- "Oh, man, what an extraordinary con. Once again I had the most amazing time. I've watched countless vids, had fabulous conversations, spent time with some of the world's awesomest women (and a handful of also awesome men. *g*) I love this con so much, I can't even tell you." ~ kassrachel
Vividcon 2008 was the seventh Vividcon. The convention sold out in six minutes, although there was significant turn-over on the subsequent wait list. A copy of the 2008 schedule is archived here.
Vidding History: 1980-1984. Moderators: Sandy Herrold and Kandy Fong. Follow the history of vidding step by step, from one of the first true videos ever made through the introduction of point of view and fading to black! See the first multi-fandom vids, the first shorts, the first comedy vids! A pdf copy of the panel notes can be found here .
- The short version of the panel notes:
- In 1980, Kendra Hunter and Diana Barbour experimented with their VHS machines to create their first videotaped video.
- Once fans learned how to make vids, many tried it.
- In the beginning, all vids were a group effort.
- Source material was only available off the broadcast TV.
- New vidders invented different ways to deal with editing challenges.
- Slash was there at the very beginning.
- Kendra Hunter & Diana B taught many fans including Jean C and Pam P who taught Dark Shadows fans. In 1984, Pam taught Mary Van Deusen.
- Vids shown (in order): "All the Time" by Kendra Hunter and Diana Barbour (Starsky & Hutch); "Beep Beep" by Kendra Hunter and Diana Barbour (Starsky & Hutch); "The Boy Can't Help It" by Kendra Hunter and Diana Barbour (Starsky & Hutch); "Under the Bamboo Tree" by Dargelos and Pam Perry (Starsky & Hutch); "You Made Me Love You" by Dargelos and Pam Perry (Starsky & Hutch); "Singing in the Rain" by Dargelos and Pam Perry (Starsky & Hutch); "Blueberry Hill" by Dargelos and Pam Perry (Starsky & Hutch); "Who Can It Be Now" by Kathleen Reynolds and Mary Overstreet) (Dark Shadows); "Wild Boys" by professional source?? (Starsky & Hutch); "People Will Say We're in Love" by April Valentine (Starsky & Hutch); "Runaway" by J. Jones (Starsky & Hutch); "Wind Beneath My Wings" by the Three Sisters (Star Trek); "That's What Friends Are For" by the Three Sisters (Multiple Fandoms).
The Two-Hour Kiss: An After Effects Tutorial. Moderator: astolat. After Effects is amazing but kind of huge and intimidating, and it helps a lot to know what you want to do before you begin. So rather than trying to do a complete overview, in this session we're going to go step-by-step through creating a non-canonical kiss, using the case study of the Eric/Vince kiss I created in Pon De Replay, an Entourage slash vid, which will hopefully serve as an overview of some things you can do with After Effects and how it can fit into your overall vidding process. If you want to bring a laptop and follow along, I'll be working with AE, Photoshop, and Premiere, all version CS3,and you can download the source clips." Panel notes are here.
Collaborative Vidding: But Who's on Top? Panel: Destina & barkley, gwyneth & Jo, Jill & Kathy, Sandy and rache and Seah & Margie. Why collaborate to make a vid, instead of just working solo? Who comes up with the ideas, or the music? What if the other person hates the idea or the music? Howdo you get two (or more!) visions to mesh? What happens if there's an argument? Is it worth it? If you've ever wondered about any of that, here's where you can find out some answers. Five sets of vidders who've worked together in pairs or groups will be talking about their processes and fieldingany questions you might have about how it all works."
Color. Moderator: Luminosity. They give Oscars for this stuff! How filmmakers use color to enhance visual storytelling. How the palette of the film can define our experience. Why filmmakers pick the colors they do. Lumwill use pro source to illustrate a panel about the meaning of color and palette in movies. We will brainstorm about using color in vidding. Learn what to look for in order to see film as well as watch it! Panel notes are here and here
How To Reinvent Yourself in Vidding. Moderators: Buffyann and Milly. It's easy to get stuck in some sort of rut in vidding. You're bound to keep liking the same shows, characters, music-you even have your own editing preferences. Sometimes you can even feel stuck: you want to evolve, change, shake up your brain a little and come up with something new and fresh. This panel will explore the many ways vidders can and do accomplish this. Is it necessary to push yourself into unknown territory, even if that means possibly failing? Or can you still evolve on a specific path even if that means being bound to a certain style/fandom/theme?
I Suck. Moderators: eunice and sisabet. This panel will address strategies to overcome overwhelming vidder insecurity, ennui, fandom crises, and general sucKitude. But first? We WALLOW!!! Chocolate will be provided.
Music Theory and Composition. Moderator: nestra. Why does a minor key sound sad? Why is an augmented fourth called "the devil's interval?" Come discuss why music makes us feel the way we feel, and how to use that effectively in vidding.
The Tao of Mac Moderators: SDWolfpup and gwyneth. It's bright, it's shiny, it's extremely intimidating: now that you've got a Mac and a desire to vid, are you thinking "What do I do next?" This panel is for new and experienced vidders alike, whether you're starting out with iMovie or making the move to Final Cut Pro. We'll talk about the whole process, from ripping source to exporting your finished vid, and get your good ideas as well.
Town Hall: Vidding & Visibility
Vidding/Writing Comparison. Moderators: Blacksquirrel, KK, and Kat A. Some fans write; some fans vid; some do both. What aesthetic/narrative/ideological/ technical differences make one or the other work better for the emotions, ideas, and stories you want to express as a creator, or experience as a viewer/reader?
What Do We Want From Vids Now? Moderators: speranza and counteragent. The purpose of this panel is to discuss current motivations and practices of vidding. Do we make vids for the same reasons we've always made them? What are vids doing now that is new, or is there nothing new under the sun? Are there new trends in vidding, or are these just evolutions of older forms? How far can we push the envelope and still consider our creations fan vids? Paired with the Vids that Push the Envelope vidshow. Panel notes are here,here, and here.
Action VJ: bradcpu It's all about music, motion, and energy. Whether it's a character study, meta, or just a way to sell a show to new viewers, these vids all get their message across in a visceral, kinetic way. And are damn fun to watch.
Anime Music Videos - a Pre-Digital History VJ: AbsoluteDestiny There was a time when amv creation was not an art of digital manipulation. It's not well documented, it's not commonly talked about and it's certainly not very easy to find examples from. The early amvs have in most cases vanished along with the happy few who made them. Lost in vague fannish memory like a convention hangover. In this talky vidshow, AbsoluteDestiny will guide you through the little-told story of amv beginnings. It's a story filled with talky-face, big hair, shipper wars, weird al overdose and lots and lots and lots of VHS tapes.
Club Vivid VJs: AbsoluteDestiny Friday night dance vid party and mixer. We’ll be showing a selection of dance vids, with dancing in the vidshow and panel rooms, quiet vid-watching in the con suite, and drinks and chatting in the 2nd floor alcove.
Ensemble VJs: par avion and Wolfling Characters in vids can be like potato chips: sometimes, you can't stop at just one (or two)! This show explores the various styles in Ensemble vidding, from focusing on just the core cast to including significant recurring characters or examining the entire fictional universe.
Hip-Hop VJ: beerbad It's simple, really: Sometimes you just need a break from all those melodramatic vids set to beautiful music. Sometimes you just wanna get down. Sometimes you just wanna lose yourself in the beat and wordplay of artists such as Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, or The Black-Eyed Peas. Sometimes... you just want to watch an all-hip-hop vidshow. I know I do!
Second Bananas VJ: Deejay "...yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today...." Because we have Second Bananas instead! Tired of seeing the Heroically-Tight-Pantsed-High-Falutin'-Stars get all the vidding glory? Bring out your unsung heroes ~ the hardworking sidekicks, the underappreciated character actors, the heretofore unspotlighted support teams of overly vidded Pretty Boys/Girls!'
Sense of Play VJ: renenet Entertainment, diversion, whimsy, games, sports, music, theatrical productions, sexual action...there are dozens of contexts and meanings for the word "play." This show explores these senses of play in vid form.
Notable Premiering Vids
- Handlebars by Seah & Margie -- Doctor Who
- Climbing up the Walls by obsessive24 -- multifandom incest. A review of the vid can be found here.
- "White America" - VVC Fuck You Challenge 2008. Comment from the vidder and some of the audience response can be found here. A streaming version of the vid can be found here.
- To Touch the Face of God by Destina
- How Much Is That Geisha In the Window? by Lierdumoa
Panel Notes, Convention Reports and Vid Show Reviews
Vid Show Reviews:
- Shoshanna's: thoughts on a couple of VVC vids; archive link
- butterfly's VividCon: Premieres (Part One) and Part Two, dated August 18, 2008 
- greensilver's VividCon '08 - Vids, Pt. 1, dated August 19, 2008
- destina's 26 Vids That Grabbed Me, dated August 20, 2008
- chasarumba's VIVIDCON STENDHAL SYNDROME IN PROGRESS dated August 17, 2008
Convention Reports/Panel Notes
- kassrachel's Vividcon Is Joy!, dated August 18, 2008 (convention report and extensive panel notes)
- bradcpu's VVC con report 1: Vid recs, general thoughts dated August 22, 2008 and Live from Vividcon part 2 (sort of), dated August 19, 2008
- kuwdora's The HUGE VividCon 2008 Con Report, dated August 24, 2008
- queenzulu Announcing a new LJ community called opensourcekiss in response to astolat's panel "Two Hour Kiss".
- astolat's Vividcon!, dated August 18, 2008.
- greensilver's VividCon 2008! report, dated August 19, 2008
- kirbyfest's Vividcon 2008, dated August 19, 2008
- epeeblade's VividCon 2008 report dated August 21, 2008
- theodosia's vid brane overlode, dated August 16, 2008
- aycheb's VVC Talk, dated August 24, 2008
- destina's Just another random Thursday, dated August 21, 2008
- crazywritinfool's What I Learned At VVC, dated August 23, 2008
- gwyneth's A Sort of Con Report, dated August 21, 2008
- barkley's Vividcon Day 1 - Friday, dated August 21, 2008
- pharis's slightly more coherent now, dated August 20, 2008
- kitkatbyte's Back From Vividcon!, dated August 19, 2008
- morgandawn's List of Favorite Quotes From Vividcon, dated August 17, 2008
- settiai's Vividcon!, dated August 20, 2008
- WebCite for anoel's panel notes.
- WebCite for Building A Kiss panel notes.
- Color Panel Notes post 1
- Color Panel Notes post 2.
- WebCite for In Depth Vid Review
- WebCite for The Tao of Mac.
- WebCite for seperis What Do We Want From Vids Now? panel notes
- WebCite for harriet-spy's panel notes.
- WebCite for fan-eunice's panel notes.
- WebCite for the Action Vid Show
- WebCite for Anime Music Videos - a Pre-Digital History.
- WebCite for Vids That Push the Envelope.
- WebCite for Club Vivid.
- WebCite for Ensemble.
- WebCite for Hip-Hop
- WebCite for Joy.
- WebCite for Second Bananas.
- WebCite for Sense of Play.
- WebCite for The End of the World.
- WebCite for VividCon Auction.
- WebCite for Premiering Vids.
- WebCite for Nearly New.
- WebCite for Also Premiering.
- WebCite for 2008 Challenge Show.
- WebCite for Vid Rec and Review: Climbing up the Walls by obsessive24, dated August 22, 2008.
- WebCite for To whom it may concern... dated August 20, 2008.
- WebCite for butterfly's VividCon: Premieres (Part One) and Part Two.
- WebCite for greensilver's VividCon '08 - Vids, Pt. 1
- WebCite for destina's 26 Vids That Grabbed Me.
- WebCite for chasarumba's VIVIDCON STENDHAL SYNDROME IN PROGRESS.
- WebCite for kassrachel's Vividcon Is Joy!, dated August 18, 2008.
- WebCite for bradcpu's VVC con report 1: Vid recs, general thoughts dated August 22, 2008 and Live from Vividcon part 2 (sort of), dated August 19, 2008.
- WebCite for the opensourcekiss announcement, dated August 25, 2008.
- WebCite for astolat's Vividcon! report.
- WebCite for greensilver's VividCon 2008! report.
- WebCite for theodosia's brane overlode.
- WebCite for aycheb's VVC Talk.
- WebCite for destina's another random Thursday.
- WebCite for crazywritinfool's What I Learned At VVC.
- WebCite for gwyneth's A Sort of Con Report.
- WebCite for barkley's Vividcon Day 1 - Friday
- WebCite for pharis's slightly more coherent now
- WebCite forkitkatbyte's Back From Vividcon!.
- WebCite for morgandawn's List of Favorite Quotes From Vividcon.
- WebCite for  report.
- WebCite for One Stop Shopping Playlists & Panel Notes: Vividcon 08