Join Castlemaine State Festival in learning more about your own capabilities in the digital world. Develop the stories you want to tell about yourself or your business in a digital capacity with CSF and Storyland. Using video technology and expert knowledge about the current state of opportunity in social media and beyond, Digital Goods is an exciting new learning experience created by specialists in the field. This diverse series of courses, will give you more muscle and confidence in managing your media like you’ve never felt before. Book below, for more information email

Presented in collaboration with


Facilitators: Lisa Mills and Damon Girbon from Storyland

Who is this for?
Seniors (50+) and their younger family or friend member (9 to 25 years old)

Intergenerational partners team up to explore their stories of life experience and future dreaming. They support each other’s expressions and learnings to create digital media stories, which may be featured in Castlemaine State Festival 2021 and beyond.

Lisa and Damon will lead the storytellers through the processes of choosing and refining their stories, sourcing photos and other media, filming portraits, recording voice-overs, and editing it all together for a celebratory screening.

Participants will receive

  • An opportunity to create a unique family, friend or mentee film
  • Hands-on digital skills with easy to master production equipment, software and processes
  • New storytelling techniques and collaboration experience

Date/ time:
8 weeks course | Tuesdays 4 pm – 6 pm | 4 May – 22 June 2021

Cost: $60 per pair

The low-cost nature of this course has been made possible by the generous support of the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

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Facilitator: Lisa Mills and Media Producers from Storyland.

Who is this for?
Artists, musicians and performers, cultural organisations or collectives who want to take the next step in engaging with their audience and potential employers or funding bodies.

This course is also designed to continue work on Build Your Creative Profile workshops.

Create new promotional content for your online profile and refine existing assets with Storyland media producers. Define what you need to best promote your work – a new show reel piece, photographs of your work or a great headshot for example. We will create it together on-site at Goods Shed Arts.

Two hands-on edit sessions follow, with the final workshop devoted to uploading your new promotional assets and practical tips on how to further promote your work.

Participants will receive:

  • Guided assessment and curating of your current media and copywriting with industry professionals
  • Hands-on digital skills with easy to master production equipment, software and processes
  • Revamped or new promotional content to update your creative profile
  • Course notes to take away

Date/ time:
6 x 2 hour sessions + 2 x 4 hour production sessions | Tuesday 10am – 12pm | 4 May – 22 June 2021

Note: Two production sessions will extend to 2pm, 18 May and 1 June

Cost: $380

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Facilitator: Lisa Mills and Media Producers from Storyland, Trouble Magazine and Snowball Media. Scroll down for all Facilitator Bios

Who is this for?
Artists and artisans, cultural organisations and creative businesses.

Develop your online profile and presence with the help of brand, content and social marketing specialists from Storyland, Trouble Magazine and Snowball Media. This course centres on defining how you can best present your work and connect with targeted audiences, using existing and easily sourced materials.

Participants will receive:

  • Deeper understandings of how to best leverage your talent and specialisation.
  • Practical exercises and direction from industry professionals
  • Hands-on digital skills with easy to master production software and processes
  • A revamped or new online profile to promote your creative business
  • Course notes to take-away

Date/ time:
6 x 2 hour sessions | Tuesdays 6-8pm | 2 Feb – 9 March 2021

Cost: $280

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Facilitators: Leonie Van Eyk and Lisa Mills

Who is this for?
Kids aged 8-12

Leonie and Lisa will take you on an adventure of creative expression where young people will devise and create fun and experimental video clips. Learn basic camera and lighting skills, stop-frame animation, green screen production and editing with music, sounds and special effects. The digital journey continues in term 2.

Participants will receive:

  • New animation and film production techniques
  • Hands-on digital skills with easy to use production equipment, software and processes
  • An opportunity to create a fun and imaginative film with friends

Date/ time:
14 x sessions | Thursdays 4pm – 5.30pm | 4 Feb – 17 June 2021

(6 weeks in term 1 & 8 weeks in term 2)

Cost: $70

The low-cost nature of this course has been made possible by the generous support of the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

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Join one, two or all three professional development sessions for teachers who want to increase their skills in digital media, for both remote and classroom learning.

Term 1 2021, Thursday 11 Feb 2021, 9am – 12pm
Term 1 2021, Thursday 25 Feb 2021, 9am – 12pm
Term 2 2021, Thursday 20 May 2021, 9am – 12pm

Cost: Individual sessions $80/Book for all 3 sessions $200

To Book: Email nominating the sessions you want to book for and we will send you an invoice.

Please include your full name, school, subject area and year levels taught.

Session one: Engaging your students with creative video content

We will introduce teachers to the use of video to augment their teaching, for demonstrations and content delivery. We will explore how to make a professional video from concept through to presentation, using the technology we have at hand and discovering ways to create more engaging videos. We will incorporate some time for teachers to share their experiences of remote learning, and ideas for how to bring those experiences, skills and ideas back into a classroom setting. We will offer a basic ‘shopping list’ of affordable equipment that you will need to create your own quality footage, and look at how you can combine self-generated footage with found footage in the editing program. We will be using Premiere Elements to teach the basics of video editing, and we will provide an overview of other products that are available.

Session Two: Getting more from your video – a deeper look at editing

We will explore the editing in greater depth. For those who attended the first session, and others who already have a good grasp of the basics and want to learn more about editing. Teachers will get a chance to troubleshoot their experiences and directly apply these new skills to a hands-on experience, shooting and editing their own video. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn how to make their own demonstration videos and use them across multiple platforms.

Session Three: Using augmented reality and gaming technology in the classroom

We will look at how to build your own interactive virtual spaces for use in the classroom, and how to incorporate gaming concepts into your teaching. You will come away with strategies to enable your students to create their own virtual spaces using problem-solving techniques and provide them with a virtual platform for sharing their works.

Some laptops (MacBook Pro) and software will be provided for the workshops.
Please bring your own laptops if possible so we can set them up for your own personal use after the course.

Digital Goods is proudly supported by the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions


Lisa Mills – Storyland, Producer/Director

Lisa brings over twenty five years of media production experience in producing promos, podcasts, short films, art and theatre documentation, and live visuals for events. Her passion for digital education has led her to work with ACMI and to develop new youth-led collaborations.

Lisa is a founding member and company director of Storyland, an award winning creative agency based in Castlemaine. She is currently employed part-time as a Creative Industries Officer with Mt Alexander Shire Council, supporting artists and creative businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and is co-producing the Digital Goods program with CSF at the new Good Shed Arts precinct.

Josh Poole – Snowball Social, Social Media Strategy & Marketing

Josh is a social media specialist with over 10 years experience.

His keys skills include strategy, content production, ad buying, analytical analysis and general management. His clients include HSV, NGK, FreightQuotes and ZAAS Homes to name a few and is currently contracted with Hot Glue social media agency.

Leonie Van Eyk

Leonie Van Eyk has a long-standing inclusive and participatory arts practice working within the community as a filmmaker, community artist, facilitator, project manager, mentor and performer. Leonie has worked as a freelance film – maker, supporting creative professionals by producing video documents to promote and share a wide spectrum of innovative projects over a span of fifteen years. Leonie provides tailored content creation to local organisations and individuals, with a special focus on the arts, education and culture. She has partnered with numerous clients and has provided professional services to Arena Theatre Company, Arts Access Victoria, Bendigo Projection Festival, The Village Festival, Neami National, Create-A (formally known as CreateAbility), Weave Movement Theatre, Maryborough and Mount Alexander Shire Council, Bendigo Art Gallery, ArtLands, Polyglot, Regional Centre for Culture and the Newcastle Museum. She has presented engaging works within the Castlemaine State Festival, Bendigo Projection Festival, The Regional Centre for Culture, Creative Victoria, Lot 19 Arts Collaborative. Leonie currently sits on the board for the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival.

Miles Bennett – Storyland, Producer/Director

Miles has 20+ years of experience in the video production industry. His work spans television, commercials, screen based installations, print, web and events. He has work collected by ACMI (the Australian Centre of the Moving Image) and has worked with ABC, SBS, Warner Brothers, Active TV, Umbrella Entertainment, The British Council to name a few.

Gavin Krasner – Storyland Creative Director / Brand & Marketing

A graphic designer specialising in brand creation and application. This also includes; brand workshops, name generation, visual identity, brand guidelines, marketing campaigns, marketing collateral. Gavin has over 25 years of experience across many industry sectors working with global fashion brands and record labels to blue chip insurers and interior designers.

Kate Stones

Kate Stones is a performing artist and educator. She holds an MA in Directing for Performance (Victorian College of the Arts, 2016); a Graduate Diploma of Education (Melbourne University, 2003); and a BA Hons in Fine Art, (VCA, 2001). Kate works as Community and Education Project Producer at Castlemaine State Festival. She works as a freelance arts education writer and consultant. From 2009-13 she designed and delivered a comprehensive community education program at Castlemaine Art Museum. In 2015-16 she worked on a project for the State Library of Victoria to co-curate and design education materials for a touring exhibition of illustrations from children’s literature, Story Island. The exhibition promoted literacy through reading stories together, and toured numerous Victorian libraries. Kate is Creative Director at CreateA, an arts organisation for people with disabilities. Kate has facilitated their two performance ensembles since 2016. She co-directed CreateA’s No Hands, presented in Castlemaine, Bendigo and Wodonga, as well as Dendron – The Forest In Us, which premiered at the Ulumbarra Theatre as part of Regional Centre for Culture 2018. In 2019 Kate co-devised and directed the performance PhoneHeads that premiered at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Damon Girbon – Storyland, Digital Producer

Damon has worked on many Australian and international film and television productions around Australia and overseas, helping to get video and digital film working on all types of screens and surfaces. He has worked for Sony Pictures, Warner Bros Studios, Disney Pictures, ACMI, City of Sydney & all the free to air channels. As well as feature film work he’s worked on over 200 commercials doing on set editing and coordinating screen graphics.

Steve and Melissa Proposch – Trouble Magazine, Artists / Publishers

Steve and Melissa work collaboratively and individually. From the charming village of Newstead, they launched Australian art magazine Trouble in 2004, inspiring a wave of creative tree-changers and documenting the rise of central Victoria as a regional arts centre of excellence. Initially published as free street press, Trouble has gone on to embrace its digital persona, and broaden its content offering to include video and podcasting.

Steve and Melissa are known for their expertise in grassroots promotion and the creation, curation and aggregation of online arts content. Collectively, they have produced works and managed projects for the Castlemaine State Festival, Regional Arts Victoria, Mount Alexander Shire, Creative Victoria, Newstead Arts Hub, Children’s Literature Festival.