|(L-R) John Gillette, Reyna Young, myself, and Dylan D Walsh|
on our "Horror Filmmaking 101" panel at Big Wow!
I have to admit, I've dreamed about sitting at one of those long, tablecloth-draped tables since the first convention I attended. It just seemed so cool, that all those people would sit and listen to what knowledge you had to share. So when my friend Reyna Young (horror hostess Miss Misery) asked me to participate in her "Horror Filmmaking 101" panel, I was over the moon.
Also on the panel were her husband/partner-in-film John Gillette, and one of her regular actors/production assistants, Dylan D Walsh. We covered everything from where to get screenplay ideas to how to distribute your film once it's done. The panel had a great energy, and it felt more like a group of filmmakers chatting over coffee than a formal panel.
|Proof that I actually said something.|
However, the crowd we did have was awesome. Family, friends, a few devoted con-goers, and a sea monster. What we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality.
|Really, how many audiences have a sea monster?|
As for the convention itself, I liked Big Wow's vibe. It had enough clout to draw in some big names (Jim Lee and Terrance Zdunich, for example), but it also had a casual, local con feel. I love conventions where you can stop and chat with the artists and creators and really get to know them and their art. I'll take that over the big budget cattle-stampede the Comic-Con conventions have turned into (
For some more thorough reviews of Big Wow! as a whole:
Oscar Benjamin's Examiner review (with LOTS of gorgeous photos)
Graphic Novel Reporter
ConventionLife (shout out to Michael Tang for photographing our panel)