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24 Dec 2012 - 16:4595342
Filming Permission
Dear Sir/Madam,


I am a student in Television Production at The University Of Gloucestershire, I write to you to ask for permission to film a couple of your events for a 20 minute long documentary regarding reenactment/cosplay groups, for my final major project. Contained within this documentary I wish to show how an reenactment/cosplay process develops from pre-production to a production, allowing me show my viewer how an idea from paper can become a well choreographed, informative, presentation (A Day In The Life Of). If you believe this would be a feasible idea I would be happy to send you more details on the filming process.




If you have any questions, or if I need to get permission from anyone else, please let me know via E-mail.



Thank you for your time and consideration.


Yours faithfully


Sarah Jayne Evans (Producer)


(The University Of Gloucestershire Student.)


24 Dec 2012 - 21:1895343
Hi there, I figure I should possibly clear up a couple of misconceptions you appear to have about this website and cosplay in general.

1. Cosplay is not a re-enactment or performance art per se (although it can be part of it)- the word is a bastardisation of the words "costume" and "play".

Although many conventions have the option for a masquerade performance (or skit) and some cosplayers do act in character while in costume, a 'performance production' as you appear to understand it isn't really what happens. Its often small groups of friends doing short pieces and not really attempting to 'put on a production' - think of it more as a variety show combined with a costume catwalk. You could probably make the case for the entirety of a masquerade being a production, but your chances of getting permission from EVERYONE is minimal.

2. CosplayIsland is not an events company - it is a combined community discussion forum and costume gallery for those interested in Cosplay. They can't give you the permission you want or need for your documentary, as they don't run events. You will need to seek permission directly from those running events and the people you're filming rather than a community site.

I would suggest you do some more research, as quite honestly I don't believe you have done enough at this stage, by the glaring misconceptions you have shown of the subject in your request. This will sound harsh, but I would expect better from anyone involved in or studying to become involved in production - being poorly acquainted with your subject matter will end in wasted time or a poor end result for all involved.

Also consider while more recent media articles have had somewhat balanced viewpoints, there have been numerous previous occassions where media has considerably twisted their source material taken from events, so you will find some of us still somewhat wary of being involved in anything of this nature.


25 Dec 2012 - 02:4795346
so much this ^^^^^

But yes - you would need to contact the event holders themselves. A full list of events and their information/homepages can be found here


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