Podfication

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Convention
Name: Podfication
Dates: October 22-23, 2016; October 21-22, 2017; October 20-21, 2018; October 19-20, 2019
Frequency: Every other year
Location: at the Waterbury (Geek Partnership Society) in Minneapolis, MN, US
Type: fan-run, non-profit, no celebrity guests
Focus: podfic
Organization:
Founder: revolutionaryjo & Bessyboo
Founding Date: 2016
URL: dreamwidth community; twitter; tumblr
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Podfication is the first podfic con. It has been held in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2020, the convention moved to an every other year frequency.

In 2016 there were 34 participants.

About

It is a "... convention for podfic creators and listeners to get together in the real world and discuss our love of this fanwork in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. A vacation for podficcers, if ya follow." -- from the 2016 program book

From the website:

What is Podfication?

An informal gathering of podfic creators and listeners! Come join us in Minneapolis for a couple days of informal hanging out, discussion, and of course recording.

When and where is this thing?

October 22nd & 23rd, 2016 at the Geek Partnership Society's Event Horizon community center. (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Why Minneapolis? Isn't Minnesota COLD?

Because that's where Bess and Jo live. And look, it's PROBABLY not going to snow in October. Probably. (Also, more seriously, we have direct access to facilities and resources here, and autumn in the Midwest is actually very lovely.)

So kind of like a convention?

Kind of. But kind of not. I did mention the informal thing, right? For one, there's no hotel. The Geek Partnership Society is kindly renting us a couple of their community center rooms for the weekend for much less than it would cost to contract a hotel. That being the case, we're requiring a small attendance fee of $5.00 when you RSVP, although we may ask for additional donations down the road so we can cover the operational costs, but give us a bit more time to work out the logistics of that. We'll let you know.

So where am I going to stay?

The Event Horizon center is a convenient bus ride from downtown Minneapolis, which has many hotels. There may also be some locals who can accommodate a few people, at their discretion. For more info, check out this post to find roommates and/or coordinate lodgings.

Geek Community Center, huh? That sounds kind of neat.

Yes! And it is! But let me manage your expectations about our venue here a little. There isn't much by way of restaurants or hotels within walking distance of it. The ceilings are high, and it's right next to railroad tracks. The building is shared with quite a few other groups including a nerdy taiko group and a Christian Youth Ministry and the sound does bleed between rooms when things get bumping. [1] We know it's not always ideal for recording, but it is a space we can all gather and talk about all things podfic! We went with it to keep the risk and costs behind this thing as low as possible to start with.

Don't get us wrong, there are lovely things about it too! We'll have access to two rooms, one that has some comfy couch seating for hanging out and chatting, and one that can be used for more formal panel type discussions. We'll also have access to a small kitchenette.

Who's behind the curtain?

Thus far, the people who could ostensibly be considered responsible for this thing's existence are [personal profile] revolutionaryjo and [personal profile] bessyboo. We might require some extra staff and volunteers down the road. We'll let you know.

Sounds great, I'm in!

Awesome! You can RSVP for $5.00 (USD) here through Eventbrite.

I have so many more questions.

So do I, friend. So do I. We'll be periodically updating this community as time goes on with more information as we get organized. In the meantime, join up and if you want to ask us a question directly, shoot us an email (podfication at gmail) or drop us a comment. [2]

Programming 2016

program book cover
programming

Saturday

Opening Remarks:

Room 107 - Saturday, 9:30 A.M.

Welcome to Podfication! Announcements and other important information before we get down to having fun.

Vocal Warmups:

Room 107 - Saturday, 10:00 A.M.

Panelist: revolutionaryjo

Let's break the ice by collectively looking sillyl We'll talk about our vocal warmup routines and do some.

Off-Roading: Experimental Podfic:

Room 707 - Saturday, 11:00 A.M.

Panelists: klb & revolutionaryjo

Fans keep inventing creative ways to push the boundaries of what podfic can be. In this panel, we'll discuss some of these past experiments with podfic, work together to try to figure out the major axes on which podfic can be played with, and then immediately put that thinking to use as we all suggest more possibilities for ways to play with podfic as a form, the more outrageous, the better. Hopefully you will leave with at least one exciting new idea you like to try!

In Person Podfic Love-Fest:

Room 107 - Saturday, 1:00 P.M.

Panelists: klb & Lunate8

This event is an opportunity to enjoy listening to podfic in a room cf :ecoe who love it as much as you do - sharing aloud the laughter, gasps, and sometimes even tears that great podfic inspires in us. But beyond that, it's an opportunity for podficcers, who often receive little feedback, to have a few minutes of this con dedicated to showering them with in-person appreciation by fellow members of their community.

He Said She Said: Exploring Character Voices:

Room 107 - Saturday, 3:00 P.M.

Panelists: klb & Rhea314

There are many ways to differentiate character voices, from subtle to bold. In this panel we will talk about how you decide how characters will sound, tips and tricks for getting into character, ways to tackle situations with accents or speech patterns far outside your comfort level, and any other thoughts you have on voicing characters. Then we will share clips of different podficcers' takes on the same characters and discuss similarities and differences we notice!

Podfic Cover Art:

Room 107 - Saturday, 4:00 P.M.

Panelist: Bessyboo

All of your podfic cover art questions answered!

Podfic Big Bang and the Ways of Epic Podfic:

Room 107 - Saturday, 7:00 P.M.

Panelist: Opalsong

Are you intimidated by long podfic? Love it? Unsure where to begin? How to go about finding something even more epic than your last? Wondering how in the world people can produce 30 hour podfics without losing their voices (and their will to live)? This is the panel for you!

Revelation: What Podfic Means to Us:

Room 107 - Saturday, 8:00 P.M.

Panelist: klb

Now that we finally have a con just for podfic, this panel is to sit in a room of people who are all as passionate about podfic as you and talk about what podfic means to you and how it has changed your life.

Sunday

Betas:

Room 107 - Sunday, 10:00 A.M.

Panelist: revolutionoryjo & Lunate8

How do you work with a beta when it comes to podfic? DO you work with a beta when it comes to podfic? Let's talk about all things beta, from communication between beta a podficcer to finding a beta that's right for you.

Guess That Voice:

Room 107 - Sunday, 11:00 A.M.

Panelist: Rhea314

We'll play random snippets of various podfics and take guesses from the audience on who the podficcer is, as well as fic and fandom. Probably determined from iTunes shuffle and picking random times from members in the audience as well for maximum unpredictability. Can you say who that podficcer is from 5 seconds of randomly selected audio? Can you name the podfic? ls that your voice?

LIVE PODFIC (hosted by Opalsong; written by Syr):

Room 106A - Sunday, 1:00 P.M.

Panelists: Opalsong & Co.

A live recording/performance of a brand new written-for-podfication fic (by Syr). Voluntary audience participation. Hilarity will ensue. You have be warned.

Live Performances:

Room 106A - Sunday, 2:00 P.M.

Live readings from your fellow Podfication attendees!

Closing Remarks:

Room 106A - Sunday, 5:00 P.M.

A fond farewell and any last minute important information that needs to be relayed.

Programming 2017

Saturday

Welcome to Podfication! Opening Remarks and an Icebreaker

Room 107 - Saturday, 9:00 A.M.

Welcome to Podfication! Announcements and other important information followed by some immediate fun.

Guess That Voice!

Room 107 - Saturday, 10:15 A.M.

Panelists: Rhea314

Playing random snippets of various podfics and taking guesses from the audience on who the podficcer is, as well as fic and fandom. Probably determined from iTunes shuffle and picking random times from members in the audience as well for maximum unpredictability. Can you say who that podficcer is from 5 seconds of randomly selected audio? Can you name the podfic? Is that your voice?

Cover Art Text

Room 107 - Saturday, 12:45 P.M.

Panelists: bessyboo

You know that feeling when you finish your art for a cover and go, "YES, that's just how I want it," but then you realize, "oh no, I gotta add TEXT now!" Well, fear not! Bessyboo is here to help you with all your cover art text-related woes and anxieties!

Your Filesize Is Too Damn Big

Room 107 - Saturday, 2:00 P.M.

Panelists: bessyboo

In a world where many people are listening to podfic on mobile devices with limited storage, or even streaming on data plans, file size is perhaps more important than ever. In this tech workshop, we'll talk audio compression specs, technical capabilities of popular microphones, and more ways to make your podfic more accessible to listeners by keeping file sizes down.

In Person Love-Fest

Room 107 - Saturday, 3:15 P.M.

Panelists: klb & Lunate8

This event is an opportunity to enjoy listening to podfic in a room of people who love it as much as you do—sharing aloud the laughter, gasps, and sometimes even tears that great podfic inspires in us. But beyond that, it’s an opportunity for podficcers, who often receive little feedback, to have a few minutes of this con dedicated to showering them with in-person appreciation by fellow members of their community.

Raise You Up: Getting Out of Podfic Slumps

Room 107 - Saturday, 7:00 P.M.

Panelists: klb & cantarina

If you ever get in a place where you doubt yourself as a podficcer or can't find the energy or inspiration to podfic, this panel is for you. We'll discuss some of the things that cause podfic slumps, share strategies that have worked to get us out of them and/or ideas to try in the future, and, if there's time, we'll listen to and discuss some (possibly slump-busting?) songs and interview clips geared towards podficcer inspiration!

Live Performances

Room 106A - Saturday, 8:15 P.M.

Live readings from your fellow Podfication attendees!

Sunday

Podficcing Without a Script

Room 106A - Sunday, 9:00 A.M.

Panelists: klb & bessyboo

Traditionally, a podfic starts with already having written words to read from. But what happens when you flip the script and start recording first, without knowing exactly where it’ll go? Some of the forms this has taken in the past are oral not!fic and in-character improvisation (perhaps with some scripted parts woven in later). Let's talk about this fascinating spin on podfic, sharing tips, tricks, strategies, and possibilities.

Oral Not!Fic

Room 106A - Sunday, 10:15 A.M.

Panelists: Rhea314 & Opalsong

Let's all get together and create a story on the fly, as a group by talking about/narrating it!

Podfic Permission Revisited

Room 107 - Sunday, 12:45 P.M.

Panelists: klb & aethel

Podfic permission was once a popular meta topic, but there has been much less discussion of it in the past few years. In this panel, we'll dust off the topic and see what new thoughts and insights we can come to!

Music in Podfic

Room 107 - Sunday, 2:00 P.M.

Panelists: revolutionaryjo & bessyboo

Let's talk about using music to dramatic effect in podfic. How? Why? When? Where?

Rise to the Challenge: Podfic-Friendly Modding

Room 107 - Sunday, 3:15 P.M.

Panelists: cantarina & klb

Ever wanted to run a podfic challenge? Want to get tips on how to talk to non-podfic mods about being more podfic-inclusive? What's your dream podfic fest? Let's talk about the quirks of modding for podfic and then get pie-in-the-sky with ideas.

Pimp My Fandom

Room 107 - Sunday, 4:30 P.M.

Panelists: Rhea314

Do you have a fandom you love that needs more podfic? Does your fandom have a higher than average number of Blanket Permission authors? Is your fandom already audiobased and supportive of experimental audio creations? Is your fandom full of amazing podfic and you just want to be sure we're all aware of it so we can listen too? Tell us about why we should check out this source you love and gain a wealth of podfic possibilities in doing so!

Closing Remarks

Room 107 - Sunday, 5:00 P.M.

A fond farewell and any last minute important information that needs to be relayed.

Programming 2018

Related Events

The success of Podfication encouraged the creation of a similar convention for European podficcers in 2018: Europodfriends.

After attending the first Podfication, several podficcers in the Northeastern U.S. were inspired to gather in-person for group podficcing marathons/slumber parties. For example, see the Podfic Winter Chillfest AO3 collection.


Attendee Comments

  • "I've been waiting for a podfic convention for years, I can't believe we're finally having one! It's amazing to put faces to many of the voices that have been in my ears for years, keeping me company, cheering me up, making me laugh, cry, and make funny faces at work. This weekend has been so amazing, I really hope we have more in the future." -paraka

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References

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  2. Sticky: FAQ, March 11, 2016