Theatrical Shoe Designer Phil LaDuca worked as a Broadway dancer, choreographer and dance teacher before creating LaDuca dance shoes. He has created character shoes with the needed flexibility to be danceable, as well as the support and security for singers and actors. He works with costume designers, and handles the process from sketches through manufacturing in Italy to the finished products that end up on Broadway, national tours, and films. LaDuca shows how customized shoes are created for actresses such as Kristin Chenoweth in "Promises, Promises" and Bebe Neuwirth in "The Addams Family."
Just for fun, visit Peter Jackson in his cave--his world-class collection of props, costumes, and cinema artifacts that inspired him as a young filmmaker and continue to inspire him. Adam and Peter examine a prop you may recognize: the faceplate for the Hal 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Last year, I wrote another blog titled Summer Film Checklist; about supplies, kits and clothing a costumer should include when working outdoors on a film. It’s good to check your kit at least once a year; to inventory the contents, replenish containers of low supplies and to add new items.
All my original urgings of bringing warm, comfortable clothing, extra clothing, and sun and safety gear still apply, but this year, I’d like to talk about a threat that is common to everyone who works outside during the spring, summer and autumn months - Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by flu-like symptoms, caused by bacteria that is transmitted by ticks.
Costume Designer Anne Dixon, attending theToronto Film Festival: Costume Exhibition in 2014
Costume Designers Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl, Jenny Beaven, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sandy Powell , Carol, Cinderella and Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn; discuss their work ...
Spend a little while on set and behind the scenes on Crimson Peak ...
A costume test will show the director exactly how a costume looks on camera; the colour, the texture ...
Kate HawleyCRIMSON PEAK
Marion BoyceTHE DRESSMAKER
So over the last few weeks, I've been interested in these works; Crimson Peak for it's American gothic look, the BBC television series Musketeers for its hip 1630's look and The Dressmaker, for it's sumptous 1950s coutour fashion. I enjoy learning how other costume designers approach the work, and what they love most about the design process.
So, how many people can you count working behind the scenes on this film; actors work really hard to carry the scene, in spite of so many people working around them. Imagine how many people surround the actors during a love scene ...
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.