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#1 User is offline   milkis13 

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:11 AM

When I went to Ohayocon in January, I brought my camcorder with me which can also take photos. I figured that even though it could take pics, if it had a video option, I should utilize it.

Asking people if I could take a video of them was extremely awkward, though. (I'm not a 40 year old man; I'm a 14-year-old female)

When asking, I tried to be as polite as possible:

Me: Um, excuse me, may I please take a video of you?
Cosplayer: Uhh... a video?
Me: Yeah.
Cosplayer: Okay...
Me: Just wave your sword or sing a song, anything really. Please?
Cosplayer: Okay... *strikes pose*

I figured that videos would better capture the cosplayer's enthusiasm and how they interpret their character. In a picture, they do a pose and they're done, but in a video they can strike multiple poses, do a rap (I had a Killer Bee cosplay do a rap for me once), dance or sing.

Anyway, every cosplayer that I've asked for a video has said yes, but if someone felt truly uncomfortable or just didn't want their video to be taken, all they have to do is say it.

How do you guys feel about this?
As a cosplayer, which do you prefer, video or photographs?

Thanks.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:35 AM

Hm, I won't lie, but if someone were to ask me that, I'd probably be taken aback.

Not so much by the fact that I'm being videotaped, but just because that's not what I would be expecting to fall out of their mouth. xD

Usually, people ask about taking pictures, so saying 'video' might simply throw them off for a bit. I'm sure that if you ask politely and explain your reasoning, they'll understand. (And from what I see here, many people were accommodating for you. ^^) Also, a lot of the times, if someone is taking video, they usually don't ask (I'm not encouraging this). Probably since it's like rolling footage... usually, the film just keeps going and the person might forget to stop and ask. I don't have any personal experience with this though, it's only what I've seen. ^^

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:02 AM

Like Fudgi said --- I honestly would be taken aback too. HOWEVER, if you were to ask me and then tell me why then I honestly would be fine with it.

As a cosplayer, I would prefer photo---but again, as I mentioned I would be fine with video too.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:14 AM

YES. YES. JUST YES. Videos are the best! I'd prefer to do an improv skit for a camera than strike a pose any day. I am new to this, so I'm not used to pictures(personally I feel like it would be a little weird if someone asked me for my picture, even if they do like my cosplay...do they send it to you later?), but I think that videos would be just as good, IMO better. ^^
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:29 AM

Uhm, I would totally perform for a video. Because I have. Totally. Before. I discovered a video with me in it after Anime Milwaukee. I was a little mortified because I was SO GOSH DARNED IN CHARACTER but then I was running the Maid Cafe and was a little stressed..... wow. Yeah.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:34 AM

I'm not sure which I'd like...i think it would depend on the cosplay. For Sailor Pluto there was SO much I wanted to do and so little time in photoshoots that I would have loved a video so i could swing my staff around and yell out her attacks....on the other hand Yoruichi without an opponent or Anthy without an Utena is better captured in photographs because I'm not sure what I could do in a video..


Also - I freeze up when I know I'm being watched sometimes so I would probably love the idea of video and say yes then be like in my head "oh crap what do i DO!!!!!!!"
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

Personally I would love someone to take a video, I like it when fans create Convention Montages and things like that. Example: "Acen 2011 FanVideo".
Since I like acting more in character rather then being me at a convention lol. ^^


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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:24 PM

I like video that showcases the costumes and is well executed...
like This

I dont care for the typical "walk around and shoot random video" deal.
Masquerade video is alright.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:51 PM

I think it would be cool to be in a video, so long as the video was used properly. Videoing can be fun.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:07 PM

I think it would be cool, and like others I would be taken aback and quite flattered. It's a great idea, and then you could even use clips of the video to make photos out of them. If you asked me or anyone did I'd say yes. I think most people if not 99% would not mind at all if you took a video of them. :)
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 02:21 PM

View Postmilkis13, on 17 April 2011 - 10:11 AM, said:

When I went to Ohayocon in January, I brought my camcorder with me which can also take photos. I figured that even though it could take pics, if it had a video option, I should utilize it.


Go for it! I've done a little, but I want to try and construct a video of cosplay next (maybe for ACEN).


View PostR1KKu, on 17 April 2011 - 12:24 PM, said:

I like video that showcases the costumes and is well executed...
like This
I dont care for the typical "walk around and shoot random video" deal.
Masquerade video is alright.


Exactly, that guy has skills and I like his videos (when the music appeals to me). He uses some serious stabilization equipment. I'm not exactly sure what he uses, but a common one called the "StediCam Merlin" is around $800... The ones that attach to the waist are $1000 - $5000. -_-

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 03:31 PM

View PostScott, on 17 April 2011 - 02:21 PM, said:

Go for it! I've done a little, but I want to try and construct a video of cosplay next (maybe for ACEN).




Exactly, that guy has skills and I like his videos (when the music appeals to me). He uses some serious stabilization equipment. I'm not exactly sure what he uses, but a common one called the "StediCam Merlin" is around $800... The ones that attach to the waist are $1000 - $5000. -_-


Yea, I met him last year at Youmacon and this Year at Ohayocon. Im in one of videos: Here at 3:06, Its pretty cool, I like his Equipment.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 03:40 PM

I wouldn't mind doing that in my costume since my character is aggressive. More of a reason to lash out in anger.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 03:47 PM

I'm used to pictures, so I guess I'm not really sure if I like video better or not.

But I have to agree, this vid is amazing!
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 05:16 PM

I'm afraid that my videos aren't as incredible as acksonl's, but they're a lot more fun to create than just taking pics. It gives you much more of a chance to interact with cosplayers. I haven't cosplayed yet; I know it's a lot of fun, but I don't have the money to buy any of the costumes I want to wear.

As I was making videos, I really appreciated the enthusiastic cosplayers. In particular, I remember a Luffy cosplayer who asked me if he could be in the video. I was going to ask him anyway, actually. XD Then he did some awesome second gear posing and pulled at his skin as if it were rubber.

It always makes me happy to meet cosplayers like that. :D

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:46 PM

You have a huge advantage, being a 14 year old female. Remember, being 40 and taking videos is a problem for a lot of people (as you have pointed out.)

Just ask. The worst thing that will happen is that they will say no. The world won't end because of it. And it's more their loss than yours.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:08 AM

View Postmilkis13, on 17 April 2011 - 05:16 PM, said:

I'm afraid that my videos aren't as incredible as acksonl's, but they're a lot more fun to create than just taking pics. It gives you much more of a chance to interact with cosplayers. I haven't cosplayed yet; I know it's a lot of fun, but I don't have the money to buy any of the costumes I want to wear.


Just know if you do cosplay, you will be spend a lot of your time posing if it is recognizable. Kind of a trade-off. :lol:

I just threw together a little video of the last convention I went to. I walked around the convention floor a bit with the video on to capture the feel of the place. Before anyone says anything, yeah, most of the stuff is out of focus. It was kind of intentional. :lol: I just guessed on the focus and had the camera set to a wide aperture.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:49 PM

A video would be fun! I'd be a little shocked, but I'd happily do a bit for the camera. :3

Also, the videos posted in the thread are great.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:04 PM

Oh man, I think I want to make a fun fanvideo when I go to acen. XD
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:29 PM

Came kinda late but wanted to say just try it.

I personally wouldn't mind or care besides the whole omg my voice is going to sound weeeeeeeeeeeeeeird thing ._.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:34 PM

Most people don't like their voices. XD
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:39 PM

I don't mind my voice and if I choose the right character I can pull off a smashing accent. The only problem is my normal accent which is incredibly obscure...kind of an east English accent watered down by midwest American to the point that only silent r's and hard t's remain...any ideas of something else I can try for Norway? Or maybe some reference for the Norwegian accent? I'll be set with Lithuania 'cause I saw him and heard his voice in the dub. Norway hasn't been dubbed yet...
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:47 PM

Speaking of Hetalia. I'll probably bring my Belarus. I don't really try to speak it. XD
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:59 PM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 18 April 2011 - 07:29 PM, said:

Came kinda late but wanted to say just try it.

I personally wouldn't mind or care besides the whole omg my voice is going to sound weeeeeeeeeeeeeeird thing ._.

Since you cosplay America, just shove a burger or straw in your mouth. Voice problem easily dealt with. ;P
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:48 PM

View PostTrini, on 18 April 2011 - 07:59 PM, said:

Since you cosplay America, just shove a burger or straw in your mouth. Voice problem easily dealt with. ;P


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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:08 PM

D-Don't watch it. Please read the comics. The anime is so gay. XD Literally.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:13 PM

No! He has to watch it. Well, the dub at least. If not for the show, then for dem accents. Oh my God those accents...
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:15 PM

Those accents are terrible. They're so.../facepalm'd. Haha, you will get a laugh though...China sounds like a peodophile. XD /was China in '09
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:59 PM

I honestly have no idea what I would do for a video lol, so I would be a little apprehensive.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:02 PM

I've been meaning to do vlogs and stuff for fun for quite some time. XD I should come up with what to do, when I start filming. I'm a very shy person too.
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