Review Date: 12-3-12
Release Date: 10-26-12, USA
Runtime: 172 minutes
Period: 1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144, and 106 A. F. (2321)
Costume Designers: Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
I don’t even know where to begin with this movie. It is breathtaking in its scope, and is such an impressive piece of work. The film explores six different time periods, six different (but linked) storylines, and it manages to utilize the same troupe of actors in all of the different scenarios. Shooting all storylines simultaneously, with two costume designers and a crew of over fifty in the costume department, it is an astounding accomplishment. You won’t believe your eyes.
Continue reading ‘Cloud Atlas’
Hello Frocktalkers – it’s been crazy here. I am designing a very small movie for a friend of mine, and my days have been jammed – like 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM, every day. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) for my work on this film, so I can’t talk about the project. However, working on this film reminds me of the stark contrast between low-budget, independent films and bigger-budget, studio films. I’d like to discuss the differences for those of you just getting started or heretofore unaware of the differences.
Continue reading ‘What’s in a Budget?’
Keva (L) and Karen Keyes
Keva and Karen Keyes are some of the most delightful gals you’ll ever meet. I was first introduced to them on the set of Walker Payne, a movie I designed in South Carolina in 2005. They were local costumers then; they are director and producer now. Their short film, Letters From Home, screens at the 18th Pan-African Film Festival in Culver City this weekend. I am excited to share their story with you. These ladies had the guts and the tenacity to transition into the directors’ chairs, and I interviewed them about all of it today.
Continue reading ‘The Keyes Sisters: From Costume Truck to Directors’ Chairs’
OK, for those of you not familiar with Manohla Dargis, here’s the short version: she’s a film critic for the New York Times. In fact, she is positioned as the next Pauline Kael – the heir to the throne of film critics. Notice I didn’t say “female film critics“. Does the gender of a critic matter? It does if you make her mad. Here, Ms. Dargis lets the F-bombs fly, venting her spleen about the position (or lack thereof) of women in the studio system. I must admit, I love Ms. Dargis’ writing, and I salute her for taking a stand. That said, I have never been on the receiving end of her diatribes, and evidently man, sometimes it stings. Ms. Dargis’ article (CLICK HERE) is thought-provoking. Check it out, and stay tuned for more!