San Diego Comic Con Tales
San Diego Comic Con tales abound with any high-end, long-standing video production company here in San Diego like Crystal Pyramid Productions.
My partner, Mark, and I have worked this venue together since last century – The 1990’s. The “Con’s” reputation has spread far and wide across the planet. Because everyone wants to be there!
The Lucy Liu Boom Pole Tale
A story I often tell people is when I first wielded a boom pole as a sound operator. I was booming Lucy Liu during a stand-up interview in 2002. She starred in “Ballistic” with Antonio Banderas and was there to publicize it. As I bent over my mixer to raise the levels, I bopped Ms. Liu on the head with my boom pole. Of course, I was horrified! It could have been the end of my career as a sound mixer! But she couldn’t have been sweeter.
“Oh, that’s okay, I’m fine,” she said. Thank you for that, Lucy Liu!
Best and Worst Celebrity Tales
Mark and I have encountered many interesting celebrities and VIPs at the San Diego Comic Con over the years. People often ask “Who was your favorite?” or “Who was the worst?”
The best? Hilary Swank ranks up there. So do Vince Vaughn, Jewel and the entire cast of The Forbidden Planet.
And the worst of our San Diego Comic Con tales? It probably comes as no surprise to many of you to learn that Gene Simmons was super-rude. After I interviewed him for a potential appearance on Extra!, that footage still remains “in the can.” It was never broadcast. I never sent it in to the Extra studio.
Comic Con Tale
Mark and I have worked as a video production crew at the San Diego Comic Con for decades. It fills to capacity with 130,000 geeks, nerds and fan people who are poised over their laptops in the month of March. Tickets sell out within minutes. Adjoining buildings absorb some of the overflow with panels and celebrity red carpet events.
If you ever wish to attend the Comic Con, you will need to be very dedicated to getting those tickets. If and when you enter “The Con,” you will have one of the most extraordinary events of your life. It’s truly mind-boggling.
If nothing else, I suggest people-watching from one of the nearby restaurants or even just outside the San Diego Convention Center, where you can take in the flowing crowds of super heroes and super villains.
It’s an item on my bucket list that keeps getting crossed off again and again, year after year, as in “I wish I knew how to quit you.” But I don’t. So I won’t.