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What is this role? What part does this role play in the film production process?
The role of a costume designer is predominantly during preproduction. Their job involves thinking of designs for costumes and then creating, acquiring and hiring all costumes for each actors and extras. As well as overseeing the costume department they must choose the right staff and managing team who have skills and passion in the area. Costume Designers also deal with other sections of the production, such as department budgets and schedules, the organization of running wardrobes, and costume continuity. The staff in the costume department must stick to a strict budget which includes buying costumes and fabric for making them.
What is required of the role for each stage of the film production process (pre-production, production, post-production)?
During pre-production Costume Designers break down scripts scene by scene, in order to work out how many characters are involved, and what costumes are required. Overlooking the project and assessing the general look for each character. Designing the costumes and or buying the materials needed to make the costumes. Finalising all fittings and adding any extras to each piece. Making multiple sets of each costume for different scenes and for back up.
Whilst production takes place, the costumes designers have to be up to date of the financial records, and that the weekly expenditure reported are produced. They prepare overall production schedules, as well as directing the day to day breakdowns of responsibilities. They make sure that fittings for actors and extras are arranged. Whilst production is taking place if any costumes have damage to them, they must have a second costume and be able to fix the old one and prevent the new one from doing the same thing.
After the production has been done, the costumes must be washed and either put up for action, put in storage for later usage or for other films, or thrown away. They would continue overlooking the financial areas and production schedules.
What other roles collaborate with your role? How do they? List at least 3.
Hair and wig master
- The team of people who look after the Hair of the Actors, need to talk to the costume design because they need to bge on the same oage with the whole and persona they are giving each character.
the makeup design is a bit like the hair roles, and has to have the same ideas for what the characters are going to look like. Especially in horror movies, where the makeup is essential, the costume must cohere with makeup.
the director obviously is in control of the whole production, and tey have the overview of what they want and what each character should display.
What training is required to take this role?
For an aspiring costume designer, they must satisfy a 2-year or 4-year degree in Fashion or Costume Design. There are several different fashion schools and universities which offer these courses. But attending formal education from reputable schools is highly recommended, rather than just relying on creativity. Costume designers must have qualities such has, good research skills, designing and dress making skills, an understanding of textiles, fabrics, accessories and latest fashion trends. Gaining relevant work and field experiences is a must in order to gain a competitive advantage
What courses are available?
-Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer
-Fashion and Textile
-Diploma of Costume for Performance,
-Costume with Textiles,
-Costume Design and Making,
-Certificate of Costume Design,
What schools offer these courses in Melbourne?
-Swinburne-University of Ballarat
-Melbourne design school-Melbourne school of Fashion
At what level are these courses (TAFE, university diploma, etc)?
Lots of these courses are diplomas and require 3-4 years of study. Although for some people who do not want to be directly in the field of costume design and just want the skills, there are short TAFE courses also available
What equipment is required for this role?
Some of the equipment you may need for costume designers are sewing machines, thread, patterns, buttons, glue guns, fabric and skills.
Are there any famous names associated with your role? Who? What have they worked on?
Amedeo Fago- Film Director, Costume Designer, Production Designer
Porte aperte (1990)
La messa è finita (1985)
Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972)
Una storia semplice (1991)
Describe any changes or issues in this role due to developments in technology and the media industry.
Before technology was so advanced, all work would have been done by hand including drawing up the designs and making them. Now with the latest technology designs can be digitally draw up and scanned.
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