It's June already and Lynne and I have been busy; we've had a few new additions to our shop tools as well as creating some new pieces...
Film crews at Tourmaline Field in Okotoks, Alberta for the shooting of "Interstellar" in the summer of 2013
Another summer season of filmwork begin but before you run out the door to call, check that you have all the stuff you need. You need work gear like your apron, gloves and breakdown coveralls; personal gear like sunscreen, lip protection and bug repellent; and finally, Then finally, the clothing gear you need like rubber boots, extra socks, warm gloves and rain gear (pants and jacket). Costumers need to be prepared for everything and anything; here is a beginning of a list for you ... go ahead and add your own items.
Hello again, I thought this was a good time to bring you up to date on our sewing adventures; my friend Lynne is sewing costumes with me.It's great to have someone to work with and we enjoy each others company.
Like so many other costumers sewing at home, I have been happily using a generic folding table as a cutting surface as welll as a sewing/serging table. I felt it was a step-up from either the kitchen table, coffee table or floor that had previously been comandeered for projects. Even still, with a little help from my partner, we were able to make some table leg extentions to raise it up to commercial counter height; I also have a taller set that lifts the table to a comfortable cutting height. Wonderful and so much easier on my back.
It's not very often that I encounter someone who feels as I do about working in the Costume Department, but this video really struck me and I wanted to share it with you.
Costume Designer Allisa Swanson speaks about how central the character is to her design; that she allows her characters be a bit flawed, but believable and not matchy-matchy. Her renderings are great; they clearly show no colour or style conflicts for each scene of that particular episode. She warmly describes the normal working cycle of becoming exhausted, taking some time off to heal, and then raring to go to work on a new project. She's not kidding about the hours; a normal shift is 12 hours and 5 days a week. However, a project may have a shorter shooting schedule, requiring 12 hours a day for 7 days a week; for several weeks.
IATSE CanadaDon’t Shoot the CostumerThe Art of ManlinessThe Costumer’s ManifestoThe Costumer’s Cafe.com - PodcastsThe Tyranny of StyleCAFTCAD - The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & DesignFrocktalk
The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.