64 year old cosplayer, I’m not sure that is sad or cool, but he sure knows how to cosplay!
What do you mean sad, this is super cool!
Cosplay picnic in Pretoria earlier this year
Little fun at a cosplay picnic in Pretoria
Today I was approached by an acquaintance of mine on Facebook. He asked me if I was interested in doing a Cosplay Video Interview for his new Facebook page "Cosplay: Not Just A Hobby".
Having met this guy before I agreed and talked to his girlfriend about the formalicies on Skype - She was supposed to be in charge during the interview which was fine for me.
Doing a Cosplay Video Interview in costume in front of a webcam is nothing new to me, so I dressed up and waited for the interview to start…
First of all everything was alright. The questions were normal “How did you get into cosplay?” “How long have you been cosplaying?”, etc. Everything was completely fine…
Until the “Interview” part was finished and the optional “Quizz” part started in which I had the chance to win a 2.000$ laptop.
I told the host of the interview I had no clue of the games she was going to ask me questions about, but she kindly asked me to give the whole quizz a try… Since I had nothing to lose I agreed and we started the quizz.
And right after I had answered the first question incorrectly the host told me to take a pieces of accessory/cloothing off…
To cut a long story short: I refused to take anything off, to continue the quizz or interview or whatever and wanted to stop the conversion. Which got me into a huge discussion with the host who complained that there was […] “Nothing scandalous in taking off a ribbon or an apron.” […]
Right. There IS nothing scandalous about it. But I’m a professional and I will NOT take off ANY part of my costume in front of a webcam to anybody ever. And WHAT PROFESSIONAL OWNER of a cosplay website would EVER ask an interview guest to do that?!
(At this point the host even pointed out that she wouldn’t record the quizz part and that the stripping - yes, I will call it by its name, stripping - was just for fun. The conversation continued like this:
[22:27:22] : “its not stripping, it’sjust a simple apron to try out the last two questions … -_-
[22:28:20] : and i’m not recording. i don’t need this kind of stuff.
[22:28:49] : because it is just the rule of the quiz, our sponsor doesn’t give free laptops.
[22:29:04] : no, because there is no video.
[22:29:09] : we just make it hard to win it.
[22:29:27] : it is simple, stand and remove the apron and we try a last question. it’s a prize after all.
[22:29:40] : no, i’m just trying to make you win something that has a value
[22:29:57] : just an apron, then you stop.
[22:30:08] : obviously no one is forcing you! i don’t want it :)”
I won’t go on any further… I’ll leave it at that.)
Anyways, at the very end the host left, telling me […] “she didn’t need any else from this attitude, really.” […]
I am extremely angry and ashamed I fell for this whole thing in the first place. Therefore I’d like to ask you:
DON’T ACCEPT INTERVIEWS OF “DAVID MIRRA” AND/OR HIS GIRLFRIEND UNTIL THIS MATTER IS SETTLED.
Please read this and help get the word out by reblogging!
He goes by the names: David/Dave Mirra , Sean Morales, and Christian Anderson (frequently changes names)
His “girlfriend” is JasmineRementon or Jasmine Jackson
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dave.mirra.3133
Looks like they have been doing this since 2012, and still are to this day
Sometimes I wonder about my ability to change my appearance so subtly and yet so drastically with makeup, lenses and a wig. I guess that’s the life of a cosplayer hey >___<
The difference between Morgane and Morgue Chan
My Kazuko Sora cosplay from the manga Hyper Love Power
Photos by: Wayne Ervine!
He’s planning on have a little photo booth type thing at G2C2 this year - this being the type of shots he would take.
* How did I not notice my collar was tucked in until now TT^TT
Dear (new’ish) Photographer,
My name is Model. I would love it if when you shoot me you take these things into consideration to achieve the greatest effect for us both:
- Male or female, give some playful banter. It makes me so happy when I am in the company of someone who knows how to laugh. If you can laugh at yourself then it’ll make me laugh too and we’ll both feel more relaxed.
- Don’t laugh at me. Don’t give me negative vibes by pulling funny faces, giggling at an awkward angle or allowing me to think I am anything other than the sensational creature my confidence needs to believe I am.
BTS banter with Donna Graham and Jo Rutherford:
- If you have never shot a model before, perhaps consider paying an experienced one so you can relax and enjoy the day without the pressure of getting those shots for the team working TF. Get the shots for you, nobody else needs to see them. Let the model do the work.
- If you have a MUA present, she will be worth her weight in gold. Not only will she transform the ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly (physically but most of all mentally), but she will also provide friendly advise on things you might miss - a sneaky bra strap and stray hairs that you’ll have to edit out later. Plus she’ll give you more than the one look I was born with, because lets face it, I can’t do my make up to a perfect standard, if I could, I’d be an MUA. I mean, dayum…it could be the difference between this:
(BTS taken on phone, make up to the right by Donna Graham) Transform me:
- Tell me what you like to shoot. Tell me what you like in styling and show me examples. I’ll try my very best to accommodate your needs this way. I’ll feel like a disappointment if I arrive and you ask me to put on a plain black dress when in fact, it’s still lying on my bedroom floor after a night on the cosmos at The Velvet Room the week before…doh.
- Talk to me during the shoot, it is nice to hear feedback and building a rapport is essential in getting the best from me. Learn a rhythm of buzz words (whether you mean them or not); “Fab” “Good” “Amazing”…after all, I am woman, I thrive off this.
- If I model for my job then do direct me, but let me do my own thing too. I know my body and I have spent hours in front of a mirror perfecting how to make it look its very best. But saying this, you can see what I can’t, so we have to work as a team to make it look right. Try directing after every third buzz word: “fab, great, brilliant, lift your chin a little, excellent, amazing….” it really works.
- Don’t break my flow. This is the main one for an experienced model. I am just as nervous about shooting with you as you are. I want you to get the shots too. Let me start with my basic ‘hand on hip’ whilst we test the lighting/make up and then when it is right, let me know so I can start modelling for you. If you break after every shot to check the back of your camera then I will go back to ‘pose one’…you won’t get that movement and each shot will be rigid. Take 5-10 shots then pause to review them. Some will work, others won’t. But you’re more likely to get some variety.
- Put some music on to suit the mood e.g. up beat fast paced fashion or soft floaty boudoir. It fills the silence so you don’t need to ‘buzz word me’ as much.
- If I model frequently consider asking me which way I naturally gravitate to the light before setting one up if it’s going to be important to your shot, especially if I have a side fringe to prevent it casting a shadow across my face. This may not be the case every time, I appreciate that, it depends on the look you wish to achieve.
- Don’t be a perv. Some girls thrive off it, but you have to be absolutely sure I am one of those if you’re going to do it. If you give the slightest hint of creeping, then I will be uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Finding that balance in buzz words is difficult, perfect it in advance. High five to those who have mastered it!
- If I am a client and I don’t know how to pose, then show me. I won’t feel half as silly if you do the pose first and I can mirror you with ease.
Gary Hill ‘demonstrating’ his ‘S’ pose, image supplied by Alison Bailey:
- If I am a client, only show me a picture on the back of your camera if you are 100% sure I will love it. If I see something I might not like, a double chin, a chubby knee, a nipple awkwardly peeping…then it might not make me feel that hot. In fact in might just knock my confidence for the rest of the shoot - that confidence that you have spent so long building up. If I am an experienced full time model, please do show me, I will know if I can improve what I see.
- For headshots, can we leave the 35mm lens in the bag? I don’t mean that in a patronising tone, it’s just my cheeks are chubby enough without distorting them into a ‘chubby bunnies’ tribute. A fat face makes for a sad face :(
- For full length shots, shoot me low. Get down (like you’re sat on a chair) and aim the camera at my front bum…I will look so much taller and thinner and I will love you forever. I won’t even look out of proportion and no-one will ever know you were down there.
Photographer: Noel Shelley, MUA: Donna Graham, Stylist: Helen Waugh:
- Tell me when you are going for a 3/4 length shot, I can angle my feet to give me support and twist my body into an unusual shape leading into the frame.
Photographer: Noel Shelley, MUA: Donna Graham, Stylist: Helen Waugh:
- I like different lighting techniques. I really really do. In fact I do so much that I am very sad when I am lit with a giant octobox at the same level as my knees with the power turned up so high that I see purple octagons every time I blink…I want to look up and have carved cheekbones and stretch my neck out like a beautiful….giraffe(?!) If we raise it up a little and point it back down at a nice 45 degree angle, I’ll feel much more natural looking up like I would to the sun in a shower of light. I’m no expert, but it feels more ‘right’ to me.
- If I am receiving images as payment, please tell me when I will be given the pictures. If I have to wait longer than 8 weeks without warning then I might start to think you have forgotten all about me and our exciting day together and it all gets a little bit awkward.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me Mr and Ms Photographer, I really appreciate you making that extra effort and thank you mostly, for not taking this in the patronising tone it may come across as, especially as some of the points will not always apply and I am only human, just like you.
I just want what you want, the best possible shot. It costs you nothing to know this but could save you a lot in the future.
x x x