Mega Convention 2013

MEGACON IS BACK at the Orange County Convention Center! You may have seen the billboards around town with Sir Patrick Stewart summoning you southwestward.

Why, dear filmmakers, do we love MegaConvention? The costumes are outstanding (Jerry enjoys the Slave Leias!), the energy is infectious, and sure… this year the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation are reuniting for a one night only panel TOGETHER, live and in person (see Star Trek related events below in blue)!! All this excitement AND you may pick up some very helpful hints on how to make your next indie short or feature happen. How, you ask? Check out our schedule picks for filmmakers below, click here for a full panel schedule. Take a look our first visit in 2012…

Friday, March 15

Crafting the Character Arc: How to Successfully Navigate Your Character Through Your Narrative

Many writers think that, just because they have their basic structure in place, their stories are destined to succeed. The problem with many narratives can often come in those places between the plot points. Ensuring that the story is moving forward in every scene often comes in the shape of the character arc. This craft seminar will give writers a tangible guide for creating a goal-driven story that never drags its feet. Room 222 1:15pm – 2:05pm

Hardware Store Props

Join Scott Will and other members of the 501st Legion to learn how to make accurate movie props from common material. Tips on constructions, how to weather items for realism, and mold making are just some of the topics on the agenda. Room 221DE 1:30pm – 2:20pm

3 Boys Productions

Terry Cronin, Pat Martin, and guests Thomas Mumme (Blue Juice Films) and Steven Shea (Abyssmal Studios) will talk about 3 Boys’ multi-media projects. Comics (Students of the Unusual, Devil in the Flesh, Indie Comics Magazine), Novels (The Skinvestigator), Documentaries (Christmas in Vietnam), Films (Film FestEvil) and reality shows including Adventure Chefs. Room 221C 1:45pm – 2:35pm

Make your own damn movie with Lloyd Kaufman

President and founder of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman delivers a crash course in truly independent filmmaking using examples from his own 40 years experience in the business. Room 222 2:35pm – 3:25pm 

Movie Trailers

Arne Starr’s Trailer Show has been with us for a couple of decades already and continues as usual this year on Friday and Saturday with all the latest trailers and behind the scenes action of all the upcoming genre films and television, and more, coming up in the next year, plus all the latest production gossip of what is coming further down the line. Join Arne as he presents all the latest and greatest and share’s his experience of working in Hollywood. Room 222 5:15pm – 6:05pm (Repeats Saturday 3/16 4:10pm – 5:40pm, Sunday 11:40am – 12:30pm)

The Seventh Annual MegaCon Indie Film Festival

This program showcases numerous award-winning independent short films in the genres of action, anime, animation, comedy, horror, superheroes, science fiction, and suspense. This selection of films is hosted by 3 Boys Productions the founders of the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival and the creators of the horror adventure comic series “Students of the Unusual”. Donations will be accepted for the Hero Initiative. Room 222 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Saturday, March 16th

Indie Filmmaking Panel

The world of independent filmmaking is an exciting place to make a name for yourself in visual story-telling. Join selected filmmakers who will tell you how to succeed in this fascinating world. Guests include Enzian FilmSlam alums Patrick Algermissen (Pupsock & Wendell) and Katharine Leis (Pupsock & Wendell), FilmSlam Host Tim Anderson, Lear Bunda (The Space Coast, Cartoon Network), Jason Daly (Creepy Crawly, Beware!), Steven Shea (Doomsday County, 2:22), Robby Sparks (The Walking Unethical), Scott Tepperman (Ghosthunters International), and others! Also, featuring special guest Lloyd Kaufman (TROMA)! Room 221DE 1:50pm – 2:40pm

Star Trek: TNG Special Event!!!

Seating is limited so purchase your tickets right away – tickets will be on sale at the Package/Badge Window in front of Hall D2 • First 5 Row Seating – $125.00
• Rows 6-10 Seating – $75.00
• General Admission Seating rows 11 and up – $45.00

The original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be providing a special event in Hall F. This is an event you definitely won’t want to miss. Join the cast as they interact together with the audience. They will field and answer questions in an entertaining way that only they could do. The original cast members will include: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Levar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) along with a few surprise guests Hall F 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday, March 17th

Writing/Producing TV SciFi/Fantasy for Hollywood

The writer and/or producer of ST: TNG, DS9, TekWar, Dresden Files, MTV’S Spider-Man and others talks about where the genre has been and where it’s going.
Room 221DE 10:00am- 10:50am

Advanced costume techniques for the not so advanced costumer

Join the Wolf Pack Elite as some of its talented members discus some of the ways they make good costumes into great costumes. For beginners to experts, learn tips and tricks that will help with your next costume project. Room 221C 12:20pm – 1:10pm

Kickstart your Kickstarter

What are the ins and outs of funding a project with Kickstarter? Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, Justin Gray and Dave Johnson join us to discuss strategies for using this internet phenomenon. Room 221C 2:15pm – 3:05pm 

Creepy Crawly

Join the cast & crew of the critically-acclaimed horror short, ‘Creepy Crawly’ for a discussion about the film making process, production, distribution – and plans for a feature-length movie. Room 222 2:50pm – 3:20pm 

Captain Jean Luc Picard – Professor Xavier

Don’t miss this informative Q & A with Sir Patrick Stewart. Room 224 1:50pm – 2:40pm 

Important Event Info: 

OCCC Address: Hall D, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

**ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Onsite day of purchase only**


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About jenvargas

Multimedia Producer. Social Media Advocate. Filmmaker. Volunteer. I am the Producer and Host of the monthly Florida filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam at Enzian Theater, and Managing Editor of one of Central Florida's oldest, most trusted websites, the award-winning! I am also a proud committee member of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Florida State Advisory Committee, Orlando Tech Association Marketing Committee, Valencia College's Digital Media Advisory Board, as well as on several Film Florida committees. Additionally, I am a Google #GlassExplorer, techie, purple lover and #caregiver. View all posts by jenvargas

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