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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Costume, Character, and Games.

The Saboteur, video game by Pandemic. Costume designer: Kristin M. Burke

The Saboteur, video game by Pandemic. Costume designer: Kristin M. Burke

I’ve been doing a lot of research for the upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow, and I have to say – it’s giving me a lot of pause.  I have spoken before at length about the difference between costume, wardrobe, fashion and all of that.  Cliff’s Notes:  We are not the fashion police, and please don’t refer to us as “Wardrobe”.  At the end of the day, our work is about designing characters, and specifically the clothing that becomes the costume that tells the story about the character. Continue reading ‘Costume, Character, and Games.’

Dark Knight Rises – Costumes as Fashion?

Frocktalker Laura sent me the link to this interesting article from GQ online about the costumes from the newest Batman installation, The Dark Knight Rises.  Kind of interesting… what do you think?  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

Superheroes of Hollywood Blvd: Saved By the 1st Amendment!

The Superheroes of Hollywood Boulevard are wearing capes made out of the First Amendment for now – seems that a U.S. District judge ruled that they were “without a doubt” protected in their freedom of speech.  Read the article in the LA Times HERE!  Chalk up a long-fought victory for the Justice League.  And stay tuned for further developments!

– KMB

Comic Con 2010: Saturday! Baby Shrek Takes on the Con!

So today at the Con, Saturday, was my day to spend with Baby Shrek and Mini Lightning McQueen (hereafter “MLMcQ”).  We set out at mid-day to avoid crowds trying to mob Baby Shrek for autographs or earwax candles.  It was a good idea.  Saturday is notoriously the most crowded, crazy day at Comic Con.  This year was no exception.  Crowds were heavy and thick, and not everyone remembered to wear deodorant (or, for that matter, not everyone remembered to NOT STAB ANYONE).

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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

Comic Con: Day Four!

Red, blood-shot eyes.  Last day of the Con!

Red, blood-shot eyes. Last day of the Con!

Okay, I just arrived back in LA from San Diego, and I am totally wiped out.  Today was “Kids Day” at Comic Con, and I went with Mini Darth Vader and his dad to seek some good times.  Good times we found, in the form of lots of fun kid-friendly activities.
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