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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BOYHOOD – Interview with Costume Designer Kari Perkins

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I hope that by now, you have had the chance to see the incredible film Boyhood.  Shot over the course of twelve years, we follow the same actors on their journey through life, as seen by Mason (aged 7 – 19).  It’s a fascinating look at the ups and downs of life in all its gruesome messiness.  The costumes follow the characters’ arcs seamlessly, and designer Kari Perkins (Bernie, Mud) has done a wonderful job on the longest narrative project ever! I had some questions for her that I thought you might enjoy…

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The Cost of Long Hours

Very nice steer at our location yesterday.

Very nice steer at our location yesterday.

Hey there, Frocktalkers – here’s another installment in the life of episodic TV costume design… I’ve been doing kind of insane hours here – seventeen-hour days, on average.  We’re shooting two full units and I have to keep an eye on both of them, which means that if A unit has a 6AM call, I am there for that.  And if B unit has a 4PM call, I am there for that, too, sometimes until the bitter end.  And then up and at it again for the next day.  It’s not enough sleep, and I am struggling for a way to mitigate this kind of thing.  It’s very hard when we shoot two episodes at once, establishing on both units, and I am responsible for both, having to be present for all of it.

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Desert Flower: a Word from Director Sherry Hormann

Thought you might enjoy this piece written by director Sherry Hormann about her work on Desert Flower.  Here she talks about  how she came to the project and what it meant to her.  Read on!

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The Keyes Sisters: From Costume Truck to Directors’ Chairs

Keva (L) and Karen Keyes

Keva and Karen Keyes are some of the most delightful gals you’ll ever meet. I was first introduced to them on the set of Walker Payne, a movie I designed in South Carolina in 2005. They were local costumers then; they are director and producer now. Their short film, Letters From Home, screens at the 18th Pan-African Film Festival in Culver City this weekend. I am excited to share their story with you. These ladies had the guts and the tenacity to transition into the directors’ chairs, and I interviewed them about all of it today.

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Susanna Puisto: MacGruber and More

Will Forte as MacGruber

Will Forte as MacGruber

As the night of the FIDM costume exhibit opening unfolded, we met up with Susanna Puisto, costume designer of the upcoming film MacGruber. She has designed many movies and television series, including How I Met Your Mother and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We were so excited to hear about MacGruber, we asked her about a million questions! Here is what she had to say…

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