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vaxes -> RE: Movie Con V (21/8/2011 12:08:51 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Andrew Thorne

If anyone has that Kim Newman DVD you can get 20p for it at www.cex.co.uk

I some how ended up with about 5 or 6 copies of this including some from last years Movie Con...

They looked at me a bit strange when I took them in as they thought I had took them in the riots REALLY......



You can get 33p on music magpie :)




Big_Pants -> RE: Movie Con V (21/8/2011 8:35:02 PM)

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ORIGINAL: LadyFrampton

I heard that it's Lanson Champagne who will be sponsoring...yum yum yum, although I saw no whiskey this year, I can assume it didn't make it out of the green room.



Oooh interesting!  Thanks for that, it's an irrational fear of mine that Empire will give up on Big Screen. 

Oh and there was definitely whiskey!  The wonderful team at Jamesons were upstairs in the Cineworld. I got some delicious Jamesons and ginger before Fright Night, gratis :)




Daft Ada -> RE: Movie Con V (22/8/2011 6:31:01 PM)

Hello,

I had intended to write a mini review of Big Screen but I am a little late to the party; we all found the same things difficult so much of what I wanted to write about has been said by others. I thought it would be more useful if I made a few suggestions for MC5 / BS2.

Ticketing, Scheduling and Queing

This was bonkers. Aside from the problems with See Tickets (website crashing, not sending out tickets, issuing tickets to minors for 18 rated films etc) the system was far too complex. It should be much flatter next time with fewer options, with the possible exception of paying a little extra to login in early and get your 1st choice of seat for the Diamond panels. The session selection was also largely guesswork as most of the sessions were "TBC" at the time of booking, and there was very little information available about the sessions which were known.

I suggest the following:

Three ticket versions which include an increasing number of additional sessions which can be used at any time during the event. eg. Bronze / Silver / Gold packages.

Super shiny option which allows you first choice of seating ahead of the main crowd. This must be very restriced and should be offered to previous attendees first.

Allocation of sessions is automatic, with the option to change once advance ticket sales have closed. This is achieved by selecting a "pathway" when you buy your main pass.

eg. If you select the "I want to see new films" pathway then you are automatically allocated the maximum number of screenings. If you select the "I want to meet stars" pathway then you are allocated sessions with cast in attendance etc. Automatic allocation would reduce the number of clashing sessions and hopefully help with scheduling.

Automated kiosks should be provided so that people can customise their schedules, these could be similar to the automated check in systems used at airports. People are assigned to seats on flights (sessions), and then a boarding card (ticket) is printed. A single ticket could be generated for each day showing all sessions, and this could be worn on a lanyard for checking by staff. Each printed ticket contains a barcode which is invalidated when the ticket is reprinted, and this can be scanned if there are any seating disputes.

The schedules between the screens should not overlap and there should be more time to move between sessions. The schedule was wildly optomistic and there were no fixed changeover times, making it almost impossible to create a schedule which did not clash. I had to give away two of my session tickets as it was simply impossible to use them.

The easiest way of resolving the queuing fiasco would be to change to allocated seating for all events, so there would be little advantage to arriving early or loitering in Cineworld between sessions.


Price vs Content

I had a 3 day diamond ticket and was seated in Indigo. Aside from the TV content (and the naked fighting) which I think should be a dedicated session, I was pretty happy with the mixture of content across the three days. Personally I would like to see a little more indie or short film content and maybe a few less blockbusters, especially action films, but I suspect this may be dictated by the studios and distributors. I had not paid for any of the sugar frosting or chocolate sprinkle options so my ticket was not as expensive as some; on reflection it was just about worth what I paid. I didn't feed ripped off, but I don't think I got a bargain either. Those who paid for the extra options would be justified in feeling they were overcharged. Maybe a move to better quality and less quantity for future shows whould help, with a little less padding or showing of trailers which can also be seen before the screenings.


Staff

Asking the Storm Troopers to do the security was a master stroke.

The Cineworld staff were excellent and had as much trouble with See Tickets as we did. The O2 staff were a mixed bag, and the guards at Indgo were getting increasingly rude as the weekend wore on. I felt we were a bit of an inconvenience and they would be much happier if we all went home.

It has been suggested that some of us could volunteer to help with future events, but I would warn against this. I have helped to arrange events of this size in the past and invariably people don't show up when they are supposed to, or aren't willing to do the tasks required. I suggest that if we get involved we take over a specific aspect of the event rather than assist with the general operations.


Social Aspects

This was one area where Big Screen was a let down for me, and where there is the biggest room for improvement. I wanted to meet other film fans and aside from the queues there was little opportunity to do so. I think there should be a film themed (fancy dress?) party in Indigo on the Saturday evening, and a film pub quiz in one of the restaurants on Friday maybe. These are both areas where volunteer help could be useful and would not require a huge time commitment during the event itself. There should also be somewhere to sit out of the way where you can chat and meet others.


Interaction

It would be nice to be able to ask direct questions but this also has its problems. (Just ask Chloe and Kermit) Chris was an excellent host and was, for the most part, asking the things I would have asked myself. Maybe we could sumbit our questions via Twitter, and Chris could use a fruit flavoured tablet PC to read them out or to introduce them from the audience. The satellite link up with the Muppets worked really well and it would be great to do more of these and avoid the "sorry i'm not here but" videos.


Sorry this is such a long 1st post. I will finish up by saying I had a really good time and thank you to those of you I met for making me feel welcome. Feel free to pick holes in any of the suggestions above, and I hope to see you all again next year.

Regards,
Ada




columbia_13 -> RE: Movie Con V (22/8/2011 7:37:22 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Daft Ada

Allocation of sessions is automatic, with the option to change once advance ticket sales have closed. This is achieved by selecting a "pathway" when you buy your main pass.

eg. If you select the "I want to see new films" pathway then you are automatically allocated the maximum number of screenings. If you select the "I want to meet stars" pathway then you are allocated sessions with cast in attendance etc. Automatic allocation would reduce the number of clashing sessions and hopefully help with scheduling.

Automated kiosks should be provided so that people can customise their schedules, these could be similar to the automated check in systems used at airports. People are assigned to seats on flights (sessions), and then a boarding card (ticket) is printed. A single ticket could be generated for each day showing all sessions, and this could be worn on a lanyard for checking by staff. Each printed ticket contains a barcode which is invalidated when the ticket is reprinted, and this can be scanned if there are any seating disputes.




Just to quickly point out issues with these ideas you have. I am not really feeling the "pathway selection" option. Although I may want to see new releases, I would have no interest in watching any Harry Potter/ Twilight/ The Hobbit, etc., but I might want to see other new films. I don't like the idea of being locked into a pathway, just because one day RDJ might show up (and I wouldn't miss it for the world), and then I have to sit and listen to Reese Witherspoon talk about her latest chick flick (just as an example). If we can only change our pathways after advance ticket sales have closed, we are left with the same issues as this year, where we can't book the sessions we want to book, then them being sold out, due to crap website design not allowing us to book 2 sessions in 1 screen on 1 day.

The automated kiosk thing isn't a bad idea, but perhaps too costly when looked at it realistically. Why would the ticket become invalidated when it is reprinted though? What if you lost your ticket and had to reprint it? I am not sure what you mean by this. But yes, all tickets should have a barcode, definitely and it is totally ridiculous that they didn't have it this year.

The rest of your ideas raised are fair points, and I think they will have to look at the problems we had this year and fix them (fingers crossed!)

On a side not, the past Movie-Cons have had a lot more time to meet and get to know people, but this year with the hectic scheduling, meeting people took a back seat. Come shout and say hi next time, even if just walking past. We promise we are nice! [:D]




billop -> RE: Movie Con V (24/8/2011 2:13:33 PM)

All this speculative talk of Next Years BS is raisiong my blood pressure. I demand that it stops right now. Or if it doesnt then can we at least speculate that there can be a wholde day dedicated to The Vampire Diaries.

O and BCK.... Im totally with you Sooty is a Bastard. Sue is the best of the lot.




Non Forumite -> RE: Movie Con V (25/8/2011 9:51:29 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Daft Ada
Maybe we could sumbit our questions via Twitter


This seems very interesting. Although then maybe you have the problem of peoples Pirate Eye and people fiddling with their phones not paying attention and distracting other. But I'm interested.

On a side note. Does anyone remember what internet show that TV crew was there for? Several of us were standing chatting in the outside queue for Planet of The Apes when they kept doing some retake over and over again. I wanted to see if we made the cut.




ethanhunt -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 10:25:22 AM)

If i remember rightly, it was fo rthe Sky Movies Family Bollocks...at least that's what he kept saying when he fluffed his lines.

Something to do with the comic book expo at BS




Ethanial -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 12:51:41 PM)

Sky Movies Family Bollocks is one great channel, so many kids films, with so many testicles added to each film.




Helen OHara -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 2:34:55 PM)

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ORIGINAL: billop

All this speculative talk of Next Years BS is raisiong my blood pressure. I demand that it stops right now. Or if it doesnt then can we at least speculate that there can be a wholde day dedicated to The Vampire Diaries.

O and BCK.... Im totally with you Sooty is a Bastard. Sue is the best of the lot.


I'm nearly finished s.1 of Vampire Diaries and so far, apart from the fact that the story moves blessedly quickly and they're all v pretty, I'm not feeling it. Also, Damon's hair WHAT? Blooming awful cut. That he still looks OK is testament to his young-Rob-Lowe genes.




Helen OHara -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 2:35:20 PM)

Also, thanks for feedback, all. The organisers are reading, fear not.




azzman1984 -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 2:44:40 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

Also, thanks for feedback, all. The organisers are reading, fear not.


Did u like any of the suggestions i made on page 2? Mainly the pint of milk interviews i hope!




ethanhunt -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 2:45:06 PM)

Welcome Helen, pull up a chair, sit down, relax....WHERE ARE OUR TICKETS!!?!?!?! It's only a year to go and I still haven;t got my tickets!!

Just kidding :D




Helen OHara -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 2:52:31 PM)

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ORIGINAL: azzman1984


quote:

ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

Also, thanks for feedback, all. The organisers are reading, fear not.


Did u like any of the suggestions i made on page 2? Mainly the pint of milk interviews i hope!


I'm not worthy to Pint Of Milk The Rock (I was gonna say "Milk The Rock" but that sounded WAY wrong) but I will take on the challenge of that Supernatural panel gladly. I mean, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.




billop -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 4:22:17 PM)

Helen, I fear that if you are not totally hooked by now then it might never happen. However i'm halfway through season 2 and it is a lot better than the first so far. Still moving quickly but twice as dramatic. Every other episode has a life or death moment and the Love Triangle is forming a whole lot more. I just love that it is basically Gossip Girl with Vampires.

O and if you think Damons hair is bad now.......




Helen OHara -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 5:03:08 PM)

Yeah, Gossip Girl / Dawson's Creek with vampires is what I'd already started leaning towards. This series is what I thought Supernatural would be like before I started watching it.

And I genuinely wonder how it could get worse. Ye gods - I guess I'll find out in a quieter moment this weekend...




Ethanial -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 11:40:28 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

I will take on the challenge of that Supernatural panel gladly. I mean, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.



Team? Hmm... You're too biased, surely?




azzman1984 -> RE: Movie Con V (26/8/2011 11:55:13 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

quote:

ORIGINAL: azzman1984


quote:

ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

Also, thanks for feedback, all. The organisers are reading, fear not.


Did u like any of the suggestions i made on page 2? Mainly the pint of milk interviews i hope!


I'm not worthy to Pint Of Milk The Rock (I was gonna say "Milk The Rock" but that sounded WAY wrong) but I will take on the challenge of that Supernatural panel gladly. I mean, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.



aww don't be hard on yourself, u r more than worthy to do the Pint Of Milk interview with The Rock plus like the great one himself, u always bring it [:D]




billop -> RE: Movie Con V (27/8/2011 12:24:43 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

Yeah, Gossip Girl / Dawson's Creek with vampires is what I'd already started leaning towards. This series is what I thought Supernatural would be like before I started watching it.

And I genuinely wonder how it could get worse. Ye gods - I guess I'll find out in a quieter moment this weekend...



Two Words..... Centre. Parting.




buttercupkitty -> RE: Movie Con V (27/8/2011 3:02:52 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Ethanial

quote:

ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

I will take on the challenge of that Supernatural panel gladly. I mean, sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.



Team? Hmm... You're too biased, surely?


I'd be happy to volunteer my services to bring some Team Sam balance to the panel...




MrsG -> RE: Movie Con V (27/8/2011 10:11:32 PM)

September 2012.

Movie-Con V.

Firefly 10th anniversary reunion.

Please? I would literally do anything...




DanC -> RE: Movie Con V (29/8/2011 9:10:32 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: MrsG

September 2012.

Movie-Con V.

Firefly 10th anniversary reunion.

Please? I would literally do anything...



Whoa, good suggestion!!! Can I suggest a screening of Our Mrs. Reynolds, Out of gas or Objects in Space?




TEFFH -> RE: Movie Con V (29/8/2011 3:47:43 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Helen OHara

Also, thanks for feedback, all. The organisers are reading, fear not.


Thankfully, you have mentioned this now, as back in July we would have been sceptical on their ability to read, that being a precursor to writing, and by extention printing tickets.

I have liked the coverage in this months Empire, and it does bring back warm and fuzzy memories of the Friday, and am glad that BS2/MCV is likely to be going ahead.

I am surprised no one has speculated about any discussions from writers and producers of some of the biggest and best UK TV shows.
Eastenders,
Corrie,
Emmerdale
X-factor
[TEFFH now duck's and covers to avoid retribution]

What I would like to see next year would be
Oz the Great & Powerful preview stuff
Burn Notice panel
Evil Dead trilogy

(No, I am not biased, honest, and it was the Empire Horror Film Special Edition that got me into Evil Dead/Raimi & Campbell, so it's their fault anyway)

Also, any Firefly or Red Dwarf retrospectives would be good. Likewise Hobbit-flavoured previews (will provide my left kidney if it helps secure this....) and/or Bond 23 related stuff (as I don't think these will be released before then, correct me if I am wrong).




vaxes -> RE: Movie Con V (29/8/2011 5:17:48 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: MrsG

September 2012.

Movie-Con V.

Firefly 10th anniversary reunion.

Please? I would literally do anything...



I would be very up for a Joss Whedon q&a




vaxes -> RE: Movie Con V (29/8/2011 5:19:06 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: DanC

quote:

ORIGINAL: MrsG

September 2012.

Movie-Con V.

Firefly 10th anniversary reunion.

Please? I would literally do anything...



Whoa, good suggestion!!! Can I suggest a screening of Our Mrs. Reynolds, Out of gas or Objects in Space?



Plus a screening of Serenity




piccolo135 -> RE: Movie Con V (30/8/2011 1:40:10 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: TEFFH
I am surprised no one has speculated about any discussions from writers and producers of some of the biggest and best UK TV shows.
Eastenders,
Corrie,
Emmerdale
X-factor
[TEFFH now duck's and covers to avoid retribution]


If I sat down in the Indigo to have a screen flash up with any of those theme tunes, I would go postal. Literally.

I have enough of that garbage at home...




MrsG -> RE: Movie Con V (2/9/2011 9:26:10 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: DanC

quote:

ORIGINAL: MrsG

September 2012.

Movie-Con V.

Firefly 10th anniversary reunion.

Please? I would literally do anything...



Whoa, good suggestion!!! Can I suggest a screening of Our Mrs. Reynolds, Out of gas or Objects in Space?



I can't take full credit for that suggestion; BCK and Beg were also responsible for that one. [:)]




DanC -> RE: Movie Con V (2/9/2011 3:23:35 PM)

Well I fourth the motion. I see a Firefly/Serenity marathon in my very near future.




columbia_13 -> RE: Movie Con V (4/9/2011 1:43:28 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: piccolo135


quote:

ORIGINAL: TEFFH
I am surprised no one has speculated about any discussions from writers and producers of some of the biggest and best UK TV shows.
Eastenders,
Corrie,
Emmerdale
X-factor
[TEFFH now duck's and covers to avoid retribution]


If I sat down in the Indigo to have a screen flash up with any of those theme tunes, I would go postal. Literally.

I have enough of that garbage at home...



I'll bring the munitions.




darnoc1962 -> RE: Movie Con V (7/9/2011 9:30:16 AM)

didnt know which forum thread to pop this in so thought movie con vets might wanna know

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Thats Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes !!!!

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hope thats of help for those who love mr smith




tonethestone -> RE: Big Screen II (7/9/2011 4:06:07 PM)

already have withdrawal symptoms, need another Big Screen!!




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