The time has finally come! The Unofficial DVD crew will be at PAX EAST to capture this insane event on film for those who can't make it. We're not quite at full force (yet at least) though you can bet we'll be there to cover all the big events. We'll be there for the Q&A's, to capture Wil Wheaton's second PAX keynote, to capture all of the PAX-favorite bands up on stage, or the PAX newcomers like the Protomen and Video Game Orchestra. Of course we can't say much more than this yet until we have a schedule, but if there's a big event, we'll be there! We're actually going to be filming a bit on the Cross Country Train Trip as well!
This post will grow in time, but I'm posting it now because we're going to want volunteers. This is a "Community" DVD after all, it's been nothing but a few people volunteering their time to put this all together. We're also going to need community involvement, and that's what I'll be getting into here. Involvement can be as simple as taking pictures or filming certain things to submit to us, but that's not all.
We're going to try our hand at doing interviews. Myself and a friend tried it last year and it went okay considering our lack of equipment, but we know what to do this time around. We're going to keep a list of possible interviewees; people that we know are going to be there that we "may" try to get an interview with. These people can be PAX celebs such as Mike, Jerry, Wil Wheaton, etc., or they could be musicians that are performing, or even game developers that are showing off something new in the expo hall. So how can the community get involved with interviews you may ask? Simple: With this list of possible interviewees, we're going to ask the community (that's all of you!) what type of questions we could ask for each specific person. Sure we could come up with our own, but I much prefer the idea of letting you guys ask some of the questions, especially to the game developers. Whatever list we come up with though isn't something we're going to be limited to. Based on the schedule and exhibitor list, if you guys see something like (for example) Bethesda in the exhibitor list and think "Oh hey I bet they'll be showing off Fallout: New Vegas!," and you have some questions, then feel free to post them here, and hopefully we'll have a chance to get in and speak to them about it. The hotel we're staying at is giving us free internet, so you can all expect to see our interviews posted the night of, unless for any odd reason they would need extensive editing.
When the schedule is released, we're going to have a list of what we will be covering. The list won't be so big because there's only a few of us, and this is what we want volunteers for. We could always use another camera for the concerts, and it would be nice if we had another HD cam, but that won't be required. We could use people to film panels as well, rather it's just one for the whole weekend, or a few, and that of course can be discussed when we have a schedule. Random filming is always good too, if it's a game demonstration in the expo hall, a console or PC tournament, or pretty much anything that you can put together and submit to us, will be great.
So, we have an official website
now. I will keep this thread updated, but you will all find more details, updates, and more specific volunteer and involvement threads within our site and forum. From there you can also very easily submit photos to our pool, and submit any videos to us that you've uploaded to YouTube, also very easy.
Well, I believe that is all for now. I will post updates when necessary. I would also like to take this time to say that this project "should" be finished much sooner than the PAX09 project. I've ran into a lot of problems with the '09 project, though I have found ways around them, so I have good hopes! Speaking of which, you can find details about it here
or on our site. It's nearing completion, so please have patience.
I hope those of you that can make it are as excited about it as us! It's going to be a great trip.