“I know some new tricks”, said the cat in the hat, “A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother will not mind at all if I do.”

The cat in the Hat, Dr. Suess

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Tricks they are what we build our trade on.

Skill is where we start. I will never say that skill is ever replaceable. The more we know about what we do, the better we are.

For me knowing how to build clothing helps me know better how to take it apart, break it into components, and do what needs to be done on the day to get the shot no matter what is required!

But it is the tricks, the little things that we stumble over, learn the hard way, and then Share!!

Yes, I have used that word again!

Share, share, share… That makes our jobs so much better!

So I am sharing just one such little trick that we stumbled across last year while solving a problem. Continue reading

“‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.”

Henry David Thoreau

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I have made it! All the way to Easter that is!

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.

What does that mean? Well, don’t get sick!   Sickness is not an option!! Continue reading

“Let’s talk about sex, baby, Let’s talk about you and me, Let’s talk about all the good things, And the bad things that may be, Let’s talk about sex….”

~ SALT ‘N’ PEPA

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Shot from the opening credits of the TV series Masters of Sex

We costumers are some of the ‘lucky’ few that get to be on set during a sex scene.  Yep right on set, really, really close.  Some of you who have had the experience may know this already; it isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be! Continue reading

Very Superstitious, Writing’s on the Wall!

Stevie Wonder

project-superstitions-all-three-postersI thought I would continue my thoughts on working with actors… this time with some good old fashioned wives’ tales involved!

Am I superstitious, sure, aren’t we all in a little way.  I always follow the rules of:

Don’t open an umbrella in the house (or the costume truck)! (by the way this isn’t a superstition in Korea!). Continue reading

WATCH WHERE YOU STICK THAT PIN!

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The amazing Edith Head!

Let’s talk cast and background fittings.

As a Set Supervisor/Key On-Set Costumer I normally help the Designer with fittings on the main cast before we go to camera. This allows the actors and myself to meet before shooting starts. I get to hear some of their concerns and desires to do with the costumes, and figure out how to best work with them on set.

I was talking with our Designer and Coordinator/Supervisor the other day and we came up with a few things that would be very helpful for everyone to know when given the opportunity to help out in a fitting.

These are some little tips that will make the fittings go easier and help with figuring out all the pieces… sorting, labeling and such… when the fitting is over. Continue reading

Zombies Anyone?

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Starting the day! Zombie’s ahoy!

Whenever I teach, whether it be at Capilano University or any other spot, I tell the students to keep an eye on their local message boards. There are always people that need help with their film projects. It could be a director, a producer or a costume designer trying to establish themselves with an independent feature, a short or a music video. Whatever the reason and whatever the project, these are great opportunities to learn and hone the many different skills we use in our jobs… and to build your resume. Continue reading

Getting sticky with it…

A little color adds to the fun

I was working on the set of TWO BROTHERS, A GIRL AND A GUN, my first show on my own… yes really, the designer left on the first day and I was officially a department of one… the 1st Assistant Director (1st AD) came to tell me the director wanted a blood bag added to the stab wound we were doing that day… aahhh, whaaat?? The 1st AD gave me some pointers on how to do this and it seemed pretty simple… well, it seemed that way.

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