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So labeled because some of our locations were much lusher in foliage than one would expect to find in the middle of a huge metropolis. Sadly, I did not get a snapshot of the fox that apparently crossed the path of one of the groups headed home after our twilight/night shoot day.

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Right. So a few of you may know that I got my start in costuming with an oddly coincidental yet completely unrelated series of short films. Much of this was owed to my design school counselors trying to find me gigs that would suit my interest in period pieces, and the fact that many period pieces produced by film schools lately seem to focus on racial issues. Whatever the case was, my first few projects as a designer ended up consisting of — and I call them by these names fondly, because I did learn a ton from every single experience — the Slavery film, the KKK film, and the Nazi film.  At which point, many people looking through my portfolio were probably scratching their heads and wondering if I was one of those people with a secret psycho stash of sharp weaponry hidden behind the feather boas and tutus in my closet.

So it was with great pleasure that I was able to give an old costume a new lease on life very recently. A quick dye job done on location in school bathroom sinks, a night of artwork with the gold fabric paint pens, and the aid of three very special costumers later, Billy Joe Bob’s nightgown began its new life adorning the mother of God. As one person said, we’re either going straight to Hell or getting a pat on the back from the guys with the harps, depending on how you look at it.

Before and after:
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A gallery of my costume portfolio pictures from Februrary 2007 to February 2008.

Because I’ve been meaning to put together something like this for ages but was always confounded by the amount of coding involved until I discovered the fantastic gallery feature in WordPress. Yay for automation!

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o.O

Looks like the summer filming rush is on.

After going for months barely scraping by and anticipating a shiny new future in office administration, three emails for various projects landed in my box this past week, on top of the current feature commitment, with a vague promise of something pretty huge later this year. Go figure.

And to think, I’ve gone a whole two months without heavy caffeine and went through the miserable withdrawal process figuring I’d finally get a normal schedule sorted out. Digging up all my supplies from storage is gonna be a bitch. Eh.

This town is nuts.

And to all my wardrobe girls: Yes, this means you’ll probably be getting frantic calls from me some time in the next few weeks *g* Hopefully with salaries. Time will tell.

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Here’s a USC project from early 2008. The concentration camp pajamas were rentals, but Nazi boy was pretty much pieced together and homemade. Artistic license was taken with historical accuracy for the sake of giving a quickly recognizable visual imprint since it was such a short piece. It does have something of an allegorical feel to it as a result. Given the tiny amounts of time and budget they were working with, I think the result was great. Miss Keva was on set supervising that day, since I was in the middle of another project. This would also be the project where I let her borrow my car and kit, only to have it returned with the gas cap exchanged for a large pink rock. My friends are so weird.

_Ima_ at the Doorpost Film Project site

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Reposting this because the original post in my old journal was locked and got corrupted in the transfer. This is a YouTube stream of a Bollywood-style music video I wardrobed on a couple years ago. Forget safety pins when you’re working with very active barefooted dancers — these girls had to be sewn into their costumes just like back in the day. A bit hectic and stressful, but that’s par for the course. The shiny prettiness definitely helped make it up :-) And as for the subject matter? Well, what dude’s dream doesn’t involve saving a factory full of beautiful female workers and making them into veil-clad belly-dancing vixens who like to shimmy around him? *cough*

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I’ve been cleaning up my portfolio and putting together a nice website lately, and coming across some of these photos put a smile on my face. There’s nothing quite like independent filmmaking to bring out both your creative side and your survival instincts. Sometimes simultaneously.

Top Ten Hard Core Costuming Moments, behind the cut, with random shoutouts to Rockin’ Raquel and Daniela The Dinosaur. Good times, guys :-)

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Hmm. Just finished watching the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice and am feeling very ambivalent about it. Which I knew would be the case from the moment I heard they were going to be making it a few years back. I’m very devoted to the 1995 BBC miniseries, which was not only true to the spirit and dialogue of the book, but also had the time and scope to give a very long book the coverage it deserved. This was obviously not possible in a 2-hour Hollywood film, so I was just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. …

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Just got back from seeing Last Legion with T. Because honestly, when was the last sword-and-sandal action flick that I didn’t see? It’s summer and I’m pretty easy to lure to the theaters. Besides, I heart Aishwarya Rai very much, even if her role is mostly gratuitous eye candy. So yeah, you know those end-of-the-summer flicks that are usually better on video than on the big screen? This was probably one of them. In fact, I’m sure that it would have been a pretty cool made-for-TV-movie. Because it certainly felt as if that was about how much of a budget …

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Circa last Thursday evening..

Dear Professor Kilby,

I regret to inform you that I will be late for class because Oscar is holding me hostage. The traffic cops say it'll only take ten minutes for him to cross the street, but the sheer number of tourists wandering around underfoot have greatly increased the work hazard factor, so this could quite possibly take all evening. Please accept enclosed photo taken from my car window as evidence and excuse this from my attendance record.

Sincerely,

Pierydys.

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Circa last Thursday evening..

Dear Professor Kilby,

I regret to inform you that I will be late for class because Oscar is holding me hostage. The traffic cops say it’ll only take ten minutes for him to cross the street, but the sheer number of tourists wandering around underfoot have greatly increased the work hazard factor, so this could quite possibly take all evening. Please accept enclosed photo taken from my car window as evidence and excuse this from my attendance record.

Sincerely,

Pierydys.

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I got to work on a gorgeous redheaded actress yesterday. You know, the sort with absolutely perfect porcelain skin, naturally spiraled hair and bright green eyes? It's a good thing my job involves staring at them a lot. Sadly, the natural look doesn't translate too well in black and white, so I had to cover a lot of that up. "We're going for the smoky-eyed harlot today, huh?" "You got it, babe. Here, put on some more of this bright red. Do you have anything more low-cut?" "That would involve having breasts." "I sympathize. If it gets really bad, we'll just draw in a shadow."

"Oooh, you're all linty. Where's my sticky gropey roll?"

Then I powder-puffed the giant stubbly Italian fellow. "Am I too shiny? Or is it the garlic you're making that face at?"

"So I hear gaffing is the most dangerous job on set."
"Electricity. Lights. Burning. Death. Y'know."
"Hmm. And you realize we don't have a medic?"
"But we have band-aids! Neon ones!"
"What about CPR? Does anybody know CPR?"
"I can fake it."
"That better have been an actor who said that."

Ooh, and we finished ahead of schedule, so they don't need me today! More time to spend rearranging my room like a neurotic burrowing mole rat. Whee!
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I got to work on a gorgeous redheaded actress yesterday. You know, the sort with absolutely perfect porcelain skin, naturally spiraled hair and bright green eyes? It’s a good thing my job involves staring at them a lot. Sadly, the natural look doesn’t translate too well in black and white, so I had to cover a lot of that up. “We’re going for the smoky-eyed harlot today, huh?” “You got it, babe. Here, put on some more of this bright red. Do you have anything more low-cut?” “That would involve having breasts.” “I sympathize. If it gets really bad, we’ll just draw in a shadow.”

“Oooh, you’re all linty. Where’s my sticky gropey roll?”

Then I powder-puffed the giant stubbly Italian fellow. “Am I too shiny? Or is it the garlic you’re making that face at?”

“So I hear gaffing is the most dangerous job on set.”
“Electricity. Lights. Burning. Death. Y’know.”
“Hmm. And you realize we don’t have a medic?”
“But we have band-aids! Neon ones!”
“What about CPR? Does anybody know CPR?”
“I can fake it.”
“That better have been an actor who said that.”

Ooh, and we finished ahead of schedule, so they don’t need me today! More time to spend rearranging my room like a neurotic burrowing mole rat. Whee!

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"We are still looking over the submissions for the role of the executioner. You'll get a say in the final casting, if you'd like."
"For the fellow who'll be doing the licking, you mean?" (No, nothing indecent, silly. Well, *too* indecent.)
"Yes."
"Ah. Okay. Cool."
"Your vampire girlfriend was signed on prior to you, but you should get along fine. She's a very pleasant young lady."
"I'm sure she's delightful."
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“We are still looking over the submissions for the role of the executioner. You’ll get a say in the final casting, if you’d like.”
“For the fellow who’ll be doing the licking, you mean?” (No, nothing indecent, silly. Well, *too* indecent.)
“Yes.”
“Ah. Okay. Cool.”
“Your vampire girlfriend was signed on prior to you, but you should get along fine. She’s a very pleasant young lady.”
“I’m sure she’s delightful.”

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Apr. 4th, 2001 12:17 am
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Apr. 1st, 2001 09:45 pm
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Day Two

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Day One

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