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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Costume Design Around the World

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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Film Flight From California

Many productions are bailing from California.

Many productions are bailing from California.

If you are a California resident working in the film industry, and have been at least semi-conscious for the past decade, you probably noticed the marked attenuation in the number of jobs here in town.  Initially, people called it Runaway Production, with films packing off to Canada to shoot because it was so much cheaper (the exchange rate was in our favor, and the Canadian government was offering tax incentives).  Then, other states in our fine country took the idea and ran with it, offering big tax incentives to filmmakers.  States like Michigan, New Mexico, the Carolinas, Florida and Louisiana jumped into the fray, and had great success in luring production to their areas.  Today’s LA Times has a story illustrating the predicament now faced by Californian filmmakers.  Check it out HERE.

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