Some years the first few months of work can be really, really slow, and some years they can be booming. This year pilot season in Vancouver was crazy busy… our local union was putting every available person to work just trying to get bodies to fill positions… regardless of experience.
During the Digital Days Conference that I attended in February at the Electronic Arts Campus in Burnaby, British Columbia, Claùde Parè was the opening speaker on the first day… and let me tell you; he helped start the conference off with a bang!
His talk was called, The Rules of Cinema: Rated ‘R’… and he was just amazing!
Now, as you may have gleaned in previous posts, I’m a big fan of Jessica Sitomer‘s seminars that she gives here in Vancouver each year. She travels everywhere, so take a look and see if she is coming to talk in your area. One of the things Jessica says when going for a job interview is, “When some one asks, ‘How do you feel you excel at your job?’, find a way to tell them by using a story about you doing your job.” Draw the people in around you with more than just an, ‘Oh, I think I am great organizer’. You could say, “On Tron I had the challenge of bringing multiple departments together each morning before the cast arrived to start the process of getting dressed. The specialty costume took an hour or longer from start to finish to dress the cast and once on, they were a challenge to remove quickly. A Sound Assist was needed to wire the suit before we started testing of the lighting systems and a costume tech was needed to asst sound…” Continue reading →
Last weekend I attended the Digital Days; The Future is Now seminar, at the Electronic Arts Campus in Burnaby, British Columbia. It was enlightening, eye opening and wonderful. When I signed up I wasn’t sure if all the talks were going to be about something I was involved in; meaning did this have anything to do with costumes? As I sat through each talk, I realized that even when it was completely focused on other departments there are still so many little bits that directly relate to many aspects of our department. Continue reading →
“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. I am so looking forward to the next step.” Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek
Okay, I admit it; I love to watch Star Trek! I don’t watch as often as I used to… work gets in the way a little. I did go to the latest movie, “Into Darkness”, and called Michael Kaplan, the costume designer, and told him I loved it! I saw it in 3D and the fabrics used in the costumes just popped!
Aside from the imaginative costumes that great sci-fi movies show, I love to go to movies like “Star Trek” and see what the filmmakers have imagined for future technology and gadgets.
I remember watching the original series and loving all the gadgets that were developed as props for the show… that now we are actually using today. Like flip phones… oh those are so 20 years ago! Continue reading →
Me, I have four. Really I do! I have the one you can see here on the blog. I have a full one that has every bit of info listed for all the shows I have ever done, and my full education and skills history. (This one is for sending in with work permit or work visa requests for international shows that may require government cooperation.) I also have a one pager; it is like a calling card or a large business card with show names and a photo layout. And lastly, I have the good old standard two-pager. It gives a quick overview of what I have been working on lately and some key education and skill elements.
I am back home! I love to work on location. Shooting a movie wherever, whenever… it’s always a challenge and a lot of work and I really enjoy that! But, (I think) like everyone else, I also love returning back to my wonderful home.
Having said that, the end of a show means that it’s time to get another job.
As I said in my blog, “Fears are Paper Tigers”, one of the challenges of working in the film industry is the number of times we are laid of in a year… well not really laid off, I guess… each show is a contract, contract ends; job over.
So here I am out looking for the next fabulous, exciting and challenging job!
While I was packing up during the final days of my last show, some of the newer costumers were asking questions, like: How do you find another job? How do you know where to look for what’s happening? Do productions just call and offer you a job? Do you have to keep trying to find the next show yourself? Continue reading →
How do I say ‘Thank You’ and really mean it… this is a question I have thought on, a lot, and here’s what I’ve come up with!
Before I wrote my very first blog, one piece of tutorial advice that I received was to read the comments on the posts to see what they have to say. You might say, ‘yeah, well duh obviously’, but what the tutorial was saying is, don’t just read the comments, assess them to see if they are genuine. If the information in the comment is correct… if it mentions specifics within the article, if it offers thoughts related to the content… then the comment is probably genuine.
But if it’s just a general, ‘hey, nice blog’ and ‘ by the way, check out this link to my discount shoe emporium’, it’s definitely spam.
Thank You’s work exactly the same way. People can smell the spam a mile away. Continue reading →