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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Sarah Jones and the Film Industry Safety Problem

Midnight Rider

Very sad news out of Savannah, Georgia, as you have probably heard by now – an accident on the set of ‘Midnight Rider’, the Gregg Allman story, killed a camera assistant and wounded seven additional crew this past week.  This accident should have never happened, and it’s the latest in a long string of film industry workplace mishaps and deaths, almost all of them completely preventable. We should all be operating with a heightened sense of awareness for our safety and for the safety of those around us. Too often we are asked to work in dangerous situations by people in charge who are reckless and largely unconcerned for the safety and welfare of the crew.

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Nashville – a Letter from a Production Wife

Danger-Sign

This is a VERY interesting letter, written by the wife of one of the producers on TV’s NASHVILLE. Check it out – it’s an interesting perspective on the work and hours we perform, how we are treated, and what it all means.  I applaud its author, Micaela Bensko, and I kind of want to have her and family over for dinner.  Read on Frocktalkers.  Thanks for bearing with me – I have been flying by the seat of my pants these days.  Will have a juicy interview up for you very soon – ELLEN MIROJNICK, talking about her work on the upcoming Liberace movie for HBO, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA!  Have a great week, everyone!

-KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013: Nomination Rumination!

I apologize for the brief, succinct posting of the nominees for the CDG awards. I was in the middle of a production meeting when the news broke (!) so – don’t tell anyone – but I was busy typing away here at Frocktalk when I probably should have been listening to something important being explained by our first AD. So if we come up empty-handed on some big day on this movie and we don’t have what we need? Sorry, Albert! My bad!

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2012 Gift Guide for Costume Types

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers! Whether you’re buying gifts for your crew, or sending this link to someone to drop a not-so-subtle hint, this is the gift list for you! Items on this list would be suitable for holiday gifts, wrap gifts, birthday gifts, or just something to say “Thanks for the hard work“. For additional ideas, you can always consult the Frocktalk gift lists of years gone by HERE, HERE and HERE. But stay with me – here is this year’s list!

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Week’s End Wrap-up: Congrats to Keira & James, and I Heart You, Gavin Polone.

Working in this business is all-consuming, and often it takes weeks to get your life together after you’ve been out of town for a few months on a job.  As I sift through two trash bags’ worth of mail, unpack box after box, and do laundry for what seems like weeks, I am reminded that this is my privilege.  We can complain and carp about the crazy hours, lack of budget and bad food, or whatever makes you whine and moan, but at the end of the day, we should realize that it is a privilege to do this kind of artistic work for a living.  We make amazing friends, and we have the BEST STORIES EVER for cocktail parties and (eventually) for the nursing home and/or our salacious memoirs.

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Crew Member Fights for AC

Hello Frocktalkers! I am still on the show that will not stop shooting, and it has been brutal! I am exhausted. I have so much to share with you – stories, interviews, reviews – and I just haven’t had time to get it all done. I will share with you some funny things that have been coming across my desk, namely some verrrry amusing animated shorts about working in the film industry. This one (below) cracked us up on set tonight! Enjoy!

— KMB

Julie Robar and Kelly Chambers: America’s Best Costume Crew!

Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), and Kelly Chambers

ABDC's Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), Lizette Kilmer and Kelly Chambers

By Anthony Tran, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

America’s Best Dance Crew (also known as ABDC) is a dance competition show that airs Thursday nights on MTV. Produced by Randy Jackson, the show pits dance crews from across the nation against each other. The teams battle for the eventual title of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and a $100,000 grand prize. It’s kind of like American Idol for dance groups. 2010 marks the fifth season of the show, and we caught up with costume supervisor Julie Robar and costumer Kelly Chambers to tell us all about it.

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