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! **

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Awardsapalooza 2014 – Live Tweeting the Oscars!

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Hi there, Frocktalkers! Just wanted to point out all the activity that’s going on over at Twitter in the name of Frocktalk! I live-tweeted the UCLA Copley Center ‘Sketch2Screen’ Costume panel this past week, and I’m about to live-tweet the Oscars. From red carpet to best picture, I’ll be coming to you live from the 25th annual Andrew Blau Oscar party in beautiful Beverly Hills Adjacent. It’s going to be a scream. Definitely, I will be surrounded by the best peanut gallery in all of Los Angeles. I can’t wait. I’m not making any predictions, but I’m definitely sending up good vibes for a few friends! It’s going to be an exciting night! Catch all the action on Twitter @Frocktalk!

– KMB

Spotlight On: Background Artist Kimberly Ables Jindra!

Kimberly Ables Jindra

Kimberly Ables Jindra

As costume designers, supervisors and costumers, we often interact daily with background artists. How many of us have ever stopped to think about who these people are, what their lives are like, and how they view US? I talk here with background artist Kimberly Ables Jindra – we’ve worked together on a few films, and I am very fond of her. I thought it might be illuminating for you Frocktalkers to consider the other side of the coin when it comes to background players. We get so busy, so crazed, and we operate under such pressure that I think it’s worthwhile to remind ourselves that background artists are not just bodies; they are people, too.

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Interview: Mark Bridges – The Master

I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you.  Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?  Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins.  Yes, merkins.  I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future.  Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining!  Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it!  But if you can’t wait… read on~

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The Walk of Fame Lost Some Character(s)….

Yesterday, news broke in Los Angeles that the (in)famous characters on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame were arrested!  Local Angelenos know that these “actors” – people dressed in costumes, trolling for tips – are often aggressive and antagonistic toward tourists, but did we know their activity was illegal?  First, the costumes are licensed.  Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Shrek – all of these are licensed images, likenesses and costumes.  To make money off them is theoretically illegal.  Second, these people are essentially doing business – demanding money when a tourist take a picture with them.  You must have a license in order to do business, and these people do not.  Third, the aggressive behavior perpetrated by these people (and I, for one, have been body-checked by Superman) is punishable as assault if it’s bad enough.  I have wanted to do a story on these people for a long time, but they are quite an unfriendly bunch, and would demand remuneration for an interview; something to which I am opposed.  So instead, I bring you this story from KTLA, and you can read all about it.

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– KMB

Economic Downturn, Part 3: Cash Break Zero

The LA Times is running another extraordinary story today about shrinking salaries in Hollywood.  Work trickles in slowly here these days – many people are unemployed – and the rates that studios will pay is attenuating down to scale for some department heads.  Scale!!  The audacity!  It’s not just about actors’ salaries, and points on the gross, either.  Every strata of film worker is affected.  Read on…

LA TIMES ARTICLE

— KMB



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