Puffing Billy Media Production


Session: 2 Days - 9:30am – 2:00pm
Session timings may be adjusted slightly to suit school calendars between the hours of 9:30 – 4:00.

Curriculum Areas

Media 7-10, VCE VCD, VCE VM

Embark on the Puffing Billy Filmmaker Experience, a two-day adventure designed specifically for students studying media. Join us as we seamlessly integrate media studies concepts with hands-on video production at the iconic Puffing Billy steam train and the state-of-the-art Yarra Ranges Tech School (YRTS). Day 1 invites students on board Puffing Billy for exclusive access to film inside and outside the train, capturing the scenic Yarra Ranges and exploring the locomotive’s history. Day 2 at YRTS focuses on editing and producing, utilizing cutting-edge equipment and expert guidance to craft promotional videos for the Puffing Billy Railroad.

Day 1 – On Board the Puffing Billy: Experience the magic of Puffing Billy as you climb on board this historic steam train. Students will be provided with exclusive access to film inside and outside of the train, capturing breathtaking footage of the scenic Yarra Ranges. Get up close and personal with the locomotive, learning about its fascinating history and intricacies. Throughout the day, students will work in teams, brainstorming ideas, and planning their video projects.

Day 2 – Yarra Ranges Tech School (YRTS): Head to YRTS for a day of editing and producing your masterpiece. Utilize cutting-edge video equipment and software to bring your vision to life. Expert instructors will guide you through the editing process, offering tips and tricks to enhance your storytelling skills. This hands-on experience at YRTS ensures that students not only capture incredible footage on Day 1 but also learn the essential post-production techniques required for professional video creation.

Key Program Elements:

  • Media Studies Integration: Tailored for students studying media, the program seamlessly integrates media studies concepts into the hands-on filmmaking experience.
  • Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively with your peers to brainstorm ideas, assign roles, and bring your creative vision to fruition.
  • Exclusive Access: Enjoy special access to film inside and outside of the Puffing Billy train, as well as close encounters with the historic locomotive.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of instructors at YRTS who will provide valuable insights into video production and editing techniques.
  • Promotional Video Creation: Craft a compelling promotional video showcasing the charm and allure of the Puffing Billy Railroad.


Cost Information:


Participation in the Puffing Billy Filmmaker Experience involves associated costs to cover the unique opportunities provided during the two-day program. These costs contribute to exclusive access to the Puffing Billy steam train and expert instruction. The program offers an invaluable chance for students studying media to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills in a real-world setting.