MaRiKi Media's Beginning
From filming her kids to documenting popular events, Kirstie’s journey to videography professionalism began with a call from Red Ridge Interior Queensland’s manager, Louise Campbell.
‘I had been showing some of my videos to Louise Campbell from Red Ridge, and she offered me the opportunity to work with the Channel Country Ladies Day to tell their story. Fellow creative Lisa Alexander and I, invested in some editing and videography professional development through Training Brisbane. Iain Anderson travelled to Blackall and we learned about videography, editing and various camera options. From May to October I’d gone from no cameras and no editing experience to producing a 10-minute documentary.’
After receiving high praise for her documentary work, Kirstie took leave without pay from her previous job to see if she could turn her videography talent into a business and has never looked back. From weekly stock reports for Ray White, documenting the Blackall 150 years event to capturing the sentimental stories for the Bushman’s Gallery, MaRiKi Media has made a clear name for itself in the three short years since starting.
"I get really passionate about every project I do, but The Bushman’s Gallery was really special to me. As we were archiving local bushman’s and elderly Outback residents’ stories, we were given topics to interview them about—but the treasures were often found in off-topic conversations. It was beautiful to learn the history of my community, where people have come from to be here today.
For me, using videography to tell their stories was amazing because it brought modern story-telling to an older generation. A lot of the older people were apprehensive at first, but they’d go to the Bushman’s Gallery and listen and watch the whole set of stories, which could last for hours. They were completely enraptured by it all, which was the best part. The Bushman’s Gallery was a project special to me because I helped to share their stories, allow them to be admired by a wider audience and really elevated the older generation in our communities."
MaRiKi Media has gone on to receive incredible successes, such as the 2018 ‘Audience Choice’ award at the Winton Film Festival, but Kirstie has remained close to the Outback, basing herself in Blackall. As one of the Outback’s only videographers, Kirstie’s biggest passions have always been for home - for the land, the people, and stories that make Central Queensland spectacular.
"Our communities have so many stories waiting to be told, they just need a
platform. Our local festivals, our events, our lifestyles should be able to be told regionally, with our people at the forefront—because our
regional towns are truly the most special places to live. It’s with this in mind that I use my skillset and capture our beautiful landscape, our environment and the gorgeous people within it, because telling our stories is most important to me, and that’s what brings me joy".
Based in Blackall, Kirstie Davison offers all in the region her videography services whether for commercial purposes, producing documentaries, or for the fantastic storytelling techniques MaRiKi Media is known for.