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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Sync On Set!

BOOK ANTI

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you don’t know about Sync on Set yet, you really need to listen up.  It’s a cloud-based continuity system.  Use your computer, iPad, iPhone to track continuity, break down scripts, communicate with the department, share information, etc.  We used it on Insidious 2 and it was really great – we didn’t even need a set binder, kids – it was amazing.  They have an AUTOMATED SCRIPT BREAKDOWN (okay?!) and if that’s not enough for you, they offer free classes and tutorials.  Here’s more info!

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The Impossible

Review Date: 11-14-12

Release Date: 12-21-12

Runtime: 114 minutes

Period: 2004, contemporary

Costume Designers: Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes

I am a pretty analytical filmgoer. I watch movies like I watch dailies. Very rarely does a film grab me and suck me in. Rarer still do I find myself with tears in my eyes, watching a movie. Well, about twelve minutes in to The Impossible, rivers of tears were rolling down my face, into my mouth, down my neck, and I ceased taking notes.

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Argo

Review Date: 10-14-12

Release Date: 10-12-12

Runtime: 120 minutes

Period: 1979 – 1980

Costume Designer: Jacqueline West

In 1979, Americans working at the US Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage.  Six of them escaped and sought refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador.  One man helped them out of Iran.  This is the premise of Argo.  Based on the true-life story of CIA agent Tony Mendez, the film is gripping, absorbing, and kind of a nail biter.  It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in some time, and the costumes and characterizations are top notch.

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Color Me Beautiful

I was at a Fourth of July party yesterday, when a makeup writer friend of mine and I got into a conversation about the book Color Me Beautiful. Most of you Frocktalkers are probably too young to remember this phenomenon, but using this book, you could determine whether you were a “winter”, “spring”, “summer” or “autumn”, and choose flattering clothing and makeup colors accordingly. My friend was wondering if the premise still held up today, thirty-plus years after the book was first published. It got me thinking…

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Audrey Fisher: It’s In Her Blood

Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, JoAnn Orr, and Laura Wong sunk their teeth into Audrey Fisher, 2010 Costume Designers Guild Award nominee for HBO’s True Blood. Audrey was very poised and gracious; she answered our barrage of questions like a true champ.

FT: What are your impressions of this costume exhibit?

AF: It’s always so inspirational to see the costumes up close. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment for the other designers to see how beautiful things are close up.

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