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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Monique Prudhomme: In Her Own Words

It is with great excitement that I present to you a new feature on Frocktalk.com.  It is called “In Their Own Words”.  I have been learning Final Cut, and with my mentor on my shoulder, tonight I give you our inaugural edition:  Monique Prudhomme, Costume Designer of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  If you can put up with my insufferably nasal voice and tendency to talk too fast, you will get through it.  Monique Prudhomme is such a talent, and a truly sweet lady.  She is nominated not only for a CDG Award for Parnassus, but also for an Academy Award for her work on the film!  Her costumes are gorgeous, and she tells us here at Frocktalk.com how it all came together.  I sincerely hope you enjoy this interview!  Thank you, Monique, for talking with us!!



PA stands for Production Assistant, or Potential Arbitration?

it has nothing to do with anything, but I like the image.
it has nothing to do with anything, but I like the image.

It has been a crazy week here. The film I am working on is moving forward at breakneck pace. We have five days until shooting, and only two actors cast. We are not pushing. Further, I taught my first class at UCLA yesterday and actually survived! I haven’t seen a film in a while, and I was fretting about writing this week’s Frocktalk installment. I stopped fretting when I opened my mailbox and out popped a delectable little hand grenade in an envelope. I will transcribe the contents verbatim for you:

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