Drone Video Shooting with the State Library of NSW in Sydney


I’ve been fortunate enough to have a wonderful video production gig with the State Library of NSW over the past few months.

Hired to shoot and direct video for an exhibition on the state’s Indigenous languages, I’ve spent a lot of time outside Sydney producing video with communities in outback NSW, coastal NSW, on rainforest country, the plains, highland country, and on Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay.

Interviews and portrait-style ‘Welcome To Country’ were shot with a Canon C300 and minimal lighting (see below) but the highlight had to be getting to let my Mavic 2 Pro loose with its 4k camera over all types of country. As a video producer, it’s a huge pleasure getting pretty pictures from another perspective.

Drone video shot on the Mavic 2 Pro near Armidale (Anaiwin country)


Dawn seen through the Mavic 2 Pro drone at Nambucca Heads (Gumbaynggirr country)

Nambucca Heads

Another Mavic 2 Pro shot near the Warrumbungles (Kamilaroi country)


A short and very windy drone video flight (making for one nervous video producer) over the coast near Sydney (Dharawal country)

Dharawal country

The exhibition, which begins in July at the State Library, will feature a number of ‘portrait’ style Welcome To Country videos (here’s Aunty Maureen on Kamilaroi country) on flipped widescreen monitors. Lots of fun had with this video production challenge, and pulling it all back together in Sydney.



Bill Code has been shooting quality videos for news, corporate, documentary and NGOs for almost a decade. Working with the likes of Al Jazeera and the BBC in Sydney, Australia, Bill began his career as a video journalist in the online space, honing his craft with the Guardian. Bill is adept at working with clients large and small to craft everything from scripts to polished edits, working to deliver projects on budget, to time, with clear communication throughout.