Believe it or not, that’s a wrap for another year!

Where on earth did that 12 months go? We’ve been told more than once lately that if the years keep passing faster, it’s because you’re so much older… Well ! Rollingball may be six years old, but we’re all holding onto the saying ‘you’re only as old as you feel … or behave … or whatever.’ Regardless, we’re young at heart and we’ll keep having fun as we get to work in a creative business in a regional centre, and we’re always grateful that at the end of the day, we’re able to do what we love with our base in Newcastle – and it’s our clients who enable us to do so.

This year we’ve been lucky enough to work on local and national television commercial campaigns with Vitamix, Hunter Councils, Waxaway, Kip McGrath and The Department of Defence, as well as corporate and in-house projects with some great clients like Ampcontrol, MAK Workwear, Carers NSW, CSIRO and The University of Newcastle. We were also lucky enough to win the NEWi for best online video for our Eustachian tube heath animation – Listen Up! which we produced for the Awabakal Co-operative. You can see it and its important message here.

2015 has definitely kept us on our toes and we can’t wait to get stuck into next year. 2016 already has some exciting changes ahead with the move to our new office in Laman Street, Cooks Hill so we’re not too far out of the West End 😉 We’ll be opening those doors in January so keep an eye out for the invitation to our launch. Our very first showreel has been completed too! It gave us a chance to reflect on, and now share, the amazing journey we’ve been on since opening our doors in 2009. If you have time, you can see it here.

So in closing, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas from us to you. Have a safe and happy break and don’t drink too much egg-nog!

We’ll be closed from Wednesday 23rd December, returning Monday 11th January.
See you next year!

The Rollingball Crew

Congratulations to our clients at HCCREMS and Hunter TAFE!

We’d like to congratulate our clients at HCCREMS and Hunter TAFE for winning the Waste Avoidance and Reuse category at the LGNSW 2015 Excellence in the Environment Awards! Their Love Food Hate Waste industry-training program and the team behind it have been given worthy recognition and we were lucky enough to partner with them to produce the supporting films. The program ensures food waste avoidance principles are embedded in professional industry training at TAFE at the grass-root level. The videos feature local award-winning, and Hunter TAFE trained chef, Troy Rhoades-Brown, as well as leading restaurateur Neil Slater and these, along with a lesson plan and supporting resources, will be delivered to more than 500 Hunter TAFE students in the region annually and more importantly, food waste will be front of mind for our apprentice chef’s as they become qualified and enter the industry. If you’re interested in knowing more, contact Hunter Councils or the Hospitality division of Hunter TAFE.

MUSE _ LFHW SCRATCHLEYS _ LFHW love_food_hate_waste

Best Online Video of the Year!

We’re so honoured that the Awabakal animated character L’il Mike and his song Listen Up! won the NEWi Award for Best Online Video of the Year! Eustachian tube health is still a significant challenge for our Indigenous community and the Awabakal Co-operative offer free screening and health support. Ear health and hearing can have a huge impact on a child’s overall well being, ability to learn and impact their future.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees at this year’s NEWi Awards! It’s great to be involved in an event that recognises talented individuals and businesses of regional Australia.

Reducing Landfill with Small Acts

We’ve once again collaborated with Hunter Councils to help spread a very important message about reducing landfill for the #smallactsbigchange campaign. You may have come across two of the commercials that have gone to air on NBN so far, focusing on Plastic Bags and distinguishing between Hard and Soft Plastics.

Further down the track Hunter Councils will roll out the third commercial in the campaign featuring the issue of Household Batteries. See the first commercial here

The festive season is fast approaching, we can all be considering ways in which we can save money and waste less this Christmas. Tips, suggestions and many small acts that can create a big change to our environment can be found at

If you missed our Keepin’ Up with the Jones’ commercial last year see it here… and it will be featuring once again on NBN this December!

Vitamix Australia television commercials

Food is always close to our hearts so it was a joy to work with Dr Joanna McMillan and The Brand Pool to produce the Australian Vitamix television commercials that will air on Fox and online later this month.

Fox Studios EQ Village Markets with all of their providores was the perfect backdrop for turning whole food into delicious dishes. A special thanks to our Art Director Lainey Donnelly and Food Stylist Melissa Clark from FoodEnvyOz for dressing the dishes and sets to perfection.

More to come on the production of these television commercials soon! #healthyliving #health #food #eqvillagemarkets #vitamixaunz #fresh #produce #styling #film #screen

Behind the scenes at EQ Village Markets.

Behind the scenes at EQ Village Markets.

Sydney market shoot 3

Whole grains and whole food ready to be turned into delicious recipes with the Vitamix


In the studio

In 2015, we welcomed our new Production Co-Ordinator Alison Broadbent (above) to the team and our Marketing Manager Emily Lau (below) is back after having her gorgeous little boy Maxwell.


Rollingball Styling Update

With awards season under way, Lainey has been up-to her ears in gowns and heels and accessories. Earlier this month her client of seven years, Essie Davis, dazzled at the AACTA Awards and was nominated for Best International Actress and Best Australian Actress for The Babadook.

A glittering Essie stole the red carpet wearing a Leah Da Gloria couture gown, Bulgari necklace, bracelet, ring and handbag. Her earrings were by Matthew Ely ring and she wore Alan Pinkus shoes.

Accrediation of photos: Photos by Belinda Rolland

Styled By: Lainey Donnelly for Rollingball


Another spotlight moment for our resident style guru happened this month when she dressed the impeccable Lincoln Younes for his appearance at a charity function for SpineCure Australia. Held at the Hilton Glass Brasserie, Lincoln strutted his uber sexy stuff down the red carpet in a Vanishing Elephant navy suit.

This picked up a lot of press for the young actor and once again proved our Lainey’s got an eye for it!


We’re pretty excited that on Sunday our Small Acts Big Change TVC went to air on NBN. When we were briefed on this project it struck a few cords with our team as we’re trying to introduce some #smallacts that make a #bigchange to our workplace and homes. This year Councils across the Hunter are coming together to put waste at the forefront of people’s minds this Christmas. ‘Save your wallet and your bin by wasting less this Christmas. Enjoy Christmas more by wasting less.’ For more information and ideas about how you can reduce waste visit or To see the extended version of the commercial head to our website

A great example of video encouraging stakeholder engagement

OneSteel recently engaged us to produce a relaxed interview-style video to highlight employee Virginia Dewez’s nomination for Individual Safety Leader for the 2013 Logistics Safety & Environmental Awards.  View it HERE.

This is a great example of how video can be used to assist with stakeholder engagement.  One of OneSteel’s core values is ‘no compromise on safety’, which is important to the wider community and clearly demonstrated in this video.  Virginia Dewez, was not only nominated for the Award, but had recently received, a very rare, 100% compliance report on safety by an independent auditor, a fantastic achievement.

Internal communication is also an important corporate responsibility, which ensures a sound working culture and informed employees, and video is a great way to get your message across.  This video is an excellent internal communication piece – it celebrates the achievement of an individual, while highlighting the company’s core values.

We are always conscious of getting the most out of untrained talent.  The relaxed interview-style approach we use here ensures personality comes across on screen.

Have you been involved in the production of a stakeholder engagement video?  What was your experience?