Houston… we have pushed the movie!

234So yep, my show pushed.  What does this mean?  Basically it means that the date we were supposed to start shooting has been moved to a new… later… date.  Pushed.

This happens. Continue reading

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

Very Superstitious, Writing’s on the Wall!

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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

SHIT FIRE AND SAVE THE MATCHES!

shit-fire-and-save-matchesThe other day on set, our actress yelled, ‘Shit fire and save the matches!’ in the middle of a scene.  Nope, that wasn’t her line… she had fumbled her actual line a few times in a row and was getting frustrated with herself.

It was funny!  I almost cracked up in my hiding place behind a lighting flag.

I was reminded of this yesterday after reading a blog by the Anonymous Production Assistant.  Kendra wrote in and asked the Anonymous PA about how to talk to and deal with actors on set.  Anonymous wrote a great response about how a production assistant could approach dealing with cast. Continue reading

All Tied Up!

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Tracey Graham learning how to lace a corset up at lunch!

What a great, albeit, busy week, and I am on still the run and not sitting down!

Thus… a short blog!

This week we called the union dispatch to get a day-call costumer to come in to help and Tracey Graham join us!

First day on set ever and she rocked it!

I thought I would throw in a photo of our lunch hour lessons with Tracey. We have 5 women that need to be laced back into a corset after lunch, and we threw Tracey into the deep end of our western town pool.

Having a laugh and learning at lunch! Even if it is just sitting with your plate of food and asking those burning questions, it will help to get you to the next step.

Getting all tied up can be fun if you are asking the right question while you do it!

Click here for a great blog on Corsets and Crinolines from the V&A, take a look!

“Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man’s world.”

Andersson & Ulvaeus

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I was taking a class a few years ago and someone asked me what I did for a living. When I told them I worked in the film industry the response was, “Oh, did you fly to class in your helicopter?”

It is a misconception that film industry people make a ton of money. I tried to explain that my hourly wage is actually comparable to most any skilled labor rate, but average workday is fifteen hours long, I can regularly work up to 18 hrs a day and, yes, my individual pay checks will all the overtime can be large… especially after I have worked a hundred hours in a week! Continue reading

Work it, baby, work it!

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My blogs are often focused on the newer costumer. This one is for all Costumers, new and experienced, that want to keep up-to-date.

As said in a previous blog I started out before cell phones, pagers and computers. When a job came into town I drove over to the production office, well dressed, and handed in an résumé. The paper was carefully thought out to try and make my résumé stand out from the rest. When it was said to go cream I went crisp white, I used a heavier paper… anything that made mine a little different. Now the field has been levelled. All resumes are emailed in and either forwarded or printed on standard printer paper. So how is it that you get an edge? Continue reading