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    Fantasy and Science Fiction Masquerade

    Costume-Con 26 Fantasy and Science Fiction Masquerade Awards

    Posted: May 7, 2008

    Here are the results from the F & SF Masquerade at CC26:

    Workmanship Awards

    Creative Materials Manipulation Workmanship in Novice Division
    D'Mentia
    Patty Keller

    Best Leather Work Workmanship in Novice Division
    Predator Arbitator
    Julie Spehar

    Best Armor Workmanship in Novice Division
    Kain
    MariEllen Cottman

    Best Use of Color Workmanship in Novice Division
    Calm After the Storm
    MaryAnn Westfield

    Best in Class Workmanship in Novice Division
    True Love
    Lindsay Tallman

    Honorable Mention Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Lu Xun, Blus Chinese Dragon
    Bethany Padron

    Honorable Mention Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Elegant Gothic Aristocrat - Demon Version
    Caistarrin

    Sculptural Techniques Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Best Foes Forever
    Mette Hedin and Bryan Little

    Best Use of Electronics Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Captian Nemo's Dream and the Fourth Elemental
    Doghood and Wayne Rhodes

    Best Recreation Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Ithilian Ranger
    Rohtireth

    Best Use of Materials Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    Nightmares of Oz
    Thea Teufel, Jess Saxon, Heather Knight, Kim Smith and Sheri Tague

    Best in Class Workmanship in Journeyman Division
    A Rare Flower
    Hoshikage

    Honorable Mention Workmanship in Master Division
    Midsummer Night's Dream
    Pierre Pettinger Sandy Pettinger Nora Mai Karen Heim Elaine Mami

    Honorable Mention Workmanship in Master Division
    Van Helsing
    Sa Winfield, Kent Elofson, Dawn Rose, David Rose, Danica Lisiewicz & Nicole Roberts

    Best Texturing Workmanship in Master Division
    Sometimes and Angel
    Robert Heart

    Painting Dyes and Detailing Workmanship in Master Division
    The Rare and Elusive Firecat
    Stephanie Park

    Best Gadgetry in Master Division
    From the Journal of Professor Gideon Pike
    Bruce Mai

    Most Evocative Use of Fabric Workmanship in Master Division
    What Lies Beneath
    Jacqueline M. Ward

    Plastic Casting and Accessories Workmanship in Master Division
    Devil-s Darning Needle
    Nola Yergen-Jennings, Gail Wolfenden-Steib, and Rene Floetke

    Best in Class Workmanship in Master Division
    We Lost
    Lynette Eklund and Lance Ikegawa

    Best In Show Workmanship
    Comrades in Arms
    Kathe and Philip Gust



    Presentation Awards
    Best Young Fan Made by Mom
    Edna Mode
    Samantha Briant and Bridgit Landry
    Honorable Mention Recreatiion in the Novice Division
    True Love
    Lindsay Tallman
    Choreography in the Novice Division
    Kain
    MariEllen Cottman
    Exuberant Stage Presence in the Novice Division
    The Calm After the Storm
    Mary Ann Westfield
    Best in Class in the Novice Division
    Boriel
    Kathy Whitesel
    Best Characterization in the Journeyman Division
    Barf!
    Nicole Roberts
    Most Regal in the Journeyman Division
    Hail, Danu'bele
    Jacqueline Langworthy Smith and Beth Stireman
    Best Recreation in the Journeyman Division
    A Rare Flower
    Hoshikage
    Best Concept in the Journeyman Division
    Nightmares of Oz
    Thea Teufel, Jess Saxon, Heather Knight, Kim Smith, and Sheri Tague
    Best in Class in the Journeyman Division
    Best Foes Forever
    Mette Hedin and Bryan Little
    Honorable Mention for Presentation in the Master Division
    Sometimes an Angel
    Robert Heart
    Honorable Mention for Humor in the Master Division
    Princess Zelda, Warrior Granny
    Zelda Gilbert
    Best off the Cuff in the Master Division
    My Lady Green Sleeves
    Julia and Richard Hyll
    Sheer Elegance in the Master Division
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Nora Mai, Karen Heim, and Elaine Mami
    Best Original Creation in the Master Division
    The Rare and Elusive Firecat
    Stephanie Park
    Best in Class in the Master Division
    The Devil's Darning Needle
    Nola Yergen-Jennings, Gail Wolfenden-Steib, and Rene Floetke
    Best in Show Presentation
    Space Girls
    Cordelia Willis, Nina Kempf, Tammy Wanzer, Caitlin Schindler, and Angie Clough

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    Costume-Con 26 Fantasy and Science Fiction Entries

    Posted: May 7, 2008

    Following are the entries in the CC26 F & SF Masquerade:

    1. Edna Mode
      Master Division
      Presented by: Samantha Briant
      Created by: Bridgit Landry
      Designed by: Bridgit Landry
    2. The Queen Comes to Town
      Master Division
      Presented by: Alexandra Dysinski
      Created by: Alexandra
      Designed by: Alexandra
    3. St Mungo Hospital Healer
      Master Division
      Presented by: Anne Davenport
      Created by: Anne Davenport
      Designed by: Anne Davenport
    4. Devil-s Darning Needle
      Master Division
      Presented by: Nola Yergen-Jennings Gail Wolfenden-Steib Rene Floetke
      Created by: Nola, Gail, and Rene
      Designed by: Nola and Gail
    5. The Calm after the Storm
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Alyssa
      Created by: Mary Ann Westfield
      Designed by: Mary Ann Westfield
    6. The Time Traveler
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Dave Kanoy
      Created by: Dave Kanoy
      Designed by: Dave Kanoy
    7. Elegant Mythos
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Susan and Rebecca Parisi
      Created by: Susan and Rebecca Parisi
      Designed by: Susan and Rebecca Parisi
    8. Predator Arbitrator
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Julie Spehar
      Created by: Julie Spehar
      Designed by: Julie Spehar
    9. Hail, Danu'bele!
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Jacqueline Langworthy Smith and Beth Stireman
      Created by: Jacqueline Langworthy Smith and Beth Stireman
      Designed by: Jacqueline Langworthy Smith and Beth Stireman
    10. A Rare Flower
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Hoshikage
      Created by: Hoshikage
      Designed by: Hoshikage
    11. Captain Amelia
      Master Division
      Presented by: Jennifer Wylie and Bill Howard
      Created by: Jennifer Wylie
      Designed by: Jennifer Wylie
    12. Best Foes Forever
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Mette Hedin & Bryan Little
      Created by: Mette Hedin & Bryan Little
      Designed by: Mette Hedin & Bryan Little
    13. Lu Xun (Blue Chinese Dragon)
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Bethany Padron
      Created by: Bethany Padron
      Designed by: Bethany Padron
    14. Kain
      Novice Division
      Presented by: MariEllen Cottman
      Created by: MariEllen Cottman
      Designed by: MariEllen Cottman
    15. Elementally Good
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Tiffany Thomas, Zach Shaffer, Tara Hatchett, Caroline Smeby
      Created by: Tiffany Thomas, Zach Shaffer, Tara Hatchett, Caroline Smeby
      Designed by: Tiffany Thomas, Zach Shaffer, Tara Hatchett, Caroline Smeby
    16. Mourning Queen
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Lisa Klassen
      Created by: Lisa Klassen
      Designed by: Lisa Klassen
    17. C.S.I.
      Exhibition Division
      Presented by: Victoria Warren
      Created by: Victoria Warren
      Designed by: Victoria Warren
    18. Sometimes an Angel
      Master Division
      Presented by: Robert Heart
      Created by: Robert Heart
      Designed by: Robert Heart
    19. Barf!
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Nicole Roberts
      Created by: Nicole Roberts
      Designed by: Nicole Roberts & Kent Elofson
    20. Van Helsing
      Master Division
      Presented by: Sa Winfield, Kent Elofson, Dawn Rose, David Rose, Danica Lisiewicz, Maryann Cappa
      Created by: Sa Winfield, Kent Elofson, Dawn Rose, David Rose, Danica Lisiewicz & Nicole Roberts
      Designed by: Gabiella Pascucci
    21. My Lady Green Sleeves
      Master Division
      Presented by: Julia and Richard Hyll
      Created by: Julia Hyll
      Designed by: Julia Hyll
    22. Rorshach
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Read More Comics
      Created by: Christopher Erickson and Athena Worrell
      Designed by: Christopher Erickson and Athena Worrell
    23. True Love
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Lindsay Tallman
      Created by: Lindsay Tallman
      Designed by: Lindsay Tallman
    24. Arrrrchimedes the Pi-rat
      Master Division
      Presented by: JoAnn Abbott
      Created by: JoAnn Abbott
      Designed by: JoAnn Abbott
    25. "We Lost"
      Master Division
      Presented by: Lynette Eklund (Orc) Lance Ikegawa (Warg)
      Created by: Lynette Eklund (Orc) Lance Ikegawa (Warg)
      Designed by: Lance Ikegawa and Jen Seng
    26. Behold Winter
      Master Division
      Presented by: Lisa Ashton, Ming Diaz
      Created by: Lisa Ashton
      Designed by: Lisa Ashton
    27. D'Mentia
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Patti Keller
      Created by: Patti Keller
      Designed by: Patti Keller
    28. Comrades in Arms
      Master Division
      Presented by: Kathy and Philip Gust
      Created by: Kathe and Philip Gust
      Designed by: Kathe and Philip Gust
    29. The Goddess
      Master Division
      Presented by: Aurora Celeste
      Created by: Aurora Celeste
      Designed by: Aurora Celeste
    30. M.U. Hazardous Materials Unit
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Deech Mestel
      Created by: Deech Mestel
      Designed by: Deech Mestel
    31. Finally, an Invitation
      Master Division
      Presented by: Catherine Leeson
      Created by: Catherine Leeson
      Designed by: Catherine Leeson
    32. The Fourth Element
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Doghood
      Created by: Wayne Rhodes & Doghood
      Designed by: Wayne Rhodes
    33. Way Back When
      Master Division
      Presented by: Audrey Schmidt, JonnaLyhn Hall, Alan Schmidt
      Created by: Audrey Schmidt, with help from Lindie Schmidt in wrangling the hoop wires. Lindie Schmidt constructed the props, with help from Audrey Schmidt and Alan Schmidt.
      Designed by: Audrey Schmidt, using Simplicity Patterns
    34. Elegant Gothic Aristocrat -- Demon version
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Caistarrin (Evil Bishounin #289A)
      Created by: Caistarrin
      Designed by: Caistarrin
    35. NIghtmares of OZ
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Thea Teufel as Dorthy Gale, Jess Saxon as The Scarecrow, Heather Knight as The Tinman, Kim Smith as The Cowardly Lion and Sheri Tague as The Wizard.
      Created by: Each costume was made by the person wearing it.
      Designed by: Each costume was designed by the wearer.
    36. Space Girls
      Master Division
      Presented by: Cordelia Willis, Nina Kempf, Tammy Wanzer, Caitlin Schindler, and Angie Clough
      Created by: same as above: Cordelia Willis, Nina Kempf, Tammy Wanzer, Caitlin Schindler, and Angie Clough
      Designed by: same as above: Cordelia Willis, Nina Kempf, Tammy Wanzer, Caitlin Schindler, and Angie Clough
    37. The rare and elusive firecat
      Master Division
      Presented by: Stephanie Park
      Created by: Stephanie Park
      Designed by: Stephanie Park
    38. Captain Nemo's Dream
      Master Division
      Presented by: Wayne Rhodes
      Created by: Doghood
      Designed by: Doghood
    39. What Lies Beneath
      Master Division
      Presented by: Jacqueline M. Ward
      Created by: Jacqueline M. Ward
      Designed by: Jacqueline M. Ward
    40. Boriel
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Kathy Whitesel
      Created by: Kathy Whitesel
      Designed by: Kathy Whitesel
    41. A Stylish Bumble Bee
      Novice Division
      Presented by: Michelle Abbott
      Created by: Michelle Abbott
      Designed by: Michelle Abbott
    42. From the Journal of Professor Gideon Pike
      Master Division
      Presented by: Bruce Mai
      Created by: Bruce Mai
      Designed by: Bruce Mai
    43. Princess Zelda: Warrior Granny
      Master Division
      Presented by: Zelda Gilbert
      Created by: Zelda Gilbert, with assistance by Karen Lipschutz
      Designed by: Zelda Gilbert, Janet Wilson-Anderson
    44. Ithilian Ranger
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Sheryl Gray
      Created by: Sheryl Gray
      Designed by: Sheryl Gray
    45. (Moved to Entry 0)
    46. Before Christian arrived at the Moulin Rouge
      Journeyman Division
      Presented by: Miko, Jo Rhett
      Created by: Miko
      Designed by: Miko
    47. Swamp Fairy
      Master Division
      Presented by: Julia Clayton
      Created by: Julia Clayton
      Designed by: Julia Clayton
    48. A Midsummer Nights Dream
      Master Division
      Presented by: Pierre Pettinger Sandy Pettinger Nora Mai Karen Heim Elaine Mami
      Created by: All the above
      Designed by: All the above

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    Ordering official Costume-Con 26 DVDs

    Posted: June 8, 2008

    The Official Video DVDs of the Costume-Con 26 Stage Competitions are now available for order!

    There are two DVDs available:

    • CC26-SIFI - Contains the Science Fiction Masquerade Event.
    • CC26-HIST - Contains the Historical Masquerade and the Dimensions In Design Event.

    Each DVD is $14.00 Dollars (includes shipping). Order requests should be sent to

    Eric Cannon,
    6446 Abbeydale Court,
    Orlando, Florida, 32818.
    Checks should be made payable to "Eric Cannon".
    

    If you prefer, you may contact him at RRVORLANDO (at) MSN.COM, if you would prefer to pay via PAYPAL.

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    Posted: January 31, 2008

    Whether you like to compete or just see exciting costumes presented, the Masquerades are for you. A grand tradition at Science Fiction conventions, competitors show individual costumes or group costume projects on stage in very short theatrical vignettes.

    Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade

    The cornerstone of Costume-Con, the Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade evolved from the costume competitions that have gone on at science fiction conventions for decades. Let your imagination run wild, or recreate a costume from literature or the movies, and present it on stage. The possibilities are endless.

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    Help Wanted: Technical Crew

    Posted: February 19, 2008

    Tech crew will need a LOT of help for loading in, set-up, and tear-down.
    - Day of load-in we'll need people at my warehouse (on the other side of the airport) in the morning to load the truck and trailer. The same crew will unload it at the hotel, and get it all into the ballroom.
    - We will also need be meeting the lighting truss rigging company, in order to get their truck unloaded (as we are paying them by the hour for technical services, and the clock starts ticking the moment their truck touched the DTSJ loading dock).
    - On the last day, we need a big crew to tear everything back down, pack it up, and get it back in the trucks, and then to unload at the warehouse.

    Interested parties should send messages to volunteers@cc26.org.

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    Masquerade Stage model available for download

    Posted: February 11, 2008

    We've built a 3d model of the stage layout we're planning to use for the Historical and the Fantasy and Science Fiction masquerades.

    It's been created using Google Sketchup, a free 3d modeling tool available from http://sketchup.google.com
    You may download either the full program or a smaller viewer program from http://sketchup.google.com/gsu6/download.html

    The model is available as the CC26 Final Masquerade Stage Design by "Urban Jungleboy"

    sketch of the CC26 masquerade stage
    Snapshot of the CC26 Masquerade stage, from the 3d Model

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    Costume-Con 26 Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade Rules and Information

    Posted: December 31, 2007

    The basic information:

    I'm your F&SF Masquerade director, Jennifer Tifft. I hope to provide you with a pleasantly memorable (or at least appropriately un-adventuresome) environment to present in.

    There are 3 main sections here. The first explains how division placement works. The second is the rules (i.e. the things that can get you disqualified). The third is the basic rundown of what you've got to work with. There is also a fourth section for your perusal, the instruction the judges will be receiving.

    "Presentation" and "Workmanship" judging are entirely separate in the Fantasy and Science Fiction Masquerade. There is a judging panel for Presentation and a judging panel for Workmanship. Each panel selects and gives its own awards. Workmanship judging is not required, and the decisions and deliberations of the Workmanship panel have no influence on the Presentation panel.

    Please remember, this competition is not all about you. It is all about you and your fellow competitors. By respecting the rules and procedures of this competition, you help ensure that your fellow competitors get a fair shake.

    This is revision 1.2, published December 2008*. It may not be the final revision of these documents. Please return to the CC26 website for more information.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at fsfmasq@cc26.org . Please put "CC26 Masquerade" in the subject line.

    30 Jan 2008 Edit: age of Young Fan division adjusted to 13 to match Historical Masquerade rules

    Division Placement:

    Most entries will be placed in the ICG standard divisions of Novice, Journeyman and Master. A group entry will be placed in the division appropriate for its most experienced member.

    Master:

    • Any competitor may enter in the Master division
    • Professional costumers [may/must] compete in the Master division

    Journeyman:

    • Professional costumers may not enter in the Journeyman division.
    • A contestant who has competed and won in the Master/Open division at an international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
    • A contestant who has won "Best in Show" or "Best Journeyman" at an international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
    • A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division in international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division

    Novice:

    • Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division.
    • A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice at an international competition may not enter in the Novice division.
    • A contestant who has won "Best in Show" or "Best Novice" at an international competition may not enter in the Novice division.
    • A contestant who has won more than two major awards in the Novice division at international competitions may not enter in the Novice division

    Young Fan

    • The Young Fan division is open only to competitors under the age of 13 who have participated actively in the design and construction of their costumes
    • If a costume is entirely adult designed and constructed, it may not be entered in the Young Fan division no matter the age of the person wearing it

    Exhibition

    • The Exhibition division is an open division. Any presenter may enter the Exhibition division
    • The Exhibition division is presentation-only. Exhibition entries are not judged either for presentation or workmanship, nor are they eligible for any award
    • Entries that have already won awards at other [international] events and have not been significantly modified may enter the Exhibition division

    Clarifications and Definitions

    • For this masquerade, any person who made more than 1/3 of his or her annual income by costuming in any of the last 5 years qualifies as a "professional"
    • "International competition" means "WorldCon Masquerade" or "Costume-Con Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade." If you have participated in other large international competitions, such as San Diego ComicCon International, Anime Expo, or the Dragon*Con costume contest the Masquerade Director will be happy to help you select the appropriate division on a case-by-case basis
    • "Major awards" includes any awards that do not feature "Honorable Mention" or "Honored for" in the name
    • "Most Experienced Member" in general means just that for division placement. If you have a situation that you feel warrants an exception speak to the Masquerade Director
    • Competitors under 13 who have participated in the design and creation of their costume may enter in the "Young Fan" division. Adult-designed and-constructed costumes presented by children may be entered in the maker's division or the Exhibition division (not in competition)
    • Any competitor may enter in a more advanced division than he or she is placed
    • Any competitor has the option to enter in the Exhibition division (not in competition)
    • If you have any questions about any of this, do not hesitate to ask, the earlier the better

    The Rules:

    If you violate any of these rules, you may be disqualified and dropped from the competition.

    1. All masquerade contestants must be attending members of CC26. If the maker and presenter are different people, both must be attending members. (note: see Special Circumstances below for certain exceptions.
    2. This is a costume competition celebrating and rewarding the art and craft of costuming. Purchased and rented costumes may not be entered.
    3. A costume may not be entered in competition if it has won "Best in Show" or "Best in Division" at an ICG-recognized international competition. It may be entered in the Exhibition division (not in competition).
    4. Each presenter may only appear on stage in a single masquerade entry. One body, one presentation.
    5. The standard PG rule applies. No costume is "no costume."
    6. No live animals are allowed on stage with the exceptions of a) people and b)service animals.
    7. No materials or effects that will leave a mess on stage or in the green room are allowed. No effects that may ruin another entrant's costume are allowed.
    8. No pyrotechnics or any other open flames are allowed.
    9. All special effects must be reviewed with me before or at rehearsal (the earlier, the better).
    10. Rehearsal is required. You need it to get a feel for the stage. We need it to make sure your tech is right, and to make sure the crew knows what to expect from your entry.
    11. If you're going to have large props, bring your own ninjas to get them on and off stage. Bring them to rehearsal too.
    12. Individual entries are granted 60 seconds on stage. You may use less time, but if you exceed the limit without prior approval, you will be ineligible for any award.
    13. Group entries are granted 90 seconds on stage. You may use less time, but if you exceed the limit without prior approval, you will be ineligible for any award.
    14. Additional time may be granted if you can show me that you will use it well. Requests for additional time should be made early (i.e. as soon as you know how long you want). Last-minute requests (any point after your paperwork is turned in) will not be looked upon favorably.

    Special Circumstances

    Since in some areas of costuming, particularly Fursuit and Cosplay, the Creator and the Presenter are frequently not the same person, special arrangements must be made when the Creator of such a costume entered in competition will not be present at CC26.

    • If the Creator (defined as the person who did the majority of principal construction and/or design on the costume. For fur-suits this would include the head and/or 'torso') has an attending membership but cannot attend the convention,
      • You need to let me know this either when you register or at the convention before registration closes.
      • Bring with you a signed copy (or equivalent) of the Non-Attending Creator Statement below.
    • If the Creator has a supporting membership,
      • You need to let me know this either when you register or at the convention before registration closes.
      • Bring with you a signed copy (or equivalent) of the Non-Attending Creator Statement below.
    • If the Creator does not have a membership,
      • A supporting or higher membership for that person must be obtained in order for the costume to be entered in competition. Supporting memberships are set at $35.00.
      • Notify me either when registering for the Masquerade or at the convention before registration closes of the situation.
      • Bring with you a signed copy (or equivalent) of the Non-Attending Creator Statement below.
    • The Masquerade Director will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to allow an entry to compete when the creator is a supporting member, since the usual rule requires an attending membership.
    • Entering in the Exhibition category does not require a non-attending maker to have a membership. I encourage you to enter in this category if the above will be a hardship.

    Hints and suggestions:

    The following information will help you ensure you get the most out of your investment in the competition. These suggestions are not mandatory, but they are Strongly Advised.

    This is a Fantasy & Science Fiction Masquerade. Please respect our theme. There is a Historical Masquerade for your historical costume.

    If you're entering a re-creation costume, bring documentation. A letter-size color photocopy or color print of your source should be sufficient to show the judges what you're trying to recreate (5 copies would be nice). The judges will probably ignore anything other than that. Video, floppy disks and CDs are right out. Paper, please.

    Workmanship judging is optional. In the F&SF masquerade, workmanship is judged by a separate panel and has no bearing on presentation awards. All entrants are encouraged to participate in workmanship judging. You can't win a workmanship award if you're not judged.

    If you think a personal or business relationship with a judge will make it difficult for the judge to be objective, please talk to me. I will consult with the judging panel, and we'll come up with a reasonable course of action.

    Don't wear your masquerade entry in the halls at the convention before the masquerade. This will reduce the impact your entry has on the judges and audience. Most judges will ding an entry they've seen walking around the halls.

    Don't plan on having access to power on stage. There will not be access to power on stage. Extension cords all over the stage aren't particularly safe.

    Don't plan for complex lighting. It will not be there. If you wish anything other than default lighting, discuss it when you check in with me, and also with the crew at rehearsal.

    Don't plan to use a microphone. During presentations, the MC is the only person with a microphone. Spoken narrative must be pre-recorded or provided when you register in script form for the MC. Spoken dialog must be pre-recorded.

    Speaking of pre-recorded, we will accept tape, but we prefer CD and will also accept MP3 files. The "5-copy rule" is a good guideline. Terrible things can happen to tapes and CDs; make a master and 4 copies. Pack them in separate bags. We've seen too many people lose their only music.

    If you are providing a CD, make sure it only includes the material you wish to use on track 1 (no commercial CDs). If you are providing a tape, same deal, and make sure your material is recorded at the start of both the A-side and B-side (tech snafus happen, but this can help you avoid one possible snafu).

    Judges' Instructions

    "Excellence deserves award" is your watchword.

    I ask that you be serious in granting awards. A serious award with a funny name is fine. Please don't grant an award if you don't think the entry has real merit. No "joke" awards.

    You are encouraged to award "Best in Show" and "Best in Division" (for each division) if you find such awards are appropriate. For all other awards, please judge each entry on its own merit.

    It's up to you to decide whether an entry deserves a major or minor award. Consider, though, that for novice and journeyman division, major awards indicate you think the entrant deserves a nudge into a more experienced division.

    Please identify "minor" awards by using "Honorable Mention" or "Honored for excellence in" in the award name. Anything that doesn't have "Honorable Mention" in the name is a major award.

    For each award granted, please identify the entry and the competitor being granted the award. For example:

    • you wish to give a child a presentation award for a costume made by an adult. Name the child.
    • you wish to give a workmanship award to the person who did all the beading on a group entry. Name that person.

    If you need help identifying the appropriate person to grant an award, ask your clerk.

    Competitors who have entered re-creation costumes are asked (but not required) to provide as documentation a color photocopy or print of the image the costume is based on. You may ignore any documentation beyond that.

    If you think a personal or business relationship with a competitor will make it difficult to be objective in your judging, please talk to both me and your fellow judges about the problem, and we'll come up with a reasonable course of action.

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    Fantasy and Science Fiction Masquerade Forms

    Posted: March 1, 2008

    Our online masquerade system is now up and running! You may access the system via the F & SF Masquerade Pre-registration Form. Note that you must be a registered member of the convention to pre-register online; you will need to log into our interactive system in order to access the form.
    Once you have submitted your pre-reg, you may return at any time to update the information in it, by logging in and then clicking on the "view my profile" link in the upper or left menus.

    You may also download and use these printable (Adobe Acrobat PDF) forms.

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