I just wanted to let you know that it looks like we will be opening AX2003 Masquerade Registration at the end of September 2002. I'm really busy with AXNY right now, so until it's over I won't be able to set up the new database and adjust the rules based on feedback from this year.
I'd anticipate that it's going to be up around September 28, 2002.
It will be up at: http://www.anime-expo.org/
Please remember that you can sign up when registration opens -just to reserve a spot-. If it gets close to the convention and you discover that you can't actually make it, just drop me an e-mail at email@example.com
and let me know that you won't be able to come. We will have a large waiting list of people who will be more than happy to take that spot ^_^ !
Also, all we really need is your "Group Name" and a contact person (and full contact information). You can add to (or change) your registration with full details as it gets closer to the convention itself. We only ask that the contact person not change unless there is an emergency (like the contact person quits the group, etc.)
I'm also changing registration slightly this year.
- There are only two types of groups this year: Walk-on and Performance. We are no longer allowing Exhibition-Only.
- There will only be 50 spots.
- There will be an unlimited waiting list (well, if it gets to 100 groups I may limit it ^_^; ). The waiting list people move into the actual registered groups based on when they registered for the Masquerade. If you are "Waiting List 01" you will be the first to get in if a Registered group drops.
- We will allow 2 special presentations (like the Final Fantasy Percussion group we had at AX2002, etc.) If you are interested please send me a proposal for what you want to do -in advance-. WAY in advance. I'd say January 2003 is the latest I will take proposals. I can't guarantee that I can accept all proposals. Also, please consider that it needs to be something -really- special, not just an extended Masquerade skit. By "special" I mean instrumental performance, professional-quality vocal performance, highly choreographed professional-level dance routines. Keep in mind that you will only have 5 minutes for this special performance. Also, you need to remember that special presentations are not allowed to compete for awards, as it wouldn't be fair (you have extra time allotted, you have extra resources, you are allowed more than the minimum people, etc.)
- If you register for a special performance you -cannot- have a Masquerade spot too (the two minute spot). It's one or the other.
- Keep in mind too that you can't cancel your special performance and expect to instantly be in the normal Masquerade either if there are already 50 registered groups (though you can go on the waiting list). Please keep this in mind if you ask for a special performance.
Okay more updates at the end of September
Thanks for your patience!
AX2003 Masquerade Coordinator