Experienced media production professionals

We can only produce great films for our clients because of our team of committed professionals. From development through to post production we work with a talented people who not only love what they do but are good at doing it. Our valued team is headed by Gavin Banks and Olivia Olley.

GAVIN BANKS

Creative Director, Good Eye Deer

Gavin is the owner and Creative Director of this innovative media production company. For 18 years he has worked as a Producer, Director and Cinematographer for a wide range of corporate, commercial and entertainment productions. In the past three years, he has won 12 awards for corporate videos including Best Instructional / Training Resource at the 2015 ATOM AWARDS; Best Corporate Video at the 2015 National AVPA AwardsBest Cinematography in a Corporate (Australian Cinematographers Society, ACT / NSW division) and Best Educational Video Series at the US International Film & Video Festival, 2015.

“Working with Good Eye Deer has been an excellent experience. They brought a creative, sensitive approach to the project and worked extremely hard to bring it to life.”
– Kirrilee Trist, Marketing & Advertising Director, The Salvation Army

Gavin has extensive experience in the production of DVD / web-series in the health, corporate and not-for-profit sector. Since 2013 he has produced three web-series for a research group at UNSW, (producing 40 films for this company alone). His 3 part national TV commercial series for Lions Clubs Australia resulted in a 60% increase in membership enquiries – ranking Lions Australia the number-one region in the world for membership enquiries; his 9-part Traffic Offenders Intervention Program (TOIP) documentary-series for PCYC NSW is receiving both critical and social acclaim and is the most awarded educational video series of 2015 . His independent feature-length documentary, The Face of Birth (Ronin Films), was released in 2012 and has been described as “The finest educational and inspirational film on the subject of childbirth that I’ve ever seen” – US author, Suzanne Arms. He recently finished working on a series of short films for an online resource for young indigenous fathers.

“Gavin’s camera eye is unchallenged. He lenses our brief to perfection, on time, every time.”
– Jason van Genderen. Storyteller / Treehouse Creative

As a filmmaker, Gavin believes that great cinema comes from the creative articulation of human truths. It is the experience of these truths that draws audiences in to engage emotionally with media. Gavin takes this philosophy with him to every commercial project. He has a reputation for producing effective films that work, come in on budget and that meet multiple agendas.

OLIVIA OLLEY

Producer, Good Eye Deer

Olivia is a Producer and partner at Good Eye Deer. In 2015 she was a finalist for Hunter Young Business leader of the year (via the HBC) and was featured in the Hunter Business Review ‘Women in Business’ Dec 2015.

Since joining in January 2012 the company has received 12 state, national and/or international awards for their achievements. The company also owns The Production Hub, a co-working studio for digital artists.

Olivia’s film career began in 2006 where she worked as a runner at Pepper Post a London Post Production House. During this time she ‘ran’ for editors and producers on projects such as Life on Mars, Spooks and a range of BBC productions. While in the UK Olivia wrote, directed and produced short films with her colleagues. In 2008 Olivia returned to Australia and studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts at La Trobe University, specialising in screenwriting and media production. Her graduate piece, HOOKED (2010) went on to be nominated for best short documentary at the St Kilda Film Festival. In 2011, Olivia graduated with honours in documentary production.

“Olivia is extremely professional and great to work with. She is a problem solver (so important), has a lovely sense of humour, and worked tirelessly to get the right result for me as her client. I would work with her again with pleasure and can highly recommend her and Good Eye Deer to any potential client.”
– Diane Michael. Media Officer, Lions Australia

In 2015 Olivia and her team at Good Eye Deer established the Newcastle Writer’s Room – an initiative aimed at developing content for the Hunter screen and television industry.