Well, this is a blog and I might as well post in it about stuff cosplay related while I have it up here, right? I was thinking last night if I missed anything in this project and it occurred to me that this blog was for a film and media studies class project, so what do cosplay and film have to do with each other? Up until recently, and as I have represented cosplay on this blog so far, cosplay is mostly about still photographs. But there is this whole new wave of cosplay “photographers” that I didn’t even think about until just now: cosplay videography.
This is a video from AFA Singapore 2012. The second I started watching it I just fell in love with it. I love the movement of the cosplayers and how the groups of characters in this series K (TV 2012) are represented. The staged fight between Yatagarasu and Fishimi was also really well portrayed. I can kind of just imagine the scene where Fushimi (Miyano Mamoru) was taunting Yata (Fukuyama Jun), calling him by his first name “Misaki~ Misaki~ Misaki~” Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.
The way that these cosplayers are in character during this video is something that a lot of American cosplayers do not do at all and it sort of saddens me. Of course, during photoshoots, American cosplayers definitely take on their characters in still images, and there are good examples of American made cosplay video showcases.
(Video Footage put together from Anime Expo 2012 in the LA Convention Center)
I think that these videos are really amazing representations of cosplay because it really does add another layer to the meaning of showcasing a costume. It shows how the cosplayer and the costume moves in very fluid motions. I’ve sewn enough outfits to know that getting an outfit to move or fall the way you want it to is not easy. And having you look your best on video and showing off how your costume moves while in character really brings the cosplay alive.
Another thing that I’ve noticed lately in the global cosplay community is the creation of cosplay MVs or Music Videos. I think my favorite examples are Cvy’s Rolling Girl MV and Lalaax’s Prisoner PV.
After seeing this image on her deviantart, I was excited to see the MV. I love looking at cosplay photography but the video just made the characters represented from the series stand out even more.
Here is the MV that she shot.
Here is the original MV that uses footage from the anime itself. The song is sung by singer and actor Miyano Mamoru.
I am always impressed by what cosplayers in Asia can put together. It actually makes me jealous sometimes how resourceful they are. I am not sure if us American cosplayers are just bland or lazy or whatever, but I know that I would love to direct something like Lalaax’s MV.
Another cosplay MV I want to show is Singaporean cosplayer Cvy’s Rolling Girl MV.
(Here is the original PV to compare it to)
Okay, for those of you who don’t know this song. Rolling Girl is a song about a girl in an abusive relationship. It is by no means a happy song. I’ve seen still image cosplay photos based around this song but I don’t think they compare to this MV at all. The cosplay MV brings out the emotions of the song much more than even the drawn MV because it adds a sense of realism to it. Cvy is very well known internationally by cosplayers as a brilliant cosplayer who brings characters to life and as someone who is incredibly creative. She builds beautiful pieces or armor and props just as well as she directs and writes filmed cosplay pieces.
This is something I regret not thinking about earlier when I was putting this together. I find it kind of amusing that it came to me as an afterthought. I’ve contemplating making cosplay videos in the past but nothing had every come of it. But every time I see something like the Prisoner MV or the Vocaloid Cosplay MVs it really does spark a desire to take out a digital film camera rather than my DSLR.
One last thing, personally, I’d hate to be filmed in cosplay for a variety of reasons. They say the camera adds 10 pounds, but I feel that holds more true for still images. Film cameras add about 20 pounds and there is no photoshop to get rid of any imperfections you may want to cover up after a shoot such as a crack in makeup or a button that fell off without you realizing. Every little thing I’d do would be captured on film and I’d feel really uncomfortable having that raw footage of myself. So I will personally stick to still photoshoots for myself though I would really like to direct and edit some cosplay MVs. I think that would be fun!