AVCon 2013: Madman National Cosplay Championship
The Adelaide leg of the 2013 Madman National Cosplay Championship is now live on our YouTube. See what Australia’s best have to offer!
Saturday Chris Cason Photos Now Live!
Our Saturday photos with Chris Cason are now live, along with the second set of Saturday Jessica Nigri photos. Sunday to come over the next few days!
Spike Spencer Saturday Photos Now Live!
We’ve uploaded Saturday photos with Spike Spencer, plus some more of the Jessica Nigri set. We’ll have more out tomorrow night from Jessica Nigri and Chris Cason!
AVCon 2013 | Jessica Nigri Learns Parkour + Guests Interviews
Suzanne and Thomas interviewed our guests on the Friday of the convention. There’s also Jessica Nigri Fan Page getting some Parkour Tips with Thomas in her Assassin’s Creed cosplay! Special thanks to Precede Pictures for putting this together for us.
Thanks From AVCon’s Video Games Team
Thanks to you all for coming along and making AVCon 2013 a blast for gamers. Every year you inspire us to build something bigger and better at AVCon, and we hope this year met or exceeded your expectations and that we’ll see you all next year as we try to one-up ourselves yet again.
Congratulations to all our tournament champions, who shared in over $9,000 cash over the weekend, not to mention excellent prizes donated by our generous sponsors:
- Razer, who generously provided a range of Atrox, Sabertooth and Onza controllers as prizes for all of our 360 tournaments.
- Nintendo, who brought along a sweet-as Monster Hunter 3DS as a prize for our Ultimate Gamer as well as tickets to PAX for our Pokemon champions.
- Oz Controller Customs, who donated a range of custom controllers for our Wii and 360 tournaments.
Brackets for many of the competitions are now available on Challonge.
If you have feedback for us to consider for AVCon 2014, please take the time to let us know on the forum [link] or by emailing us email@example.com. If you’re interested in becoming a staff member or helping us develop new or better tournaments or event, drop us a line, as we’re always keen to make our team even better.
Want to get more competitive in time for AVCon 2014? Why not join one of Adelaide’s local gaming communities?:
Are you part of a gaming community that you want AVCon to know about? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, we’re always keen to know what’s going on and to help enourage more competetive gaming groups in Adelaide, and may have resources to help you run bigger and better events.
And finally, check out these groups that helped us make AVCon 2013 happen:
- Retrospekt are Adelaide’s experts on all things retro, and as well as running retro events at AVCon and around the country, keep arguably Adelaide’s best gaming website.
- EVAC, the Adelaide University console games club that helped found AVCon back in the mists of time, meets every Friday to play games, eat food, hang out, and if truth be told, to organise AVCon.
- Streetgeek LAN Parties are held every month, where they run a bigger LAN room than they do at AVCon, with a range of competetive and social games to suit pretty much everyone who owns a computer, and also play host to a console gaming area.
- Arena Internet Cafe and the Avant Gaming Series, who brought the brand-new, hugely popular eSports stage and Australia’s best players to AVCon this year, are dedicated to building Australian eSports competition and bringing together Adelaide’s best gamers.
Jessica Nigri Photos from Saturday Trickle in
Our first batch of guest photos are now live! Visit our album for Saturday Jessica Nigri photos below. More photos are to come for both Jessica and the other guests.
AVCon 2013 - Opening Ceremony Spectacular
The AVCon Opening Ceremony is one of the world’s only anime & video game live productions crafted to celebrate the world of anime, video games and Japanese culture.
This year the theme for the Opening Ceremony was `Discovery`. Come discover with us the very roots of what AVCon is, from all your favourite awe-inspiring and tear-jerking anime moments, to the hardcore and dedicated video games and then all the way to the very culture that started it all. Of course there will also be some school day themes in there as well, how can we forget the very theme of AVCon 2013 itself.
Come on the journey with us and relive the launch of AVCon 2013 in this spectacular ceremony.
Orchestrating the AVCon 2013 Opening Ceremony (Part 1)
If you don’t know me too well then there are two things you probably should know about me. The first is that I love Anime & Video Games; I remember the first time one of my friends introduced me to the anime Shakugan no Shana, it was the first time I had watched an anime and I have been forever hooked on the stuff. The only feeling that tops that is the first time my cousin handed me a game controller which was connected to a Nintendo 64 running The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; To be quite honest with you, that moment has got to be one of the biggest nostalgia moments that has never left me. To put it simply, I fell in love with Anime & Video Games.
The second thing you should know about me is that I have a passion for live stage production, in particular the technical elements involved in them – ie. lighting & TV broadcast. If you ask any of my friends they would tell you that I always seem to get a little bit too worked up over the stuff (especially when Eurovision or the Olympics rolls around). Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with it, all the moving lights, the cameras, and the videos – I love it and have loved working in the live production industry for the past 7 years more than anything. So I suppose given the above it would come as no surprise to you that when the position for Technical Coordinator at AVCon opened up nearing the end of 2011, I just could not pass up the opportunity to sign myself right up.
Realisation of a Dream
While I knew I could bring a whole new level of professionalism and experience to the table at AVCon, there was something else deep inside of me that really pushed me that extra mile to jump at this amazing opportunity, something that had been nothing but a dream up until this point, a fantasy that stirred inside of me just waiting to be brought to life – that something was my dream to bring my two passions in life together, to bring the wonderful world of anime & video games on a head on collision with the intricate world of live stage production. This was the start of an 18-month journey that would turn out to be the AVCon 2013 Opening Ceremony.
Now of course this was in the year 2011, about to come into the year 2012 (my first year as an AVCon Committee member) so you may be thinking: “Why not bring this so called dream of yours into AVCon 2012?”. A fairly good question although to answer it you may need to have visited some AVCon conventions prior to 2012 to understand. If you had been to an AVCon Opening Ceremony in the year 2011 or earlier, you would of known that this (so called) “ceremony” was probably on par with a high school or Uni lecture in that it seemed to hold the world record for putting people to sleep.
Actually no I’m kidding, nothing is better at putting you to sleep then listening to lectures in high school, but you get my point – I digress. Basically the opening ceremonies of AVCon’s past (2011 and earlier) consisted of the hosts getting up on stage and telling the audience how awesome that year was going to be and what to go check out over the weekend – yeah pretty climatic if you ask me. AnYwAyS when I came on board as the 2012 Technical Coordinator I was given the opportunity to change all of that, however as you could probably imagine, the amount of changes needing to take place in order to facilitate the technical overhaul to not just the opening ceremony, but AVCon as a whole – I would need a bit more time. So AVCon 2012 was more so a transition period to introduce a new way of doing things, a chance to give AVCon a taste of what is to come, an opportunity to show the world, Adelaide can compete with the big leagues. That and I really wanted to use the song Bad Apple in the opening ceremony for 2012.
Concepting the 2013 Ceremony
Well I think that I’ve dragged on far too long about 2012 and this is supposed to be a blog post about AVCon 2013, I probably should skip ahead a little bit. As I said earlier, it took approximately 18-months to fully bring the AVCon 2013 Opening Ceremony to life, so yes, we started planning it well before AVCon 2012. You see the thing is I didn’t want to just go half way here; I knew that I would probably only have one chance to get this right and one chance to prove to the world what AVCon is and that we can do something that no one has ever seen before – So I was going to go all out.
The ceremony itself took me about 8 months in total (from January – August 2012) to fully concept, and most of that was just the Opening Item. The two other acts in the Opening Ceremony: Ghibli Intermezzo & The Finale was really concepted in addition to this by the Ceremonies Creative Team in early 2013 to draw the whole show out to a ceremony worthy length. Of course so much changed in the period between the concepting process and the actual plotting of the show because of various logistical restrictions and the fact that I could just not make up my mind on what I wanted to do, as really, the sky was the limit in my mind.
However all that aside, by late August 2012, I finally had a draft audio track for the opening item and I was so excited I just had to share what I was going through with someone before I exploded. Hehe I don’t think I could ever forget my friend’s reaction when they first heard it, it was at that point I knew we were onto something that could literally change anime & video game conventions all around the world… but I knew I was going to need some help.
The 2013 Ceremonies Creative Team
Executive Producer: Daniel Thompson-Hoare
Director: Shaun Haynes
Lead Choreographer: Kate Downton
Choreography: Kate Downton, Paul Sheridan, Amy Sheridan
Backstage: Akira Roberts-Reinke, Hannah Aitchison
Costuming & Make-up: Stephanie Tunn, Hannah Aitchison
It was the year of 2013 and mid February when I knew it was time to kick things into gear if I wanted any hope of seeing this ceremony come to life in July. However, I needed a team of people who could help me see the vision through as, let’s face it – My areas of expertise are in planning, making lights move & look cool and synthesizing epic music. I had no idea about any of the other stuff it takes to pull off an epic show, such as dance choreography, cast direction, backstage elements, costuming, makeup, hair, and so on so forth. I wanted to create this epic show, but yeah, I needed some major help.
Luckily I had been in the industry long enough to meet some amazing and very talented people who could help me pull it off and a huge hat’s off to them for volunteering over 8 months of their time, money, blood, sweat and tears to see it through (remember, AVCon is a fully volunteer run event, that means we don’t get paid for it). So it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to the Official AVCon 2013 Ceremonies Creative Team:
As director, Shaun had the wonderful task of coordinating the rest of the creative team to bring my concept into a workable show and breaking it down into manageable parts before directing the entire cast through a perilous 4 months of rehearsals and training for the ceremony.
As if that wasn’t enough he also had to put up with all the changes and additions I kept making to the ceremony as I kept watch over the whole team on an executive level. To put it simply, I handled all communication between the AVCon Committee and the Ceremonies Creative Team as well as all the technical elements of the ceremony itself while he handled the team itself and cast interaction with the show.
Sounds fun hey?
While Shaun probably exhausted all his mental energy into creating the show, Kate would have been the one who exhausted all her physical energy into this show. The ceremony wouldn’t have been what it is without all the dance, acting and choreography scattered throughout it and boy did we have a lot of it this year.
Kate was responsible for seeing all of this through and making sure the cast knew exactly where they had to be, what they had to be doing and what precise time they had to be doing it – a truly daunting task indeed, but one which she is greatly gifted and talented in.
Paul Sheridan & Amy Sheridan
Of course Kate didn’t have to do that all by herself, at her side was another two amazing choreography siblings who were a power house at concepting and teaching all of the choreography to the cast and then coming along each cast member to make sure that each and every one of them knew all the moves and were coping with the enormous set of dance moves which made up the ceremony.
Akira Roberts-Reinke & Hannah Aitchison
You can’t have a big show like this without a ton of props and staging elements and to do this we needed a strong backstage team who knew how to manage the stage throughout all the items and dances, performing prop & element extractions and deployments throughout the entire show.
Thanks to the amazing talents of Akira & Hannah, all the cast was well looked after and knew exactly where their props were and when they needed them.
Stephanie Tunn, Hannah Aitchison
Costuming & Make-up
If you saw the opening ceremony then you would of noticed the immense detail that went into how each cast member was dressed and styled to perfectly match each scene. Stephanie & Hannah slaved tirelessly over the months leading up to AVCon to make sure every last detail was attended to in the costumes of the cast, whether it is a stunning dress or making sure the correct amount of buttons was on a shirt.
They also looked after all hair and makeup during the ceremony to make sure all the cast looked amazing on TV under the armada of lighting fixtures we had rigged around the arena.
So there you have it, the amazing people behind the AVCon Opening Ceremony for 2013.
In my next blog post I will be talking about how we worked together to put the finishing touches on the ceremony before assembling what was probably the greatest cast I have worked with. I will also be touching on all the technical systems, which created the magical elements in the show as well as the amazing crew behind those systems. Stay tuned as I take you on my journey through the genesis of the AVCon 2013 Opening Ceremony.
The Opening ceremony through the eyes of our Tech Coordinator who orchestrated it all!