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! **

Who is that handsome dog?

Just a note about photo clearance for this site.  Who knew it was going to be so difficult?  I thought if I was promoting these films, it would not be hard to get studio approval for a few screen captures.  Well, I was wrong.

This is a non-profit, educational site, and yet… greed is greed.  Certain studios did NOT approve the use of any images – ANY IMAGES AT ALL – for their films.  Other studios want $500 PER PHOTO as a “usage fee”.  Ridonkyoulous.

My solution: put my dog Chachi to work.  Any time I can’t get studio approval for a photo or screen cap, you will see a rendering of the costume idea, in photoshop, with Chachi’s head where the person’s head would be.

You may ask: Kristin, why do you even bother getting permission?  Why don’t you just post your screen caps and see if they come after you?  The answer: I work for these people.  I don’t really want to piss off studios that might hire me later.  I don’t want to make my work life difficult because I used unlicensed images in my hobby/side-project.

So, now you understand my dilemma.  Asking permission means sometimes getting rejected.  In this case, getting rejected means that Chachi’s precious face gets some airtime.  And anyway isn’t he cute?

Look for Chachi tshirts in the FrockTalk SuperStore soon!

–KMB

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