Gopro in par­adise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

SOME of Aus­tralia’s top short film­mak­ers have been cap­tur­ing ‘‘wow’’ fac­tor of the Dou­glas re­gion to share with the world.

The 20 film­mak­ers were given GoPro cam­eras and asked to cre­ate a two-minute film for the ‘‘1 Day in Par­adise’’ com­pe­ti­tion.

They em­barked on their Trop­i­cal North Queens­land ad­ven­tures as part of Tourism and Events Queens­land’s ma­jor global tourism ini­tia­tive to in­crease the ap­peal of the re­gion.

The films will fea­ture a range of re­gional ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing the an­cient rain­forests, trop­i­cal life­style, wilder­ness ad­ven­tures, in­dige­nous cul­tural at­trac­tions and the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The sto­ry­tellers are com­pet­ing for a $75,000 cash prize and the films will be uploaded to YouTube on May 16 where peo­ple can vote for and share their favourite films.

Tourism Min­is­ter Jan Stuckey said high­lights from the sto­ry­tellers’ films would be used to cre­ate movie trailer-style clips to be aired in Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Melbourne later this month via cinemas, tele­vi­sion and on­line, in­clud­ing rov­ing pop-up cinemas.

‘‘In June, a panel of Queens­land tourism in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives will choose a win­ner of the GoPro chal­lenge based on com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, cre­ativ­ity and how close they ad­hered to the film brief,’’ she said.

‘‘The cam­paign is one of many ini­tia­tives made pos­si­ble through the State Govern­ment’s $20 mil­lion Tourism In­vest­ment Strat­egy to sup- port des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing.’’

Film­maker Gul­liver Page strapped on his GoPro and jumped out of a he­li­copter at 5000 feet over the Great Bar­rier Reef off Port Dou­glas.

‘‘My en­try fol­lows my jour­ney as we take a scenic flight over the beau­ti­ful Great Bar­rier Reef out of Port Dou­glas,’’ he said.

‘‘Upon ar­rival, over­whelmed by the view,

Ileap 5000 feet from the he­li­copter wear­ing a snorkel and mask flip­pers and a para­chute and af­ter land­ing in the wa­ter I jet­ti­son the para­chute and swim down to ex­change a para­chute har­ness for my scuba gear and con­tinue on to scuba dive on the reef.

‘‘For some­one who loves to sky­dive, scuba dive and gen­er­ally some ad­ven­ture, it truly was one day in par­adise.’’

Pic­ture: LAURA WALLS

AWE­SOME AD­VEN­TURE:

fil­maker Guil­liver Page

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