Screenplay

J-popcon cosplay - Screenplay guide.

What is a screenplay and what is it for?

A screenplay is a step by step guide to how the movie or piece is gonna be implemented together with a manuscript. In our case a cosplay act. The cosplay screenplay will evolve around sound, lighting and lines in the act.

The content of the screenplay is a thorough description of the act, so we in advance can know what will be seen and heard in the end product.

This year we've decided to make a universal screenplay guide to make the job easyer for all of us. This template will guide you through the process of making a screenplay, but its also there so to avoid misunderstandings.

Please take your time reading this guide through. A good screenplay will result in a better act and good kommunications between cosplayers, the sound/lighting tecnichens and the staff.

Good luck.

Cosplay ACT Screenplay

The purpose of a screenplay is:

  • To prepare the lighting technicians
  • To prepare the sound technicians
  • To prepare the video technicians
  • To prepare the stage manager and gophers
  • To prepare the graphics team

J-popcon's tecknicians have to order stage equiptment for the show a some time before the convention. If you requests are to be met, it is important that we recieve the information before the convention.

Other then that, there are a lot of technical preperations around your act. If your music and screenplay isn't handed in before the convention, will we be forced, due to the technical side, to let you go on stage without rehersal.

Time

 

The allowed length of each act depends on the competition (and possible qualification) that is being entered. Please read the rules for each individual competition, so the valid timelimit isn't exceeded - violation of the timelimit may (and probably will) result in disqualification.
As you can see on the template it is devided in to secounds. This will help you when/if you need different light settings. See the examples A and B.

Lighting

Lightings can set a specific mood depending on what you're after. If there should specially much light one one side of the stage or if the whole stage is gonna flash like a thunderstorm is entirely up to you. So to make sure where the light effects are going to be under the act, we've made a list with alle the names of the effects:

Turned off: no light on the stage.
Subdued: dim light on the stage.
Normal: Normal light stage light.
Brightly: Bright light on the stage.
Flash: flashing light.
All around: all light lit on the stage.
Spotlight: focus on one person (This person must stand still during this effect).

Lines

Almost all cosplay acts have lines. A line is what you say in the actual act, whether its to yourself, another person, a group, the audience, as a storyteller etc. If you have lines/dialog/monolog in your act, please add it.

Extra:

In this section everything extra can be writen, ex. Items you need for the act also including chairs, tables etc.

Remember the difference between props and set pieces:

Props: Stuff that is directly connected to your cosplay, like a sword or a teddybear. (Look under rules for props if you are in doubt).

Set piece: A set piece is an item, which perpes is to be a bagground decoration. By that meaning an item that will not be lifted or carried around on stage during the proformance. This including a scree, chairs, tables etc. Everything that can stand on its own is a set piece. (Look under rules for Set pieces if you are in doubt).


If you still feel in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us via cosplay@j-popcon.dk

To make it easier please send a picture of the thing you are not sure about.

Example A

0:00

Actors offstage. Awaiting start of music before entering the stage.
LIGHT: normal.
Bøje: Hey Kaj.
Kaj: Hello Bøje.

0:20

LIGHT: Subdued.
Bøje: Looks like a storm is coming, Kaj.
Kaj: Arh, I don't like that, Bøje.

0:34

LIGHT: Flash of thunde
Bøje: Uh, make it go away, Kaj.

0:44

LIGHT: Gleaming lights, shifting to red ”fire”
Kaj: Ouch, I think we hit something, Bøje. I think we're sinking...

0:49

PROP: A life buoy is thrown on to the stage.
Bøje: Blub blub

0:53

LIGHT: blue-ish, fade to black.
Act ends

Example B

0:00

Actors onstage. Props shall be placed on stage.
LIGHT: fades up to subdued, blue-ish light when the music starts.
Bøje: Hey Kaj.
Kaj: Hello Bøje.

0:20

LIGHT: Flash of thunder
Bøje: Looks like a storm is coming, Kaj.
Kaj: Arh, I don't like that, Bøje.

0:34

LIGHT: Flash of thunder
Bøje: Uh, make it go away, Kaj.

0:44

LIGHT: spot glides back and forth over the stage and stops at Kaj.
Kaj: I think it's the seapatrol, Bøje.

0:49

PROP: A life buoy is thrown on to the stage and hits Bøje in the head.
Bøje: Blub blub

0:53

LIGHT: blue-ish, fade
Act ends