The #MyFreoStory Video Competition has concluded
and the winners have been judged!

Congratulations to the winners below and to all those that entered.
Overall Winner – Judged Entry
Shakey’s Story by Oliver Oldroyd and Stevie James Smith

Photo: Oliver Oldroyd

Tell us a little about yourself/crew?
I'm a filmmaker from London. Been living in Oz since 2005. My godson Stevie (also a filmmaker from the UK) recently arrived in Freo, told me about the #MyFreoStory competition, so we decided to collaborate.

How do you feel about winning the prize?
We were ecstatic. It was really awesome to get recognition for all the work we put into producing it.

What did you film with?
Sony A7SM1 & 2, Ronin M, Rode shot gun mics, Samyung and Canon lens. In the past we have both been big advocates for Canon bodies, however we decided to switch to Sony for this project. We were really happy with the results.

What was your Inspiration?
I guess it was Shakey. He's a close friend and an extremely talented artist. I personally watched his transition from Wharfie to a full time artist and found it a really compelling story that I wanted to get out there.

How long did it take to film/storyboard/edit?
We can break it down. Probably ½ day pre-production, 3 full days shooting and 2 days in the edit. We shot way more than we needed to but that's how it goes most of the time.

What motivated you to enter? Fame? Money? Love of Freo?
We love living here in Freo. There's such a good creative vibe and it's great to be part of it. We love making films and it was also important for us to get Shakey’s name out there and get him recognised for the talented artist he is.

Would you do anything different if you had to do it again?
Technically…probably would of shot the east-west designs scene in some nicer light. We also wanted to initially do a Hyperlapse moving across the roof top whilst Shakey was doing the painting but due to not having enough crew, we had to go with the standard time-lapse you see in the film.

People’s Choice Winner – Voted by the public
My Journey Through Freo by Radheya Jegatheva

Photo: Radheya Jegatheva

Tell us a little about yourself/crew?
I'm Radheya Jegatheva, a 16 year old student from Perth Modern school who loves films and filmmaking. I guess the other crew member was my mum who came to Freo with me and held the camera in the shots that I was in, so thanks to her as well.

How do you feel about winning the prize?
It feels amazing, this is the biggest prize I have ever won, and I am receiving it on my birthday! I guess I should change my answer for question one since I've just turned 17. I also feel grateful to a few of my friends who gave me a bit of feedback and encouragement, especially Abby and my aunts in Malaysia and the US.

What did you film with?
Most of the shots were taken on my dad's iPhone 6, but a couple (like the zooming in and out to Earth shots) I created with Adobe After Effects.

What was your Inspiration?
It took a while to get a creative idea, but one day I saw this picture of Earth from outer space and it clicked - I knew what I wanted to do for my first and last shots, so I had my framework ready. Whenever I make a video I like to construct it around the music that I use, so that was another piece of inspiration.

How long did it take to film/storyboard/edit?
Filming took a few hours to do, but the editing process took a lot longer. The zooming in shot of Freo was the most tedious and took more than five hours to create. After about three to four solid days of filming, editing and compositing, the video was ready to submit.

What motivated you to enter? Fame? Money? Love of Freo?
A bit of everything to be honest, but one of the main messages that I wanted to convey through my video was that Freo is a city that can cater for all sorts of people of all ages - and that there was so much to do and so much to see.

Would you do anything different if you had to do it again?
There was one thing that I did regret not doing, and that was going to film in the Maritime museum. I also would have loved to get a shot of the cannon going off.

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