“Nothing is random. Everything in the frame is designed to tell one story.”
Film Radar looks at the ways costume designers help create characters and tell stories – and how their job requires a deep understanding of both:
- Script Analysis – getting inside the head of the character, to “set the time and the place”, as described by Daniel Orlandi, through wardrobe.
- Conversations with Director – Costume design is “a true collaboration,” says Deborah Nadoolman Landis, for which “the screenplay has clues” which should prompt several discussions.
- Research – pulling from reality, and in particular understanding how and why something is designed a certain way, in order to better collaborate with other departments (eg hair & makeup)
- Sketches – Michael Wilkinson notes that the camera’s ability to zoom in and show “little clues about who these characters are” means those “little details” take on big importance.
- Production – on big-budget films especially, outfits are manufactured: from multiple takes, to bringing authenticity to a scene, to helping an actor to create their performance.
Now You See It looks at one particular type of costume design: