Hey there, Sleepyheads, Frocktalkers and friends! I guess the timing of this column just proves that I am unable to keep a deadline when I am working. What was supposed to be an “every Monday” feature is now destined to become a “once in a while when I have a moment” feature, so thank you for your patience while I find some quiet time to answer your questions. Remember, you can post them any time on Twitter, using hashtag #shcostumes. Here is the latest installment:
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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:
Continue reading ‘Sleepy Hollow: Ask the Costume Department’
Hey Frocktalkers – thank you so much for your support of Sleepy Hollow! We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the positive response and the love for this show – who knew?! We have been working hard on this show (just about 100 hours per week, no joke), so by consequence, I haven’t had a lot of time to write recreationally here on Frocktalk. Thank you for your patience. I also haven’t had a lot of time to see any movies to write about them.
HOWEVER, I have been watching American Horror Story: Coven. This is “appointment TV” for me. There is no DVR at my rental apartment. So I make it a point to be home in time to watch it. Jessica Lange is just a genius, and Lou Eyrich and her crew are KILLING IT with the costumes. Take a look at this:
Continue reading ‘Update From KB Land: Love them Witches’
It’s a big week in the life of KB, y’all! Two projects I’ve worked my butt off on are debuting, and I want to tell you about all of it. First, Insidious Chapter 2 comes out in theaters on Friday the 13th. If you saw Insidious, you know there were some hanging chads at the end there… I am looking forward to seeing the film – I haven’t seen any of it edited or anything. It will be a nerve-wracking surprise to be in the theater, seeing the film for the first time along with audience members. What’s done is done, and I won’t be able to change it. I’m sorry to be missing the premiere; I understand that Universal Studios is doing a whole Insidious-themed haunted house this year – sounds like FUN! It would be so cool to see that. I’m sad to be out of town, missing this! I wonder what they will do with the costumes…?! If any of you go to this haunted house, will you please take pictures for me? Thanks! ☺
Second, on Monday night at 9PM/8PM Central on FOX… it’s SLEEPY HOLLOW!!! That’s what I’ve been doing here in North Carolina. The pilot was designed by the amazing and talented Sanja Hays, and I am designing the rest of the season. As much as I’ve said I would never design television, I have to tell you – this crew is a dream, and everyone working on the show has been so supportive, helpful and awesome. I’m grateful to be on this show, because it has changed my mind about television, and brought me a new appreciation for the art form. We are working our butts off, and I really hope you like the show. Tune in on Monday nights! Hope you all have a good week – stay tuned for more info to come!
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.
Continue reading ‘The Cost of Long Hours’
Hello, friends. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve chimed in here on Frocktalk. I’ve been working on a TV series – my first real foray into episodic, and it’s been intense. I’ve done a sitcom, and some instructional TV shows, but never episodic. The idea of episodic TV is to make a movie every week. We get eight days to shoot that movie… instead of the normal 45 – 50 days. And then, without even a day to catch up, we start shooting another episode. For example, today we start shooting episode number two. Today we also have our concept meeting for episode number three. We are double-teaming everything on this show. People aren’t cast until the last minute, and sometimes we are shooting two units at a time. All the while looking three or four episodes into the future to see if anything is coming down the pike that is going to throw us for a loop. It seems like total chaos. But somehow we are managing. I have never had the appropriate appreciation for what television costume designers do. But now I know. We should all bow down at their feet, because baby, this sh*t is hard.
Continue reading ‘Drowning, Swimming, Treading Water for Life in Work’
For the past few months, life here has been absolutely crazy lately. I’ve moved house (twice!), and started a new job. And then there was the TED talk (video will be posted in the next couple of weeks). I’m about to move again (!) to North Carolina to begin shooting of the new job – a TV show – and I apologize for not being more present here because of it. The reality of being a costume designer is that sometimes, we lose our lives to our work for long periods of time.
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Ellen Mirojnick is a legend in costume design. Her work spans everything from Basic Instinct to Chaplin to Speed to the new HBO bio-pic Behind the Candelabra. I spent a really nice breakfast recently with Ellen talking about a lot of things. I’m going to break it into two interviews, but I wanted to share with you Ellen’s thoughts about making Liberace come to life – helping to transform Michael Douglas into a flesh and blood version of someone so flamboyant he could be easily disregarded as a cartoon. Ellen’s work on this film is jaw-dropping, and I can’t wait to see the film – it airs at 9PM Sunday night, May 26th, on HBO. Read on for more here and join us for breakfast, won’t you?
Continue reading ‘Behind the Candelabra: Interview with Designer Ellen Mirojnick’
This is a VERY interesting letter, written by the wife of one of the producers on TV’s NASHVILLE. Check it out – it’s an interesting perspective on the work and hours we perform, how we are treated, and what it all means. I applaud its author, Micaela Bensko, and I kind of want to have her and family over for dinner. Read on Frocktalkers. Thanks for bearing with me – I have been flying by the seat of my pants these days. Will have a juicy interview up for you very soon – ELLEN MIROJNICK, talking about her work on the upcoming Liberace movie for HBO, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA! Have a great week, everyone!