Cosplay & Stage Performance Rules
1. Signing Up
- For the Cosplay Masquerade and (especially for) the Talent Show we recommend to pre-signup beforehand. Please read the Signup Guide HERE to do so.
- Subject to places being available, on the day signups are also allowed and usually take place at the Events Signup Desk, which is next to main stage. Signups are usually closed half an hour before each event unless otherwise stated.
- Please turn up at the Event Signup Desk/Area at least half an hour before the event is due to be start to be ordered and prepared for the event. If you have any involved or intricate such as proper instruments for the Talent Show, then turn up an hour beforehand to be set up - if unsure check with us first.
2a. Cosplay Masquerade Rules
- All types of costume may be entered unless otherwise stated; Costumes from film, anime, video games, music, TV, comics, books and theatre.
- The competitions are open to all ages unless otherwise stated. If you are under the age of 13 please make sure your parent/guardian gives full consent for you to enter the Masquerade. This can be done by getting a parent or guardian to sign the application form or verbal consent on the day.
- A hand made costume must be 80% your own work, and we do check! Bought costumes (as a whole or separately-acquired outfit from a shop or from e-bay) or altered costumes will be eligible for judging but will not be eligible for the 'craftsmanship' category. Specific components of the costume if fully crafted or heavily altered (such as an intricate weapon) may receive marks within the 'craftsmanship' category, given at the judges discretion. It is advisable to include information regarding hand made elements within your application form.
- If you are doing a skit and it has been approved via e-mail please make sure you visit the Events Signup deak NO LATER THAN 1 hour before the masquerade so we can check through your tech requirements. (see note under 2b for 'cues')
2b. Cosplay Masquerade Performance
- During the masquerade itself we highly encourage you to perform/pose however you wish. We ask for a minimum of three poses. If you are uncertain as to where to present your poses you are advised to use the three point system, typically enter stage from one side, pose. Walk to the other side, pose and finish centre stage (in the middle), pose, before exiting on the other side. This is unless you are doing a skit.
- You may come on to your own specific music you have provided (provided we are not doing generic music only). Note if you don't provide music beforehand then you'll come on to generic regardless.
- Skits (planned performances) are entirely optional. If you are doing a skit, you must tell us the full details of what you have planned and we reserve the right to decline your skit or stop it if it is/becomes inappropriate.The maximum skit length is two minutes for an individual entry and three minutes for a group. We will cap skits to a maximum of five per masquerade unless otherwise stated.
- Setting up music 'cues'. This ONLY applies to music that has been sent to us. We encourage anyone with a music-track to visit us well before the Masquerade event, this is also vital if performing a skit. There are two basic types of cues, you begin your performance off stage and we will start the music-track OR you begin your performance on stage and give us a signal to start the music-track. Please make sure you state this either under additional requirements on your application form or you notify us on the day.
- You may be filmed or photographed during the masquerade and Animeleague or the event may wish to use your image. By entering these events you agree to this.
2c. Cosplay Masquerade Judging
Costumes will usually be judged in three areas by our cosplay judges.
- Craftsmanship- The quality of the costume and how well it is made. If costume is bought from a shop then this receives 0, if it is altered this is marked at the judges discretion.
- Character- This will be judged two ways, depending on the type of cosplay. In the case of an accurate portrayal, this is how true the costume and cosplayer is to the character. In the case of a portrayal that is based on your own interpretation (ie: crossplay such as female-Loki fo example), or a unique own character, this will be marked on the creativity of the idea and if it works overall as a character.
- Performance- Takes into account audience and performance reception, as well as how well in character you act. For example your mannerisms, movements and generally how you present yourself/perform to the audience. Proper planned out performances whereby you provide music beforehand will also work in your favour.
Pre-judging does not occur at most Animeleague masquerades, (although there are some exceptions) as it is time consuming, however we have a team of very capable and skilled judges who will examine your costume before the event itself, while you are being lined up in the half hour beforehand, and while on stage. The 'list three distinctive things about your costume' on your application allows each entrant to highlight specific points about costume, character likeness & performance.
3. Talent Show Rules
- You can participate as an individual or as a group.
- Any music you need for the show we will need for you to post us a link to a youtube video where we can download the music or send us the MP3 via email. We can not accept music on the day.
- If you have Audio planned where you are going to be talking back and forth with someone else on stage we recommend recording it before the actual event and then bringing it to the stage the morning of the Talent Show. This way you are sure that everyone can hear you and you also don't have to worry about remembering your script on stage.
- Nothing over 4 mins - try make it less than 4mins. if it runs over we will have to stop you
- Please arrive 30 minutes beforehand if you are singing/dancing etc. If you are bringing your own instruments or tech, then you must arrive a minimum of 1hr beforehand so we can check your tech. We do not provide instruments for you, you must bring your own.
4. Props and Weaponary Rules
Due to health and safety, these rules apply unless otherwise stated by the event.
All weapons and props must be checked at the registrations or cosplay-desk on first arrival and approved by staff before allowed into the convention.
Your prop may not be allowed to enter the Convention for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Too large/unwieldy (including but not limited to anything over 5.2ft length)
2. Too hard or heavy. No props made of hard wood, or any sort of metal
3. Too sharp or spiky. No sharp bits or edges, make sure they're sanded/rounded/padded/covered or otherwise protected adequately
4. Too realistic - No realistic replica weaponry without obvious 'Blaze' (brightly coloured) tips and the weapon itself being out of use, of course. Actual weapons, even deactivated are expressly prohibited.
5. No pyrotechnics, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items
Please know that these rules are here to assure we have a safe Conventions for both Staff and Attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away please be so kind and do so or in an extreme case you might risk being escorted from the Convention.
A general safe rule is;
‘If you were to be hit with it repeatedly, would it break before you do?’
- If your answer is ‘no’ here then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case we would recommend you leave it at home just so you don’t get disappointed once at the Convention.
If you are in doubt whether or not you would be allowed to bring your prop please send photos and a description of the prop to events@ animeleague.com
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