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  • Dressing The “Pan Am” Flight Crew On And Off Duty

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    For costume designer Ane Crabtree, researching the uniforms for the stewardess in the TV show “Pan Am” went beyond looking up photos from early 60s publications or finding period clothing.  She obtained an original Pan Am uniform, unstitched it, and studied every measurement before recreating the uniforms.  As she worked on the prototypes, she received…

     

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  • Harold and Kumar – Fitting The Buds With Perfect Duds

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    Having strayed from comic films for a while, costume designer Mary Claire Hannan was intrigued with the thought of digging her heels into “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.”  What really sold her on the project, however, was the chance to work with 3D. “It’s new and it’s another element we can use in…

     

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  • Modern Technology Aids In “Tron” Costume Design

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      A lot has changed since 1983’s “Tron.”.  Not only have visual effects evolved and 3D camera work been reinvigorated, but costume design has begun incorporating computer technology to fabricate materials.  411 Publishing recently spoke with costume designer Michael Wilkinson to discuss his work on Disney’s 2010 “Tron: Legacy.” 411 Publishing: What made you want…

     

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  • Costume Designers Share Their Thoughts

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    The Costume Designers Guild welcomed credentialed press to congregate on the red carpet of their award show honoring film, television and commercial design. As photographers snapped picture after picture of the evening’s guests including Parker Posey, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick, LA 411 had the chance to conduct video interviews with many of the evening’s…

     

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  • Using Natural Conditions To Make A “Wild” Reality

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      Cinematographer Lance Acord has been working with Spike Jonze since the two men met as skateboarders. Together, they’ve worked on commercials, music videos and features including “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and most recently, “Where the Wild Things Are.”   Jonze and Acord had begun developing “Harold and the Purple Crayon” before receiving the support…

     

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  • Tarantino’s Latest Pic Refits The 40s

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    There’s reality.  And then there’s Tarantino reality.   The crisp uniforms of German military officers, the glamorous gowns of women attending a Paris film premiere, the furniture and cutlery of an elegant restaurant — all these visual details seem to accurately reproduce the look of Nazi-occupied France in “Inglourious Basterds.”   But do they?  …

     

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  • Janie Bryant Is The “Mad Men” Costume Master Mind

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    For the past two years, Katherine “Janie” Bryant has been living with “Mad Men.”  As costume designer for the critically acclaimed drama, she’s responsible for creating a believable style that reflects the personalities and motivations of the series’ characters. “I deal with every character on an individual basis per episode,” said Janie.  “The design happens…

     

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  • Costume Design in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion

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    Costume Design in the Digital Age was a panel presentation held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Aril 24th,  in conjunction with the Science and Technology’s special exhibit, “Dressed in Color: The Costumes.”  The panelist set out to explore the changes in technology and their effect on the role of the…

     

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