Starting October 15 through the 17 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the annual Wizard World New England Comic Con will be taking place. The thousands of fans expected to pack the conference hall will be greeted by many familiar faces from TV and movie pop-culture, as part of North America’s largest touring expo celebrating the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, and more.
Fans of the former WB hit “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will be treated to a mini-reunion of some of the show’s top stars, including; James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer, and Mercedes McNab.
Speaking of reunions, the original Batman and Robin from the 1960s TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward, will be appearing.
Ghostbusters fans can meet “Winston” aka, Ernie Hudson from the famous movie franchise. Fans of reality based programming can meet appraiser Gary Sohmers from “Antiques Roadshow” and Jessie “Young Gunz” Godderz from “Big Brother 10 and 11”.
The Hynes Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston Street in downtown Boston. More information and tickets for the convention can be purchased at www.WizardWorld.com. Prices start at $25 and visitors are advised to order their tickets in advance in order to save up to 15 percent off the price. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door at the door for full price.
The encouragement of fresh talent is beyond important, but it can often be overlooked in today’s competitive and fast-paced society. By providing those talented individuals with an outlet to really express themselves, original voices and visions can emerge in the most exciting of ways. With this in mind, the reason for starting WGBH Lab in 2003 was simple – to create a platform for filmmakers to work with each other and to grow.
Since its conception, WGBH Lab has offered a virtual and physical space for innovation and experimentation in the world of user generated content. It is both a resource and community for media makers to create and collaborate on their video/audio production work. The opportunities are really for any passionate filmmaker, as it is considered just a stage for an individual’s creativity. Some filmmakers have walked away from a project done with WGBH Lab toting various awards, Emmys, and multiple regional and national broadcast opportunities.
WGBH Lab is made up of three distinct programs, each of which offers its own unique prospects. The first program, “Lab Open Call,” is their most popular, where they partner up with PBS shows to generate a compelling topic, and allow you to submit your take on a certain subject for a chance at a direct PBS broadcast opportunity. The second program, “Lab Sandbox,” provides you with the ability to watch and download free video clips selected from the WGBH Media Library that you can then cut, loop, and play around with to make your own unique creation. Lastly, there’s “Filmmakers in Residence,” which gives filmmakers and media producers with independent funding the chance to produce or post-produce a film during a six- to nine-month residency at WGBH.
Looking ahead, WGBH Lab is spending the bulk of 2010 focusing on their Open Call series, two in particular that they are very excited about. The first is “The Video Diary Open Call,” for which WGBH Lab has partnered with Masterpiece Classic to give an outlet to young media makers (13 and up) to submit video diaries centered on the harder parts of their lives, and what they’ve had to do to overcome adversity or discrimination. The idea is inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, and portions of the diaries submitted may be selected for broadcast on Masterpiece Classic’s PBS airing of The Diary of Anne Frank on April 11th, 2010.
The second upcoming project is “The Antiques Roadshow Open Call,” where WGBH Lab and “Antiques Roadshow” are asking antiques enthusiasts to submit original home movies or short videos about items passed down in their families from now until the end of May. Three of the submissions will win a pair of VIP tickets to an “Antiques Roadshow” appraisal event this summer and may be chosen for national broadcast, featured on the web, or distributed to PBS stations nationwide as stand-alone video shorts.
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