Kevin Austin (DipMultimed, AdvDipBusMgt, AdvDipBusMktg) founded Visual Obsession in 1989, and his major focus remains ensuring that media production at every stage is effectively managed and that quality remains at the highest possible level. Kevin and his wife Jenny own and run three businesses: Visual Obsession, Harleys - The Educational Super Store, and Airport Car Storage.
Kevin remains vitally engaged with all areas of the business, including:
Jenny and her husband Kevin own and run three businesses: Visual Obsession; Harleys - The Educational Super Store; and Airport Car Storage. Jenny has been awarded with Cairns Business Woman of the Year in 2000, Small Employer of the Year Finalist, Retailer Excellence Award and Best Overall Performance in Retail for School Based Trainee. Jenny is an avid supporter of trainee programs and has had many trainees complete their retail skills course with distinctions.
Nova Austin (daughter of Kevin and Jenny Austin) is the company’s qualified trainer and assessor with a BSZ40198 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and a Certificate IV in Retail Management. Nova is accredited with an Advanced Diploma of Business Management, and an Advanced Diploma of Business Marketing (current). Nova was a finalist for the Australian Institute of Management Young Managers Award.
Corey Austin (DipMultimed, AdvDipBusMgt, AdvDipBusMktg) (son of Kevin and Jenny Austin) has been Visual Obsession’s production manager and broadcast camera operator for 14 years. He specialises in project planning, budget control, quality control, logistical coordination, lighting, still photography and scriptwriting. Corey has produced many award-winning productions, often with tight timeframes, strict requirements, complexities including travel, weather, hire of choppers, talent and other resources, etc. He has travelled extensively, producing several overseas productions for clients in places including Indonesia and PNG. He has worked on many productions for National Geographic, Queensland Health, Ergon Energy, Tourism Australia, Discovery Channel Asia, and more.
Kristy Vallely (daughter of Kevin and Jenny Austin) is “The Imperfect Mum”, a well-known blogger with tens of thousands of followers, high engagement and interaction levels, and a broad influence in Social Media. She is invited to various interstate blogger’s conferences, and asked to critique various products and destinations by organisations such as Port Douglas and Daintree Tourism. She was also a finalist for Cairns Business Woman of the Year 2005 - Corporate Section. Visual Obsession consults Kristy on relevant jobs, and benefits from her considerable experience. In 2012 she was chosen by Panasonic Japan to run the social media communication for their project of live-streaming the Total Solar Eclipse online using solar-powered equipment.
Chris Gillis (CertIIIIT, CertIVNet, DipMultimed) has managed Visual Obsession's online marketing and advertising division (including website development and large social media campaigns) for the past 8 years. Chris primarily focuses on research and development, ensuring that Visual Obsession operates on the cutting edge. He has attended the Social Media World Forum in Singapore (exploring social media in business), the Screen Futures Summit in Melbourne (exploring social media in education), and the Amazon Web Services Cloud Tour 2011 in Melbourne. Chris has collaborated with various clients to develop & execute successful social media campaigns, such as Harleys Educational, Kasa Por Yarn (QLD Health), Condoman (HITNet), and BITE (QLD Health). Chris is a Google AdWords Qualified Individual, and has trained dozens of people in web programming and online media development, including school-based remote training using Skype and Interactive Whiteboards. Chris is a confident public speaker, regularly presenting and training in both his professional and personal life. He is skilled in being flexible with adjusting a presentation to suit either a large or small group, in a wide variety of situations. He has given presentations on technology and education at various speaking occasions, including Facebook's first ever 'Small Business Bootcamp' as well as the 'Oceans to Outback' nutrition seminar for QLD Health, and the Austropex Seminar presented by Tourism Tropical North Queensland. Under a Commonwealth Government contract with Enterprise Connect, he delivered two-hour mentoring sessions to forty tourism businesses from Airlie Beach to Cooktown.
Corinne Shardlow (BCommDes), has been creating award-winning designs with Visual Obsession for 3 years. Corinne is an artist who enjoys hand-sketching, and loves digital illustration, graphic design, corporate branding and responsive (mobile-friendly) website design, especially using Adobe CS5 suite. She is skilled in balancing creative flair with an attention to detail and focus on business goals. She is also an experienced video editor, who has been a key part of the team working on projects including live-streaming footage of the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse using solar-powered equipment for Panasonic Japan; Developing promotional video for the “Best Jobs In The World” campaign for Tourism Australia; Creating the multi-award winning documentary titled "The Young Man and the Ghost Net" for GhostNets Australia; and more.
Mikayla Christian (CertIVMultimed) is an Indigenous artist and qualified graphic designer, who has been working with Visual Obsession for the last 8 years. Mikayla has a strong artistic and technical ability which enhances her cultural heritage. She loves illustration, graphic design, website design, photography, animation and interactive multimedia, especially with the Adobe CS5 Suite. She is also frequently requested by our clients as a model, actress, or voice-over talent for various productions.
Emma Walker (CertIVMultimed) has been managing the complexities of Visual Obsession’s business administration for 6 years, including invoicing, quoting and team communications. She loves photography, graphic design and editing using Adobe CS5 suite. She is also passionate about quality products, often heading up our usability testing and quality control. Emma has been a vital part of the production team on some large projects, including filming for Panasonic Japan, video editing for Queensland Health and photography for Tourism Australia.
Randal Kelly (CertIVMultimed) has been programming complex online applications and software systems with Visual Obsession for 6 years. He has a high level of technical proficiency, is a Google AdWords Certified Individual, and prefers developing with Drupal on a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). He likes to keep abreast of new technologies as they come out, including AJAX, jQuery, node.js ,HTML5, CSS3, Media Queries, etc. He also has experience in a broader variety of languages including Python and ActionScript, as well as integrating with external systems using APIs, XML feeds, multiple database systems, etc. Along with website development and maintenance, Randal often takes on the role of testing, security, quality assurance, search engine optimisation, and cross-browser testing. When he is free, Randal also works on a variety of different projects, and was a part of the team live-streaming the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse over social media for Panasonic Japan.
Ewan Cutler (CertIVMultimed) is a videographer, sound recordist and video editor, who prefers using Adobe CS5 Suite (After Effects, Premiere, Audition, Photoshop and Illustrator), and also has extensive experience with Apple’s Final Cut Pro Suite. He loves filming, editing, sound recording, script writing, compositing, motion graphics and graphic design. Ewan has been working at Visual Obsession for three years, including projects such as:
Kyah Rindlisbacher (CertIVMultimed) (current) has been with Visual Obsession for 6 years, with a primary focus on systems administration, server management (including cloud hosting and Amazon Web Services, Apache Solr, network management, Spiceworks, etc), and programming. He has a high level of technical proficiency and prefers developing with Drupal on a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JS). He is also familiar will Nginx, Squid, Ruby, Python, Bash and other GNU/Linux software as required, and uses the Adobe CS5 Suite for graphic requirements. Kyah has experience with legacy Flash-based systems for interactive apps designed for touch-screen kiosks with ActionScript 1&2.
Samuel Brooks is a competent video editor and cameraman, who has worked with Visual Obsession on large, and time-dependent projects for organisations including AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) and Tourism Australia. He also enjoys visual effects, graphic design, and website design. Sam prefers to use Adobe CS5 suite on PC or Mac.
Visual Obsession is currently training Makira Manthorpe, an interstate school-based trainee who is located in Port Lincoln, South Australia. At the start of each training day, one of Visual Obsession's Graphic Designers signs into Skype and begins the daily lesson. Visual Obsession use webcams with Makira over Skype to communicate periodically during the day, and Visual Obsession can log into Makira's computer remotely to check the quality of work and demonstrate advanced techniques.
Kuku Yalanji Clan – Daniel is Visual Obsession’s project leader for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural research. Daniel develops Indigenous content for cultural centres and other media productions that require indigenous interpretation, he ensures cultural sensitivities are respected. Daniel has worked in Indigenous housing allocation programs in Mossman and Cardwell, he has recently worked on Indigenous cultural language mapping restoration.
|Best Corporate Program in Film and Television|
|Best Interactive Multimedia Presentation - Corporate Branding|
|Best Advertising Image /Photograph|
|Best Website: Medium|
|Best Multimedia DVD Presentation – Training and Educational|
|Best Online Editorial / Blog Post|
|Best Website: Small|
|Best Logo Design – Retail|
|Best Environmental Story|
|Bob Hale Award - Best Advertising Campaign Across All Media|
|Best Website: Large|
|Best Logo Design – Service|
|Best Logo Design - Tourism|
|Best International Media Advertisement|
|Best Editing and Production Technique – Film and Television|
|Best Collection of Images in a Brochure|
|Best Use of Flash Animation|
|Best Special Effects|
|Best Photographic Image|
|Best Banner Ad for Website|
|Best Television Feature|
|Best Poster Advertisement - A4 Flyer or Smaller|
|Best Online Marketing Campaign|
|Best Logo Design - Not For Profit|
|Best Logo Design - Corporate|
|Best Commercial over $7500|
|Best TV Advertising Campaign|
|Best Promotion In Print|
|Best Media Coverage Relating to Tourism Issues|
|Best Interactive CD/DVD Presentation|
|Best Feature in Film and Television|
|Best Corporate Identity / Stationery Package|
|Best Concept Logo|
|Best Commercial under $7500|
Five The shoot was made up of highly complicated dramatic recreation and stylised interviews, all of which were executed by Visual Obsession with professionalism and high production values. We were very impressed with Visual Obsession’s commitment and dedication to all aspects of the production from the initial stages to completion.
Five The multimedia outputs and services provided by Visual Obsession were very diverse and included widescreen digital acquisition and editing, 3D animation, graphic FX, music, graphic design for slicks, 35mm still photography, large format printing, supply and installation of AV equipment… We were extremely happy with the final product as their work was of very high quality.
Five Excellent work, I am very happy with the way the job has turned out.
Five Visual Obsession continually proved their ability to achieve all tasks to the high standard required........We are extremely happy with the outcomes and ongoing responses directly attributed to the media outputs produced by Visual Obsession.
Visual Obsession are Cairns web designers, Google AdWords Certified Partners, Cairns social media agents, specialists in Multimedia Production, offering an extensive range of Traditional and Social Media Services to enable Government, Businesses, and the Community to meet their objectives. We are a family owned business successfully winning many Queensland and Telstra Country Wide Media Awards and are recognised as leaders in multimedia, with a reputation for success spanning over 23 years. Visual Obsession provides a robust infrastructure and remains flexible enough to accommodate the latest social media, hardcopy and electronic developments without sacrifice to the standards built into the culture of our business.
Realtime social media and Google AdWord marketing and advertising is an area which we specialise in to provide analytics, data and reports for our clients to better manage their conversion rates and return on investment. Social Media is the new public relations.
Visual Obsession’s mission is to provide strategic and creative concepts to meet the critical needs of government and business, including Google AdWords, advertising, marketing, educational and corporate training DVD productions, website design and programming, animations, television commercials, documentaries, graphic design and large format printing.
Visual Obsession offer services and solutions with practical experience and understanding of how a mix of traditional and social media with online advertising can benefit businesses and the community to provide economic and social co-existence.
From the development of logo designs through to company branding, we have a commitment to provide full production resources, expertise and real value to achieve customer satisfaction.
Visual Obsession recognises that technology is at the heart of today’s business. Our multimedia studio provides a high quality digital environment enabling the production of original material with exceptional results. With an experienced and creative team, Visual Obsession strive to exceed customer expectations at every level.
We build and maintain organisational excellence by selectively choosing our suppliers and staff and by developing procedures, with a vision to provide the very best for our customers.
Visual Obsession is a member of Family Business Australia.