By Tiffany Unscripted of Your Film Review
Over the years, costume designers have become a key element to a film’s success. Gone are the days when costumes were mere background adornments. Today’s audience demand more when it comes to visual entertainment and the need for a costume to match a character’s personality is high.
As Edna "E" Mode of The Incredibles said:
I had an opportunity to speak with Randall Scerbo Truitner, who worked on the designs for Beyond The Trek. Check out the interview below.
What is the process for designing a wardrobe for a character?
I read the script and get a good understanding of the story and characters. I discuss with the director his vision for the overall feeling and look of the film.
Then, I start to do my research and conceptualize each character, i.e. who they are, what do they want to convey when people see them, do they evoke confidence or insecurity, etc.
When designing for more than one character (such as the entire cast of a film), do you work as a team on each design or do you have your designers work from a pattern?
For Beyond The Trek, I used a sketch artist and we designed the patterns.
How do you choose the textile for your garments? Do you have a warehouse or do you source from manufacturers?
Since this film was set in the future and in space, I wanted to find fabrics that were comfortable and modern. I wanted the Teleios crew uniforms to be body-conscious to show that they all had perfect bodies.
As a costume designer, does your personal style influence your projects?
I would like to say no, but I do think it does. When directors hire costume designers or stylists, they are hiring someone that they think can achieve and contribute to the vision of their film.
Usually, before the costume designer is hired, that means the director will know their work and the style they produce.
Do you collaborate with the talent who will wear your costume?
For Beyond The Trek, I didn’t, but for other projects I usually do.
Oh, that is impossible to answer, I have so many I just don’t have a favorite.
My taste goes from Barbarella to Henry and June to House of Cards and everything in between.
What role or particular genre of film would you love to design for?
I would like to design a 1930s Paris film.
What's the most important advice you can give to aspiring costume designers?
Study and learn your craft, try to find a mentor, network, and be persistent.
Tiffany Unscripted has been the Managing Editor of Your Film Review for over two years at Occhi Magazine. She manages a small team of writers that cover all genres of movies, including writing featured articles on trending topics. In addition to writing, they cover live events, such as film premieres and screenings in Cleveland, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Silver Springs.
She especially enjoys the opportunity to meet emerging talent who enjoy sharing their passion, journey, challenges, and success with our readers. You can learn more about Your Film Review at OcchiMagazine.com.