We are a Melbourne based production company with a White Cyclorama Studio and Podcast Studio available to hire. As content creators we focus on TVCs, short films, music videos, training videos, corporate videos, stills, event photography and more. Bespoke solutions for any media needs.
Feel free to get in contact and let us know exactly how we can help you!
MATT SMOLEN | DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Having spent the majority of his life watching films, it seemed like the next logical step was to start making some. Founding Balloon Tree Productions in 2011, Matt and BTP have gone from strength to strength - working on everything from national TVCs and campaigns, social media content and even training videos - all for some of Australia's largest and most successful companies. This is alongside a suite of award winning and festival recognised short films and web-series as a Writer/Director. Highlights include being an alumni of the 2019 MIFF Accelerator Lab and a finalist in the Entrepreneurial Talent category at the 2018 MumbrellaNext Awards.
Building Balloon Tree Productions to be a fountain of creativity has long been passion of Matt’s; and with his love of collaboration, storytelling and people - Matt has seen his passion reflected back at him through a vibrant team, studio space and the work that they do together.
In 2019 Matt was the Writer/Director of the short film There’s A Mobster Under My Bed! (Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 Accelerator Lab). Matt also wrote and directed the web-series Chris & Josh which gained international acclaim; earning Matt a nomination for Best Direction at the Online Video Awards Australia 2014 (along with nominations for Best Channel and Direction) - and the show being awarded ‘Best Web Video’ at the London Film Awards 2014 and ‘Best Writing’ at NYC WebFest 2014, ’Outstanding Ensemble (Comedy)' at LAWebfest 2013, 'Melbourne's Best' at Melbourne Web Fest 2013 as well as a number of official festival selections across the globe.
HAYLEY ADAMS | PRODUCER
With a passion for television and organisation, Hayley found producing to be a natural fit for both her obsessions. After graduating from the VCA's Master of Producing, Hayley co-created and produced 2 seasons of the web series i can’t even, which won Best New Talent at the 2015 Online Video Awards and screened at New York Web Fest 2015 and Melbourne WebFest’s 2016 and 2017 'Spotlight on Melbourne'.
She has produced shorts that won the audience cash prize at the Sunshine Short Film Festival 2015 and the judge's cash prize at the Sydney Road Short Film Competition 2018. In 2018 she also produced and directed a queer 60 second short for the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival.
With her web series and a hand full of award-winning short films, Hayley has experience working on both creative and corporate productions. And with Balloon Tree, they are often one and the same!
Michelle Melky | Studio Manager/office administrator
Michelle is an enthusiastic producer who has worked across a range of media including film, print and radio. She produced the long-form web series Feedback, which is an Official Selection at the 2019 Melbourne Web Fest. She also really, really likes country music and thinking about Captain America.
MARY MCGILLIVRAY | EDITOR
Beginning her career at age 10, Mary's first production was a talent show video of her friends performing various Delta Goodrem songs. Since joining the team at Balloon Tree Productions, she has expanded her interests beyond early-2000s greatest hits, and now enjoys adding a bit of pizazz to every edit using graphics and animation.
Mary likes fourteenth-century Italian art, the Eurovision Song Contest, and knitting.
SCOTT BURGESS | EDITOR
After finding his start in community television, breaking and fixing equipment on a live breakfast program, Scott studied at Deakin University quickly discovering that you probably shouldn’t tell people you learn from breaking things.
He is a keen observer of new technologies and proponent of remix culture, which means video editing was probably always where he was going to end up.
Parker | Head of couch cuddles
The newest member of the BTP Family, Parker’s attention to detail when it comes to napping is second to none. Doing her best work stretched out on the red couch, she’s both highly respected and in demand.