Whelp. They gave me a 1-18 date.... Guess I'm prob not getting a room. O:
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Quote from: Angelx624 on April 04, 2016, 05:05:03 PMOccasionally when there is a very big guest, there is only one. I believe 2008 also only had one; unless my love for An Cafe made me overlook the other one... -.-;Quote from: TupacTheRobot on April 04, 2016, 12:20:02 PMDude, I've been going to Musicfest since my first Fanime in 2010. XDD But, if you didn't attend it last year, there was only one artist as opposed to the usual two. XDQuote from: Angelx624 on April 03, 2016, 06:35:45 PM
I'm hoping for more than one artist, myself. I've suggested quite a few, already, though. (^^)"
There will be, there always is if you haven't been to musicfest berfore
Quote from: pitin on June 04, 2015, 12:17:44 PMActually, does the convention or the individual w/ the imitation firearm have to get the permit?Quote from: aetherltd on May 31, 2015, 10:53:37 AM
Next year, all fake guns have to be brightly colored. The new California law takes effect January 1, 2016.
CA penal code sec. 20175, permitted colors for fake guns: "The entire exterior surface of the imitation firearm is white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, or the entire device is constructed of transparent or translucent material that permits unmistakable observation of the device's complete contents. Merely having an orange tip as provided in federal law and regulations does not satisfy this requirement. The entire surface must be colored or transparent or translucent."
Reading over the text of the law and after looking at a post made to the Fanime Facebook page it looks like this does not apply to Fanime as it qualities as an exception under section 20175 item g "The imitation firearm is used at a fair, exhibition, exposition, or other similar activity for which a permit has been obtained from a local or state government." So really the key item to note here is that *hint to staff* FANIME WILL HAVE TO OBTAIN A PERMIT!! *hint to staff* (Which hopefully they will do so, or notify us in some other official capacity what impact this will have on the convention)
Quote from: Enkai on June 03, 2015, 05:36:39 PMWow... I think it has been longer than I thought since I last attended Masquerade. I must be basing things off stuff prior to 2009. -.-; The years have really flown by. I guess judging has maybe changed.Quote from: Sunara Ishi on June 01, 2015, 09:58:29 PMAlso, I don't think singing skits have been allowed since at least 2009 (I seem to recall some live audio in 2008?). The rule's always been pre-recorded audio. For some reason, even though it was explicitly against the rules, some skits were allowed to do so anyway. Don't ask me why.
I forgot about this one because I don't really attend it anymore... so mine is based off of past years and what I hear. From what I've heard, it hasn't changed.
- I never particularly cared for how skits and certain walk-ons were mixed. I think the ones showing off their costumes & singing should be part of a separate event. I'm talking the individual ones (not the group ones.) I used to go for the skits and only the skits. I'm ok with singing if it is part of a skit but I don't think they should allow "I think I can sing so I wanna show off" individuals. Honestly, they should be taking part in karaoke not masquerade. Or maybe Stage Zero.
- At least make the costume thing a separate event... it doesn't do well on such as large stage and I think would do better in more of a cat-walk/fashion show setting. Have these people sign up for a "Cosplay Fashion show" instead. Plus, it gives you another event at fanime.
- Judging: I have no first hand experience with this but I've heard judging is rigged & biased. I think it should either be done by an independent party or an audience vote. We don't need to know the results right away; the fact that they already know who won just shortly after the show ends just screams "fake." We the audience aren't dumb and know the results aren't true.
- You know what... make the results a separate thing. If it isn't a audience vote, make it into a panel or event where it is one of those over the top judging shows. Where the judges have to explain what is great or bad about a skit.
On your judging suggestions though - As somebody who competes and does attend these things, I'm certain that what you hear about judging is hearsay. There is a separate panel doing judging. I have a lot of problems with Cosplay Spectacular this year, and the judging is not one of them. Masquerade staff does not judge these things - it's an outside panel, although they do often repeat (I think Wayne Kaa's local). Wayne Kaa's from ACparadise, I believe, and he's been judging at least since 2009 when I was competing. This year, the cosplay GOH was one of the judges (as it should be). I don't have any issue with the panel.
Additionally, one reason judging doesn't take as long as you might expect is because all the workmanship judging is done outside of the main show. It's not like the judges are doing their craftsmanship evaluation when the competitor is onstage. If the judges have a sheet where they score performances as they perform, judging is a simple matter of tallying points. And announcing in the same event makes sense because that way you have the competitors in their winning costumes for publicity photos. And this is still a costume competition, even if skits are involved, so that part should absolutely not go away.