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!

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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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Cool New Thing Alert: Sync OnSet

The team at Sync OnSet!

The team at Sync OnSet!

Hey Frocktalkers, there is a great new program that you need to know about for script breakdown and continuity – it’s called Sync OnSet – www.synconset.com, and it’s free right now for a 30-day trial. It’s multi-platform, so you can use it with your iphone, ipad, and computer, and everybody can share the same information simultaneously. It even features an AUTO script breakdown – saving you hours of tedious data entry. Of course, you might want to check for errors, but hey, anything that can save you time is a Godsend! You can try the upload for yourself by going to www.synconset.com and registering – it’s pretty fabulous. You don’t even need a set book anymore – everything you need is in the palm of your hand.  We are using it on this film and it has been amazing.  This technology is going to revolutionize the way we do business!!! THANK YOU, Sync OnSet!!!

– KMB

2011: A Look Back in Costumes

Hello, Frocktalkers!!  Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has written a very thoughtful wrap-up of the year in costumes for you.  I thought you might like to read it as nominating ballots start to arrive in the mail, hahaha.  We have had a really gorgeous run of costumes in 2011, ranging from fancy to distressed.  As awards season starts in earnest, I will do my best to keep you updated.  I will soon be going on location until May 2012, so I will sadly miss the CDG Awards, but will make sure to have coverage of the event for you at the ready.  Thanks, Frocktalkers, for your interest and enthusiasm in our art form, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

– KMB

Interview: Chris Laverty, editor of ClothesOnFilm.com

Hey there, Frocktalkers!  One of my favorite bloggers of all time is currently featured in this month’s installation of The Costume Designer, the magazine of the Costume Designers Guild.  Unfortunately, the magazine is not available for sale, but you can see it online HERE!  YAY for Chris and ClothesOnFilm!!  I think we should start a collection now so that he can join us at next year’s CDG Awards.  What do you think?

– KMB

Clothesonfilm.com Interview with Amy Westcott, Designer of Black Swan!

Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has just posted a fabulous and juicy interview with costume designer Amy Westcott about her work on Black Swan.  She sets the record straight about all the recent controversy surrounding the design of the film – a fascinating read!  Check it out!

– KMB

Hear Those Banjos a-Strummin’!

After much delay, I present to you the latest installment of the Dueling Banjos series of film/costume reviews… This time, Chris from clothesonfilm.com and I discuss The Big Lebowski.  I figured it was an opportune time to post this, as the big holiday weekend is upon us in the US, giving you plenty of time to smoke up study it again.  Enjoy it – such a good movie!!  And great costumes by Mary Zophres!  Many thanks to Chris for a great film watching and critiquing experience.

— KMB

The Big Lebowski: Chris’ Thoughts

Fewer motion pictures have warranted so much over analysis as The Big Lebowski (1998). The Coen Brothers, extraordinarily talented as they are, simply did not write all the hidden meanings that magazines, blogs, and now even books have subscribed to the piece. The Big Lebowski is a far-out fun detective homage, just not as deep as some people think.

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The Big Lebowski: CHAT!

Chris from clothesonfilm.com and I sat down to talk about The Big Lebowski, The Dude, weightlifting pants, and French tips.  Read on!

Chris (8.18 am, London time): Good evening.

Kristin B (12.18 am, Los Angeles time): You might love some molasses cookies right now. They are warm from the oven.

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