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/(GMT+12:00) Wellington
18:00
18:00
Feedback Session 1 50 minutes, 18:00 NZST - 18:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

David Gallaher, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

Thursday 30 July, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/(GMT+12:00) Wellington
10:00
10:00

Programming - Programme Room 4 (Webinar)

Panel

Gregory Norman Bossert, Author & Filmmaker (Panelist)

Edward A. Kramer, Wizards of Hollywood Productions (Moderator)

Wayne Stables, Weta Digital (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Panelist)

14:00
14:00
SFFANZ - General Meeting 1 hour 50 minutes, 14:00 NZST - 15:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 8 (Zoom Meeting)

NZ Natcon

John Toon (Moderator)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

17:00
17:00
Feedback Session 2 50 minutes, 17:00 NZST - 17:50 NZST

Programming - Discussion Groups

Panel

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

David Gallaher, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

18:00
18:00
History of SF Fandom in New Zealand 50 minutes, 18:00 NZST - 18:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Simon Litten (Panelist)

Nigel Rowe, Feeding America, Inc. (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

Peter Hassall, Stunt Guild of New Zealand (Panelist)

Dylan Horrocks, Victoria University of Wellington (Panelist)

Friday 31 July, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/(GMT+12:00) Wellington
11:00
11:00

Programming - Programme Room 1 (Webinar)

Dialogue

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

Greg Broadmore, Weta Workshop (Panelist)

17:00
17:00
Feedback Session 3 50 minutes, 17:00 NZST - 17:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

David Gallaher, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

Saturday 1 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/(GMT+12:00) Wellington
17:00
17:00
Feedback Session 4 50 minutes, 17:00 NZST - 17:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

David Gallaher, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)

Sunday 2 August, 2020

Time Zone: NZST/(GMT+12:00) Wellington
10:00
10:00
New Zealand Fandom Today 50 minutes, 10:00 NZST - 10:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Tim Jones (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Moderator)

11:00
11:00
Closing Ceremony 50 minutes, 11:00 NZST - 11:50 NZST

Events - Events Room

Event

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Master of ceremonies)

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Master of ceremonies)

Bill Lawhorn (Participant)

Colette Fozard (Participant)

17:00
17:00
Feedback Session 5 - Into the Future! 50 minutes, 17:00 NZST - 17:50 NZST

Programming - Programme Room 5 (Zoom Meeting)

Panel

Kelly Buehler, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Bill Lawhorn (Panelist)

Colette Fozard (Moderator)

Lynelle Howell, CoNZealand (Panelist)

David Gallaher, CoNZealand (Panelist)

Norman Cates, CoNZealand (Moderator)