Screenworks and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney) have partnered with Screen NSW to bring an essential, informative and practical workshop to the Northern Rivers region that will educate all attendees about all facets of working with Drones or UAVs.

Date: Friday 16th September 2016, 9:30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Centre, Lennox Head
Ticket prices: $50 +bf for General Admission / $25 + bf for Screenworks Members

Being able to film high quality aerial shots easily and cheaply with a drone has been a huge leap forward for filmmakers. They have almost eradicated the need to use expensive helicopters or cranes without compromising on quality. Consequently, Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming increasing commonplace and many are being operated without the knowledge of the legalities and permits involved.

A team of interstate and local professional drone experts will convene in Lennox Head on September 16th 2016, to cover and discuss the following topics.

  • Due Diligence: Legalities, permits and responsibilities
  • Process: Take off/landing sites and air space control
  • Practical: Equipment overview and a live demonstration
  • Inspiration: Tips, clips and discussions from professional operators and cinematographers, including the local community of Drone operators

This workshop has been curated with local filmmakers and drone operators in mind, but we also strongly encourage Local Government/Council Film Contact Officers, State Authorities such as RMS (Roads & Maritime), NSW Police, NSW Fire, Location Managers and Safety officers to attend. These are all groups of people, who may need further clarification and understanding on the rules and regulations in seeking filming permits or developing consistent guidelines that can be implemented within their organisations.


AFTRS_BLACK_CMYKScreenworks’ Demystifying Drones is being delivered in partnership with AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney).



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Screen NSW supports Screenworks through its Industry Development Fund and Audience Development Fund.



Matt has been one of Australia’s leading producers for over 30 years. During that time Matt has produced or executive produced 16 feature films, 7 TV movies, 7 mini-series, 6 documentaries and over 500 hours of TV drama. Apart from the creative, management and financial skills required to execute such a large body of work he has broad experience of working in and managing companies involved in this work. These include SA Film Corporation News Ltd, Roadshow Coote and Carroll and Matt Carroll Films. Matt holds the position of Director of Production Attraction at Screen NSW and will facilitate the days workshop.

TREVOR BOCK: UAS International

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) International Standard is the first universal standard that encompasses all sectors of the unmanned aircraft industry. UAS International has been developed to ensure that all remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS or “Drones”) are operated safely and in accordance with internationally recognised standards. Trevor has over 25 years experience in commercial aviation and specialises in aviation quality and safety management. He is a past pilot, instructor, quality & safety Lead Auditor, Fleet Manager, Safety Manager, Check & Training Captain and Flight Operations Manager.

Trevor will be taking The Idiots Guide to Working with Drones session, which will provide an overview on how the rules and regulations work.

Greg Tyrell: AAUS (Australian Association for Unmanned Systems)

AAUS is Australia’s largest industry advocacy group for unmanned systems and its objective is to promote a professional, safe and commercially viable unmanned systems industry. Greg has been involved in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Industry since 1995 and has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Pilot at Aerosonde before becoming Executive Director of AAUS.  In his current role, he serves on a number of CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) working groups to help develop a safe and viable RPAS industry.

Greg will be taking the How You Can and Must Use Drones session, which will provide an overview of AAUS and CASA.


XM2 are a UAV design and services company in Melbourne, with offices in Gold Coast, Los Angeles and Seoul. XM2 provides aerial cinematography services globally and have worked on some of the largest budget feature films, documentaries and television commercials. XM2 have expert knowledge of workflows in pre, post and in production for high-end and technically complex film shoots.

STEVE ARNOLD, ACS: Cinematographer

Steve Arnold is an internationally award-winning cinematographer. A graduate in Cinematography and Editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), his impressive body of work includes over thirty feature credits across multiple genres. He has also worked extensively across television shooting mini-series, telemovies and episodic series. Steve’s work includes Last Cab to Darwin, A Few Less Men, Disgrace, La Spagnola, Separation City, Mad Bastards, Red Obsession, Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces.

Both Steve and XM2 will take The Art of Drone Filming session to inspire filmmakers and also point out the potential pitfalls of working with UAVs.

Nick Wall: AirSwing Media

Nick has over 20 years of global experience in TV and Documentary production and has now set up AirSwing Media; a full service production company that specialises in shooting and working with Drones, based in Byron Bay. Through AirSwing he has continued to travel the globe covering major world news and sporting events and shooting prestigious overseas golf courses.  Locally, he works on TV commercials and nature-documentary work for visiting overseas networks. When not flying his drone or behind the camera. Nick teaches how to fly drones and how to use the cameras on them at a training facility in Brisbane.

Nick will be leading the practical Drone Demonstration where he will demonstrate flying a drone over and around the stunning surrounding landscape. Nick will edit this footage for the attendees to view before taking part in The Local Drone Community panel discussion of local experts.

Toby De Jong: 44 Magnum Productions

Toby De Jong is the founder of 44 Magnum Productions, a production company based in the Byron Bay area. He has over 16 years experience in TV Production in many roles, including underwater cameraman, cinematographer, editor and drone pilot. He also specializes in 360 Virtual Reality filming.

In 2007, he became one of the first drone operators in Australia and since then has been flying heavy lift drones in remote areas in Australia and over 20 countries overseas.

Toby will be displaying and discussing the Drone equipment and kit that he works with as part of the practical Drone Demonstration session. Toby will also take part in The Local Drone Community panel discussion of local experts.

Clayton Lloyd: Flawless Imaging

Originally Sydney based, Clayton has acquired over 26 years experience within the prepress, design, printing, photography and video industries.

In 2002 Flawless Imaging was born in Byron Bay and has now established clients nationally and internationally. Coming from a still photography and colour technician background Clayton has made video productions a key focus over the last 10 years and continues to invest in this area. One key investment in 2015 was achieving a CASA certified UAV drone licence that has opened up more opportunities within the filming industry. Most recently Clayton has been filming the aerial footage for the feature movie Scarlet that has been shooting in the local area.

Clayton will be taking part The Local Drone Community panel discussion of local experts.

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