Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

Letting You In On A Secret!

All summer, I’ve been up to my eyeballs on a film. I was crazed, and I didn’t have much time to do this Frocktalk work (which means so much to me). I couldn’t tell anyone, not even my family, what the film is about or what it is called, as I had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement and was bound to silence by the terms of the agreement… until today. The film comes out in 3,000 theaters tonight, so now I can tell you that the film I was working on all summer is… Paranormal Activity II.

It was a very unusual design job, and a hefty challenge in many areas. I am still not able to divulge any secrets or behind-the-scenes information, but I would like to sincerely thank my crew – Cesha, Daphne, Michelle, Alejandro, Janet, Michele and Sami – for their help, and for putting up with me dancing to Zorba the Greek from time to time.

I would also like to publicly thank the Topanga Nordstrom Rack location for their help. It is the best Nordstrom Rack in the world, and their employees are very helpful and patient. I will forever be loyal to you, NordRack! Thank you!!

I am very excited to see the film. We shot some creepy, skin-crawling stuff. It will definitely be scary. I am glad to have been a part of it – I met some great people on this film! I hope you can take a moment to see PAII & get scared this weekend, and see if the work that waylaid me this summer was worth skipping out on a few Frocktalk articles.

I am on another job at the moment, but it is a short-term gig. Stand by for more, and have a great weekend!

– KMB

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