Have You Ever Been Tied Up?

Balloon+Festival+and+Mindy%27s+%3D%29+007Have you ever been tied up?  Not in the 50 Shades of Grey kinda way but in the fly me to the moon kinda way?

Maybe not, although… you may have felt the pinch of a climbing harness in your past.:) Continue reading

Always Wear Clean Underwear: Golden Rules are Golden for a Reason!

Photo-Jul-18-10-41-22During 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

Walkie Talking Around

imagejpeg_3“Yeah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck; you got a copy on me, Pigpen? C’mon.”

C. W. McCall, Convoy

There are quite a few film blogs on walkie-talkies.  So I why am I writing another?  Well, it was shown to me the other night by one of my day calls that we need to have just one more… one that maybe just us costumers are reading.

We don’t use trucker talk on the walkies.  But I do think it would be tons of fun to say:

“Breaker-Breaker, this here’s Costume Chick, you got your ears on Camera Dude?” Continue reading

Logic is the beginning of wisdom…

1380-download-futuristic-quotes-1600x900“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

Get a job, Sha na na na, sha na na na na! Get a job, Sha na na na, sha na na na na!

The Silhouettes

IMG_8170I 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

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

“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

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Mark Twain

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Director Steven Spielberg accidentally stepped into the frame of one of his first movies, a made-for-television production called Duel. When the film was released on DVD, Spielberg left the mistake in to remind him of the imprecise nature of film making. Link

When I was a kid I would watch movies curled up beside my father on the sofa, eating Ritz crackers and drinking ginger ale. This was the time of VCR’s so we could rewind when required. When he saw an error he would ask, did you see that? Then rewind the scene and we would watch it again… and again, till I could point it out to him. It was our game. I loved it and still do… much to the dismay of my husband! Hey, don’t all people watch TV like me? I guess not.

I receive an email last week from a new follower to my blog. This person asked me to give him some pointers for costume continuity. I took a look at what the Internet had to say and there are some wonderful descriptions already so I will link to one of them, and also give a few pointers of my own! 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

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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