Dragon Con is a massive multi-media fantasy/sci-fi convention that is held yearly over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. A large part of the programming consists of fan tracks, and each track is almost like a mini-convention in itself, with continuous programming from morning to evening and organized by a separate team of volunteers. Some tracks are geared towards professional filmmakers and creatives, and many of the guests on the speaker panels will give advice to budding film professionals.
A good way to get involved is to volunteer on a fan track for complimentary membership to the Dragon Con convention. There is a multi-step process for volunteering for the Dragon-Con Film Festival, and there are only a limited amount of volunteer spots available. Following are the steps:
- Review “What Does Working As A Volunteer Entail?” on the Dragon Con website
- Contact the director thru the Contact Us page and select the fan track for “Department”
- Attend one of the All Volunteer Meetings
- The Director of the fan track will let you know if you have been selected to join the team.
- First-time volunteers for Dragon Con are required to pay a one-time-only non-refundable fee of $20. If you are only interested in volunteering for a specific track, do not pay the fee until you find out for sure that you have been selected for that track’s volunteers team.
Film Festival hosts the Dragon Con Independent Film Festival which is a combination of short and feature independent film screenings, panels, and seminars. Find more information and updates on the track’s website and follow on Facebook.
Animation welcomes writers, voice actors and other industry professionals to give the run down on this complex business, in the US and around the world. Additionally fans of all walks of animation can celebrate the medium with discussions, in-character events, sing-alongs, and more! Find information and updates on the track’s Facebook page.
Costuming covers everything from corsets to armor, medieval to futuristic, apparel to props, make-up to mechanics, and more. Find more information and updates on the track’s website and follow on Facebook
Puppetry celebrates puppets in pop culture with celebrity speakers and provides workshops such as learning the basics in “Puppetry 101”, where to get professional training in “So You Want to Be a Puppeteer” and get advanced with “Puppetry for TV and Film”. There are even events where you can bring your own puppets to showcase your work. Find more information and updates on the track’s website and follow on Facebook.
Video Gaming offers panels with game developers, voice actors and other industry professionals to discuss best practices and how to develop a career in the video games industry. Find more information and updates on the track’s website and follow on Facebook