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Fandomonium in Tampa Bay Event and Film Festival 001
Introduction 01. Introduction
The Journey into fandom begins 02. The Journey into fandom begins
The story of the swag bag 03. The story of the swag bag
Role call 04. Role call
Independent film screening 05. Independent film screening
Interviews 06. Interviews
Photography shoot, closing and event score card 07. Photography shoot, closing and event score card

Fandomonium in Tampa Bay 001
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Role call


I made the rounds at Fandomonium in Tampa Bay. I talked to a lot of people, and was pleasantly surprised that they Fandomonium in Tampa Bay. Click to return to the beginning of the review here on Tampa Bay Film.were all friendly and cool. Among them, I talked to Rick Danford, Andy Lalino, Marcus Kempton, Joel D. Wynkoop, and some others. B movie actress Joyce Meadows, from the movie “The Brain from Planet Eros”, was there, as was author R.J. Smith and the two women from the Florida Film Network. One of the first things that I did upon my arrival, however, was to buy things and fill up my swag bag, which was clipped to my belt with a clip and which I did not have to carry. It was all hands-free.
I may have been on to something here, even if I weighed a ton, or soon would.
I bought the “Uh-Oh Show” DVD from Joel Wynkoop (which was overpriced at $20.00, especially looking back after having seen it, but I knew that going in, because that is how much it was at the Halloween Horror Picture Show 2013 film festival. I was prepared, this time). I bought “Alarum” and “The Pledge” DVD’s from Danford (which were less than what they were in the online stores; a pleasant surprise). I also won an Uh-Oh Show poster, a Web of Darkness “Hunters Moon” collectable comic, a Sirens of the Cinema magazine, and a collection of short films DVD in the event prize raffle, which was a surprise, and although the poster would not fit in my bag, the DVD and the books certainly did. I bought a novel, too, “Cataclysm”, from author R.J. Smith, something that was not planned, which also went into my swag bag, which was getting full (I am glad that I bought a large bag); the novel was an impulse buy because it was a cool book on a subject which is very difficult to find information on, being about a volcanic eruption in the Canary islands which causes a Tsunami over a 1,000 feet tall which devastates the eastern seaboard of the United States and wipes out Florida (it could actually happen).
I think that author R.J. Smith was surprised that I knew about the subject of his novel, which was something that I hadThe chosen one. studied and had been trying to find more information on. I love studying disaster and survival situations, and I love thriving in environments where most cannot (although I am not a prepper or some paranoid survivalist, nor am I someone who is inclined to hurt anything or anyone. I would rather learn how to acquire resources and invest in the tools to obtain resources and to support survival than hoard supplies, which you can’t take with you. It would be like collecting and storing thousands of gallons of water when you could, instead, invest in the tools to sterilize, prepare, and collect water; supplies are finite, and knowledge frees. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. To be dependent upon supplies which can be taken from you is not a good strategy, as the supplies, or the possessions, own you; tools which are needed being the exception. As far as guns and ammo, too, that can be overkill. It is better to elude detection and avoid a conflict than it is to defend a stockpile against armed looters; it requires less ammunition and weaponry, too. In war games, one of my greatest advantages is that I am extremely difficult to detect and track, and I get the drop on people. It’s how I was able to defeat 10 to 20 opponents at a time back in the 80's without getting so much as a scratch, when my opponents referred to me as “Rambo”. Yes, I am also into military gear and wargame theory, tactics, and strategy, and I apply all of that to business, as I believe that business is war. I also need to apply my cybersuit technology to bug-out bags, and I need two types. I need a bug-out bag with survival tools, and I need one with technology support tools, renewable power supplies such as a solar charger and batteries, cameras, optics, electronics and a laptop, weatherproofing and environmental support, and with backup basic survival tools for additional redundancy. I never intend to be in a situation where I would need those bags, but it’s nice to be prepared for anything. The cybersuit, which I designed for my DJ career as well as my technonomadic lifestyle, is basically wearable technology designed for challenging or contested environments, and would serve as a third “bag”, especially in tactical configuration; the cybersuit essentially turns me into a real-life cyborg, as it uses artificial life technology, and would give me a tremendous advantage in the real world. I also need to build a Faraday vault (A Faraday Cage) in which to store my electronics and computers, which basically shields and protects my technology from EMP and from solar flares, as well as special storage bags which also shield them in the field; in 2012, we were almost hit by a massive solar flare which would have wiped out our technology and sent us back to the 19th century technology-wise, and even in a world without a power grid, without wireless communications, without computers and technology, and without the Internet, I would still have my technology and the ability to power and use that technology (I store important files offline, so I could access them if the Internet went away). Most of my tech is optimized to work offline, anyway, as I do not believe in the “cloud”, or in being dependent upon any services or companies). I watch a lot of shows such as “The Colony”, “Man, Woman, Wild”, “Lost Survivors”, “Survivorman”, “Dual Survival”, “Man VS Wild”, “Life After People”, “Out of the Wild: Venezuela”, “Out of the Wild: Alaska”, “Doomsday Preppers”, “Special Ops Mission”, Wild Recon, and a bunch of other related shows, as they appeal to me (Most of these are available on Netflix. UPDATE: Not anymore. It looks like some can be found on Hulu, though). I often chuckle at those survival shows, because they have it easy in Level 1 survival situations. It’s a lot tougher to survive when you are being hunted, which is Level 3, and even at Level 2, which is low observable, long-term, sustainable survival with no hope of rescue or self rescue. I am Class 9, Level 3 qualified in urban and wilderness survival (full stealth, off the grid, self sustaining survival with no hope of rescue or self rescue, able to evade detection and pursuers and completely independent from the support of society infrastructure or technology, as well as supplies and stockpiles. I am also trained in Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) warfare survival, which is so difficult that it could be classified as Level 4, and I think that it is (When I release my independent film, “Shelters”, it will raise a lot of eyebrows and open a lot of eyes. “Shelters” is about a couple who try to survive a nuclear war). I am an expert in that area, and, to be honest, I would not want to be in that kind of situation, ever, as I probably would not make it long-term, and it would be a miserable way to die. I am an expert with technology, and prefer it, but I am equally skilled in the wild without it, as well as skilled in creating technology when needed, as I have done work in electronics, robotics, and other fields. I was invited to go camping and air softing in North Florida along a river recently, and one of my brother’s friends asked if I could handle something like that, as they thought that I was all urban and completely into technology. I had him fooled. My brother laughed, and told them that they had no idea. You don’t want to go up against me in that kind of situation, as I would win every time. At any rate, I recently did headshots (talent photography, and not the gun type) for an actor who was a security police officer in the Air Force, and he was telling me about roughing it in the desert. He was shocked when I told him that that kind of thing appealed to me, and that he should have had some Scorpions on a stick over a recessed pit fire, as those can be tasty arachnids. I am also counter terrorism certified, and have been since 1988, when I worked as a security contractor for Pan Am airlines and trained screeners in what the TSA does now, and I told him things that he should look for in his job that he may not have been aware of), among other things, and have been into it since I was a child; I even take Red Cross training every year to keep my certifications up to date, am trained to deal with emergencies, and have used that training recently, more than once. I am also an expert in wildlife and botany. I even genetically engineered my own plants as a child, as I was a bit of a scientist and a researcher back then. Often, on modeling shoots in wilderness areas, I will take the time to point out edible plants to the models, such as Purslane, Thistle, Blackberry, and Cattail (there is a strain of Purslane in Riverview growing wild now which I created back in the early 80's as a child. Somehow, it got out, and I smile whenever I see it, as it will be around long after I am gone. You can eat it, too!). I am also an expert in dangerous plants and animals. You could say that I am a lot smarter than most other photographers, even in the photography area. Everyone needs to know things like this.
I laugh when people talk about the “Zombie Apocalypse”, which is scientifically impossible, and even if it were possible, it’s nothing compared to what can really happen. The reality of a collapsed society is even more terrible. If you wish to see what a person is really like, put them into a situation where they have no hope and are desperate. All of that charity and humanity crap which most people fake will go out the window, and you will see what they are really like. Most people are not good; if they do not know who they are, or what they are doing, and they are insecure, they cannot be trusted. I am sorry, but it is true. In a situation where society collapses and there are few resources such as fuel and food, your neighbors and friends will put those “Zombies” to shame; it is a much more terrifying prospect.
For those who wish to really get scared about real possibilities, look up and read a novel by Alan Scott, “The Anthrax Mutation” (AKA “Project Dracula”), which is about biological and chemical weapons unleashed after an accident. It will scare the holy hell out of you. I found it on Amazon for cheap, and you can buy it, HERE (Note that I do not make a dime from your purchase, also. It’s just a good, scary book about what could really happen. There is a lot of nasty, nasty stuff out there when it comes to chemical and biological weapons. Just ask the Syrian people!).
Anyway, I was really interested in R.J. Smith’s book. It appealed to me.
Going back to that raffle, which occurred in the middle of the film festival, I’m glad that I was the one who won it, simply because I seemed to be the only one at the event prepared to carry anything.
After making the rounds, this film festival was about to start, and I began to wonder how I was going to buy my $8.00 ticket for the event and film festival, and to whom to pay it to, because I had simply walked into the event without paying anything. Well, I am happy to report that I was challenged as I scoped out the screening area by Hannah Prince, who was on her game working the door and doing her job. She asked for my ticket, and directed me back to the lobby bar counter where I was able to purchase my ticket (I guess that you have to pay to get into the film festival screening area, the theater, instead of the lobby, which makes sense since no one was manning the ticket booth on the outside and anyone could walk into the lobby).
I put the ticket in the mesh webbing on the outside of my video camera bag so that she could see it and talked to her a little before going in to find a seat and a table. Hannah was a waitress and server at the venue, and she was also an improv actress. She also had that model look. I obtained her information and then got a table in the back. Once the film festival screening began, I was happy to discover that she was my server, too.
Marcus Kempton sat at my table with me as I prepped my Canon FS200 digital video camera on my tripod, which I set up next to the table. Marcus and I discussed the independent film scene in Tampa Bay throughout the event (this became annoying when I reviewed the video and noticed that it was tough to hear what was being said on stage because of my big mouth running non-stop. I wanted to reach into the screen, slap the silly out of me, and tell myself to STFU. More on this, later), and he shot some video on what looked to be a flip camera, too.
Marcus mused that I had brought a production studio with me and laughed. Marcus looked at my video camera and asked me what it was. I told him that it was an FS200, and shot in standard definition, and that I planned on using that same camera to shoot some of my first short independent films, merely to demonstrate that it can be done, with good results, and that anyone could get started in independent filmmaking inexpensively (that is the key to growing the independent film scene locally, by the way, and it shall be proven). I told him that I would obviously need better, HD cameras for my more ambitious upcoming independent films, such as “Reverence”, “Shelters”, “Principle”, “Net Worth”, and others (I may use 4K DV cameras for those films, as I consider 4K to be the new HD. I can also downscale and convert the 4K masters to 1080P screeners until a suitable 4K delivery medium comes along, which is rumored to be a 4K Blu Ray with 4 times the storage capacity of a standard Blu Ray; around 200 Gigs. That said, as of 10/28/15, I still plan on shooting a few shorts on my standard definition FS200, just to show that it can be done, and then do the rest of the shorts on 1080P while I prepare to invest in a proper 4K camera).
To be honest, I still might have to get another camera to shoot independent films with, although I can preserve the cost-effectiveness(by investing in a camera around the same price point that the FS200 was at originally), simply because the FS200 is getting harder to replace, I need more batteries, and it had a stuck pixel in the CCD once when I was filming for long periods of time in low light. I could probably pick up a good 1080P DV camera for cheap which can shoot in 24p as well as 30p, and perhaps 60p. We will see. That said, it would be nice to do a few short films with the FS200, as originally planned.

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