|Otakon 2000 - The Beast of the
Held August 4-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center
(Mini) Con Report - Generated 9-15-00 by "Doc"
Otakon 2000. A con that for myself could really be called an exploration
of stress and pain. Otherwise known as staffing for a convention.
Let me make it clear - I have a massive amount of respect for anyone
who staffs at a convention. We're all family in the brotherhood of
self-inflicted pain. ;)
Anyway, I can't comment too much on the convention, since I saw it from
a staffer's point of view. In fact, the simple fact is, by signing
up for Otakon staff, I and the other staffers give up actually attending
Humm.. What was I busy doing all convention? Well, basically,
I was part of the group that was busy running around doing video coverage
of the con. That includes the live simulcasting of opening ceremonies
and cosplay in the main events hall. I ran the center camera on that
camera platform (If I blocked your view, sorry!), and I also ran around
with my camera shooting some photos, and dealing with the general nuts
and bolts of being a staffer.
Enjoyable? Yes, absolutely. Busy? Absolutely!
Burnt out? Yup. Coverage light because of it? Unfortunately,
Anyway, I realize that my previous list of highlights pretty much sums
up the convention highlights, so unlike previous cons, I won't say much
more than this.
Lesse, highlights -
1. Operating the camera at Opening Ceremonies and watching people
goof off for the camera. Being on that platform was worth the opportunity
to work the crowd.
2. Lunch with Simon Yam. That rocked.
3. Operating the camera at Cosplay. Even if I had to stand
on my feet for four hours and work with the nervewracking fact everything
I did was LIVE!
4. Showing the preliminary "Eight Faces of Harvey" project and
having people react positively. (see the Music Videos page for more
5. Being part of a team that made an event of 7500+ people work
6. Playing with the new Digital Camera. I may not cover
everyone with my coverage, but I have decided that those people who do
end up on the site will look GOOD. :)
Low point -
Sitting on the edge of the camera platform after cosplay, fully burnt
out and forgetting the most important part of it all - enjoying oneself.
I'll freely admit it, I burnt out pretty badly at Otakon. It was
more work than fun this year, and part of that is my own mentality approaching
A little tidbit for anyone who attends cons. Always remember that
we're there to have fun. Don't let petty things get in the way.
Party safely, responsibly, if you're a staffer, don't slack and do your
job to your fullest... but remember to have fun. A con is only what
you make of it. If I don't make sense, don't worry, I'm not sure
I understand it myself. ;)
Notes : Since I was busy running the main center camera during
the live events, I turned my camera over to another Otakon Staff Photographer.
Cosplay and Opening Gala pictures were shot by "Yujinbito".
This is the first con with the Nikon 990. I apoligize for the
inconsistent treatment of the photos as the galleries progress, I learned
new tricks and I'm still forming the final system that coverage will follow