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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Mary Zophres has had an amazing career, designing some of the most iconic costumes in recent memory – Jeff Lebowski, anyone? She has finally been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant work on True Grit. This longtime Coen Brothers collaborator opens up about the details of that project, and what it means to make her Greek dad a superstar back home.
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It’s raining here in Los Angeles, and as such I thought you might like THIS POST from Fashionista. It is a six-page directive from the Pi Phi (Pi Beta Phi) chapter at Cornell University detailing what can and (more importantly) can NOT be worn by their members during sorority rush. We costume designers have to come up with similar guidelines when we talk with background casting – we generate a list of what kinds of garments background players should bring to work. Never – NEVER – have I seen even a costume list this comprehensive. I tell you, if this Cornell Pi Phi rush leader wants a job writing BG memos for me, she’s got it. Enjoy the rain and enjoy the article!