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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Costumer of Awesome

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Hey all – just want to bring your attention to this hilarious Tumblr account.  I don’t know who this is, but he/she is on notice – come write for Frocktalk.com!  Check it out HERE – COSTUMER OF AWESOME.  We’ve been rolling on the floor for a few days here in the department.  It’s good.

In other news, I’ve been live tweeting (to the best of my ability) the East coast feed of SLEEPY HOLLOW.  Follow along if you dare @frocktalk – hope you enjoy the show, Frocktalkers!  More to come!

– KMB

Drowning, Swimming, Treading Water for Life in Work

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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.

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Update From KB Land!

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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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Nashville – a Letter from a Production Wife

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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!

-KMB

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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Spotlight On: Background Artist Kimberly Ables Jindra!

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Kimberly Ables Jindra

As costume designers, supervisors and costumers, we often interact daily with background artists. How many of us have ever stopped to think about who these people are, what their lives are like, and how they view US? I talk here with background artist Kimberly Ables Jindra – we’ve worked together on a few films, and I am very fond of her. I thought it might be illuminating for you Frocktalkers to consider the other side of the coin when it comes to background players. We get so busy, so crazed, and we operate under such pressure that I think it’s worthwhile to remind ourselves that background artists are not just bodies; they are people, too.

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Cool New Thing Alert: Sync OnSet

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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

Interview: Mark Bridges – The Master

I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you.  Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?  Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins.  Yes, merkins.  I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future.  Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining!  Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it!  But if you can’t wait… read on~

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Dear Kristin: Internship?

Dear Kristin: I have just completed a foundation course in Art and Design. Before I start a degree course in performance costume in London next year I am planning to spend a year gaining some practical experience in a variety of areas related to theatre and design. I wonder if you know of any possibilities of an internship in this or a related area for some or all of the next twelve months. I have good organisational skills and thrive on working to deadlines. I would really appreciate any help that you could offer and, even if you are unable to help with internships, any advice you could give would be most welcome.

-Polly

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Tweeting My Face Off!!!

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Hey Frocktalkers!!  Just letting you know that I am finally starting to get the hang of this Twitter thing and I have been tweeting my face off!  I am tweeting links to other interesting articles about costume design in film and television, as well as JOB OPENINGS that come across my desk.  If you have a costume-related job opening that you need to fill, send it on over and I will tweet it.  For those of you unfamiliar with the way Twitter works (Mom, I’m talking to you) you need to create a Twitter account in order to follow my tweets.  You don’t have to tweet anything yourself, and no one will steal your identity or track your movements.  In fact, no one has to know who you are!  Stay in touch and I’ll see you in the twittersphere!  @Frocktalk

– KMB



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