|Panels! Panels! Panels!
More panels than you can shake a stick at and then some! Anime Central 2003 offered a huge
variety of panels galore featuring many esteemed Guests of Honor, noted fans, and industry
representatives from the domestic anime kingdoms all heading healthy discussions on various
exciting anime and manga-related topics ranging from new shows, fan activities, industry
follow-ups, historical perspectives, and other forms of fan entertainment lasting all
throughout the day. Packed full of attendees, every single panel or activity offered something
to learn from. If only school or work meetings were this stimulating.
Character Designers Hiroaki Gohda and Hidenori Matsubara lent fans
their professional advice on drawing up designs for animation works. Topics included female
cleavage, clothing folds, shading, textures, artist styles, lines vs. detail vs. time to
produce, and the ongoing quality of animation.
Live Action Acting
vs. Voice Acting: American
Guests Richard Cox, Laura Bailey, Richard Cox, Monica Rial, Brett Weaver, and Tiffany Grant
all gave helpful insight into the vast world of voice acting. Featured subjects
included experience on stage and television, artistic processes, taking care of one's voice,
and versatility of acting styles on such shows like Saint Seiya, Evangelion, Slayers, and
Panel: Not just flailing
your arms around will get you respect! You have to do it the proper way and fans at
this panel taught audience members how to Parapara from square one. From the basics to
getting down with the rhythm and beat of the music, fans were well on their way towards yet
another weekend hobby addiction.
Basics: Linguistics representative
was on hand to teach attendees on the basics of the Japanese language and how to apply it
towards watching anime and reading manga. Topics included use of phonetics, syllables,
sound effects, formal vs. romanic, grammatical and vowel comparisons with French and Spanish
Music Video Production Workshop: AMV
creators led a detailed panel on the explosion of AMVs across the United States and how one
can get on board quickly and walk the righteous path of AMV goodness. Topics included
extensive range of digital filters, mastering the pixels, staying away from DIVX, knowledge
of the various codecs, using MPEG2 compression algorithms, editing in 100% uncompressed AVI
format for best possible accuracy of video and audio track sync-up, judging picture quality,
and choosing the right theme for AMV competitions.
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