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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

Interviews

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I did not spend all of my time in the theater watching independent films. When the feature film “The Brain from PlanetFandomonium in Tampa Bay. Click to return to the beginning of the review here on Tampa Bay Film. Arous” began, I told Marcus that I did not have time to watch the film, as I had work to do. I packed up my gear, and realized that the special guest of the event, actress Joyce Meadows, who was the star of the movie, was seated behind me and that she could see me getting up to leave. Realizing that, and not wanting her to think that I was being rude, upon loading up my gear and breaking down my tripod, I took a detour over to her table and apologized. She was gracious about it. At that point, I left and returned to the lobby.
I talked to a lot of people in the lobby, and interviewed Rick Danford, Andy Lalino, and Marcus Kempton, as well as R.J. Smith. We talked about a variety of things, such as the absence of video games, Marcus hating on my film titles, and nuclear war. I talked to both Andy Lalino and Rick Danford about the neglect of video games, as the event did state that video games were included in the Fandomonium format, and they told me that video games and video game fans were a big part of Fandomonium in Tampa Bay.
Except that they were not.
I can’t fault them for the neglect, however, because you have to go where you heart is. Seriously. In my opinion, they are not gamers, and that is fine. I am, however, a serious gamer, and have a strong video gaming background. I suppose that I will have to develop my own video game event, and I will state that the Reverence Film Festival, which is an independent horror and exploitation film festival and theme event inspired by both Lalino’s Horror and Hotties film festival and Danford’s Halloween Horror Picture Show film festival series (The Reverence Film Festival was developed originally to fill the void in the market left by the, at the time, discontinued Halloween Horror Picture Show events, and it is now designed to coexist with it in a symbiotic relationship and to help promote it), will have a strong video game component to it, with free-play video games such as Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Castlevania, Splatterhouse 3, Ghosts and Goblins, Darkstalkers, Resident Evil 2, Deception, House of the Dead (I would love to include Sega’s House of the Dead, which is a gory gun shooter, but the Columbine B.S. of the late 90's made Sega decide to not release a proper light gun for the Dreamcast, so that game may not be technically possible. I’m looking into it), Mortal Kombat 2, and many more set up in kiosks. I am looking into newer video games, too, such as Dead Island, Dead Rising, and some others, too. This video game selection may increase, also, because I am toying with the idea of adding science fiction to the Reverence format, too, which would be cool, although, with independent films a big part of that annual film festival, it could be an issue because I do not see many independent films in the science fiction genre, unless you count Lalino’s Brainjacked.
Going back to my video game event series in development, well, that has been in the works for years. Although some of the anime, comic con, and other convention events DO have video game components to them, they are not technically video game festivals. Mine would be the only one in the Tampa Bay market, unless you count that Church of Nintendo events and some of the fighting game events. My video game event would have a huge emphasis on retro gaming and arcade games, fighting games, with a fighting game tournament and games such as Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Soul Caliber, Tekken 5, Virtua Fighter’s 2 and 3, Gorou: Mark of the Wolves, Samurai Shodown 2, and The Last Blade II, video game collecting, with a swap/ buying and sales component, portable gaming consoles (Bring your 3DS’s and other consoles set up for tagging and receive a discount on admission!), independent video game development, independent video games, cosplay and video game fashion, and much more. Even PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), which is in Seattle and New York, wouldn’t be anything like my event. I am even adding features to my video game event such as an Atari 2600 set up where the crowd can play Howard Scott Warshaw’s E.T. and discover that it isn’t a bad video game (It isn’t. Once you learn the game, it is actually quite playable, and can be fun. As a kid, I enjoyed it, and was able to stay out of the pits, too!), and a fighting game wasteland for the banished where players which are defeated in the main tournament are forced to play horrible fighting games such as Kasumi Ninja for the Atari Jaguar or Way of the Warrior for the 3DO for a chance to claw their way back into the main fighting game tournament (Yes, I am sadistic, because those games both suck, but it would be hilarious entertainment to watch people try to play those games for a chance to get back into the main tournament).
At any rate, going back to Fandomonium in Tampa Bay, it would be nice if they had Cosplayers there, because it was in the event description, but it’s a new event property, and I am looking forward to seeing it grow.
Anyway, going back to interviews, during the interview with Danford, I asked about Halloween Horror Picture Show 2014, since he resumed the film festival series in 2013 after a five year hiatus, and he said that he wasn’t going to have one this year, which would have been a mistake because it would have killed the momentum of the film festival series which was re sparked in 2013. I tried to talk him into reconsidering, which may have worked, because now he is doing Halloween Horror Picture Show 2014, and it is looking awesome; it may be the best Halloween Horror Picture Show EVER!
Toward the end of my interview with Andy Lalino, he mentioned that the last feature film of the day, The Brain from Planet Arous, was about to end, and that he had to go. That’s when the interview disintegrated into awkwardness (watch the video and decide for yourself. It was no one’s fault, really, and I felt bad about it. It just became.... awkward. I tend to have that effect on people, sometimes). So, Andy left to take care of things.
Joel Wynkoop did an interview with actress Joyce Meadows, the star of the 1957 science fiction film "The Brain from Planet Arous", which was amazing (The interview, not the movie). Because I had to scramble into the auditorium at the last moment, however, due to lack of communication with the organizers, I was unable to set up my tripod, and I had to shoot the 40 plus minute interview freehand, which was not easy, or fun. Because of my freehand video taping, I had to figure out a way to shoot some still photos, too. My professional Canon DSLR camera was nearby, but I could not get it out of the case and I could not operate it with one hand. So, I used my Galaxy S4 camera to take stills, and adjusted the angle and took pictures with one hand over the FS200 video camera held by my other hand, and managed to shoot good video and pictures from two different cameras, and two different angles at once. I was not sure that I could do it at first, but I did do it, and I pulled it off. I’m still amazed that I was able to pull it off, and this has got to be my craziest moment ever as a professional photographer! The video and the still photographs came out well, too!
Regarding the interview, too, again, Joel Wynkoop did an incredible job interviewing Joyce Meadows, and he did a great job as the event MC, too.
Just take care of that voice of yours, Joel.

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