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Wednesday, May 20, 2009Cosplay costume contests aren’t just based on cool and accurate cosplay costumes, they’re performance art in which you put on the whole persona to re-enact scenes, or invent new ones based on your knowledge of the character.
Of course, in any contest, there are rules. Using the Cosplay Contest Rules from the upcoming (May 22 – 24) Animazement Convention in Raleigh NC, here’s an idea of what to keep in mind.
• Presentations are limited to 2 minutes – that includes set up and clear off time, even if it’s a musical number with an entire band. So write and rehearse with that in mind.
• Participating in more than one skit isn’t allowed.
• Each group will have their skit introduced by the emcee, so have a short description of your skit ready before you arrive.
• Audio tracks must be provided on a clearly labeled CD which contains only what needs to be played, no more, no less, in CDA (standard CD audio) format. This means no mp3, aac, wav, ogg, au, etc. formatted audio files, and no flash cards, thumb drives or iPods.
• You’ll have to provide and verify your real names and badge numbers, so be sure to bring your ID and hang on to your convention badges. This may mean stitching a secret pocket into your costume, customizing it.
• No flashpots or explosive devices, liquids or gels are allowed.
• No nudity is allowed. The management can insist on costume modifications. So come prepared.
What to expect:
• Participation is on a first come, first served basis – both registration and getting on stage.
• Registration does not guarantee your place in the contest. Arriving early, fully prepared, is your best bet.
Plan with these things in mind and you’ll be sure to have a great time!