Con Reports and Panel Notes
- cofax7 focuses on the people and places in her a rec and a con report, dated March 3, 2007
- Escapade 2007 Femslash Panel Report by rsadelle
- Morgan Dawn posts her panel notes on the Supernatural panel The nature of evil in the Supernatural universe, dated Feb 28, 2007. Her co-moderator aerynvala posts her panel notes here.
- aerynvala also discusses two other Supernatural panels: Breaking Every Taboo, Crossing Every Line and Wildcard, dated Feb 27, 2007
- devohoneybee weighs in with her Escapade -- the Highlander panel notes and the discussions on warrior/priest pairings, dated March 4, 2007.
- Destina talks about panels and vids, dated Feb 26, 2007
- storm grant held a panel at Escapade about "Origifying FanFiction" and then later posted Going Pro 101: The Slasher’s Guide To Converting Fanfic To Original Fiction or Origifying FanFiction (OFF)
- Escapade Panel: Fueling the Fires of Genderfuckery panel notes dated Feb 28, 2007
- Escapade: Is Flocked the new black? Or, “hide everything” versus “be out there" panel notes dated Feb 28, 2007
Vid Show Playlist
|Snow||Deejay & Killa||Miracles|
|Chasing Cars||Laura McEwan||Starsky & Hutch|
|You're So Damn Hot||Melina||Torchwood/Doctor Who|
|Change (in the house of flies)||obsessive24||Smallville|
|God Says Nothing Back||Morgan Dawn||Supernatural|
|Cosy Prisons||P.R. Zed||The Professionals|
|Words Fail You||gwyneth||Big Eden|
|Turn you inside out||Sisabet||Supernatural|
|Kryptonite||Gianduja Kiss||Starsky & Hutch|
|By Any Other Name||Smutcutter||Phantom Menace|
|They Can't Take That|
|Away From Me||Dualbunny||Angel|
|The Lonely People||Laura Shapiro||Doctor Who|
|Killing in the Name||Gianduja Kiss||La Femme Nikita|
|Television, Television||P.R. Zed||Life on Mars|
|Set the Fire to the Third Bar||SE||Torchwood|
|Pilgrim Soul||M'lyn and gwyneth||The 13th Warrior|
|See That My Grave Is|
|The Journey||Gayle F. & Morgan Dawn||LOTR|
Vid Show Reviews
These are my Escapade vid show review notes, dictated last week using voice recognition software. The notes are very sketchy. Names and song titles are probably rife with errors. Remember, I am only reporting on what I think I heard (on a Sunday, at the end of a long convention. I do not necessarily agree with all of the points below.
Escapade 2007 Vid review:
1. Video show theme? Loneliness and alienation. Some of these themes are inherent within the TV shows (La Femme Nikita), some go against the show’s grain (Starsky & and Hutch).
Eleanor Rigby/Dr. Who video = bipolar video for a bipolar universe. The concept of alienation worked perfectly with this specific song choice “All the lonely people/Where where do they all come from?”
Only one video offered a happy ending = Big Eden movie video by gwyneth. There was enough connection between the lyrics and the action in the vid to follow and understand the movie plot. One person commented that she loved the less explicit fade up to the stars after the two male characters kiss. It felt very romantic and in keeping with the overall tone of the video.
Most vids were made for fans familiar with the source (as opposed to recruiter vids that required no exposure to the TV shows). One example of the video that did not require any knowledge of the source was melina123’s “You're so damned hot" (Torchwood/Dr Who)
Many videos needed the big screen to be effective - Change/Smallville for example needed the big screen to fully appreciate. In contrast, two people commented that sisabet’s “Turn you inside out” Supernatural video (a video that they both adored) did not seem to work as well on the big-screen. “Turn The Fire Up To The Third Bar” (Torchwood/sol se) had problems since its source was fuzzy and it did not play well on the big screen. However, that was somewhat mitigated by the vidder's use of soft focus and blurring effects (which -in some people’s opinions -- helped illustrate Ianto’s isolation and disconnectedness).
2. Second video show theme? Retro-classic editing style versus modern.
Big Eden (movie), Chasing Cars/Kryptonite (Starsky and Hutch), and Pilgrim Soul (movie, 13th warrior) all had both classical structure as well as classical feel (longer clips, more emphasis on facial expressions, and a sometimes exaggerated emphasis on emotional connections). Some commented that this style created a sense of nostalgia in them.
Examples of more modern videos = Eleanor Rigby (Dr. Who) and Change (Smallville). Not only faster edits, but also a more complicated narrative structure and strong use of color. For some people coming unfamiliar/cold into a fandom, the old/retro style was more appealing. However, consensus was that a video show needs to offer more than just “recruiter” videos and many enjoyed the more source dependent videos as challenging/satisfying.
3. Comedy? There was some disagreement as to whether “He’s So Damn Hot" (Torchwood) was a comedy vid. Some people believed that because the main character (Ianto) was on the “outside looking in" with unrequited lusting after Captain Jack, that this was not a comedy video. More consensus = Dualbunny's Spike//Angel video “They can't take that away from me” = comedy vid. One person noted that the video worked comedically perfectly upon first viewing, but the punchline lessened upon repeated viewing. Another person pointed out that this is typical of most comedy videos.
4. Song choice
Miracles video = song choice worked well to establish the hip longing tone for the show. Excellent recruiter vid.
Supernatural videos = God Says/Turn You Inside Out/Invisible Hands/See That My Grave = all of these videos had excellent musical choice. One person noted that interestingly none of the videos featured music that was similar to the music played on the show/music that is integral to the show’s plots (aka the songs were very different from the TV show's musical palette). However, the musical choices fit both the darkness and intensity of the characters. Someone else commented about the overuse of one image “the burning woman on the ceiling". This image needs to be more cautiously selected and even more carefully placed to match emotional intensity of both music and lyrics.And then I started to drift…