On the night prior to the screenings – the town is a buzz. Everyone you meet knows about the festival, has either made a film, is in a film, crewed a film, wrote a music score for a film, or knows someone directly involved in some way.
Paul and Tim prepare for the festival all year by looking for super 8 cameras that are in working condition. A local camera shop fixes many, but Paul confesses he is learning more about the process himself so that all participants will have good working equipment. Cameras are lent to anyone who needs one. You just stop by Tim or Paul’s’ house and check one out. A majority of the people who enter the festival have never made a film before – or have only made one for a previous Super GR8 festival. So the task falls on the shoulders of the festival directors to work with the newbie’s, sometimes for hours on end, teaching them how to use the camera, and always making themselves available, day or night to answer and questions.