It’s with much sadness that I share that Sam Anderson will not be participating at LOST 2017 this year. He really wanted to – and the event really wanted to have him there – but unfortunately budget restraints are making this not doable for 2017. Please know that I tried everything in my power to make this work – I did not want to let any of you down, including Mr. Anderson.
Which likely leads you to a few questions.
Q. What’s wrong with the budget this year?
When I was planning the event and booking venues, the anticipated attendee count was much higher and closer to where we were in 2014. I ran an informal poll in late 2015 and there were over 250 people who were planning to attend the event this year.
In 2016, I booked venues based on those counts. Unfortunately the attendance is low and cancellation has been high. I’ve had over 20 cancellations this year alone. In 2014 there were 3 total. The reasons vary from travel concerns to competing events. As of today there are 92 attendees – still strong but very different from the 250 planned.
Q. What does my event ticket cover if it doesn’t cover cast?
Your ticket solely covers the fees the event pays to venues for space and food, transportation, supplies, vendors, along with fees to Paypal/EventBrite, etc. If the anticipated attendance figures had been met, LOST 2017 would have been able to easily cover Sam’s costs to come to the event. But with the dramatic dip in attendance, the event simply can’t do so. Getting the cast to Hawaii from Los Angeles is costly.
Q. Does this mean there will be no Q&A?
Unless there is a cast member already on the island who doesn’t require a flight from Los Angeles and a large speaking fee, yes. But you never know!
Q. What does this mean for LOST 2020?
At this point, I’m not sure. It’s too soon to say what LOST 2020 will look like. At the end of the day, this event was always meant to be a fan get together, not a means for fans to meet the cast. It was great fortune in 2014 that Jorge Garcia was on the island filming Hawaii 5-0 and able to take part in our event that year (thanks to Jo!).
Could the fee structure change so that it’s similar to other cons? Yes. Should it? Not sure.
In addition to Sam, there were several cast who expressed interest in attending the event this year – but again, the event would have to change the fee structure to accommodate this. It’s something I’ll be discussing with many of you at LOST 2017 and others in the months ahead.
While I’m incredibly sad Sam will no longer be part of our event, I know there are still many great things in store for those attending. I’m very excited about the Inside LOST Panel, which we’ll be expanding a bit. We also have some great things planned during our time at Dharmaville, including the Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction. And don’t forget the group photo at the iconic church where they filmed the series finale as well as the filming location tours. I also have something fun planned the first day to kick off LOST 2017.
But most of all … we’ll be spending time with other LOSTies. On this incredible island. Where the hit series filmed for six seasons. Of all the memories I took away from LOST 2014, those are the ones I cherish. Not that meeting Jorge wasn’t great – it absolutely was! But the memories I made with you all everybody during our time on the island? That’s what I remember most.
And that is what The LOST Con has always been about at its core.
If you have any questions – please feel free to email me.
Mahalo and Namaste,
Executive Director and Event Organizer