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! **
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.’
This year, my costume selections are veering toward popular culture.I went on a MEME kick, and man there are some funny ideas out there that, if you’re hip to what’s hip, you will really love.You will not find disgusting “slutty vampire”, “naughty nurse”, or “sassy pirate” costumes in this bunch, because we costume people really don’t need to pander, do we?It’s not called “Whoreloween”; it’s HALLOWeen.Hallowed evening – the most special night of the year for costume designers.I have put together twenty-five or so costume ideas for you.I have included the original reference from pop culture or the internet for all costumes, and I have included links to sites where you can buy costume pieces to complete your look.So, without further ado, here are my 2011 Halloween ideas:
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!
Earlier this year, I posted a story about the arrest of costumed characters roaming Hollywood Boulevard. At issue – their demands for tips, and their illegal use of licensed/copyright/trademarked costumes. Well, it appears the rag-tag Justice League of Hollywood Boulevard came together to find a solution. See it here, and thanks to Frocktalker Angus for the link!
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.