General News

WWF and the Quokka

GMi teams up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to search the southern forests for the elusive mainland Quokka.

WWF Quokka interview

The two Marks fresh from there end of year breaks started 2017 with some exciting new work with the World Wildlife Fund, radio monitoring Quokka numbers in the forests around our South West. Tip toeing through thick bush so as not to disturb any of the sensitive habitats or there occupants was quite feat while loaded up with camera gear. It was like being on location with Bear Grylls for a day!

Quokka Radio collar

We found evidence of Quokkas in the area but only came across a single animal in the end, and they are much more camera shy than their Rottnest Island cousins. But it was still a successful shoot and a good time was had by everyone involved. We encourage people to check out the important work being carried out by the WWF on Quokkas and their other projects.

You can see the work WWf do with the Quokka here:

WWF Quokka Project

 

If you would like more information on how we can bring your project or ideas to the screen please drop us a line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End (2016) is Nigh!

As 2016 winds to a close 2017 will see something else spin up. Something with props perhaps?

Exploring 4

The boys here at GMi are itching to get the hotly anticipated new DJI drone in there hands. With stunning images, a smaller footprint for easier travel and considerably longer flight times Carl and the Marks are trying to be patient while we await our delivery. In the meantime they have been watching some of the stunning footage some of the lucky people around the world (who have already received their drones) have been capturing. Check out this great one by Philip Bloom.

Windjana Gorge Crocs

2016 saw the boys on filming all over our great state be it in the Kimberley Region, to Broome and the famous Cable Beach, to Dirk Hartog Island during the 400th Anniversary of landing there, back out to the desert to see a land reclaimed, to our states foodbowl heartlands or to our lush southern forests and stunning coastlines, 2016 has been a truly amazing year!

Eagles Skyribbon

So as 2017 rolls in with a new drone a new AVID editing suite, and another new camera on the horizon GMi has never been better suited to tell your story. So please enjoy the end of year festivities, travel safe and drop us a line in the new year we would love to hear from you!

Gorgeous Gorges! GMi takes another trip into the Kimberleys

 

Geikie Gorge Boat tour 1

Mark has continued GMi’s love of filming in the wonderful parks of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. A recent trip saw Mark from GEO Media interactive (GMi) and a photographer from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) take a trip out along the Gibb River Road to film the parks of Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, and Geikie Gorge.

 

Some of Marks highlights from the trip were getting up close to film crocodiles, the guided walking tour through Tunnel Creek, the amazing boat tour along the Geikie Gorge, and the drive itself allowing to see the many different sights and landscapes along the way. He has never seen so many Boab trees and Termite mounds before! The shoot also allowed us to give our new 4k camera a real test as the shooting conditions were quite varied.

 

It was a great trip and Mark is incredibly keen to get back up there to continue exploring the amazing parks of our great state with camera in hand! Before that though there is another trip to Dirk Hartog to complete, so keep your eyes peeled for a story on that soon!

 

For more on the parks check out the info on the DPaW website or click on the links below.

Windjana Gorge Crocs

Windjana Gorge

Exploring 4

Tunnel Creek

Geikie Gorge

Geikie Gorge

 

 

 

 

4k Kimberly Adventure with GMi

Broome Port Sunrise in Broome, Kimberleys WA

Sunrise over Broome Jetty

Mark and Carl have just returned from filming in Broome in WA’s pituresque Kimberley region with GMi’s new Panasonic 4k camera. They spent just under a week in filming in a variety of conditions and locations (most of which were hot!) and the new Panasonic DVX200 camera performed beautifully in all of them.

Broome Port

Filming at Broome Port.

It was GMi’s first working trip into our states top end, but 2016 will see us spend quite a bit more time up in the tropics. More info about those trips later in the year.

Sunset on Cable Beach. Broome. Kimberley Region of WA.

Cable Beach Sunset

The filming was part of a production for the new Kimberley Ports Authority and the Port of Broome. We have now produced videos for the Albany, Broome, Bunbury, and Dampier Port Authorities. If you would like more information about this video or how we could help make your production a reality please drop us a line. We here at GEO Media interactive would love to tell your story.

 

 

Water corporation Waterwise

E-Learning with GMi and Water Corporation

Recently the Water Corporation launched a series of online training packages for businesses to become Waterwise users. Fully produced in-house here at GEO Media Interactive (GMi) the training packages included video components, animations, interactive media and programming, as well as SCORM and LMS authoring and implementation.

The Water Corporation entered these packages into a statewide training award and we here at GMi are very pleased that they were selected as finalists. If you would like to see the Waterwise training packages they are now live on the Water Corporation website and can be found here: Waterwise Training

If you would like more information on how GMi could produce a similar E-Learning package customised to suit your business please contact us!

IBC, Easy as 1, 2, 3…!

Carl fresh from IBC, gives us his thoughts on the future.
2015’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) was the chance for many manufacturers to release new 4K products for the Indie and small post house market.  And we are shopping for exactly this sort of camera so exploring the stands and trying the products was one of my main tasks!  Cameras on our shopping list include Sony’s FS7 and new compact FS5, Canon’s new C300mk2, Panasonic’s DVX200 and Blackmagic’s new Ursa Mini 4.6 and 4K.  Of course I approach cameras as an editor, Mark feeling left out had to make do with constant texts and phone calls from the stands.
Pairing any of these cameras with a Shogun external recorder will give us quick turnaround in the edit with native DNxHR recording of 4K so that ticks my primary concern in the work flow!  So it is on to ergonomics.  Display conditions don’t really give me a feel for image quality so I’m mainly looking at ease of use and layout.  Straight away the Canon falls off the list in my eyes in this regard!  The Sony FS5 is impressive but the clear winners are the Panasonic and Australia’s home grown Ursa Mini.  Two very different cameras, the Panasonic’s fixed lens gives us a run and gun production camera with fast setup.  The Ursa gives us sexy bokeh shots and specialist shots using our canon lenses – but slower to set up and requiring a lot of accessories.  Ergonomically I like them both, with clear, crisp, large LCD viewfinders and well laid out controls.  So let’s have both!!!
Well not quite – we’ll probably start with the DVX200 to replace our current production camera for 4K work and run and gun productions, following this up with purchase of the Ursa for those sexy shots, macro and long lens nature work.  The sweetener with the Blackmagic gear is DaVinci Resolve, full version with every purchase.  This is the industry standard in colour grading software and is rapidly gaining a reputation in the editing area too.
 
Next report – Drones!  A feast of offerings on show, stay tuned!
 
 
Cheers, Carl
IBC Carl Ninja/Shogun stand

Carl at Atomos IBC stand.

Wunderschlecht 2015

Wunderschlecht 2015! GMi enters the International Art scene.

 
2015 saw a new collaborative venture for GMi with the filming and production of Wunderschlecht! the making of a piece of international art in Germany.
Filmed in Berlin (world capital of pop art and music) at the invitation of Instinktiv Kreativ’s Steve Jahns, Carl ventured over to filmed the piece.  With music by local Berlin artist Sascha Aviar from the Telekollegen crew – and help from Carlo, Phillip and the crew from Instiktiv, the production looks set to air on national TV and WEB in 2016 as part of a “Street Art” festival.  Looking ahead to 2016-2017 and hopefully the success of this production will see us working on a lot more in the future.

Wunderschlecht is stricktly not a German word or phrase!  Taking Wunder for “wonder” and Schlecht for “bad”, its literal translation is “Wonderfully Bad”.  It is taking some time to convince the German residents that this should be a legitimate word – watch this space as it becomes part of pop culture through our T-Shirt and merchandising campaign!

Check out the video here: Wunderschlecht!

Check out the music here: Sascha Aviar feat. #INSTANTBONER – Pong Pang (Franco Bianco Remix)

And  the artists at work here: Instinktiv Kreativ

A big shout out to all the crew in Berlin for making this possible!

 

Water corporation Waterwise

GMi gets wise with the Water Corporation

The Water Corporation of Western Australia is about to launch a series online training packages based around businesses and households becoming Waterwise users. These packages were fully produced in-house here at GEO Media interactive (GMi) and contained video components, animations, interactive media and programming, as well as SCORM and LMS authoring and implementation.

 

Whats more the work we have been done has been submitted as an entry into a statewide award. More details on the award entry and packages will be made available in early 2016 when the training goes live! In the meantime check out the Water Corporation website and learn what it means to be Waterwise!

 

Lamby focusing on cameras at IBC 2015!

Cameras at IBC 2015

Panasonic and Carl

 

Lambys adventures continued with looking at some of the newly released 4k cameras at IBC 2015. Lamby showed particular interest in the upcoming offerings from Panasonic the AG-DVX200, Sony the PXW-FS7 and Australian manufacturer Black Magic design very own URSA Mini 4.6K (15 Stops of Dynamic range!!!).  These cameras, along with new drones and external monitor/recorders has got Mark M very keen indeed to sit down with Lamby and geek out over the upcoming video production tech.

Watch this space as when Lamby returns home here to GEO Media Interactive he will be giving a more in-depth look at his findings from IBC 2015, and Carl will be back too! To see What Carl and Lamby got up to at IBC previously click here!

Or if you would like to know more about the International Broadcast Convention of 2015 click here.

Cameras at IBC 2015

URSA MINI

Lamby fresh from the BBC is loose at IBC 2015!

Lamby after taking in the world class facilities of the BBC has signed in to IBC 2015 masquerading as Carl Beyboer.

Lamby made straight for the editing software providers at AVID, Adobe, and Black Magic Design Resolve to see what they had to offer. Lamby seemed particularly interested in Avid and Resolves new systems as GMi ventures further into 4k production. Back home in Oz Mark M is looking forward to Lambys reports on the new range of 4k+ cameras being shown, keep an eye out for that part of the trip soon.

Find more info on IBC Here.

If you are wondering just who Lamby is you can find out here!

   Lamby Avid       

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