I’ve been busy… but having fun!

A busy calendar.

I got a call from my mother the other day wondering if she had missed my last few blogs.  “The last one I read was in May?”  She questioned.

Yep, sad but true!  It was ‘Duct Tape‘… and it was May.

I’m so sorry!  (How very Canadian of me… but I am sorry!)

But I do have an excuse… how good it is, I don’t know… but it’s a good jumping off point for today’s blog.

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Oh, did I say thank you… I ment to say THANK YOU!!!

Thank-You-word-cloud-1024x791How 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

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

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination”

John Lennon

I love… I mean love, love, love… working on a certain types of movies. I do work on all styles of film and TV, from high style to fantasy… what I adore are grubby, dirty, bloody action shows. Be it a western or a thriller, contemporary or period, I love to be able run around and make people dirty, sweaty and bloody. Blow things up… great! Strap the cast in harnesses and fly them about… fantastic! It makes the days go fast. There is always tons of things that I have to think about to keep everything going forward and looking good!

I was picking up a few groceries the other day and, as always, scouted down the magazine isle. I am not a reader of the fashion mags… I know that they have a lot to do with our jobs, but I am a ‘set girl’ and yes I do look like one as well! No matter where you go in the world you can pretty much walk on to any set and pick out the crew members for various departments by how they’re dressed and what is hanging off of them. I try not to walk around with all those Ziplocks pinned to me, but sometimes I just can’t help it… I mean really, how did my husband fall in love with me? Continue reading

“Chew Tobacco, Chew Tobacco, Chew Tobacco, Spit.”

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On the road again!

I am off on another adventure, it’s a location shoot… and it’s a Western! It has been a number of years since my last one and I have missed them. I love this kind of movie… the men wear big hats, the ladies wear corsets, all the cowboys say, ‘Howdy ma’am’, (Yes really they do!) and the men chew tobacco (I don’t like the spitting… Yuck).

There is tons of dirt, blood, horses and period clothing… I couldn’t ask for better! Continue reading

THAT’S LIFE!

2872720463_c7b807a864So true are those words.

I am currently on one of those shows that is all encompassing. We are establishing between 10 and 20 costumes a day and the script travels between India, Brazil and San Francisco.

The background players are changing constantly between scenes and countries. This week we have done explosions, bullet hits, fight sequences and everything else in you can imagine! Continue reading

B IS FOR…

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One of the things that I go over with my blood class students is the ins and outs of working with bullet hits or “squibs”. We as costumers do not build the bullet hits, but we do have to work very closely around them when they are in the costumes. Bullet hits contain small explosives… understanding our responsibilities when working with them and the structure of squibs takes some of the worry out of having to deal with them. Continue reading