Sorry, not quoting because there's just too much...
EvilVegettoZ: I've been to over a dozen contests, and this was the worst.
I know Eric Kobet worked on Sakura Con's contest this year, not sure about others.
I'm fairly soft spoken but I was told by the A/V tech I had the quietest mic. (??)
Getting up at 6:45 in order to see the contest sucked. Someone told me I looked plastered, even though I hadn't had anything to drink.
They said they're going to revamp the contest next year, with no more noise meter, but I won't be there to see it.
It really sucked that they didn't say what anime/song was used when doing the voting. There were no replays (kind of a given seeing how messed up everything was), but though I had an okay idea of what I wanted to vote for, going by *video titles* alone, I wasn't sure which video was which sometimes. (especially since some were shuffled around due to yet more problems) As Anthony pointed out, his "Silent Lucidity" was about the only one to use the song title as the video title.
Unfortunately with Cassiopeia's(sp?) video, the music really drowned out the vocals, so some of the intent was lost.
Adding the "Fun" category at the last minute was messed up, particularly since some of the Comedy videos would have worked better there.
I heard that they were going to get a DVD burner as a prize, but couldn't get budget allocated to it in time. What were the prizes handed out at Masquerade? I heard the judges' awards (ie: Best Composition, etc) were just *thrown out* due to lack of time.
AD: The AMVC actually had a token mention in the con book this year.
Ticket/seating policies were listed on page 24.
Joe: One of the highlights of the con was watching TV in the hotel room! (and registration. that was painless and quick)
Castor Troy: Yeah, I noticed they credited me for Kung Fubop... I don't like yelling so I didn't try and correct them. Thanks to those who did.
SpPANDA: "Chemicals" seemed to have a horizontal blind effect (kind of like resizing interlaced footage), but the Beboppin' video had it worse off with ruined timing.
Anneke: We were wondering where the money goes too. (they get $5M?) I think some people will be making some inquiries.
Castor Troy (again): I would hope "This Video Sucks" isn't as good as "Right Now" given the respective work put into each.
Songblade: Thanks, but not winning is no problem.
(I assume you mean me and not Tim Stair since you emailed me before the con)
"I don't blame the poor staff. Bet they don't get paid, but get spit on way too much"
Yes, but as Vlad will probably expand on later, they wore too many hats/had too much work, and didn't get anyone else to help them??
My "This Video Sucks" entry still had reversed field order! It didn't have it as bad as the Bebop entries, though.
Incidentally, about the Bebop movie scheduling... I heard that Columbia Tristar picked the date/time, and said that AX could show it once at that time or not at all. Combine that with a couple of Bebop videos getting messed up at the contest... hmmm...
- As mentioned, the 35mm projector broke (no backup?) and there were *no films* on Thursday. (aww, no Char's Counterattack!
- The events schedule was a two-page *glossy* sheet. There were tons of "TBA"s on it. Vlad had a printout of the website which had more details. I and others would have preferred a cheap photocopy if it was more accurate.
- We went to Terrace an hour before it was supposed to close one night (LBCC was dead dead dead) to watch some anime and were told that it was over.
- Dealer's room was smaller than last year.(?) There was a line most of the time.
- AMV problems ad nauseum.
- I'm not much of an arcade gamer, but saw a sign saying that all tournaments were cancelled. Sheesh.
Moving the gripe session from 10AM Sunday to 7PM was pretty cheap. Given how far some people come for the con, how many can stay that late? (Vlad's going home tomorrow so he'll be there)
Interestingly, Vlad noted that there were more people at the AMV creator's panel than some of the guest panels he went to. (except Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki of course) That said, I don't know what they were or weren't up against, programming-wise.
I went to AX2002/entered the contest because:
1) Last year was all right
2) I was invited to the panel
3) I wanted to see some of the west coast guys again
1) This year sucked
2) I won't be on the panel next year
3) Some of the west coast guys are planning on coming to east coast cons
1) You'd have to pay me to go to AX next year. A lot.