Attended a local SF con – Polaris 23. Formerly known as Toronto Trek this was my first time attending this one. The focus is more on the media side of things with Michael Hogan of Colonel Tigh/BSG fame as the headliner. The con provides autograph/photo op opportunities with genre stars of film and TV. Here is a link to all the guests.
Not being an autograph hound I bypassed these sessions and concentrated on the writers present. Attended several readings and an interesting panel on the business side of writing related to negotiating rights for alternate forms of publishing ie media tie ins, ebooks etc. This was hosted by local writer Doug Smith and was very interesting.
Attended some panels in relation to Chuck – this was a lot of fun and most-Awesome, a Quantum Leap panel – also a lot of fun, and a in depth presentation of the upcoming Shane Acker/Tim Burton animated flick – 9. The animation was done by a local Toronto animation studio – Starz Animation. They walked us through the process of movie making and explained how the storyboards are brought to life by these talented artists. Very interesting. This seems like it will be a great flick based on a short film created by Shane Acker.
Here is the original short the upcoming movie is based on:
The short has no dialogue unlike the movie which will. And a pretty high powered voice cast at that – Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Jennifer Connelly.
Here is the trailer for the upcoming movie version:
Looks very unique and fresh. Can’t wait till this September.