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"We loved having you there...you were the official panty thrower," says Jevons and we all laugh.
I ask them, what now? And they tell me they have to return the rental gear to Vancouver, plus start "moving the mountain of beer cans," quips Jevons.
Putschoegl is chatting with the tech guy about a formatting issue, which is getting sorted and says he was up until 2 a.m. recording last minute things and doing colour corrections and admits he feels good to have it done.
It's 9:45 a.m. when Ladki, Carlos and Spangler sweep in. Ladki says the ride from the hostel was the longest part of the whole competition and jokes that it was like driving with a gun to his head.
Francis is among the last to arrive and I am glad he made it before the cut-off. He says he's been up for more than 24 hours now, not unlike a lot of other people, judging by the bleary-eyed looks I see around me.
There's a definite sense of camaraderie amongst the teams as they congratulate each other and as I make my way out, I pause, and muse that perhaps that's the underlying essence of the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown — work your butt off, lose sleep, but at the same time, share miraculous moments of creativity and hilarity, all the while showcasing this amazing mountain town with all its shifting moods and personalities.
Dawn Green is a freelance writer who lives in the Sea to Sky Corridor and loves jumping in the deep end, all in the name of getting a good story.
The lowdown on the Showdown
The rules are strict when it comes to time – all filming must take place within the 72-hour period and no film will be accepted past 10 a.m. on Monday morning.
"We've had people slide in 30 seconds too late," recalls Jaime Kerrigan, Watermark's multimedia event producer, so drive safely and don't take any unnecessary risks.
In fact, Kerrigan advised directors to set their clock to sync with her phone.
Call the tech guy if you need any technical help, she says and gives out his number while everyone scrambles to enter it into their phones.
Remember to advise the police if you're filming anything that looks illegal, says Watermark's Sue Eckersley. One year there was a crew filming a hold-up at a grocery store and someone called the cops and they were slapped with a $2,000 fine because the police had to respond to the call.
The 100-kilometre radius is as the crow flies, Eckersley clarifies. One year there was a seal in a film and it was still filmed within the radius.
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