ARTC - Grease-pot

The team engaged with ARTC and project stakeholders to the extent that they personally understood the nature and complexity of the task.



the brief

Grease pot lubrication is a dirty but vital job. The machinery has no visible moving parts and is hard to access, so is both difficult and dangerous to film.


How can we create a training film about the role and importance of Grease Pot Lubrication – and make it interesting?

our approach

With so little to film, we chose to focus on the experts delivering the story of this educational film. Relying so heavily on a few experts we needed to establish their credibility as seasoned practitioners. The documentary-style narrative was designed to both convey the importance of the job and establish the credibility of the speakers. This is managed by cutting between interview footage and on-track Cinéma vérité footage.


We used techniques like a hand-held camera and over-cranking (high-speed shooting) to make the visuals more personal and interesting. This technique also helps give the viewer a sense of being on track as part of the team – where the action is – so we can get a first-hand look at how it all works, and more importantly, what it all means.


Agency: Direct

Video Production company: Good Eye Deer – Newcastle

ARTC Project manager: Kegan Lacey

Director / DP: Gavin Banks

Producer: Olivia Olley

1st AC / Sound recordist: Jesse Banks

Australian Rail Track Corporation

ARTC Grease Pot Corporate Video Production Sydney & Newcastle NSW

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