Welcome to 2020 and MileHiCon 52 Virtual’s Masquerade/Cosplay Contest!
Obviously, this year is going to be very different … but we hope a number of you will participate via the new options. There are several parts to this, and different technical guidelines than usual. Please read everything and if you have questions contact me.
Before the Masquerade/Cosplay Contest
Prior to the convention and parallel to the contest, there will be several CosPlay photo galleries on the MileHiCon website. We encourage you to contribute to this gallery.
- past MileHiCon costumes – display only
- costumes you did for other conventions – display only
- hall costumes for this year – eligible for ribbons/awards
- kids costumes*, including original Halloween costumes even if not absolutely genre—i.e., no Spiderman costumes from Target but a home-made waffle iron outfit, sure! – eligible for ribbons/awards
Send good images, 300dpi by preference, but not huge files. Please include any identification and/or photo credit you want displayed with the image, and up to 50 words noting special brag-worthy features of the costume. Send the images to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note which CosPlay Gallery they should be placed in.
*Is something a kids costume, or a hall costume? If the person is over 16, definitely a hall costume. If the person is 15 or younger … they and you make the call and label the image accordingly when submitting.
For the Masquerade/Cosplay Contest
The MileHiCon Masquerade/Cosplay Contest is for creations derived from and inspired by science fiction, fantasy (high/urban/other), horror, mythology, anime, steampunk, comics, theater, cyberpunk, media, history, and assorted other realms of the imagination. Fannish puns and shaggy-dog joke costumes, if the presentation is kept short, are also fine.
You may enter the masquerade individually and also as part of a duo/group if you do so in another costume/character (and COVID logistics permit).
Costumes that have won a major award at a previous MileHiCon are not permitted to compete again. (But submit pictures for the gallery!)
Presentation and Submission Guidelines (including crucial technical stuff)
Awards: Masquerade entries will be judged on the individual merits of the costume and its presentation. The number of entries will influence how many awards will be given, but at a minimum there will be a Best Costume and Best Presentation Award, and we are hoping to set up a system to permit online voting for an Audience Choice Award. If it turns out to be a trend this year, I am also thinking of a Best COVid/Plague Related Costume Award.
Judges have not been finalized yet, but keep an eye on the website and MHC social media for updates!
Mature Content Guidelines: We are sticking with PG … maybe PG-13. If you have questions and don’t want to be edited or asked to re-do things, again … contact me at email@example.com.
Live Animals, Weapons, Pyrotechnics, and Other Normally Prohibited Effects: It’s your living room and backyard, so feel free to go crazy this year! Just remember that MileHiCon will neither bail you out nor testify on your behalf at the HOA meeting.
Three minutes or less is optimal, with a maximum of four minutes if the presentation requires it. Overlong videos will be edited. Remember—short and tightly scripted is better than longer and rambling, and decent sound quality is crucial!
Shoot videos in landscape/horizontal orientation.
Quicktime (.mov) format is ideal; please avoid .mp4, .wmv, or .mxf. We can work with other formats, but they require a lengthy conversion process and there's usually loss of quality.
30 or 29.97 frames per second is fairly standard; most phones or cameras will probably default to that. If necessary, adjustments will be made in Final Cut.
For resolution, the higher the better, 1080p is ideal. Aspect ratio should be 16:9 (iPhone at least defaults to this). Other ratios may require some cropping.
If stills rather than video works best for you, we can use the Ken Burns pan over, dissolve, etc. style. Pease send at least five (5) images from different angles and in different poses to show off the costume; you can also submit more and we’ll pick the best for the presentation.
Landscape is best, but if you have a really good vertical picture we can make it work. The higher the resolution the better the result; minimum 100dpi and preferably higher. Tiff is better than jpeg if possible, but we can work with other formats.
If you have music you want to accompany the images or video, you can include that either as a file or a link.
IMPORTANT NOTE: as the masquerade/cosplay will be online all music MUST BE public domain, creative commons, or something you have permission to use (include some kind of documentation). YouTube has been known to pull videos and stop livestreams if their bots recognize copyrighted music, so we can’t be flexible on this.
All entries (video and still) need to be submitted by midnight on September 30 so our tech person has enough time to cut everything together and troubleshoot anything unexpected. Sending them earlier may result in extra loving care being taken with your segment. 😉
Submit Entries Here: