Who we are and what we're doing.
This is a bit about who we are, what we do, and a bit of history, for those of you who are unfamiliar with us. Simply put, we are a small group of dedicated people that understand the true epicness of the Penny Arcade Expo and wish to document as much of it as possible for the world to see. We take our cameras and tripods to the concerts and as many panels as we can, film them as best we can, and put it all together to release as a set of DVD images available for people to download free of charge. We don't necessarily consider ourselves professionals. I might consider a few others on my team that, compared to my own skills, but we're really just a group of people who know some things about filming and editing and came together to do something cool for the community.
It started with myself and a friend of mine who decided to purchase a DV camcorder about a week or two before PAX08, so we could film what we wanted and document our own adventure. After filming the concerts as well as parts of some community events, among other things, we released it as a set of DVD images that people could download on the internet for free. Turns out, people really liked it, or at least the fact that we did that. Shortly before PAX09, I was contacted by the founder of the PAX Photo Patrol, PapaPrinny, in an effort to join forces for the greater good. I think it's safe to say that it was a good idea, as even though we weren't able to coordinate much that year, it helped out this DVD project immensely. And if it weren't for him we wouldn't be where we are today, and wouldn't have made it to PAX East earlier this year either.
Our team was small back then, our resources limited. But now, PAX Prime 2010 is just over the horizon, and our team has more than doubled in size. This year should be nothing short of amazing for us, but that doesn't mean we can do this on our own. This is a Community project; created by the community, for the community. Sure, we have our primary staff of dedicated volunteers, but that doesn't mean we can film everything. People always request us to film certain things and we can't always fill those requests. And this is where you guys come in. We will be rolling out our own filming schedule as PAX inches it's way closer, and anything that doesn't show up on our list is something we could use help with. We're always looking for volunteers, whether it's somebody to work with us the entire weekend or to just film a single event for us. We try to cover Community events as well; we will likely be attending the Pre-PAX Dinner as well as the Triwizard Drinking Tournament. But that's not all...
What other footage is the Community DVD looking for?
Anything, really! So long as it's PAX related, we want footage of it! The idea of the PAX Community DVD is to share the PAX experience, and all of it! If we could, we would get every moment of the event on film! But whatever footage you take at PAX or on your way to PAX, be it you hanging out with your friends, unplanned hijinks caught on film within the expo center, so long as it has anything to do with PAX or getting to PAX, we want it!
So if you plan on taking a video camera with you, let us know after PAX either right here or on our Video Submissions page
! If your video is longer than 15 minutes (the youtube cap), post it here and we'll provide you with our FTP server info.
Do I need special camera equipment to film an event?
Heck no. With the possible exception of low-quality cell phone footage, so long as it takes video, it's probably good enough for us.
What if I have no experience handling a camera?
We don't care! You don't have to be a professional videographer. Heck, we aren't! So long as you are able to hold a camera and don't make a habit of wildly shaking your video camera every which way while you record, you are the wo/man for the job!
Will I get credit for my submission?
Absolutely. Be sure to tell us who you are and how you would like your name to appear in the credits, and we'll put it in there.
The bottom line is this:
If you are taking a camera to PAX, we want your footage! The Unofficial PAX Community DVD is created for and by the community, so that's you guys! So arm yourself with tapes, batteries and your camera, and we'll see you in Seattle!
Look out for us around Seattle during PAX!
If any of you want to find us during PAX to say hi, do something random in front of our cameras, or whatever else, it hopefully won't be so hard to identify us. At least a few of us may
be wearing Community DVD T-shirts (design will be posted once we finalize it, if we go through with it), and a couple of us will be trading buttons for the buttoneering exchange as well. We will likely be at the Pre-PAX Dinner, Trizizard Drinking Tournament, and the buttoneer gathering after PAX is over Sunday evening. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well, as we will probably be tweeting new info throughout the weekend.
What does the Community DVD desperately need help with?
What panels do we want to have on film that our team will not be able to get?
TBA after our schedule is figured out...
Our current filming schedule
This will not be finalized for a while yet, but for now I can list what we will likely be filming.
Penny Arcade Q&A #1
Hal Halpin and Adam Sessler Talking Games
A Sophisticated Evening with Rooster Teeth Productions
OverClocked ReMix panel
A Live Demonstration of RAGE
Mega64: Panel For Laughs
Friday Night Concerts
PAX Late Show Recording Session
Penny Arcade Make a Strip Panel
Pitch Your Game Idea
Acquisitions Incorporated: D&D Live!
Musical Guests Panel
Scott and Kris After Hours
Saturday Night Concerts
Blamimations ALIVE! with Kris and Scott
Further Greetings From A Dead-Tree Dinosaur Cartoonist
Penny Arcade Q&A #2
Final Round of the Omegathon
And some more panels we will try to get to.
Guild Wars 2: Designing Dynamic Events
Star Wars Games - REVEALED!
Media-Only Q&A With Gabe & Tycho
X-Play LIVE: A Show on Television