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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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