On Your Bike – It’s smarter than you think

This week, in collaboration with Newcastle City Council, we released the follow-up to the award-winning On Your Bike TV commercial.  The new ‘On Your Bike – it’s smarter than you think’ commercial highlights the benefits of bike-riding in the city and suburbs, and echoes the message from the original campaign – that there are plenty of safe and scenic pathways to enjoy around the city.

We’ve immensely enjoyed working with NCC on these productions.  It gives us the opportunity to showcase the city we love from new and exciting perspectives, and we’re also passionate about promoting healthy and sustainable living.

On Your Bike!  It’s smarter than you think!

Rollingball Productions Wins National Award for Collaboration with Newcastle City Council

We’re really excited and proud to tell you Rollingball Productions, has won Best Screen Commercial at the 2017 SAE Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards, held in Melbourne on Thursday 30 December.

We won best screen commercial for On Your Bike, which was produced on behalf of, and in collaboration with, Newcastle City Council.

The ATOM Awards recognise excellence in film, television, animation and new media and, this year, is in its thirty-fifth year. The Awards are one of the longest- running Australian film and media awards, second only to the AACTA Awards.

“We’re really proud to win this award in this category, and against the significant other entries. It was a wonderful opportunity to capture the city in a different light and highlight the many options for cyclists around the city,” April Howard, Rollingball Managing Director and Producer said.

The commercial and campaign was designed to raise awareness about cycle ways around the city and inspire residents to use their bikes for all kinds of journeys.

“At Newcastle City Council we are passionate about cycling. It was important to us that we had a commercial that meets our enthusiasm for using a bike to explore our amazing city. The commercial was aired on regional television stations, and has to date been viewed more than 36,000 times on social media,” said Jeremy Bath, Council’s interim CEO.

“The On Your Bike campaign also included billboards, press and street signage. After it went live, we witnessed a spike in bike riders and community interest in biking for commuting and recreation. The greatest measure of the campaign’s success has been the cultural shift taking place in the city, with more people leaving their cars at home and opting to bike to their destination.”

Phase two of the campaign, which Newcastle City Council has commissioned with Rollingball, will promote the economic benefits, healthy living bonuses and positive impacts on the environment of choosing to ride bikes for more trips. It will be launched next year.

The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) will present the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards National Screenings Tour, which starts in Victoria and will include free screenings at Melbourne’s Federation Square Big Screen. The intention of the screenings is to both entertain and educate.

Rollingball partners with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Rollingball is proud to announce it is the 2017 Video Production Partner for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS). Providing the highest standard of 24 hour aeromedical, search and rescue free-of-charge to the communities of Northern NSW, it is a privilege to be invited to work alongside such a significant service.

Rollingball is committed to assisting the WRHS by keeping the community informed and sharing incredible life-changing rescue stories, so throughout the year we’ll partner with the WRHS to produce emotive pieces that expose the heart of the community-owned Rescue Helicopter’s achievements and the people it has supported. We look forward to meeting the people who have been assisted by the Service and conveying their stories via the screen.

Go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service website.


Rollingball Productions wins two national awards at the 2016 AVPAs!

Rollingball Productions has won two national awards and placed as a finalist twice at the 2016 Australian Video Producers Association (AVPA) Awards.

The awards were announced 30 March 2017, and Rollingball took out the Occupational Health and Safety category for a collaboration with Ravensworth Operations, and their Catching Dragonflies trailer won the Short Film (under 30mins) category.  The Ravensworth Operations film highlights the importance of safety while working at the site using personal stories from present and past workers.  Catching Dragonflies is a documentary, which is still in production.  The trailer is a sneak peak at the documentary, which brings to light the status of Indigenous Australian ear health, which is amongst the poorest in the world.

We’re really proud of the work we’ve been producing over the past three years, and now we’ve been rewarded with two national awards.  It’s great to be able to produce original and creative works in a truely regional centre and support the Hunter’s creative industries.”  Producer April Howard said.

The On Your Bike campaign TVC, which was a collaboration with Newcastle City Council, and Brokenwood Wines online commercial were both finalists in their categories.

The Australian Video Producers Association is a non-profit organisation encouraging and promoting excellence in all areas of video.

Rollingball also won the NEWi Award for Best Online Video of the Year two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016.

What an incredible twelve months!

We’ve had a successful year and we owe it to our family, friends, clients, suppliers and contractors. We’ve created some of our best work, won a NEWi award and started some independent projects under our sister brand Rollingball Pictures, which we’re really passionate about.  Without their creative collaboration and partnership this would not have been possible. So we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them, and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

We’ll be taking a well-earned break from Thursday 22nd December, returning Monday 23rd January.

Twenty seventeen is looking bright!

From the Rollingball Team x

Help us shine a light on a chronic health issue effecting too many Indigenous Australians

Through our screen production and distribution company Rollingball Pictures, we have been working on a project which is very close to our hearts and will, hopefully, make a difference to many Australian lives! Indigenous Australians have the poorest ear health on earth. The ear health condition Otitis Media (OM) is at fourth-world status within the Indigenous Australian population. The on-flow effects of this condition can be crippling to individuals, to families and to the oldest culture on earth. This is not right, especially considering the condition OM, that can cause life-long problems, is preventable.  Something more needs to be done.  That’s why we’re making the documentary Catching Dragonflies which will educate and build awareness about how effected Indigenous Australians are suffering, what OM is and how it can be prevented. Please watch the trailer and consider the future of those suffering from the effects of this disease, their families and consider what this means to the oldest culture on earth.

You can help by going to our GoFundMe page and donating or even just by sharing this link with your friends on social media https://www.gofundme.com/catching-dragonflies-documentary-fund.  

The funds raised will go towards the production of a full-length documentary.  Thank you for getting behind this project and helping us throw a pebble in the pond. There is a lot of great work being done by incredible people but more has to be done. They need our support and so does every Australian.

Paul and April


Rollingball will again support the Real Film Festival in 2016

We are proud to again support the Real Film Festival in 2016! As a production company based in Newcastle, films, stories and inspiration are what we’re most passionate about and that’s what the Festival brings to the audience each year. Held October 28-30 in Newcastle, there is a bumper line up of films and workshops to learn from and enjoy. For the full program or to purchase tickets head to the Real Film Festival website.

*The above image is from the film ‘Down Under’, which will be screened at this year’s Festival on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm.

Real Film Festival

Real Film Festival


Opening Night feature film ‘The Queen of Ireland’


Special effects make up workshop will be run by Danielle Ruth (pictured left) on Friday 28 October 9am – 11am.

Rollingball named alongside Newcastle’s innovative elite

Rollingball Productions has been recognised for its leading digital prowess at the recent NEWi Awards, presented on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Hunter TAFE’s Newcastle campus by The Lunaticks Society.

Rollingball was one of 16 winners announced on the night and took out Best Online Video award for its beautiful depiction of Hunter Valley winery, Brokenwood Wines. The commercial takes the viewer on a journey to capture the stories and craft behind this leading wine brand and some of their best known wines; The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the Mistress Block Vineyard Shiraz and the Cricket Pitch range.

The script, penned and filmed by Rollingball Director Paul Donnelly, allowed the crew to create an emotive piece of work that paid homage to Brokenwood’s pedigree and history. The art department led by Lainey Donnelly, also excelled, capturing the essence of a bygone era in costume.

“The iconic vineyards which make up the Brokenwood footprint provided a lot of opportunity for us to craft a significant script and narrative. When you have that kind of history and iconic Australian brand to work with it makes the creative process somewhat easier! Our narrative paid homage to hard work, years of history and the layers and textures that are a part of the Brokenwood story,” Mr Donnelly said.

Rollingball Producer, April Howard, said the team was extremely honored to be named among the high-calibre of winners for the NEWi Awards. This is the second year-running the team has taken out the award for Best Online Video.

“We have long respected the Brokenwood brand and business, so it was a privilege to be enlisted to tell their story. What we created was something beautiful,” Ms Howard said.

“We were honoured to work with Iain Riggs and the entire Brokenwood crew who toiled around the clock during harvest.

“We’d also like to dedicate this film to Brokenwood’s long standing Vineyard Manager, Keith Barry who oversaw 23 vintages and sadly passed away not long after we finished filming.”

The “NEWis” – an acronym for New Ideas plus Innovation – are the leading regional awards celebrating digital innovators and have traditionally recognised entrepreneurs and businesses in regional Australia.

View the Brokenwood Wines marketing film here.

Let’s keep the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service free to all

We are proud to announce this year we are sponsoring the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s annual Rescue Ball. The Ball continues to be the largest annual fundraiser for the Service and tickets have already sold out, which is an amazing show of community support.

The support is an opportunity for Rollingball Productions to give back to the community-funded Service that helps those in their hour of need.   Being based in the Hunter region, it may be one of our staff members who are helped by the Service one day.

Rosalynd O’Shannassy, from Marks Point, thought she would be the last person to be assisted by the helicopter. On October 29, 2014, twelve months after she had innocently held a fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Rosalynd suffered an aneurysm in her home at 3am.

She arrived at the John Hunter Hospital in an ambulance, however the neurosurgeon was on holidays and after two or three hours it was decided she needed to be flown to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

She calls those involved in getting her to Sydney safely her “heroes” and only has limited memories of the flight.

“I remember waking up to see the roof of the helicopter, the shadow of the blades, and then a man’s face and he said we’re going to give you some oxygen. And that’s all I remember.”

After her experience, Rosalynd now makes the most of everyday and aims to set up a support group for others who continue to suffer from aneurysms.

We’d like to think that we might be this lucky one-day if we need it.

The Service is free to the community and with our support; we’re helping to keep it that way.

To donate or get involved in an up-coming event, go to: rescuehelicopter.com.au

We’ve moved!

Returning to the place it began, Rollingball Productions has moved back to 69 Laman Street Cooks Hill and we’re pretty excited to come home.

The building has undergone a revitalisation and offers our clients and collaborators two edit suites, hot desks, a small workshop area and a beautiful space to develop creative projects.

At the turn of the century, the building was originally a butcher’s shop then decades later it became an art gallery before it fell to rubble during the earthquake in ’89. It was then rebuilt into two buildings; an architecture studio and a residence.  With a long and interesting history and an incredible energy and location, we’re looking forward to its future, and the work we’ll create within its walls.

Our mobile numbers are the same however our new office number is 02 4927 8985. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your next project with us, or to collaborate on a creative project.  Hope to see you soon!  The best email is info@rollingball.com.au