Featuring appearances by
Comic Book Legend
Cosplay Universe explores the rise of the global Comic Con sub-culture and evolution of Cosplay; the art form of becoming a character that you love. The film follows the journey of several international cosplay teams as they compete in what is known as the "Olympics of Cosplay" at the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan. Cosplay Universe also chronicles America’s top cosplayers' challenges to turn their geeky hobby into a thriving business.
The film taps into the psychology behind this art of self expression and demonstrates how Cosplayers can transform and expand their perceptions of themselves while finding community. Cosplay Universe features appearances by comic book legend Stan Lee, cosplay superstars Yaya Han and Jessica Nigri and many more.
Jonathan McHugh is a producer and music supervisor for J2 Films. He is making his directorial debut (along with Jordan Rennert) on Cosplay Universe. McHugh has produced over 25 films and TV shows including a wide array of feature films and documentaries starring top talents such as Janis Joplin, Zoe Saldana, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, Ludacris, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more.
Current productions include the just-released J2 produced film Man in The Camo Jacket and the upcoming narrative indy feature Cowboy Drifter. McHugh has music supervised over 60 films and produced over 50 soundtracks including Austin Powers, the Saw film series, Wedding Singer, West of Memphis, The Guest and many more. He has had senior positions at New Line Cinema/Warner Bros Films as well and Universal and Sony Music.
Jonathan Platt is a partner at J2 Films. He has overseen production for many longform concert DVDs and specials including The Ramones RAW, Warp Tour 2003 and 2007, Chicago in Chicago Live, Grahan Parker, The World Baseball Classic Special Edition DVD for 2006 and 2009, as well as the Galerians Rion Anime. Most recently he produced Man in the Camo Jacket with J2 films.
Platt has also been involved with the film development and acquisitions for The Ramen Girl (Britney Murphy), Catacombs (Shannon Sossamon and Pink), REPO The Generic Opera (Alexa Vega and Sarah Brightman), The Hills (Paris Hilton). Platt has handled acquisitions of over 30 features, TV shows, and long form concerts. As a producer, Platt has been involved with MLB.com Presents Japan Confidential for BEE TV/NTT Domo, award-winning feature documentary We Are X, Image Revolution, She Makes Comics and Cosplay Universe.
Jordan Rennert is a cinematographer and producer for Respect Films. He is making his directorial debut (along with Jonathan McHugh) on Cosplay Universe. Rennert has been the cinematographer for over 20 films, TV shows, and shorts. With Respect Films, Rennert has produced award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary films including Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods and She Makes Comics.
Other notable projects include Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously and upcoming horror feature Trip House. Previously Rennert has worked as a shooter and editor on History Channel's Pawn Stars.
Patrick Meaney is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer, comic book writer, and editor, best known for his work as a director of documentaries about the world of comic books, including Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, She Makes Comics and Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously.