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The insanity of Comic-Con
I'll share the Star Trek HD presentation with you a moment, but I wanted to touch on something else first.
This place is nuts! Keep in mind, I'm no convention newbie. At the risk of revealing my inner dork, I attended the Chicago Comic-con from the time I was 16 or 17 years old. But San Diego... this is a whole different world. The sea of humanity one must traverse to get around is mind blowing. I talked to one event organizer who admitted that they out grew this venue last year. To accommodate the rapidly increasing attendance -- the entire weekend is apparently already sold out (and it's only Thursady) -- they need to move it to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, they can't do that until 2012.
It's now 1:35p and I'm seated against a wall off the main drag. I was planning to attend the Paramount presentation at 1:30p and left Star Trek early to get in line... a line that snakes 3 deep from inside to outside and back inside again. This is the biggest event hall they have and there is no possible way everyone here will be admitted. Some people camped out hours ago to ensure they would have a seat.
The reason for this lunacy?
1) JJ Abrams. Not only are they teasing Star Trek XI which has yet to shoot a single frame of principal photography, but the hope is he will clue folks into a bit more of what to expect from his next producing project, which has been code-named Cloverfield, whose trailer has generated more interest than anyone thought possible.
2) Indy IV. Here, they may have something to share. We've already seen stills of Harrison Ford back in the fedora, but the lure of seeing him in action is almost too much for some convention goers. Don't worry, if they do show it, some blogger will have it up on YouTube before the end of the day. Catch it before the lawyers do.
3) Iron Man. Having been with Jon Favreau in Vegas last week, they've already wrapped principal and begun editing. From the few stills I've seen, this looks amazing.
Unfortunately, there is no reserved seating for press, which I completely understand. But to forsake covering two other events for the possibility of getting into one is just not worth it for me. I'll strive to get you the most up-to-date information I can, but I'd rather go through our studio partners than fight this horde, many of whom will turn on crowd control when they find out the hall has reached capacity. I'm taking the stealth ploy. Wait until it starts and sneak in as people leave. I can't guarantee it'll work, but it's worth a shot. If not, I'll gladly provide links over to some of our colleagues who did manage to get in.
Hopefully, this will be one of the few events to suffer this kind of interest. I'm guessing the other will be the LOST: SEASON FOUR presentation tonight at 5p. I'll keep you posted.
Yours in futility,