A “Costume Designer” is a person who designs costumes for a film, stage, or television production.
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This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is Charger.
“The costume choice in this film made me ask “Who are these people?”. It created a deeper level of character that made for a better story.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions)
Charger is not your typical action film, it is a short film that was completed in one single tracking shot, without edits, or special effects.
The choices a Costume Designer makes will give the audience an immediate and powerful visual statement of who a character is. This is why we choose to expose the talent of Costume Designer, Jordan Laudadio.
Costume Designers work closely with the director to determine the best clothing and accessories (ex: canes, hats, gloves, shoes, jewelry, etc) that reinforce the mood and style of a production. These style choices can help provide the audience with information about a character’s occupation, who the main characters are versus the minor characters, their social status, gender, age, and can even suggest relationships between them.
Costume Designers also work closely with the lighting, set and sound designers in order to determine the best shapes, colors and textures for each character. These decisions are based on lighting, atmosphere, time of day, and cost.
The Costume Designer will then draw up a costume plot (wardrobe sketches) that show what each character will be wearing, and their overall movement throughout the production. This helps provide specific character needs, and can identify any potential costume challenges.
Once the director and production team have approved the designs, the Costume Designer can then start crafting the wardrobe for each character. Based on the needs of the production, costumes can be bought, rented, or made by the Costume Designer and their assistants.
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