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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Nashville – a Letter from a Production Wife

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This is a VERY interesting letter, written by the wife of one of the producers on TV’s NASHVILLE. Check it out – it’s an interesting perspective on the work and hours we perform, how we are treated, and what it all means.  I applaud its author, Micaela Bensko, and I kind of want to have her and family over for dinner.  Read on Frocktalkers.  Thanks for bearing with me – I have been flying by the seat of my pants these days.  Will have a juicy interview up for you very soon – ELLEN MIROJNICK, talking about her work on the upcoming Liberace movie for HBO, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA!  Have a great week, everyone!

-KMB

Week’s End Wrap-up: Congrats to Keira & James, and I Heart You, Gavin Polone.

Working in this business is all-consuming, and often it takes weeks to get your life together after you’ve been out of town for a few months on a job.  As I sift through two trash bags’ worth of mail, unpack box after box, and do laundry for what seems like weeks, I am reminded that this is my privilege.  We can complain and carp about the crazy hours, lack of budget and bad food, or whatever makes you whine and moan, but at the end of the day, we should realize that it is a privilege to do this kind of artistic work for a living.  We make amazing friends, and we have the BEST STORIES EVER for cocktail parties and (eventually) for the nursing home and/or our salacious memoirs.

Continue reading ‘Week’s End Wrap-up: Congrats to Keira & James, and I Heart You, Gavin Polone.’

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTAS, Stage 1

Round one of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ nods is in. There are three rounds of voting. What follows is the “long list”, a list of fifteen contenders for the BAFTA. From there, a second vote will whittle the list to five nominees. Final voting will pick the winner in the category. For costume design, the following films are on the “long list” (note: BAFTA did not list the names of the costume designers – I added them here and linked to their imdB profile):

Avatar Deborah Scott and Mayes C. Rubeo
Bright Star Janet Patterson
Coco Before ChanelCatherine Leterrier
District 9Dianna Cilliers
An Education Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJany Temime
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusMonique Prudhomme
Inglourious Basterds Anna B. Sheppard
Me and Orson WellesNic Ede
NineColleen Atwood
Nowhere BoyJulian Day
Sherlock HolmesJenny Beavan
A Single ManArianne Phillips
Star TrekMichael Kaplan
The Young VictoriaSandy Powell

Congrats to the “long listers”!!! Stay tuned for round two.

— KMB



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