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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Technology: Good/Technology: Bad

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The internet has forever changed the way we work in this business. Everyone from the craft service person to the producer utilizes the internet to enhance his or her work.  The costume department is no exception – we shop like crazy online, at all hours of the day, using overnight shipping to bridge the gap.  We can research ideas with laser-like precision.  It’s pretty awesome.  But with all the ease that technology brings, it also brings other, harsher consequences.

Everyone has opinions about what they see in movies or television.  However, back in the days before Twitter, Facebook and all the other social media sites, a person had no platform for spewing those opinions.  Now, any schmuck with a computer or smart phone can say whatever comes to mind, anonymously, about anyone or anything without personal consequence to himself.  The crazy thing is, now, people in positions of authority actually listen.  Get enough Twitter users on a Schadenfreude-tinged bender about something they dislike about a movie or a TV show, and it can get someone fired.

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Catching up… and Links!

Hey Frocktalkers!! It’s starting to get bananas around here – holiday season is in full swing, and I’ve just started a new job. I’ve been posting cool articles about costumes like crazy on Twitter – follow me @Frocktalk – and I am going to recap some of the highlights here for you now.

Nice article about the design of CLOUD ATLAS

Interesting – Food Network’s new show features costume designers, airing 12-30-12 at 8P/7C – the show is called SUGAR DOME!! I want to see a cake dress!!!  Looks like fun.

LA Times piece about Deborah Nadoolman Landis’ new book about Hollywood Costume Sketches – it’s a beautiful book, BTW!

Beautiful article about Deborah Nadoolman Landis – advocate for costumes!

LA Times article about costumes in the Awards-contending films

Another LA Times article (Go, LAT!) about costumes becoming fashion trends…   (continued after the jump)

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The Social Network

Review Date: 10-12-10

Release Date: 10-1-10

Runtime: 121 min.

Period: 2003 – 2004

Costume Designer: Jacqueline West

Well, awards season has officially begun. The Social Network is a great film, and between it and Inception, the race is already underway.

The Social Network is, on the surface, the story of Facebook. However, on closer inspection it is a story about the isolation and disenfranchisement of the “uncool”, the less privileged, the outsider, marginalized by whatever means relevant.

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-KMB



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