Flying with Nature: Shoalwater film maker’s drone-shot short film places third in international contest


Shoalwater mother Sarah Coote and her daughter Isla Ocean (2).
Shoalwater mother Sarah Coote and her daughter Isla Ocean (2).

SHOALWATER mother Sarah Coote is showcasing Rockingham to the world through her cinematography.

Coote’s short film Flying with Nature placed third in the worldwide DJI SkyPixel Drone Video Contest.

Flying with Nature has also been selected for the 2017 Australia and New Zealand Drone Film Festival.

As part of the festival, Coote’s film will be screened across 11 major cities, including at Luna Cinema Leederville on October 12.

Coote described her film as a video that explored the vibrant wildlife of the region and an adventure-filled story from the heart.

The video written, filmed and produced by Coote, captures the inspired adventures of her and daughter, Isla Ocean (2) in stunning Shoalwater.

Together they take viewers on a journey to discover the limitless possibilities and awe-inspired insights nature shares, from a unique perspective of the toddler.

Coote said she was speechless to hear she had won third in the prestigious video competition and felt privileged to place among so many incredibly talented cinematographers, showcasing a story close to her heart.

“We live in a truly incredible place in WA,” she said.

“I’m immensely grateful to have the opportunity to capture the local wildlife and surrounds, and share those special moments with my daughter, and now a global audience.

Coote has worked in film and photography with Rockingham Wild Encounters since she was 15 years old.

“Swimming with the local wild dolphins for over ten years, I’ve had some of the most incredible experiences of my life and through video, I’ve been lucky enough to share that with others, who could only dream of such encounters,” she said.

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