Welcome to the first installment of “Ask the Costume Department”. We here at Sleepy Hollow get a lot of questions about a lot of things, and I thought it might be nice to take your questions and answer them in a public forum, once a week. If you have questions that you’d like to have answered, please tweet them to me @frocktalk with the hashtag #shcostumes. I will do my best to answer between five and ten questions every Monday here on Frocktalk.com, so let ‘er rip, Sleepyheads! Here are the first questions:
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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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HUGO is a movie, ostensibly for kids, directed by Martin Scorsese. I say ostensibly, because it’s a very nostalgic piece that is also quite appealing for adults. The film is about an orphaned child, Hugo, who lives in a train station, and the grumpy old man he befriends. That old man, George Méliès, just happens to be a former pioneer filmmaker, now broken and on the skids. The movie is a visual delight, and I was lucky enough to be able to talk with costume designer Sandy Powell about her wonderful work in this film. Read on!
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