TERMINUS 2017 Continued: Women at Warp discuss TNG's "The Outcast"

At TERMINUS this year, presenters Stacey Palmer & Evelyn Olansky examined how Transgender people have been portrayed in Hollywood. Women at Warp's "The Outcast: A Very Special Gay Episode" is a perfect extension to that conversation. 

Originally aired the week of March 16, 1992, Star Trek: The Next Generation's The Outcast was a well intended attempt to address LGBTQA+ issues thoughtfully and respectfully. While many at the time hailed the episode as a sign of progress--in both television and Star Trek--just as many expressed major disappointment. Even Johnathan Frakes, who played the episode's focus character Riker, complained that the episode didn't take any real risks. Most pointedly, that casting a woman to play Soren, Riker's romantic interest, and not a man, undermined the episode as an allegory. It was--and is--viewed by critics as a timid choice that wouldn't challenge viewers to the point of alienation.

Critiques of the episode as problematic and regressive have grown in the last 25 years. Women at Warp's discussion highlights that when viewed as an exploration of being Transgendered, Soren's story is powerfully resonant. That same discussion also reinforces many of the points Stacy and Evelyn made in their presentation about why getting the portrayal of LGTBQA+ right matters. And how those initial missteps have lasting impact, sending audiences the wrong messages, and, reinforcing in all the wrong ways, the exclusion and discrimination LGTBAQ+ audiences experience. 


TERMINUS & Friends Tuesday: Bob & September Day Carter

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Voice actors Bob & September Day (Street Fighter, World of Warcraft) will be hanging with TERMINUS & Friends this Tuesday. Think of it as a talk show with industry professionals while they play popular games. Join us September 26th at 7pm on Twitch (& YouTube) at twitch.tv/terminusevent.

Since 2001, Bob Carter has been nationally known as a professional voice talent and is most widely known in anime circles for his roles in Evangelion, Vexille, Dragonball Z, Samurai 7,Beck, Full Metal Alchemist, Speed Grapher, Blassreiter, and El Cazador de la Bruja. Many people  also recognize his distinctive voice in video games like "Street Fighter" as Balrog, Shao Kahn and Baraka in "Mortal Kombat", and in Halo Wars playing alongside as a Marine, Grunt, or  Elite trooper. 

Bob’s partner in crime, September Day Carter began her career in voice over in February 2007 and was live announcing for the MTV Video Music Awards in, appropriately, September of that same year. She has directed many a traveler in World of Warcraft as Night Elf and Blood Elf NPC characters and is also known as the voice of "Skynet" for Warner Brothers promotionals. Her's is the voice used for the Text-to-Speech function on all generations of the Amazon Kindle and it is also a part of the international exhibit, Dialog in the Dark. Other clients include ABC Family, Levi's, Coke, Bravo TV, and Sea World. 

Together, the Carter’s recently opened a superhero themed Voice Over Academy called "The Neighborhood" where they train beginners to professionals in commercial and character voice over.

TERMINUS & Friends is a live stream held every Tuesday.

2017 Award Winners

Thursday, we kicked off TERMINUS by honoring (SQUEE!!!!) Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) with an Honorary Golden Tripod. On Friday, we rocked out and partied hard at The Loft as we gave out the Golden Tripod Awards, including the Poo Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. We kicked it into full gear Saturday with awards host Judah Friendlander. TERMINUS awarded some of the best in film and gaming. Taking a little time to play a giant game of Voiceball. And we capped it all with Naomie Harris (Moonlight, Skyfall) announcing the launch of our Playstation Emerging Filmmakers Program. We are already hyped for TERMINUS 2018.

TERMINUS Film and Game, CMF Best Picture Winners
Golden Tripod Award Winners

Campus MovieFest Golden Tripod Award Winners Announced!


Congratulations to all of the Campus MovieFest filmmakers who went home with Golden Tripod Awards last evening!

We celebrated and danced the night away at a special event hosted by Flula Borg and performances from The Hearsay, NoneLikeJoshua, Hip HopDuke, The Glad Scientist and DJ Heavy-B.

Check out the winners here!

Join us at the TERMINUS Awards tonight, Saturday June 24th at the W Atlanta Midtown for even more awards, special guests, and a surprise you won't want to miss! 

Mario Kart Field Day- Location Change

Did you think a little rain was going to keep us down?

But we will have to bring Field Day indoors (our karts can't withstand lightning strikes).

What does this mean?

With the change in location comes with a change up of equally awesome events. Take a look at what we've got planned & make sure you don't miss out!

12:30- Check-in begins

Registered teams will check in at the front desk. Individuals who signed up on their own will get to meet their team members! Last minute teams can also sign up, but to guarantee a spot be sure to sign up prior to the event!

1:00- Decoration competition

Get creative! We'll have pre-constructed karts that are all yours to decorate. Model it after your favorite kart for the game or create an original. Our most dedicated participants will even come prepared with their own fully designed kart. Otherwise, teams will work with a 45-minute limit for a chance to win coins towards prizes! 

2:00- Renegade Roundup: Capture the Koopa

If you tend to stick to the OG Mario Kart, you may not recognize this one. In the latest Mario Kart 8, you can play Renegade Roundup, which is essentially capture the flag with a Mario twist. And we're obviously bringing that to the updated Field Day!  

3:00- Mario Kart Relay

Put your Karts to the test in our final event, Mario Kart Relay. Each member of your team will get a chance to race against your opponents. Just watch out for the Koopa shells and Bob-ombs!

4:00- Awards Ceremony

We'll tally up all of the coins you've earned during the events and award the top 3 teams with some pretty awesome prizes, including the new Nintendo 3DSXL, a virtual reality drone, gift cards & more!

4:15- Mystery Tiebreaker

Who gets to take home the prize? Don't worry we've got you covered. You'll be facing off with your team in a very special activity to make sure this gets settled fair and square. 

Make sure to register your team so you can reserve a spot for Thursday's first special event!


GTA Party to be hosted by Flula Borg!

Another HUGE GTA announcement-  Friday’s party will be hosted by none other than Flula Borg!

Recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Flula is a German DJ with over 90 million YouTube views, a devout online following, and sponsorships from a number of popular online culture outlets.  Flula has become one of the best multi-talented entertainers in the online world.  Starting as a chart topping DJ in Germany before moving to Los Angeles, California, Flula boasts a diverse spectrum of talent as a musician, actor, comedian, host, DJ, and hype-man. Mixing absurdist humor with a spontaneous charm, Flula’s comedy is out to cause brilliant confusion with a charming sensibility.

You may also recognize him for his work on Pitch Perfect 2, or on COMEDY CENTRAL’s @MIDNIGHT. Flula will help us kick off the GTA Party while we celebrate the best of the best CMF filmmakers from the 2016-2017 tour - all while enjoying musical performances by The Glad Scientist, NoneLikeJoshuaThe HearsayHipHopDuke, and DJ Heavy B

We’re celebrating this huge announcement by looking back on some of our favorite Flula moments. 

Like when he gave us a very important German lesson on CONAN.

 Or when he covered Macklemore’s Thrift Shop in just one take. Outside an actual thrift store.

 And of course,  when he faced off with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect 2.

 We couldn’t be more excited about this addition to GTA. Clear your plans for Friday and make sure to head to The Loft at Center Stage Theater- you won’t want to miss this.

Tournament Time!

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Gear up for a smashing time! It's time to showcase your skills in kicking butt and taking names this year in our EXPO Hall! Head over to our tournament page and make sure you sign up today! We have a huge range of prizes that will be going to our winners this year: cash prizes, special shot outs, and PS4 Pros for our top tournament winners.

You asked for more games and we are giving it to you!. We have Super Smash Brothers, Street Fighter, Mario Kart, Soul Calibur and and a few others in our line up but we are asking for your help! Signing Up lets us know which tournaments you all want to participate in and increases your chances of doing battle in your favored terrain.

Don't see a game in this list and would like to suggest a different one? Make sure you let us know when you sign up and we will put it in hat for the final pick!

ChooseATL Starts the Party!

What better way to spend your first night in Atlanta than with ChooseATL! We're kicking off in grand style with our Welcome to ATL reception at the W Midtown Atlanta. It's going to be great! We've drinks, bites, and tons of fun to offer as attendees come together to meet and mingle. There might even be a few special surprises, but we're not telling!

ChooseATL is a community-driven effort powered by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to showcase Atlanta as the nation’s best place to live, work, create, and start a company for millennials. Atlanta has the 10th largest economy in the United States and is the most entrepreneur-friendly city in the nation, first in the WORLD for film and TV productions, and has a massive game development industry. It is ChooseATL's mission to help inform and change minds so that businesses and talent continue to flood the city.

Announcing the CMF Golden Tripod Nominations

We are very excited and proud to announce the nominees for the Campus MovieFest Golden Tripod Awards. 

Campus MovieFest (CMF) is not only the world's largest student film festival, but it's also TERMINUS' older, still really really good looking sister organization.  Started in 2011 by four students at Emory University, CMF now travels the country to over 50 colleges and universities providing any student, regardless of their major, with the equipment, training, and opportunity to make their own five-minute film in just one week.

That means all of these nominated films were made in just one week by college students.

It's ok to be impressed. 

These Golden Tripod Awards go to films that excelled in particular filmmaking categories, like Best Cinematography, Best Performance, or Best Directing. We don't announce nominees for CMF Best Picture, Comedy or Drama prior to the TERMINUS Awards held Saturday, June 24th - but you can find out who wins these Golden Tripod Awards at the GTA Party on Friday, June 23rd. More on that special event soon! 

Welcome Jason Levine to TERMINUS!

Our partners at Adobe are pulling out all of the stops at this year's TERMINUS. In addition to bringing back Maxim Jago they are presenting the amazingly talented and entertaining Jason Levine to host two stellar workshops on publishing video for social media and mixing audio.

Jason is the Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, who travels the globe inspiring and educating users on Adobe Creative Cloud, focusing on video, audio and mobile workflows. Each week you can find Jason streaming on Adobe’s Facebook and YouTube channels, speaking to the next generation of editors, vloggers and VFX artists,  showing the tips and tricks of the trade in real-time. Prior to Adobe, Jason was a full-time recording engineer working in studios coast-to-coast, engineering hundreds of recordings in a multitude of genres, prompting the formation of BoodahJooMusic Publishing. 

Editing, Finessing & Publishing Video for Social Networks

Shooting video is easier than ever; but if you want to make it look good, stand out and really attract an audience, there are a couple of key things you can do to make it cinematic & stylized, sound great and be ready to share with your followers. Join Principal Creative Cloud Evangelist Jason Levine for this tips & tricks session on how to import all different flavors of video (including vertical!), how to apply cinematic presets for color, quick audio-mixing techniques and single-click options to publish to your favorite social networks. 

AUDIO that GRABS your AUDIENCE! - How to Mix Dialogue, Music & SFX for Non-Audio Pros

Audience retention is the key to success, whether you vlog on YouTube, publish daily stories to Instagram or Snapchat, or make short films for Sundance. In this session, join Principal Creative Cloud Evangelist Jason Levine as he teaches you techniques to mix and process your audio with ease—even if audio isn’t your thing. With the Essential Sound Panel in Premiere Pro and Audition CC, you can mix your sound with a punch that guarantees to grab viewers' attention and keeps them watching!