Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mount Morgan in Top Gear; Webisode on Life during 1800s Gold Rush Attracts Global Interest

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mount Morgan in Top Gear; Webisode on Life during 1800s Gold Rush Attracts Global Interest

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Byline: Warren Acutt

WAS it fate or just chance? An offer from a helicopter pilot to take a student camera operator to get some aerial footage to include in a webisode proved to be the start of a game changer. A game changer for the web TV series and also for the town.

The town of Mount Morgan.

Councillors were clamouring to claim the idea as their own, though most couldn't remember the one-sentence item on their agenda recommending a motion be passed for a 12-part webisode recording people living in Mount Morgan as they did in the late 1800s, after gold had been discovered, be submitted for possible state and federal government arts funding.

Whether it was the idea, the enthusiasm of the State Member, the involvement of the CQUniversity or a desire to give something back to Mount Morgan, the funding application was successful.

With an experienced mentor, students from the university's media, graphics design and drama departments were now working on a real-life project Co a 12-part webisode titled Ironstone. Early screenings were pretty basic. However, it was gaining a curiosity appeal. Admittedly that was from locals and friends and families of people involved in its production.

However, with international university students involved, the geographic reach was immense. Accompanying v-logs were getting viewed on YouTube, and other social media tools like Twitter were helping spread the appeal.

A local helicopter pilot needing to get his hours up offered to take a camera operator to get an aerial view of the town.

This footage used at the start of webisode six was about to take the series into the stratosphere.

A relative of an overseas student involved in the production flippantly mentioned the website at BBC studios in London.

A half-interested listener later searched the website. …

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