All Geek to me: Jay Tablante's Geekology 101 Exhibition

4 Dec , 2011,
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Saturday was a big day for the staff and crew of The Neo Tokyo Project.

Jay Tablante’s Geekology 101 exhibition was our first cosplay related gig (we’ve just ventured into the cosplay events management arena, woohoo!), and we decided to start it off with a bang by having everyone come in costume.

Guests started trickling in for the exhibition, which comprised some 15 pieces of his work, after 10 a.m., and just in time too, to catch Jay for some early print purchases and signings before his shooting seminar at 1 p.m.

That was when everyone packed it in together in Grid MMS’s cozy studio, where Jay was a veritable font of knowledge, sharing valuable insights on the methodology behind cosplay shoots, his techniques, and cheap ways to create some really stellar effects (a lot of it involved baby powder and the cunning use of multiple lights) with more than 20 members of the local photography scene.

Alodia Gosiengfiao also graced the occasion during our interlude, taking precious minutes off from her packed schedule to visit the exhibition, pose for pictures, and mingle with the fans. (Crimson managed to get a picture with her too!)

This was followed later by Jay’s shooting demo, where Vega Highwell (in her Lightning costume), Maverick Villenguez (Takuto Tsunashi, the White King at Cosplay Chess), and our very own part-time warrior Angelus (as Lady Mechanika) were nabbed for some snaps by the man himself.

It was a real eye opener to see Jay in action, and it was apparent from the deliberation he placed on illuminating the subject that to work some real cosplay photography magic, it was important to get the lighting right the first time round.

The event winded down after 6 p.m., but that didn’t stop Jay from spending more time with the fans, or from shooting our crew just for fun (thanks loads!).

All told, it was an amazing experience and a great honor to work with Jay on his exhibition, and we’re certainly looking forward to his next visit!

Here are some photos from the event:

We’ve also got some nice footage courtesy of our friends at Operation PAniC. Check it out below.

We’d like to thank Jay for his presence, our EightBit Media partners for making the event a reality, Red Dot Diva, Golgolak’s Den and Here Be Geeks for their coverage, our crew, and our guests for making Geekology 101 a success.

You guys rock! XD

Geekology 101 Give Away

Even if you’ve missed Geekology 101 over the weekend, don’t fret! We’ve saved a signed print featuring Alodia as Masane Amaha from the Witchblade anime for one lucky fan!

Simply tell us why you deserve the print, and why we should give it to you on our Facebook fanpage to qualify for the raffle.

Contest closes 19 Dec 2011, so if you want a shot at this, get to commenting!