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  • 1. What have you learnt from your audience feedback?
    Cosplay Evaluation
  • 2. Feedback
    I conduced two feedback sessions
    Screening of the animatic
    Screening of the rough cut
    The feedback following the rough cut was much more detailed than the animatic feedback
    This was somewhat problematic as the whole point of a feedback session before filming is to get an audience response before anything is committed to tape
    Nonetheless, my feedback was valuable
  • 3. The Meaning of Life Cosplay
    I asked questions about science fiction and geek culture during the animatic screening
    ‘Did you know what cosplay was before watching the animatic?’
    I didn’t want to create a film going over people’s heads!
    Most of my audience reported that while they understood the actual linear structure of the story, they didn’t understand why the characters were doing what they were – it was just an oddity about purple people
  • 4. The Meaning of Life Cosplay
    I chose to ignore this feedback in the hope the audience would understand it in the finished film
    It was a risk that paid off!
    ‘When I first heard your idea I didn’t really
    understand it but then when I watched it I
    thought it was really good’
  • 5. Flashbacks and History
    In the animatic, the woman looks at a DVD cover of the TV show her character is based off and copies the makeup off that
    Someone suggested I use flashbacks of previous fights to reinforce that it was an established hobby
    While I didn’t specifically use flashbacks, I changed the idea of a DVD cover
  • 6. Flashbacks and History
    We pinned up costume drawings on the wall with past photographs – indicating she had done this before – to create a concept board
    This was much better as it shows that there is forethought, research and planning in cosplaying; which the DVD cover alone did not convey
    Photographs of previous cosplaying!
    Costumes based off a specific episode
    Multiple sketches
  • 7. Emotion
    Cosplaywas hugely influenced by Alien
    Especially the emotions – I wanted to create tension and fear in my audience
    No one reported feeling scared in the animatic so I decided I would wind up the tension in editing, especially the chase scene
  • 8. The Inspiration
    Scene plays from 3:08 to 3:35
  • 9. Emotion
    There is a heartbeat sound underpinning the whole sequence – partly inspired by the heartbeat in Alien’s chestburster scene but mostly to go into the character’s head and show her fear
    There is both panicked breathing and slow, heavy breathing as though she is too scared to make a sound
    In both Alien and Cosplay, the score stings just as Ripley and Blash look around the corner
  • 10. Emotion
    However, I decided not to continue with creating an atmospheric, terrifying film such as Alien
    My reason for this was audience feedback
  • 11. Over The Shoulder Feedback
    I received a lot of unofficial feedback as I was editing from people who were intrigued by this ‘film with the aliens’
    No one was scared – it was a film about two people, painted purple in shiny costumes, hitting each other with sticks in a tiny countryside park!
    ‘I love it, it’s so exaggerated’
    ‘Aw, I feel really happy now!’
  • 12. Over The Shoulder Feedback
    Because of that feedback I decided if I carried on trying to base Cosplay off a scifi horror classic, it was just going to fall flat
    The worst kind of parody – the parody that doesn’t know it’s a parody and thinks its serious!
  • 13. Over The Shoulder Feedback
    I decided therefore to make Cosplay really unpredictable and crazy
    The light saber sound effects and alien planet filter were used for exaggerative effect as well as science fiction convention
    ‘The dramatic over-the-top face-off
    between the two characters’
    ‘I thought it was very unpredictable and I
    didn’t know who would win’
    However, a lot of people liked how it was both serious and funny
  • 14. Science Fiction
    In both the animatic and rough cut screenings I asked the audience what similarities they saw between my film and other sci-fi films
    What references to other films/genres did you notice?
    What conventions associated with the sci-fi genre did you notice, if any?
    In the animatic no one really answered this question
    However, people responded really enthusiastically after the rough cut
  • 15. Alien makeup and costume
    ‘A LOT of sci-fi memorabilia’
    ‘Like in a big film when someone’s coming towards you’
    Stand off
    Light saber sounds
    Alien handshake
  • 16. The Protagonist
    The most interesting feedback I received was in answer to ‘How would you describe the protagonist?’
    I thought it was intriguing how someone could feel uncomfortable in their own skin so they need to paint it purple to feel confident.
    ‘I think she might not be very confident in herself because she has an alter-ego.’
  • 17. The Protagonist
    Equally though, I learnt just how different the director’s intentions could differ from the audience reading
  • 18. The Protagonist
    It hadn’t occurred to me that the protagonist would be read in relation to the stereotype in society of the socially inept nerd
    I was thinking how Cosplay would impact on my audience’s perceptions of geeks, whereas it actually happened the other way round – it was interpreted based on the context of current assumptions and stereotypes
    From my audience feedback I realised just how much of a two-way process reading films is.