Hey all, I just thought I would share my ideas about presenting things at Sinpoz, in case I can tempt a few more people into pimping their fandoms, sharing their fan activities or hosting a discussion, because joining in is all part of Sinpoz! (Of course, being an audience member is great too ;) These are just some thoughts I have had, having participated in previous sinpoziums and get__together
(our NZ sister con) Fandom pimps!
These are very popular sessions at our cons! While most people (myself included) may often be heard to wail "I don't need another fandom!"
, this statement is lies lies and more lies. We live for new fandoms, and we want you to share yours with us. Even if we pretend we don't.
The most common way I've seen to pimp a media fandom is a clip show of slashy scenes, but it's not the only way if you're not quite that technical (or organised)! I've also seen slideshows along with commentaries work to excellent effect. You may think of another way you can showcase your fandom too.
In general, what I'd keep in mind here is - keep it short (some of us do not have long attention spans, *ahem*), keep it SLASHY (we are a slash con after all!) , keep it funny (or at least light hearted!). Introduce your fandom and relationships, or make sure the chosen clips can stand alone. Get someone to beta your presentation if you can - if they don't know the fandom and become interested you definitely have a winner!
If you suspect your fandom may already be well known, this doesn't mean you can't include it - maybe try talking about it from a different aspect or approach, focus on minor pairings, or perhaps make it a celebration of an older fandom.
Don't forget to tell us why your fandom is so awesome! Is it a small or big fandom, are there good writers, artists, vidders, reccers? Where can we find the fanworks? Do you have a list of fanwork recs you can post for us? You might also like to have a copy of the source with you for any potential recruits, or at least advice about where it can be obtained. Sharing your fan activities
Are you a vidder? A writer? A fan artist? A reccer? Do you run a fandom-related challenge? Work for a fan organisation? Talk about it! Tell us about your activities, run a how-to workshop, share the love. Host a discussion
Got a burning fandom (meta or otherwise) question you want to talk about with others? Run a discussion! Be warned, fans do like to argue and can segue at the drop of a hat - you will likely have to be well versed in keeping a large group of people on point. Something else?
Maybe you have an idea for something else you'd like to do at Sinpoz that I haven't thought of! Let us know!Current presentations
Here's a list of things people have tentatively volunteered for already! (if i've missed one, they're on this post
If there's a fandom or discussion you'd be interested in that's not listed, you're welcome to comment here (ie LJ to keep everything in one place) and someone may be inspired!
* vid show
* hawaii five-0 pimp
* gordon korman novels pimp
* nightrunner novels pimp
* fandom reboot discussion
* Merlin pimp
* Justified pimp
* fanlore party
* otw/ao3/wrangling intro
* fandom you're doing it wrong discussion
* hot fuzz pimpLast Words
In the interest of caring for others, it would be appreciated if you would do your best to warn (at least verbally before your presentation) for any obvious squicks or triggers in your presentations or media, such as (but not limited to) underage, noncon, rps or strong violence, and especially sexual violence. Sinpozium attendees should be aware however, that presentations may contain content that discomforts you without warnings.
Please comment on the LJ post : http://sinpozium.livejournal.com/14839.html