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WCS-post #3 (final)

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 5, 2014, 5:35 PM



Unfortunately the performance didn't work out.
My partner got a flu with temperature 39 just a day before the festival, so I had to finish all the preparations overnight by myself. God, the next day was a curse. I don't remember how we made it to the concert hall, I was too tired out and sick( Somehow we managed to rehearse on stage in the morning, then I started building our stage decorations together with our helper. Suddenly it was time to put the costumes on and to show them to the judjes (a produre that has to be done before the perfomance). The final marks for the costumes were a total failure, as I found out later. I was told that it's due to sewing faults in my partner's costume... But c'mon guys, we have a full mecha costume and a handmade mechanical wheelchair here! It's not something you put behind because of a few crooked stitches!... The marks were as if we both had badly-sewn sailor-fukus. All of this gives me a feeling of slight injustice...

About the perfomance itself.
As I said, my partner was sick and stressed a lot, she hardly made it to the concert hall. Unluckily, on stage her wig caught on clothes during the part where she changes her dress and she couldn't do anything about it. Because of this the secong part of the action screwed up, we didn't even show the wheelchair to the public. We didn't face this sort of problem during the rehearsals, not a single time. So, I guess, it's just enourmous mishap we encountered.

I usually don't swear but this time I'll write it in caps. F***K THE LIGHTING OPERATOR!! MAN, DON'T EVER APPROACH THE LIGHTING SYTEM! This guy, along with sound operator and camera operator, managed to ruin half of WCS-performances. Each team had a strict lighting scenario. However, all of them were ignored and no one apologised for it.  Russian forums went mad about organisation this year. In 2015 the festival, most likely, will lose a lot of participants.
Our performance also had an important lighting part - but no one cared about it.

I hope this entry explains my long abscence. It's hard to put yourself together after a failure like this. I could tell even more but I don't want to bore you with tons of text. Stage projects will be a taboo for a while, I gotta take a break. And no more team projects, that's for sure. I'm trying to continue with photoshoots and craft skills improvement. "Keep calm and carry on"

A photo of us just during the convention:

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JediAlisa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's some gorgeous cosplaying there, very nice work. Sorry to see the judges were so harsh. Keep up the great work! I'm an instant fan. :)
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jettyguy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I'm really sorry to hear about that :( I loved your Accel World cosplay too, it definitely deserved more justice !!
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shravanvv Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Artist
I am sorry to hear that! It is really unfortunate that it turned out like this :( I hope you can cheer up and look forward to better things!
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KandaDream Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you T^T
I hope so!
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shravanvv Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Artist
If it's any consolation I think those judges are blind! Both costumes are fantastic, the kuroyukihime one is especially brilliant! Don't let these things get you down you are an amazing cosplayer! 
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id1024 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
People change, things go wrong, shit happens but life goes on. ;) (Wink) 
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KandaDream Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Artist
Yep, I just have to get over it, I guess)
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Writer
That's the problem I've been noticing a lot with cosplay showcases, a lot of places don't hired professionals to run important equipment but rely on volunteers who might not have proper experience and can easily ruin it.
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KandaDream Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Artist
As far as I know the operators were provided by the concet hall( I guess their point of view was  that they know everything better than "a bunch of freaks on stage" :(
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