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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Exploitation, or Have You Hugged Your Union Today?

It’s Labor Day weekend – a time when most people frolic in the swimming pool, get drunk, barbeque and enjoy the last throes of summer before the rigors of school and work catch up with them. But did you know that without unions, we wouldn’t have this three-day-weekend to celebrate? I want to take time this weekend to talk about exploitation, and what led to the creation of these unions. Working in the film industry, you may encounter lots of different types of jobs – some union, and others, non-union. You need to be very, VERY aware of your rights if you work on non-union projects. Whereas the union has rules and regulations in place to protect you in the workplace, non-union work has practically nothing. You need to be forewarned about some of the shenanigans that people will try to pull – to know what is legal, and what is not! I will do my best to spell it out for you here.

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Adventures in Costuming: Dyeing on Location!

Hello, everyone – hope you are having a beautiful Memorial Day weekend if you are in the US, and happy Monday to the rest of you! I wanted to show you a little bit about some of the challenges we face on location from time to time. Today’s vignette: Dyeing on location!

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Desert Flower: Interview with costume designer Gabriele Binder!

I was lucky enough to be able to talk with Desert Flower‘s costume designer Gabriele Binder about her work on the film.  Shooting in Djibouti, London, and Germany on a small budget has its challenges, and it is fascinating to hear her stories!  Check it out –

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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.

And stay tuned for more Comic Con info!!

— KMB

Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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