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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Spotlight On: Costume Illustrator Phillip Boutte!

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Phillip Boutte is one of the hottest costume illustrators in town.  With a resume that includes box-office behemoths like Inception, Man of Steel, Twilight/Breaking Dawn, and Star Trek, his rise has been meteoric. We sat down to breakfast and ended up talking about everything from new rendering programs to racism in the media.  I really adore Phillip and am so excited to share this interview with you.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume-Type

It’s that time of year again, and you may be wondering what to get your special costume-type. The holidays are about giving, and whether you’re going big or small in terms of your expenditures, this list should help to give you some ideas. Take a look:

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Adventures in Costuming: Whack’em Wacom Tablet Sketching

I have been taking some photoshop classes, people!!  This week, instead of a movie review, I thought I would present you with an easy tutorial on sketching costumes with photoshop, including some quick and clever tips.  The first thing: get yourself a Wacom tablet.  That’s pronounced Whack’em.  They are available at computer stores and online – I bought mine at Fry’s for about $80.  You do NOT need a big one.  The drawing surface on mine is about 4″ x 6″, and that is all you really need if you are working on a laptop.  The picture above is what the Wacom tablet looks like, once out of the box.  The Wacom tablet comes with an installation disc and a tutorial that runs when you set it up – it is a quick and easy way to learn how to physically use the stylus (pen) to draw freehand on your computer!!

I am going to show you how to do a quick sketch step-by step here.  I am using extremely low-resolution images because it is faster for me and probably clearer for you.  It’s going to look a little bit pixillated, but you will get the idea.  So here we go!!

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