16 Sep Dragon*Con 2011
later today the producer of CERTIFIED, Kimberley Browning and I will be headed up to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. I’ve never been to Big Bear when it’s not Winter or Spring, so this should be a fun trip just for that reason. I wonder if the leaves have started to change yet?
so Dragon*Con was pretty amazing. after 5 years of going to Comic-Con in San Diego, I thought I had a pretty good idea what to expect. and I guess for the most part my expectations were correct. but with a few differences.
first off, the Cosplay (“costume play”) where people dress up as characters from movies, tv shows, comics, video games, the “internet”, etc. is WAY more important at Dragon*Con. I’m not sure if there are actually more people who are dressed up, but definitely the percentage of people in costume is much, much higher than SDCC.
Saturday starts off with a giant parade of people in costume. I heard someone saw there were over 3000 people in it this year. and as you can see, a LOT of people come out to watch it. in fact it draws regular Atlantanians(?) as well as convention goers.
there were a LOT of people in Steampunk costumes. and a lot of dudes in kilts. apparently it’s a D*Con thing?
this guy is from a popular video game… I think.
aside from the costumes, Dragon*Con also has a greater variety of panels. it breaks them into “tracts.” and they cover almost every concievable part of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. for example there were tracts on: Space, Paranormal, Sceptics, Alternate History, Armory, Film, and Dark Fantasy. this is just to name a few! it was actually kind of hard to pick what to attend – there were SO many interesting sessions.
so in between film screenings I hustled around to a variety of panels. among the ones I attended were “Steampunk & Orientalism,” “Dark Fairy Tales” and “Stunt work and fighting for film.” I missed the one on “Nasa: What’s next” and a ton of other ones that looked interesting.
I have a bunch of notes from these – and I think next week I’ll go in depth on a couple of the panels… right now I need to finish packing for this weekend.
but before I leave, I’m happy to announce that CERTIFIED is an Official Selection at 2 more festivals!
Shriekfest – Los Angeles, CA
BendFilm Festival – Bend, OR