Filming in Bass Coast Shire – Part 1

A storm rolls in over Smiths Beach, Phillip Island

A storm rolls in over Smiths Beach, Phillip Island

Back on the road again! This time around the endeavour was to shoot five documentaries in five days, covering a diverse mix of community stories from the coastal communities of Phillip Island, Grantville and Corinella. ACMI In the Regions always provides a great opportunity to meet interesting characters and Bass Coast Shire was no exception, with our small crew of three spending time with a wild-man scrap metal sculptor, monster-wave riders and an 80-year-old fisherman, to name a few.

Jim 'Fishpants' Arneman braves the swell to shoot Surf School students at Smiths Beach

Jim 'Fishpants' Arneman braves the swell to shoot Surf School students at Smiths Beach

The ocean played a large part in our story about Island Surfboards and their award-winning Surf School, so what better way to capture the thrill of board riding than throwing our cameraman into the drink with 45 first-time surfers. Jim did a fantastic job dodging stray boards and ensuring that our camera didn’t end up at the bottom of the sea. Luckily the camera we used (a GoPro Hero) is custom built for such antics and I can assure you no gear or staff members were harmed in the making of this film.

Our trusty GoPro video camera secured to the side of the Kernot/Grantville CFA Fire truck

Our trusty GoPro video camera secured to the side of the Kernot/Grantville CFA Fire truck

Having successfully captured some great footage at Smiths Beach with the GoPro we decided the natural place to attach it next was to a fire truck! What we didn’t realize is that suction cups don’t work very well in 40-degree heat. Luckily there wasn’t too much damage to the camera when it came unstuck – not bad considering the truck was travelling at 60 km/h. That’s one tough camera rig!

On the last day of shooting we had the pleasure of spending time with Barrie Stewart and members of the Kernot-Grantville CFA crew. These guys do an amazing job ensuring emergency services are provided across the Bass Coast region throughout the year. I’ve got to say it’s a real inspiration to see so many volunteers actively participating in the improvement of their own communities.

The ACMI in the Regions crew with CFA volunteer and legend Barrie Stewart

The ACMI in the Regions crew with CFA volunteer and legend Barrie Stewart

Many thanks to all the Bass Coast locals that participated in the making of the latest round of ACMI in the Regions documentaries, we envy your proximity to the sand, sea and surf, and look forward to dropping by with a bag full of finished films in the new year.

– Dave Withers, Producer, ACMI in the Regions

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2 Responses to “Filming in Bass Coast Shire – Part 1”

  1. Barrie Stewart 17. Jan, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    David, we had a ball doing the film shoot with you guys, I didn’t realize just how tough it was especially in that heat on the day. All the Brigade look forward to seeing the final out come when it is released and we can put a copy in our archives for others to see in years to come, Barrie

  2. Chabrelle 17. Jan, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Can not wait to see the finished film. It was great fun having you here in Bass Coast. What a great team. What fun times. Thank you.

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