.

I was funded through the Moyne Shire Pitch Project Initiative to collaborate with the Peterborough community to create a nature-style film.  The resulting film titled ‘Landscapes and Locals’ captures the stunning beauty of the Peterborough area, from the striking cliff faces, the pounding southern waves to the smaller details such as rock-pool inhabitants.

The film was filmed by ten participants on numerous cameras including smartphones, iPads, GoPros, DSLRs and Drones over the course of a few months. The resulting 40 hours of footage was collected, sorted, selected and edited into a 15 minute film by myself. Filmers include Natasha Johnson, Alex Nesic, Christine Norton, Wendy Couch, Barry Pike, Cath Bell, Gary Boehm, Coralee Askew, Luke Foster and myself.

The Snapshots project concluded with a full-house community screening of ‘Landscapes and Locals’ as part of the Celebrate Peterborough: Fireworks and Film Event. The screening represented the end of a six month film project that involved film-making workshops and the community creating a film together. To read more and check out event photos, see facebook/PeterboroughSnapshots

During two weeks in January while all the holiday makers were in town, the ‘Landscapes and Locals’ film screened on loop in the window in Mac Street, Peterborough. People treated it like a drive-in and pulled up in their cars or on their bikes to watch it after dark.

Watch the full film here:

Landscapes and Locals from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

‘Landscapes and Locals’ is a collaborative film that celebrates the life, landscape & local flora & fauna of Peterborough during winter. This project is a partnership between the Moyne Council, the Peterborough Residents Group and Filmmaker Colleen Hughson. Music by John Hudson and Matt Hewson.

Drone while you can!

October 13, 2014 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Community, Film-Making Workshops

What is the future of the drone? As amateur photographers and filmmakers, will we still have access to this technology in 12 months time?

Oat’s 2014 Showreel from Oat Vaiyaboon on Vimeo.

Oat Vaiyaboon, Port Fairy Thai Chef, Photographer and local DRONE/UAV/UAS/MULTIROTORS specialist ran a workshop on aerial filmmaking for the Snapshots Project in Peterborough.

I invited him along to run this session because I love his work and because I would like to see aerial photography as part of Peterborough’s Collaborative community film.

Aerial Footage filmed at the Peterborough Snapshots film workshop

Oat showed us some beautiful examples of his work and demonstrated different shot types. The following information has been condensed from Oat’s very thorough, fun and informative workshop.


  • Vertical review shot
  • Wrap around shot
  • Boom up whole looking straight down (GPS mode)
  • Looking down and come in close
  • Dolly shot with foreground

A number of these shots are demonstrated in this showreel created by Oat for the Snapshots workshop:

2014 Q3 SHOWREEL + from Oat Vaiyaboon on Vimeo.

Although most of the workshop was fun and play, Oat also discussed some of the rules, regulations and issues that you may face when flying your drone.

Firstly, you should know that you cannot fly your drone to collect video footage for coin, unless you have your RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Certificate. There is a whole list of rules and regulations about where and where you cannot fly your drone and some commonsense rules about flying your drone safely around people. I am going to provide you with some general information here but for more detailed, up-to-date and accurate information, you can find a list of rules and regulations here.

Fly-away Drone

What I found interesting in Oat’s workshop is how often and easily drones can just ‘fall out of the sky’ or how easily a pilot will lose control of the drone. Believe me, you don’t want to fly one of these babies above a crowd of people! The stories of drones crashing to the ground, came from both Oat himself and the bunch of aerial filming enthusiasts in the workshop.

According to Oat, most “Fly-Away” Errors are caused by operator error or lack of proper pre-flight check. So its a very good idea to:

  • Always check props, battery, voltage, transmitter charge, FPV connections, signal and compass calib.
  • Know your surrounding. Is it safe? Is it clear to fly? Are there people around? Can you get your craft back if it crashed.

Be patient!

Before you send your drone off flying into the abyss:

  • always wait for the GPS to lock in with all green light indicator, no green = no go
  • after take off, always hover in position for 30 sec, to fly straight after take off may confuse the GPS
  • if it doesn’t behave the way it should, land and recalibrate the compass

Another thing you need to watch out for with the drone is the battery. You really need to know how to (and how to not) handle the Lipo Battery because you could end up with an explosion on your hands!


  • Always charge with approved charger design for your battery pack
  • Never discharged your LiPo fully – safest above 20% •    Always store and transport your packs in a LiPo safe
  • bag
  • Always charge your LiPo in LiPo bag, in a ventilated, nonflammable surface/environment
  • Never leave your LiPo in hot car
  • Don’t let your LiPo punctured or damaged
  • Always discharge your LiPo to 30% when traveling
  • Always discharge your LiPo to 50% when storing
  • If LiPo swell, DO NOT USE or CHARGE!
  • Never use water to put out LiPo fire

Once you get safety under raps you can enjoy the beautiful imagery and adrenalin-inducing joy of UAV aerial filming.

UAV Workshop

UAV Workshop

Here are some photos of the fun-filled workshop.


Thanks to Oat for sharing your skills and knowledge with us and for the beautiful examples of aerial photography.

Here is some further reading:

Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA)

 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Training & Solutions



Peterborough Snapshots Project

July 26, 2014 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Film-Making Workshops

Inspired by the film Baraka, I am embarking on a nature documentary and taking the town of Peterborough along for the ride. The wild ocean, winter surf, storms, rain, underwater wonderland, shipwrecks, local flora and fauna, will be all captured and celebrated on film.

Peterborough's Snapshots film project

Peterborough’s Snapshots film project

‘Snapshots’ is the name of the film project that will involve the small and beautiful community of Peterborough, Victoria, creating a collaborative film project. I have teamed up with the Peterborough Residents Group to invite the people of Peterborough to get involved in filming their local environment in all its winter splendor.

We want to harness the skills, abilities and creativity of the local community to create a beautiful film. To get involved all you need in some kind of video camera device; iPhone, iPad, smartphone, GoPro, Action Camera, DSLR, Drone, and a willingness to go out in the winter cold and capture what you see as beautiful, wild and wonderful. Film footage will be collected from participants in November and edited into a short nature documentary style film. A music score will be created and produced by local Warrnambool musicians John Hudson and Matt Hewson to accompany the film. The film will be screened at the Peterborough Music Festival in January, 2015.

I will be running a number of free filmmaking workshops in Peterborough to inspire and skill people up in the art of filmmaking. We hope that people of all ages and interest groups will get involved.

Are you on Facebook? Join our page and keep updated with project progress and upcoming workshops.

Workshop Dates:

  1. Saturday, August 2nd: Introduction to the project and how to film like a pro on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Saturday, August 9th: Camera techniques and DSLR filmmaking
  3. Saturday, August 16th: Drone and Aerial filmmaking

All workshops are held at the Peterborough Golf Club.

Time: 10.30am-3.30pm

Please supply your own lunch and water bottle. Light Refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.

Bring your camera (fully charged battery), cords, camera manual (if you have it) and laptop (if you have one)

Please RSVP or send a FB msg with your name and contact details (phone/email)

This project is supported by the Moyne Shire through the Pitch Project initiative.

Free filmmaking workshops for the month of August in Peterborough

Free filmmaking workshops for the month of August in Peterborough