DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
So much for reinvigorating my AMV editing passions, I managed to miss all the AMV contest screenings, plus most of IE, thanks to my unfamiliarity with how lines work at Otakon, some event delays and the overall difficulty of moving from one end of the BCC to the other when 35K people are filling the halls. By the end of the second day, I'd gotten into a better routine of literally leaving the convention center, walking a few blocks down to the other end and using a different entrance to get where I wanted to go. ^_^ Best part of the con? Hrm, saw the US dub premiere of Wolf Children. They did an excellent job...but talk about a tearjerker! I don't think I've ever watched anything that was such a rollercoaster ride of sniffling and smiles, by the end I was seriously thinking "Aagh!! I can't take this anymore, just let it end!! It's too sad, it's too wonderful!!"
Hotel being swapped out for one 30 minutes away near the airport was a disaster. The half-hour shuttles ran more like every hour and a half, and I spent two hours waiting for a ride Thursday and Friday night (meanwhile being choked to death by fumes from the ice cream trucks clogging the con drive). The drivers had no clear instructions about what they were supposed to do, one of them let us out INTO TRAFFIC a few blocks from the con b/c he didn't want to get any closer, and despite double-checking Sunday morning that the shuttle would be running until 5/6 p.m., discovered at 4 p.m. that SORRY, they're done actually before the con's done. What the hell?? Cue $30 cab ride back to hotel. -_- THIS is why I do NOT attend cons unless I can stay at a hotel within easy walking distance!! Thanks so much, Radisson, for screwing up my first time at Otakon so badly.
I spent a lot of time reflecting on the differences between Otakon and Anime Boston. Otakon was more subdued and more mature, both the attendees and the presenters. I'm used to AB presenters really putting on a show and working the crowds at the big events, and didn't see much of that at Otakon (maybe they're trying to keep people calm??). It was sort of like they were letting the con speak for itself, in terms of its importance and awesomeness, they didn't feel the need to hype it. The attendees overall seemed a bit older (no doubt attributing to the relative maturity level), more interested in being respectful and exhibiting a "we're all in this together" mentality. Otakon staffers were better prepared and of ample number to handle wrangling everything, lines were managed well and kept under control. I don't recall seeing any frazzled con staff having meltdowns or looking totally overwhelmed/confused.
Another big difference...the amount of clothing (or lack thereof) worn by female attendees. The clothing in general just worn on the street is kind of appalling in Baltimore (skintight everything, show as much as you can without actually prostituting yourself), but then the cosplayers just took it to a whole different level. I highly doubt some of the things I saw would be allowed into AB (or allowed out in public in Boston) and, if they were, they'd be stopping traffic. Also, little things like being in moderately good shape to wear such clothing were totally off the table. I really wish I could erase some of the things I saw from my mind... The hilarious part is that every single person I saw dressed (undressed?) like this was attended by a hovering boyfriend who seemed completely intimidated by the situation. I shudder to think what the dress code is going to be like five years from now. See-through thongs and pasties for EVERYONE!! And then there was the "naked" guy skateboarding around at night in a skin-colored speedo stuffed (I hope...) with an extra sock. *facepalm* Thanks for the memories, Otakon.
In AMV news, while I've not been inspired, I figure I'll try to work on something again. Anyone thinking of placing bets should keep their money in their wallets.
*rolls around* I've been watching a whole passel of my favorite AMVs to get me extra psyched for Otakon. All that's really accomplished is making me very envious of editors with talent and style I wish I had. Apparently there's a place one can arrive at, where one has reached the limits of exploration and all that's left is warm fuzzies for the progress of others. Go EMONG! GO GO MACHINA21!!
In other news, Otakon hilarity continues with hotel troubles never to be desired. It is entirely possible I'll arrive in Baltimore on Thursday without any place to stay, since the Otakon hotel system succeeded in accidentally doubly booking me, and now has possibly unbooked me. AMV Contest and Iron Editor here I come, too? Give me the boost I need to edit again!
hehe, my magic works again
Otakon *happy dance*
After some wishy-washiness regarding Otakon due to the cost of attending clashing with the cost of my new car, I've taken the "in for a penny, in for a pound" approach. My airfare is non-refundable, my hotel is non-refundable, my registration is non-refundable...so at this point I haven't got much to lose that I haven't already lost. Otakon here I come!
Of course, this evening I got an e-mail saying my hotel's undergoing renovation, so I can't stay near the con and have instead been relocated to a hotel near the airport, some distance away. *SSSIIIIIGGGGHHH* There's complimentary shuttle service to and fro, but still...I've done the hotel-away-from-con thing before and there's a reason I was trying to stay nearby. What's really unfortunate is that this new hotel is the same one I got stuck at recently when a connecting flight failed and I was stranded in DC overnight...time to make some better memories?
On the other hand, there is now a shared room with moi (extra double bed) available at a rate of $70/night, payable in cash, for the entire con. Didn't have that option, before. Otakon, anyone?
In AMV news, my parody of last year's trailer for the Knights of Badassdom is now a weird relic of that movie's failed release. A hasty YouTube search shows I'm the only one who made a real attempt at paying homage to it, and in silly, self-centered moments I reflect that maybe the creators of the movie have viewed my AMV. What they might think - who knows. Still...it's kind of neat to consider that I was so inspired by their movie trailer that I sunk 250+ hours into a fan parody of it. For all I know, the movie is a complete dud, but I love the trailer for it. Good job trailer-maker!
"As always Drifty, thanks for your time and keen sense of detail. You've been as important as any plug-in."
My life is complete, I've achieved the glorious status of AMV plug-in! :D And I even install without malware...pretty spiffy.
In other news, AMVs and all that are falling off my radar big time. I think my 15+ year run as an ardent anime fan is coming to an end, which probably has something to do with the AMV stuff not holding my interest as it once did. Granted, I'm really frustrated with my inability to make certain videos and nothing turns me off like continually running into a brick wall. I need to find another hobby I can go crazy with, but what?
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