LUNACON schedule update!


There is an update to my panel schedule at Lunacon, which I posted here yesterday

First, I am no longer a panelist for “Fake Geek Girls, Threat or Menace?” at noon on Saturday.  I will probably attend that panel anyway, as I’d like to put my own two cents (or more) in anyway.

Also, the panel “Safe Spaces, Standards, 2nd Chances” has now been moved to 7pm on Saturday.

Lastly, I am NOW scheduled for to be on the panel “Target Diameter“, in the Birch room at 9pm this evening.  This would seem to be an expanded version of the “flirting/dating” panels that you often see at cons.  The description is:

Want that fan across the room to notice you (in a positive way)? Flirting is great, and will definitely be a part of the package, but we’ll also look at how to dress, carry yourself, and converse in general to send the message you want — and how to kindly but firmly reject the fellow fans who aren’t right for you along the way, as well as how to take a rejection gracefully, but not personally.

Now, there is a good chance that I may still be on-the-road, and on my way TO Lunacon, when that panel starts, so do not be surprised if I am late or unable to attend.  But I will still hold out hope that I will be there in time.  And I will still be on all my panels tomorrow and Sunday.  So I hope to see you there!

By wearehugh

My LUNACON Panel Schedule!

I have been invited to be a panelist at this year’s LUNACON in Rye Brook, NY (just north of NYC).  Here are the panels that I will be speaking on…


Fake Geek Girls, Threat or Menace?    Seymour Boton    Fan Interest         Sat 12:00 PM    

Sex & sexism in fandom. How do we fight stereotyping & stigmas, while still honoring the fact that for many, our fannishness and sexual self-expression are intertwined? Can we create a safe space where sexy self-presentation is respected but not expected from men, women, and genderqueer fen alike? How do we deal with loving works that are problematic? How much is it fair to judge any single work for its contribution to a climate in which women are disproportionately represented in certain ways?


Game of Thrones: TV vs. Books    Westchester Ballroom A2    Media         Sat 3:00 PM    

We’ve had two seasons of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, roughly covering books 1-2 of GRRM’s “A Song of Ice and Fire.” How good is the adaptation, and how does it differ from the books? Does it matter to your impression that Martin is involved in the adaption?


Sci-Fi Movie Making On the Cheap    Oak    Media         Sat 6:00 PM    

How do you get your sc-fi fantasy idea on video. There are many ways to shoot low budget and still get something watchable. We will discuss some tricks of the trade.


Steampunk – More than Cool Goggles     Westchester Ballroom A2    Costuming    Sun 10:00 AM    

These days almost anything goes. Find out the essential parts needed to make an outfit steampunk.


Safe Spaces, Standards, 2nd Chances    Seymour Boton    Fan Interest     Sun 12:00 PM    

The controversy over sexual harassment at Readercon raises the question, how do we make our cons as safe spaces as we can? What policies should we set & how should we communicate them? What standard of proof can we legally & should we ethically require, & what do we do about cases that don’t reach it? What can & should we do about participation from people who have allegedly committed harassment at other cons? Is it ever appropriate to let someone try again? If so, when, & who decides?


Where Are the Fen?           Birch          Conrunning    Sun 1:00 PM    

Bringing SF readers to cons seems harder than ever… how do we reach them? How does a generalist con continue to attract an audience when their interests are no longer stigmatized, the Internet allows them to connect to other fen year round, and specialized events dig deeper into individual fannish interests?

I will be spending a lot of time at the PHILCON table as well, selling memberships to those who want them.  So, if you have the chance to come by and say hi, please do so!  🙂


By wearehugh


(Clockwise from upper left: Emma Watson (Hermione), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), in 2000.)

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re talking about beginnings this week. And here we have the publicity photo that was released when Warner Bros. announced the casting for the three major roles in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. All three of them were about 11 years old at the time, and it was an amazing trip over the next decade watching them grow up into an amazing trio of actors.

(The actors in 2011, at the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” Photo via The Guardian.)

By wearehugh

BEHIND THE SCENES – Let’s start at the very beginning…

So, I have a collection of what I call “behind-the-scenes” images that is actually pretty big.  Like, over 1200 production stills, candid shots, pre-processed SFX photos, and lots of other goodies sitting on my hard drive.  Some of them are actually very little seen images, or are very rare.  So, I decided, why not share some of these here on my blog.  So, I’m going to start making “BEHIND THE SCENES” a regular feature here… provided that all of you enjoy it, of course.

Well, since we’re starting something here, I figured that this week I would share some images that have to do with “beginnings” in some way.  And what better “beginning” to start with than the filming of one of the most famous title sequences in film history…

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“It is a dark time for the rebellion…”
(Photo via Industrial Light & Magic)

Yes, this was how the shot the original opening crawls for the first three STAR WARS films shot (this one being for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in particular).  The titles were painted onto a glass sheet, which was then lit from below by very strong studio lights (which you can see at the bottom of the photo in the round holes).  A motion-control camera would then slowly track over the sheet, with all of the lights in the studio (except the ones under the glass) turned off.  That way, the only thing that the film picked up was the lettering of the opening crawl that the lights shone through.  They then used a filter to get the yellow tint for the lettering, superimposed the crawl over a shot of the opening starfield (which was a black velvet cloth with pinprick-sized holes poked into it, with strong studio lights behind it), and viola… classic STAR WARS opening crawl!

Anyway, that’s all for right now.  There will be more posted this week, and I hope you enjoy them!

By wearehugh