Harrison Ford, JJ Abrams shed light on ‘The Force Awakens’

13 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Comic-Con cosplay could turn into Hollywood costuming career.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For now, it may be just a hobby, but for the costumed fans at the Comic-Con pop culture expo this past weekend, dressing up can be a first step toward an entertainment career. Thousands of fans, and some celebrities, too, elaborately disguise themselves as their favorite characters from comic books, movies, TV, video games and anime.

Celebrities can enjoy the festival in anonymity by wearing a mask like so many other fans — just like Daniel Radcliffe did when he secretly dressed as Spider-Man last year. Contestants “The Ghostbusterettes” perform during the 41st Annual Comic-Con Masquerade costume competition on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) (Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Part costume contest, part stage show, contestants embody their characters for up to 2½ minutes in front of an audience of more than 4,000. The judges are Hollywood and Broadway professionals, and many entrants are entertainment hopefuls. “I would love to make a career out of this,” said self-taught artist Jose Davalos, 20, who traveled from Jalisco, Mexico, to show off his “Hades from Disney’s ‘Hercules'” costume, which featured a screen-worthy, hand-sculpted silicone mask. Costume designer Joe Kucharski, who moderated a Costume Designers Guild panel and served as a judge of the Masquerade Ball, said the event is a realistic showcase for emerging artists.

Costume design pros say the skills cosplayers need to create their characters are often the same ones professionals use to help make TV and film characters come to life. “A lot of things that people are doing at Comic-Con are actually what’s being done professionally,” said Jared Marantz, who helped create the superhero suits for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” ”People here are making fake armor out of foam. Well, professionals do that all the time.” Scooti Harper, who hand-stitched every stripe on her Victorian corset-and-bustle gown, said she hopes to become “a seamstress in the costume industry.” “That’s the ultimate goal for me,” said the 26-year-old, who belonged to the “Women of the Haunted Mansion” ensemble that won best in show at the ball.

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