CommuniCon is a fan-organized and fan-run convention focused on the television show, Community. The purpose of the convention is to celebrate the show, meet other fans, and meet and thank some of the actors, writers, producers, and crew members that put it all together for us. It is not sponsored by or associated in any way with NBC, Sony, or any of their associated companies or affiliates.
Because Community's enthusiastic and dedicated fan base lives all over the world, we know that the vast majority won't be able to attend the convention. To honor the inclusive spirit of the show and those that create it, we'll be documenting the convention so that everyone can experience it on some level. Our wonderful videographers and filmmakers will be shooting footage through the weekend, capturing the events themselves, as well as the reactions and thoughts of fans, writers, actors, and crew members, and creating a documentary about the convention. Our goal is to complete the documentary within about 4 months after the convention.
The first ever CommuniCon took place February 9-10, 2013 at Los Angeles City College, and included a writers’ panel moderated by Meg Masters of TV Line, a supporting actors’ panel moderated by Eric Goldman of IGN TV, a trivia contest moderated by Danielle Turchiano of The Examiner, fan testimonials, a panel about the Six Seasons and a Movie art show put on by PixelDrip Gallery, a costume contest, and a presentation and Q&A session by creator Dan Harmon. Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs also stopped by to talk to fans. There was fan art and merchandise available to peruse and purchase.
This project is for the follow up: CommuniCon 2, which will be held in Los Angeles on October 19-20, 2013 at Embassy Suites Glendale.
Funds raised will go toward paying for the venue for two days, the production of the film documenting the event, the odds and ends that go into putting on the event (like printing and copying costs for badges, etc), and the creation and shipping of the Kickstarter rewards. The fundraising goal will cover the bare minimum. Any additional funds will go towards making the event and the documentary as great as they can be.
PLEASE NOTE: NONE OF THE REWARD LEVELS INCLUDES AIRFARE, ACCOMMODATIONS, OR ANYTHING ELSE NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IN THE REWARD LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS.
The schedule is still in the works, but the plan is to put on at least as great of a show as last time, and hopefully better! For reference, the full schedule from the first CommuniCon is available here: http://communicon.tumblr.com/post/41375369298/communicon-schedule.
Risks and challenges
A venue has already been secured, so once this project is funded, there is basically no risk that the convention will not go forward. Likewise, we have volunteers lined up to film at the convention and put together the documentary after the fact.
The only real risk is that your personal favorite cast member or writer or producer may not be able to attend the convention. Appearances and participation by producers, actors, writers, and crew members are, of course, subject to their availability. So, there's always a chance that those people will be unable to attend or might have to cancel at the last minute. However, we had several fantastic writers, actors, and producers (including Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Charley Koontz, among many others) in attendance at the first CommuniCon in February 2013. I can't yet guarantee that all of them will be attending again, but I can say that many have already expressed interest and/or availability.
Having successfully done this event once before, I feel confident that CommuniCon 2 will be a great success, regardless of any obstacles that come up. With all of your help, it will be bigger and better than the first!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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