Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 10 - Cosplay 4
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 9 - Cosplay 3
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 8 - Cosplay 2
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 7 - Cosplay 1
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 6 - Celebrity Guest 2
Okay, this is getting a bit late for me here, so I’m gonna start picking up the pace a bit and stop rambling.
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 5 - Celebrity Guest 1
When it come to taking photos of celebrities at panels I have a few simple rules. Be quick, only two or so shots at the start of the panel and then put the camera down/away and listen to what they have to say, and NO FRAKIN’ FLASH, though the flash rule is something I apply to a number of things as I don’t really like the results you get with the basic flash you get on most cameras, but it is something that becomes a bit of an extra annoyance at these events, and people use (or miss use, depending on how you look at it) of cameras gets to be a real problems. I can’t help but think about this one time when Karl Urban was doing a panel at Armageddon Expo 2012 (that last one at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) and a woman was up close to the stage with an SLR camera set up to rapid fire take a whole lot of shots at once. Now the cameras flash wasn’t turn on at this event (though if it was things would have been much worse I would imaging) but the shutter on this camera had some volume to it and it was very distracting, to the point that Karl Urban, in the middle of answering the question had to turn to her and say “are to sure you need to get that many photos?” (at least something along those lines.) Your really got to have a decent level of respect for the guests, as well as the event volunteers and organises, and the other fans at the panel and just take photos at the start of the panel (at least keep within the allotted photography time that is generally at the start,) and don’t use your flash, it’s probably not really going to help the shot and just be more of a distraction to the guest if anything.
This year the rules on cameras seemed to be a bit in flux depending on the guest, but they generally seemed to be, take a few shots at the start then no more photography at a certain point, or no photography for the whole panel, and despite me being quick (not that I’m looking to go under the radar in anyway with my photography) I did get a tap on the shoulder to be told not to take any photos at the Adventure Time panel at which point I was pretty much already done. I’ll admit I’m a little bit conflicted on this as on the one hand, while I don’t do it that often, I do like to bring out my SLR camera to these things and at least try to get some photos at these panels, I do also like it when the guest are a bit more loose and candid with their audience. One of the best guest this year was Ron Glass who at his panel, after the photography period was up, got down off the stage and pretty much started walking around in the audience as he answered questions. Another great panel I remember being at at another convention a while back was one where another Firefly actor (who I will not name for reasons that may become obvious soon) who was asked about how he prepared for a role where he had to pretend to be high on drugs, to which he asked everyone to put whatever recording devices they had away and then in a very rare moment of candidness for one of these panels, talked about how he had tried some of the drugs his character supposedly had taken sometime before the film had begun shooting, just to see what it was like and hopefully have that experience inform his performance. If only everyone who wanted to take photos at these event could be quick with no flashes I would like to think things would go much better at these events.
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 4 - Models Set 2
I will say things felt a bit different on the floor this year than previous years, and not in a good way. I feel with the addition of PAX Aus to the line up of pop culture conventions in Australia the companies and groups that would normally set up stalls at these event probably feel their budgets for setting up these stalls are getting stretched a bit thin. Some of the people that would normally have bigger stalls seemed to have opted to go for a smaller set up than previous years and some stalls from previous years just weren’t there at all this year. Rooster Teeth also didn’t send anyone out this year to sit at the Hanabee stall, but then that was supposedly because Rooster Teeth is busy focusing a fair bit extra on their current projects and preparing for RTX, their own form of pop culture convention. It’s not good though to see a lesser turnout for these things.
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 3 - Models Set 1
This is an interesting this that got introduced last year (I think.) Last year they had some great models of thing like the USS Enterprise, the Battlestar Galactica ship, AT-AT and other popular Sci-Fi series/franchises that looked like they could almost be used as props or models for special effects in a proper production. This year however it was mainly robot and mechs from anime and other media, which wasn’t bad, and number of them did look very cool, but I’m not that much of and anime/mech guy so I wasn’t really sure what I was looking at or where it came from. These model were still cool though and this would have been interesting to hang around in as they have people sitting at the tables next to this where people were building the models and small stage area where people were doing little presentations and panels on model and prop production, and other creative/craft stuff.
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 2
I’ve been going to these cons for a while. I keep thinking I’m going to reduce the amount of time I spend at these things, but ultimately end up investing the same amount of time or more at each pop culture convention that comes to Melbourne (which are Supanova, Armageddon, Oz Comic-con and now PAX Aus) to the year previous. This year I would find myself looking at the line up of guest for Supanova and find myself wondering whether or not I should get tickets, and if I did go whether to do the full weekend or not. They had some interesting guest, but I didn’t feel all that much compelled to go. At sum point though I ended up just getting sort of a weird itch where I just wanted to go to a con, just go and at least get to look at all the merch and other stuff they have at the stalls. Not sure how that justified going the whole weekend, but ultimately I ended up going. I was even tempted to go to the opening night on Friday, to at least to have been to the opening night at least once and see what it is like to be there on the opening night, but then opted to go see a movie with friends instead.
Supanova 2014 Photo Dump 1
For this years Supanova Expo in Melbourne I decided to take my new Canon EOS 1200D camera and get a few shots of different things at the event. Rather than post up one block of images and then putting up a link to a Google+/Picasa album of the full set of photos, I’m going to be trying to post up all my photos and post up a bit of my thoughts on the show on each one.
If you don’t have the patients to see all these photos be posted and/or you don’t want to read my shit, you can got to https://plus.google.com/photos/+TroyHutchinson/albums/6002497527966969857 to see all the photos.