On the first day of the lounge, a panel of experts from the film industry did a webinar that highlighted the incentives of filming big-budget movies in states such as Oklahoma instead of the normal go-to places like New York and California.
A featured guest on the panel was Shannon McIntosh, who most recently worked as the executive producer for the 2012 blockbuster “Django Unchained.” McIntosh, a Norman native, said she still has family in the state and hopes to one day film in Oklahoma.
“There are so many positives to filming in Oklahoma,” she said. “But mostly I think it's the people. They would be there to rally and support me, and they have the attitude and the spirit of the people I want to be around.”
Toward the end of the day, the focus of Buffalo Lounge shifted to smart ideas from small business owners.
Roddick said Buffalo Lounge has tried to make a big push for local startups to make the trip to Austin to help showcase the state's innovative side.
“We have a budding industry of interactive, and we've had companies written up in major publications like Wired magazine and other places,” Roddick said. “We are trying to make a push to Oklahoma companies to start coming down to South By and promote Oklahoma and the great ideas we have.
“We think there are some diamonds at Buffalo that we want to showcase.”