Well what a year 2017 was for us here at StellerJay Films. First we entered the Fukuoka city drone contest back in May and to our amazement it won category B "Fukuoka City". After the win I heard about a contest in France and started to think about the possibilities of entering on an International platform. To be honest we really didn't think there would be that many entries because of the language barriers. But on the final day there were around 20 videos.
Over the months I collaborated with Greg from Baikudokan as he wanted to create a documentary on how the earthquakes had devastated the Kumamto region. With the drone footage I had taken for his movie I created a spin off film called "Kumamoto - A Story of Devastation & Hope". This movie I believed would be the quality that an International drone festival would require. Or was it?
Just before the deadline of the due date, the city of Fukuoka made a nice gesture, stating that anyone who was a finalist in the previous city contest would be entered for free in Cinedrone France. So at this point it was a bonus as now I had 2 possibilities for a finalist winner.
The Winner is....
That day I stayed up late to watch it live on Facebook, the mayor of Fukuoka read the announcement, shockingly he read out the winner is Nigel Paquin - Hidden Paradise Fukuoka.
Honestly I really thought the other video about Kumamoto was better but I guess Hidden Paradise was a more fun upbeat kind of video which people preferred. The voting was actually done by the guests of the event. Each video was shown on a screen and you could submit your vote. So really it was a video that was well received by everybody from the event. That makes me feel pretty good knowing it wasn't just from 2-3 judges but instead a whole collaboration of drone film enthusiasts.
So what's in store for 2018, honestly we do not know but if there are future contests, this guy might just have to enter again as my video creation skills are only getting stronger....