An update on Fursuit programming for 2009

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Good day all!

Anthrocon is about 5 months away. There are lots of preparations to be made for the convention itself, but I wanted to give everyone some updates on AC's fursuit programming for 2009.

* We have a real treat in store for those who are interested in quality fursuit construction techniques. Whether you are a beginner or a very advanced fursuit builder, we have a speaker joining Anthrocon this year who is certain to help you get lots of good information! We are pleased to announce that Chad Laubach, a.k.a. Wildwolf, will be returning home to Anthrocon to have some discussions on beginning and professional costume and fursuit construction. What makes this such a special occassion? Wildwolf has spent the last number of years working as a costume
technician for Universal Studios! He's worked on many costumes of well known cartoon characters and the costumes for many film related characters. He was also a major contributor for many costumes and thematic elements for Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" events. If you want to learn about basic head construction techniques, or fiberglass contruction methods, this ingenious costume technician will be able to give lots of wonderful tips and techniques! Anthrocon is delighted to welcome Chad as a presenter this year.

* We have begun preparations for the 13th annual Anthrocon Fursuit parade. Always a convention highlight, this year will be special in that the parade will happen on the 4th of July. As such, we encourage fursuiters to bring an American flag or a flag of their home state to display in the parade. If you are from outside the United States, we welcome you to bring the flag of your home country to wave in the parade! We'll be
celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in our own unique way...by fursuiting together!

* As Anthrocon has done in the past, we will have two headless lounges available. The headless lounge in the Westin will once again be located in the Washington room on the second floor. The headless lounge in the convention center is tentatively located in rooms 301-302. (Directly across from the main ballroom.) These locations might adjust as the convention draws nearer, so please keep checking in the Anthrocon forums
for updates.

* FURSUIT DANCES - You read that right...due to popular demand, Anthrocon will once again be offering fursuit dances on both Friday and Saturday night in addition to the dances being held in the main ballroom. These dances will be held in the Pennsylvania Room on the second floor of the Westin. You will have a choice of going to a lights up dance in the hotel or a more club/rave style dance in the main ballroom at the convention center. Whichever style you prefer, we hope that this choice will
give you the opportunity to enjoy an evening of great music and fun dancing.

Anthrocon has lots more planned, so keep an eye on our forums or LJ community for updates.

KP
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Frontpaged and posted to our Twitter feed.

[Edit: Now I remember where I recognized Chad's name from... he and I went to high school together! Small world!]

 
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Wow, this all sounds great. There is a good chance I will be in the dealers den this year selling tails. Is there any chance Wildwolf's panels will be at a time so as not to conflict with the dealer den hours?

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We will see. The panelists usually request some time slots based on other things they are doing. Wildwolf will more than likely be in the Masquerade on Saturday night, and that could preempt him doing evening panels on Saturday. I will see what we can do though.

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I can't wait to be at AC again, participating in fursuit activities and other cool stuff. I only have one recommendation, and it applies to the fursuit parade. The panoramic photo is important to me, but I wish it could be done more efficiently. It would be nice if we had warning of when the photo was being taken. It would also be great if we did not have to pose under a July Sun for so long (obvious reason).

Thanks for everything Smiling

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We'd like to have a signaling method; The trick is how to let our cameraman, who must stand across the Allegheny river, inform what we expect to be 500+ people with baffled vision and muffled hearing of the moment.

So far the two best ideas we've heard are Twitter and Semaphore flags, but we're not sure of either. We're open to suggestions!

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Twitter? No. The sound has got to be auditory. I intend to pick up a couple of boat horns and test them out before the convention.

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How about two-way FRS radios? Wanna borrow mine (if I remember them...)?

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This was, again, last year. As it turns out, it would not be needed anyways, as fursuit photography has been moved indoors due to the limitations of the DLCC's balcony.

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Hiya.

A quick question - last year, there were 'Fursuit Performing classes' - are you planning on having something similar this year, and if so, do you actually have to be a fursuiter to attend ? For those who don't have a fursuit yet but who possibly intend to get one in the future, the beginners class especially would be useful.

Incidentally, how about the possibility of having a fursuit head for people to try on, just to show the limited visibility/hearing ? It wouldn't even have to be a completed one. I realise, of course, this might throw up Health & Safety / hygiene issues.

Cheers.

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I am interested in the Fursuit Performing Classes too. I am hoping they have them again this year.

As for the visibilty you could use something like swimming goggles with everything blacked out except for 2 small eyeholes to look through and this might give you an idea about how well you can see through a fursuit head. Would also be a little easier to clean between people using it.

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Now that's a more practical solution Smiling

My concern (for those without a fursuit) was that performing with unrestricted human vision as opposed to performing with the radical tunnel vision you get with a fursuit is bound to be different, and it'd be a good idea to see just how different.

You could, of course, say that anyone without a fursuit should bring some swimming goggles and a black marker pen Eye-wink

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Jim Martin will be giving a presentation on Saturday about making a character and more importantly, performing to bring out the character. I strongly urge you to attend this presentation. It's Saturday from 3:30-5pm in the Pennsylvania room.

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um, this is from last years con. out dated, old news.

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So what's it doing in:
Home » Forums » AC 2010 Forums » Programming » Fursuit Programming

Huh?

HUH?!?!

LOL

I went to the right place, its not my fault someone put the wrong year's forum entry in here. Okay, so I guess I could have read the name of the thread I was posting in, but I probably did and instantly transported myself to last year in my mind and...um...this excuse is getting weak, isn't it?

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