July 1, 2013
By Melody Uy
Sydney – Sydney-based editor Andrew Holmes and Byron Bay director Justin McMillan have won the One Day In Paradise short film competition for Tourism and Events Queensland devised by Sapient Nitro, Brisbane.
The competition was developed as a campaign for Tropical North Queensland and much was made in the media recently of the impressive short list. The winning film combined the talents of creatives from various sources including Sydney companies Heckler and Nylon.
Shot entirely on a Go-Pro camera, as per competition guidelines, the film tracks the story of 14-year-old Byron Bay teen Pascal Dattler and his love for the ocean. McMillan’s last film was the 3D Storm Surfers and the director said Pascal’s upbringing had made him a natural choice for the role. As well as spending a big chunk of his young life living on a yacht in North Queensland with his parents, he also survived life-saving brain surgery after a bad collision with a surfboard in 2010.