INFORMATION AND RULES
Masquerade will take place in the ballroom at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
CONTESTANT'S CHECK-IN6:30 p.m. /
CREW: 6:00 p.m.***
Masquerade entry form must be submitted when registering.All
entrants must sigh the form.
up entry forms at the Masquerade registration desk.All
cassette tapes, instructions to the MC and tech crew, and reference materials
must be handed in at the time of registration.Mark
materials with the names of the contestants and the title of the presentation.Cassette
tapes should be labeled on both the tape itself and on its storage box.Mark
the side to be played "PLAY THIS SIDE" and mark the other side "WRONG SIDE".Tapes
should be cued with three seconds of leader and ready to play.
masquerade will be run on the standard Costumer's Guild Division system
of four skill levels:Young Fan,
Novice, Journeyman, and Master.
costumer under the age of 13.Such
entries will be judged separately unless they are part of an adult group.Please
indicate on your entry form whether the costume was made by the Young Fan
or by an adult. An adult must stay with the young fan.
who has fewer than 3 wins for 3 different costumes at Novice level.
who has not yet won 3 times at the Journeyman level or feel their skill
is up to competing at the Journeyman level.
must compete as a Master if you have won three times as a Journeyman/Craftsman
or if you have ever won as a Master.Anyone
may enter at the Master level if you wish.Professionals
(those making a significant income as costumer) are encouraged to enter
OF A WIN:"A win is a win" -- except
"Honored for Excellence" and "Honorable Mention".Workmanship
awards are only counted if you wish.NOTE:In
the case of groups, the skill level will be determined by the member of
the group making the most significant contributions.If
equal contributions were made, the entry may be able to compeat at two
levels.Check with the Masquerade
Director forthis and any other special
questions regarding what level to compeat at?Ask
the Masquerade Director for clarification.
note that any contestant may elect to compete "up" by entering at a higher
skill level than they might appear to qualify for.But
contestants found competing "down" -- entering at a lower skill level than
they would qualify for - may be disqualified.
If you are uncertain of your skill level, ask at Registration *
will be combined for original and recreation costumes unless large enough
groups of both types of costumes exist.However,
be sure to check the correct category because there are variation in judging
the two types.
costume inspired by a Science Fiction or Fantasy source, but whose design
is the creation of the contestant.A
contestant need not wear his/her creation, but may use a model on stage.Be
sure to note on your entry form who is the designer and who is the model.
costume whose design is copied or closely derived from a film, TV, art,
comics, stage presentation, book illustration or any other medium showing
one or more view of the costume.Recreation
costumes are duplicates or close adaptations of the design work of someone
other than the contestant.Those
entering recreation costumes are encouraged to provide the judges with
photos or Xerox copies of the costume source or pertinent information,
since not all judges are familiar with all source media.
from the Closet:This
is a special category.Costumes
may be a mix of found, bought and made or completely bought.It
is the combination of items and imagination that count here.Entrants
in this category will be judged separately from the main competition.
an older costume you wish to show to the audience?Have
a costume that has won at international competition levels?It
may be shown out of competion to entertain the audience.
will be no live microphones !!Contestants
are strongly discouraged from attempting to address the audience without
one.You may turn in a narration
for the MC to read.It must be type
or written in large letters on one side of the paper only.The
MC will be backstage prior to the Masquerade to discuss your copy with
you.Another option is to pre-record
words on a cassette tape for us to play during your presentation.Turn
this in when you register.Indicate
that there is narration too.
are urged to have at least some musical background to accompany their presentation.If
you haven't brought one, you may discuss this with the Sound Tech and select
one of his pre- recorded stock tapes if you like.
time limit is 60 seconds for every four persons on stage, up to a limit
of three minutes, e.q. 1-4 persons have 1 minute, 5 - 9 persons
have two minutes, etc.; however, shorter is better.Remember,
the real limit is the audience's attention span.DO
NOT BORE THE AUDIENCE!!If your presentation
is a skit, the time limit still applies unless you have been pre-approved
by the masquerade director.
AND HAZARDS POLICY:In
general, nothing will be permitted on stage that can endanger the audience,
crew or judges. Due to fire
regulations, NO OPEN FLAMES, FIRE, FLASH POWDER, etc. will be allowed.If
your presentation involves the unsheathing of edged or projectile weapons
on-stage, you must clear your presentation with the Masquerade Director
prior to contestant's call.Contestants
ignoring this rule will have their presentations stopped, and they will
be escorted off the stage.We
recognize the role weaponry plays in many costumes and will do everything
we can to arrange a safe way for you to display them with your costume.Equally,
we don't want anyone hurt.
addition to the usual front-of-stage judging, contestants may choose to
compete for Workmanship awards.These
will be given for exceptional accomplishments in the crafting of a costume.Workmanship
judging is entirely optional.If
you think your costume or some portion of it exhibits exceptional craftsmanship,
bring it over to the workmanship judge.The
standard is excellence, so there are no divisions.
OR STAGING INFORMATION:Please
let us know on your form if you need any of the following:Two-sided
entry, black-out or other special lighting, special sound cues, unusual
assistance getting on or off stage, unusual effects that might startle
our catchers.In general, you may
surprise the audience but DON'T SURPRISE THE CREW!Also
note if your costumes will drastically limit your sight-lines.We
will try to provide you with extra guidance.
is what you will get unless you ask for something else... 1) The tree lights
go to black at the end of the previous presentation and we wait to let
the people get off at the center.2)
After a 10 second pause, the MC reads your number and costume name.The
tape will start at the point where the MC stops.3)
The light tree comes. 4) The tape will fade out and stop after you are
down the stairs then the lights go to black and we're back at step one.
a not rule actually.)Hall costumes
may be worn in the competition, in fact they are encouraged.
messy substances, wet, dry or oily that might ruin the costume of any other
contestant will be allowed in the Green room or on-stage.
or rented costumes may not be shown in the main competition.They
must be entered in the “Costumed from your Closet” category.
contestant may appear only once in the competition.A
costumer may have more than one costume entered, but they have to be on
are encouraging exhibition costumes from other conventions.However,
if a costume has won at a regional level or above, it can only be show
as an exhibit. (This does not preclude the competition of a costume that
has been worn at another convention's masquerade at the same level.) Please
speak to the masquerade director in advance.
masquerade is rated PG-13.Remember,
if you're nude, Ghod gets the credit as the costume designer!
Masquerade Director has full authority to eliminate anyone from the competition
on the basis of taste, behavior, danger to the audience or contestants,
violation of the above rules or any other reason deemed sufficient.We've
never had to eliminate anyone yet, but this protects you and the convention
from the real "loons".There will
be no appeal.
GENERAL GOOD ADVICE:Please
be kind to yourself before the competition.Get
some sleep the night before.Register
early and turn in all your materials properly labeled.Let
the Masquerade Director know what you'll need for your presentation to
run smoothly.Get a lot of practice
in ahead of time.Don't forget to
eat and drink something in the late afternoon.We
will only have light munchies and beverages backstage for you.
in on time and let your Den Mother take care of you.Stay
in one place so we can find you when it's time to go on stage.If
you need a sudden repair, ask at the repair table and we'll try to put
you back together.If you need assistance
dressing, ask your Den Mother to help.If
you have a sudden problem, tell your Den Mother or the Backstage Manager.
you go on, let the crew help you on and off the stage so you don't fall.Let
your Den Mother take care of your excess belongings while you are on stage.The
catcher crew will retrieve anything you leave on stage and get it back
to you.Then take a seat in the audience
and watch the show.Don't forget
to stick around for the awards -- it just might be your name they call.