The First Annual Maker Faire Prop Contest

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Makers! Cosplayers! Show off your masks, your wands, your head gear, your swords, your arsenal, and your amazing accessories! Enjoy an appreciative audience and community of makers with a fantastic selection of prop makers and expert judges at Maker Faire Bay Area.

 

Start date: 
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 20
End date: 
05/17/2018 11:45 pm -03
Winners announcement date: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 20
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An X-Carve from Inventables

  • PLUS Coverage in an upcoming issue of Make: magazine
  • PLUS Make: magazine one year digital & print subscription
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Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer V2 PLUS 2 rolls of PLA filament (color varies)

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Runners Up #1
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Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

  • PLUS Make: magazine one year digital & print subscription
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Runner Up #2
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Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

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Rules & Instructions: 

The top 20 entrants will be invited to demonstrate their props and be interviewed on stage at Maker Faire Bay Area by our contest emcee, Kit Quinn, Saturday afternoon May 19th. Our judges Bill Doran, Jackie Craft, and Steven Meissner are all great prop makers themselves and are thrilled to see what you make.

Projects will be voted on live at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018. Only projects that have associated entries in this mission will be allowed to take part in the contest.

All information about arriving and exhibiting your prop at Maker Faire will be communicated to the 20 semi-finalists selected to participate onsite on May 19th.

To participate in this contest:

  • Your prop must be an accessory or accent to yourpersona that can stand on its own. It must be able to be hand-held.
  • No purchased or pre-fabbed items (props should be minimum 75% original work).
  • You must be the primary maker of the prop you are entering.
  • You need to be able to show your prop, in person, at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 19th

Projects need to contain the following information:

  • Project title
  • Short description about your prop and what it is
  • Main image that shows off your prop in it's best light
  • Long description, describing what you made, and why. Also include what parts you've fabricated and which parts are pre-fabbed.

For bonus points, projects can also contain:

  • Details of the build
  • Video of the prop in action (if it has movable parts)
  • Any other details you would like to share

Please note:

  • Costumes that may be confused with local law enforcement or other Emergency Response Personnel uniforms are not permitted at the event.
  • No real weapons of any kind are allowed at Maker Faire.
  • No realistic gun props are allowed.
  • All props must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume props must be rendered inoperable.

Submitting a project to this mission does not guarantee entry to the live contest at Maker Faire Bay Area. The email associated with the member account may be used to contact you for additional information regarding your entry. If you have been selected to participate, you will receive information about arrival onsite at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 by May 18th.

Main image credit: Billy Brouws insta: @billybolt

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Winners


To participate in this contest, your Prop must be an accessory or accent to your persona that can stand on its own. And it’s Maker Faire, so we’re looking to celebrate you, the makers of these props. Thus no purchased or pre-fabbed items (props should be minimum 75% original work). You must be the primary maker of the prop you are entering, and you must be able to carry it by hand.

Also, due to the very public nature of Maker Faire, no realistic guns (must have orange tip at a minimum), no live edge blades — please conform to typical "con safe" standards.

To enter, click on the Participate button and create an account on Maker Share. Then publish your props project info here. Our fabulous judges (see below) would love to see any documentation of your build, which you can easily upload into the project. Deadline to apply is May 17, 2018.

The top 20 entrants will be invited to demonstrate their props and be interviewed on stage at Maker Faire Bay Area by our contest emcee, Kit Quinn, Saturday afternoon May 19th.

Email info@makerfaire.com with any questions

Meet the illustrious panel of judges for the First Annual Maker Faire Prop Contest:

Bill Doran

Bill and Britt Doran are a prop and costume making husband and wife team from Seattle. Since 2009 Bill and Britt have been building props and costumes with each other and their friends. Their passion for the creative process has pushed them to create bigger and more elaborate pieces and in 2012, they turned Punished Props into a full time career, providing their fans with the best video tutorials and guide books they can muster. Follow Bill and Britt on Twitter.

Jackie Craft

Cosplayer and costume designer Jackie Craft has taken her passion for costume and prop making and turned it into a career. You may have seen her costumes and props in Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Mulligans series, on the Syfy Series Cosplay Melee, on display at Nintendo’s booth for SDCC and NYCC store featuring Splatoon 2 weapons, or in the Advanced Cosplay series for 2017’s Blizzcon Virtual Ticket.

Jackie was also a roaming reporter for Blizzcon’s live content which included showcasing cosplayers from around the world. She also has an all foam pattern with Simplicity pattern company that is the first of its kind on the market. Jackie’s goal is to spread her confidence and enthusiasm for cosplay to as many interested crafters as possible while trying to make their journey a little easier through her love of pattern making. Follow Jackie on Twitter and Instagram.

Steven Meissner

Steven Meissner is the man behind the helmet at SoloRoboto Industries, the prop making studio he runs full time, fabricating props for cosplayers, collectors, and industry professionals alike. His talents don’t stop at prop building; Steven occasionally works on the odd trophy for properties such as League of Legends, and is an accomplished cosplayer who has been making costumes since his first San Diego Comic Con in 2008. He is also very tall. Follow Steven on Twitter and Instagram.

Contest Emcee:

Kit Quinn

Kit Quinn has been cosplaying since 2007 when she attended her first San Diego Comic Con. Since then she has created dozens of costumes based on her favorite characters from comics, cartoons, movies and manga. Recently Kit won best special effects costume at Twitch Con two years in a row for her Tron Siren build from TRON: Legacy and Hades from Disney’s Hercules. She has also been featured on Marvel’s comics Avenger’s cosplay cover as the Wasp. Follow Kit via @misskitquinn on Twitter and Instagram.

Don't forget, the mission will close on May 17, 2018—so enter early!

Comments

would we need to wear a full costume presenting our prop if we are selected?

I am wondering about entry for dropping off the prop on setup day (Thurs or Fri?) if I only have a Saturday pass. Will there be some kind of "exhibitor" entry before opening on the first day for setup, and after closing on Sunday to retrieve my prop?