Extended Practice idea generation 1

As of 25th February 2017
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Mindmap of my ideas regarding crossplay & gender

Feedback I received from Cecil, a fellow cosplayer, was that he liked the ideas of how gender is accepted by the community, and the uproar over banning men from cosplaying as female characters etc. He also liked the focus on genderbent cosplays and how they are viewed differently within the community.

  • There’s a clear difference between the cosplay community’s views on gender exploration and over what might be referred to as “sexy genderbent” cosplays. Could be interesting gathering views on these things?

Initial Cosplay Powerpoint Presentation
Feedback from peers & tutor:

  • Music videos style photographs with flip book and headphones?
    You could make a video but take stills from it?
  • Characters with interesting gender expression, song to do with gender perhaps.
    Own thoughts: what if you did it on a transformation?
    Pidge from Voltron as a potential character – Cecil plans to cosplay them.
    – Could you show her cutting her hair for instance, with it being the cosplayer styling the wig at the same time? – Maybe some kind of mix between in-character and out-of-character shots, maintaining the same aesthetic, similar or even contrasting? But have it fit the song still.
    – Character reinventing self, cosplayer creating the character – a new character brought to life in this sense, in two different ways.
  • Feedback from Tess about Gender: saying how it’s always really interesting hearing about gender, as someone who isn’t part of the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone always seems really interested.
    – Thinks our generation don’t know as much as her younger sister’s for instance. E.g. gender neutral bathrooms introduced at her school, things like this become the norm?

This feedback did give me more ideas, but left me even more confused than before.


I spoke with my study support tutor:

  • Are there any conventions happening between now and the deadline, for if I wanted to try a documentary kind of approach? Yes:
    http://majikkon.com/
  • Could you create a music video, but also a documentary video of the process?
    – Channel 4 take this kind of approach a lot – want to research!
    Cosplay example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R_k9WeZM_0 
  • Doesn’t have to be a music video – could be a photoshoot, convention, or other creative outlet.

I aim to contact friends who might be interested in any ideas discussed above – both those attending the upcoming Majikkon convention, and those who aren’t.

EP: Adobe Premiere Screenshots

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Organisation of interview answers

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Some of my own stock footage was of smaller dimensions. I created a Sequence based on its dimensions and added the larger files to it, which I scaled to size by choosing this option. This way I wouldn’t stretch the smaller footage and lose quality.

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An image zoomed in, unsure whether to crop all of Adam’s like this.

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Reference for the previous image.

Extended Practice: Full feedback from Joe

Feedback on Char Wetherhill, Documentary Filming

Joseph Hague

 

Char approached me late March after complications with previous arrangements to aid with the creation of their film documentary for their final project based upon cosplay, gender and the differences in society from that community and the general society. I have watched them develop the idea, given them aid and guidance, as well as helped film in person on location, and out of location for Char – along with giving them some samples of my previous work from university and my cosplay conventions documentation as stock footage to use as freely they wish.

 

For their filming, Char filmed two events alone that I reviewed the footage of one in a meeting we had to help with their planning, and a third one which I was on location with them. The first shoot they did on-location of a local convention, had good visuals and use of the rule of thirds when filming subjects – placing them in areas to catch background movements, not in the centre of the shot ect. – but the sound quality was a weak point in the first shooting due to the environment. Without lapel microphones, or the microphone being able to record sound on separate level (something they cannot control from their chosen camera) it lead to a large amount of background noise in the interviews. They did improve on this upon the second on-location of a local gathering, which I was pleased to see as it shows they learnt and were willing to improve upon direction and again showed great understanding of the rule of thirds and how to frame a shot to appear interesting. Char has a good eye for the visualisation of a shot in static.

 

When we filmed together on-location with Adam, I was able to aid Char and watch them physically film and see them in motion. Their approach to dealing with Adam, as interviewee, was professional and open to help him be comfortable with the filming process. Informing him before what they wished to achieve, the process and keeping themselves accessible.

 

When it came to filming and their use of the camera, while Char has confidence with static shots, they have some improvements with their dynamic ones in contrast. Specifically, when interacting with a person. When filming, we would both do so separately to gather multiple shots while we had a static camera capturing, to which they were comfortable with and clearly familiar with. But the one time I truly had to help came about the dynamic shots of Adam in his costume to showcase it. Some of this, I know, comes from Char focusing mainly on photography and not on capturing a sequence of shots in motion. They did apply themselves fully however, listening and only needing some direction to help aid them and over time, I know Char can develop themselves to overcome the nerves and grow a deeper understanding of creating a sequence visually in their mind by poses. I believe that a growing in confidence will help them achieve greater, as the foundation and knowledge on filming and photography is in place though uncertainty on themselves blocks them from doing something they may have thought out, or clearly thinking of how to approach a filming situation.

 

Overall, Char has shown a good understanding of filming and bringing a project to life. More time and less unfortunate events that delayed filming for them could have helped them be able to achieve what they envisioned, but overall from a practical view on filming they have skills that can be honed further with confidence and practice.

Extended Practice: Footage

I set up a Google Spreadsheet document that Joe- a cosplay friend of whom is well versed with filmmaking- and I could both add to, when planning our shot list and eventually when listing what we had filmed.

I didn’t manage to list much of my own footage, so I’m attaching screenshots of it below…

My own:

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Majikkon

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Footage of Adam – Interview, getting ready & in-cosplay shots

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Leeds Cosplay Group

Joe’s extra footage not listed in the shot list (submitted physically):

 

EP: Further Facebook Posts

To gather interest, making the most of my large number of friends who identify as transgender and cosplay or who “crossplay”, and also to make attendees of events aware of my filming.

As a lot of my friends who were interested lived far away or out of the country (Slovenia and Norway) I considered trying to interview them through Skype if I had the time, as it would be beneficial to include voices of international cosplayers – especially if the film describes cosplay as international.

Extended Practice: Majikkon

MAJIKKON: Huddersfield Anime/Manga & Comic Con is a part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival, celebrating all things Japanese and Sci-Fi.

Majikkon Website

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I created a post on the event’s Facebook event page to reach out to attendees: I gained the interest of 3 respondents…

Respondents:

  1. Asher Beach (friend) – Trans Man.
  2. Rachael Artie Graham (mutual friends) – Nonbinary. Cosplaying Tamaki.
  3. Jack Trixx Sharman (mutual friends) – Gender neutral. Cosplaying Twilight Sparkle.

I also created a list of questions (Submitted physically) I wanted to gain responses to, and made sure to book out the relevant equipment from AV. i.e. camera, RODE microphone, SD card, battery charger etc. I had a friend travel with me to and from the convention; she brought her tripod for me, to reduce the amount I had to carry (which would be difficult whilst I was in my cosplay).

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I also experimented with the camera’s photography, as the lens had a manual aperture- something I am unused to. The latter two I was the most pleased with, and I spent some time with them in Photoshop – adjusting colours, white balance, merging photos etc. and experimenting with adding my logo as a watermark.
I posted the images online and was able to find the second cosplayer, who shared the photos on her Instagram account and credited me.