Norman Cates

Co-Chair- Experience
CoNZealand
Participates in 11 items

I've been a fan of science fiction and fantasy for all my life. I got into fandom about age 15 in clubs and then science fiction conventions. I loved literature, movies and TV. I taught myself special effects makeup as a hobby, and then turned it into a job at Weta Workshop on the Lord of the Rings Films. Then I moved into digital visual effects at Weta Digital where I've been since 2001. On a fan level, I've been involved in New Zealand fandom from 1989 when I attended my first science fiction convention. And I've run National SF conventions in 1995, and 1999 and helped out with many others in various capacities. In 2004 I was honoured to be chosen as the DUFF delegate from Australasia to the US, where I attended Noreascon 4. I regularly attend WorldCons and GenCon in the US, because I like SF and roleplaying. And I LARP. A lot. And in 2010 I was pushed over the cliff to bid for a Worldcon in New Zealand. Which has come to fruition with CoNZealand in 2020 I'm very proud of my professional and fan work, and am always delighted to talk with other people about the work.

Sessions in which Norman Cates participates

Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/Wellington
18:00
18:00

Thursday 30 July, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/Wellington
10:00
10:00
14:00
14:00
17:00
17:00
18:00
18:00

Friday 31 July, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/Wellington
11:00
11:00
17:00
17:00

Saturday 1 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/Wellington
17:00
17:00

Sunday 2 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/Wellington
10:00
10:00
11:00
11:00
Norman Cates
Master of ceremonies
CoNZealand
Co-Chair- Experience
Kelly Buehler
Master of ceremonies
CoNZealand
Business Chair
Bill Lawhorn
Participant
Economist
Colette Fozard
Participant
17:00
17:00