Sorry for the delay in posting this week – I have been lecturing and trying not to use profanity this week in Provo, Utah at BYU. It was such a wonderful time. I learned so much, and my hosts were so gracious and accommodating. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip, and am still so surprised and flattered that they asked me to come to their university.
A little background – I met BYU costume design professor Mary Farahnakian during her 2006 sabbatical, when she was in LA, looking for a designer to shadow. I was designing The Grudge 2 at the time, and Mary was a really fun lady to have around. We stayed in touch afterward, and she invited me out there to speak to her costume, film, and theater students.
It is all kind of a blur, but I spoke to a large forum audience, and several classrooms of students while I was there. I met the Dean, and shook lots of hands. The people at BYU could not have been nicer or more appreciative, and I was really impressed with their openness. The students had great questions, and seemed genuinely interested in the film industry and how it worked.
I also dragged Mary and one of the BYU bigwig staff to a dirty, disgusting honky-tonk in Salt Lake City for some karaoke, and I went skiing with a theater professor and his son. It was pretty great. I learned a lot about BYU and the Mormon people, and I feel much more enlightened because of it. What an awesome time. All this, because of costume design. Who’d-a-thunk-it?
Stay tuned for more adventures (and a new review) later in the week. I am desperately trying to catch up!