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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Hello, Frocktalkers! Yesterday, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of being hired as a costume designer on a feature film. I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly; it seems impossible. Back then, I was just a young university graduate with a dream – I came to LA not knowing a soul in the industry, but I scrapped and I hustled and I made it happen. I want to sincerely thank producers Holly Keenan, Scott Levy and Mike Elliott for the communication error that eventually lead to my hiring on that film, The Skateboard Kid (you can read all about it in my book Costuming for Film). I’d also like to thank director Larry Swerdlove and producer Roger Corman for not finding out about it and firing me. It’s been a long, arduous, crazy and fun journey, and it feels really satisfying to still be here with most of my sanity intact, surrounded by great friends and still enjoying the work.
Along those lines, I thought you might find the following reading material quite interesting:
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Hello Frocktalkers – after a long absence, I am back in the States to tell you all about it. I have been designing costumes for films for (officially) about twenty years now, and I have had the good fortune to work all over the world. Everyone does things a bit differently, and it is always fascinating to note not only the similarities, but also the differences. I’ve just visited Argentina, and I was lucky enough to hook up with a production down there to see how they do it.
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Professor Jager, detail
It is with great pleasure that I present to you this evening, an interview with some of Southern California’s most prominent Steampunks. Here, we get to the heart of Steampunkiness – the hows, whats, and whys of it all. Never before has there been such clarity! I am deeply appreciative that they took the time to answer these questions, so we can all learn a little bit more about this beautiful costume aesthetic. Answers below are from Gail Folsom, Andrew Fogel (a.k.a. Baron von Fogel) , and Nick Baumann (a.k.a. Crackitus Potts). Read on…
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Hi everyone – I have to apologize for not posting this yesterday – I have been out of town and it has been kind of crazy. What I’d like to talk about, though, is a sort of continuing-education vibe for all of us who work in the costume department. I realize that the following post may be a bit controversial, but you can let me know how you feel about it by posting a comment!
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