LET US HELP YOU TELL
But before we do, here's the short version of our story. Bastion Films began life in 2009 as The Stadium Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based boutique sports content and production company. The Stadium was acquired by Bastion Collective in late 2015 and was rebranded Bastion Stadium. Servicing predominantly Sydney based clients, Bastion then set about finding a similar Melbourne-based production company that could best service the needs of Bastion's growing Melbourne client base, and allow Bastion Stadium to offer truly national content solutions. In mid-2018, Bastion Stadium acquired award-winning Melbourne-based creative production agency Bengar Films. The two businesses are now integrated as one and service all Bastion's film and video production requirements.
WHAT SETS US APART
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
Our roots are firmly planted in film and broadcast production. We have decades of experience from across Australia and the world. We understand the commercial realities of content production. We know we need to be nimble, focussed and flexible in order to keep our clients and their work at the centre of everything we do.
Every story is different. Some are long, others are short. Some are complex and some are more simple. But they're all unique and all deserve to be told in their own way. We take great care and pride in helping to craft and deliver your story to ensure maximum impact with your audience.
OUR WAY OF DOING IT
We always start by asking why. Why is this content being created? What is its purpose? What outcome does it need to achieve. We then ask who. Who is the target audience? Where do we find them and how do we best talk to them. When they watch this video, what do we want them to feel? What do we want them to learn? What do we want them to do afterwards? Only once these questions are answered do we move on to the do.
HOW WE CREATE IMPACT
We have significant expertise in managing every stage of the production process. We love the detail, the logistics and making everything happen. From concept stage including treatments, boards and scripts through to locations, talent and crew to everything in post including edit, grade, graphics, sound, audio and all compliance and delivery. We're your one-stop shop from idea to delivery.
We've brought together a team of thinkers and doers from a broad range of backgrounds but each with an intimate understanding of why and how we do what we do. We love the work behind the work. We combine the creative flair and inspiration to dream big with the grunt and discipline to deliver on time and on budget. We take our work seriously but we don't take ourselves too seriously. Service with a smile.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Ben is a writer and director of commercials, documentaries and entertainment for some of the world’s most trusted brands and a member of the Australian Directors Guild. In Australia, Ben’s work has a foundation with marquee clients such as National Australia Bank, Ferrari, Coles, Telstra and Australia Post. He has also created campaigns for international advertising agencies, including Y&R Shanghai for Sony, Wellcom Korea for Hana Bank and Lowe HCMC for Unilever. Ben has been awarded with more than 15 international film, television and advertising awards for his work, including a Gold Hugo, the top prize at the Chicago International Film Festival’s Intercom Awards, the Gold Midas in New York and twice a finalist for Best Director at the New York Festivals Film & TV Awards. Ben founded Bengar Films in 2006 and has transitioned to the role of ECD with Bastion Films.
As General Manager, Cath is responsible for growing and maintaining relationships with key clients. She am focused on building successful teams, developing new business and managing key clients to grow their businesses through effective strategic planning and content production.
Before joining Bengar Films in 2011, Cath was General Sales Manager at Australian Radio Network, running a team of fourteen sales professionals, working directly with clients and agencies.
Cath is a media specialist with a Bachelor of Business (Economics Marketing) and significant experience 'client side' with five-years in the Samsung Marketing and Design teams in Japan & Korea. She is also focused on growing and developing our team by harnessing our individual strengths for the benefit of our clients and the business.
Since the beginning of her career, Danielle has focused on channelling her talent and creativity into meaningful and powerful results.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) and Masters of Producing at VCA. Her background in writing, videography and editing allowed her to get a broad scope of production from end to end.
Her passion for storytelling and professionalism has gained her experience working on a number of feature films, television series, TVCs, branded content, non-for-profit, short films, documentaries and music videos.
Danielle takes pride in the work she does, building strong relationships with clients and colleagues along the way. She firmly believes in working hard, working together and having fun along the way.
Dani began as an editor with Bengar Films in 2012 and now as a Producer creates dynamic commercial content with our emerging director roster.
PRODUCTION & ACCOUNT MANAGER
Madeleine is a highly organised and creative thinking producer manager. With extensive experience in project management, account management and client liaison, excellent interpersonal and communication skills Madeleine has joined the Bastion Films team in 2019, managing key Sydney accounts and producing creative dynamic commercial content.
Madeleine is an organisational whiz, having managed national motion picture and home entertainment advertising campaigns for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Films.
Ivan is an enthusiastic creative who specialises in taking videos from A to Z. Whether on set or offline, he can shoot, cut and add that little bit more. Ambition, determination and an indispensable skill set are thankfully matched with a good sense of humour and terrifying taste in noisey music. From social content and TVCs to short films and music videos, he reckons the best way to learn something new is to immerse oneself, push boundaries and keep an open mind.
JOHN WHEELER ACS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
John has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a cinematographer for commercials and feature films, both in Australia and internationally. He has won countless cinematography awards, was President of ACS Victoria for eight years, and is one of Australia's foremost DOPs.
Filming over two hundred pieces of work with Bengar, John has the ability to find beauty and magic in any situation, when it counts. He has an incredible knowledge of film technique and is often a guest lecturer in cinematography at Swinburne School of Film and Television.
In 2011, John won two gold ACS awards for his work on NAB Sponsorship & Community films. John also invented the 'Wheeler Sunpredictor', a photographer's device to track the path of the sun on any given day, anywhere in the world.
Whether John is shooting or directing other Bengar camera crews, he brings a wealth of knowledge and heart to all Bengar films.
ART DIRECTOR + HEAD OF POST
As Head of Post Production at Bengar, James is a specialist 2D and 3D animator and designer. He creates DMS Advertising campaigns and immersive Digital Screen Installations for leading Bengar clients such as ANZ, Australia Post and Transurban.
Over his career, James has also worked with brands including Coca Cola, Nickelodeon, Samsung, Airbnb, Carlton & United Breweries, Woolworths and Telstra.
For the Bengar team, James creates art for branded content, commercials and digital media screens, using 2D and 3D animation techniques to help connect and excite audiences all around the world. James' work has screened globally at SXSW and Annecy International Animation Festival.
James loves to work in After Effects, C4D, X Particles, Realflow, Turbulence FD, Photoshop, Illustrator.
Bringing with him a wealth of filmmaking experience, Kaiser is passionate about delivering compelling narrative with creative cinematic vision. What was once only a childhood dream of his imagining stories about fantasy worlds, heroes and villains, epic journeys, is now a reality as he pursues his love of storytelling through directing films.
Kaiser studied a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University, where he was able to further develop his skills in all aspects of filmmaking including writing, directing, producing, cinematography, editing and audio production, with his talents being recognised by being awarded Best Achievement in Sound Design during his graduating year. His cinematic short film productions have seen success both locally and internationally, which continues to fuel his desire of creating engaging content to share with an ever increasing audience.
For Kaiser, storytelling isn’t just limited to making movies. All of his skills and experiences in production have also been well utilised in the corporate world to create high quality video content for a diverse range of renowned industry leading brands such as MYOB, NAB, REA Group, CSIRO, Linfox, Carlton United, Netball Australia, Monash Health, Concrete Playground, and City of Melbourne to name just a few. In the continuously expanding sea of competition that is video production, Kaiser has proven his ability to run a production with the highest level of efficiency and professionalism and can be trusted to deliver results that stand out from the rest.
Matt joined Bengar in Melbourne after managing a leading Sydney-based production company. He has strong technical knowledge of animation, live-action and post-production, with creative aptitude to deliver on all aspects of the brief.
Specialising in commercials, branded content and digital advertising, Matt works with clients to create budgets, treatments and schedules that work. This includes managing and resourcing the production team, ensuring projects run on time and on budget, right through to formatting and the final delivery.
Working with RACV, Australia Post, Bupa and other marquee brands Matt has the experience and rapport to work with everyone involved in the entire workflow including clients, stakeholders, crew and post-production teams.
WE ARE PART OF BASTION COLLECTIVE
Bastion Collective is the largest independent communications agency in Australia. We exist to be the Bastion of Australian Ingenuity. Our integrated agency network allows us to deliver simple, original and resourceful communications solutions to our clients' complex problems. Bastion Collective clients can use us for one specialist service or our entire integrated offering, delivered through one central point of contact. We do this all to help our clients create, grow, measure and protect their businesses.