Costume Design Part 2
This week, you will be applying your concepts from your film work last week and learn about figure drawing by practicing those skills as you create a research collage and design a costume for a main character in a new interpretation of a popular film. (If you have questions about this unit, please email Mrs. Wagstaffe at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Today you will create a visual collage that you will use to inspire your costume design. Your collage needs to include images related to your selected time period/setting as well as images related to costume design, like colors or fabrics. You can either use the internet and copy and paste images onto a word document, or you can use magazines, fabrics, art supplies, etc. to create a physical collage that you scan/take a photo of.
Find images that inspire you! These can be pictures of clothing, architecture, colors, textures, or anything else that you find creatively interesting. The images can relate to the mood you want to capture, the way you interpret your character’s personality, and other abstract ideas. They can also be specific elements you want to incorporate into your design, like a pattern or a material or a particular piece of clothing. I should be able to see how your collage connects to your final costume design.
Your collage needs to include a minimum of 10 images, your name, the name of the film, and the time period/location written clearly. This will be submitted to turnitin.com by midnight on Friday evening.
Using the collage you made yesterday to inspire you, the final piece of your project will be creating ONE costume design for your character.
Today, watch the following video to see the basic process of figure drawing. You should get out a piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and eraser, and follow along with the video. Pause the video as needed to copy what the artist is doing. If you finish early, use the time left to begin sketching your costume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gpbtwUI7to
Optional: If you are really interested in figure drawing, here’s a very detailed guide you can check out! This PDF has lots of really great examples of figure drawings with fabric swatches, as well as some great poses and examples from different eras. https://ljiljanans.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/character_costume.pdf
THURSDAY & FRIDAY:
Today, you need to create your costume design using the figure drawing you did yesterday. You should use elements of your research collage in designing the costume, such as color, pattern, or shape. The costume should reflect the new time and place your production is set in, and not the original setting of the original film! I am not grading based on your drawing capabilities, but rather on your ability to create a design that clearly connects to your research collage ideas and the reflections you made about who your character is from the worksheet you completed while watching the film. Your design needs to include color, and you need to label your drawing with your name, the name of the film, the name of your character, and the setting/time period of your production.
Please upload your collage and your drawing as one document to Turnitin.com for process points by Friday, May 29th.
Costume Design Part 1
This week, you will be learning the basics of costume design research and figure drawing, and practicing those skills by creating a research collage and designing a costume for a main character in a new interpretation of a popular film. (If you have questions about this unit, please email Mrs. Wagstaffe at email@example.com)
TUESDAY, 12th (Learning about costume design and research)
Today you will be learning about the basics of costume design research. Read the article titled “Costume Design” (in the downloads section) to learn about the basic design process, especially how costume designers perform research on character, setting, and time period before creating their designs.
Watch this short video on Tony-award-winning designer William Ivey Long and his process making costumes for a Broadway production of Cinderella. Notice how he collages reference images, colors, and fabrics to bring him inspiration! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhkZHM929Vk
WEDNESDAY, 13th (Selecting your production - you do not need to watch the film yet.)
Today marks the beginning of your costume design career! You are now a costume designer working on a new production that is reinterpreting a popular movie into a new time period and setting.
First, select ONE of the following movies that you have access to, as you will be watching it for research. If you do not have access to any of these movies/streaming subscriptions, please email Mrs. Fry/Mrs. Wagstaffe and we will find a solution.
Next, pick ONE time period/setting from the provided list. The time/place you select must be different than when/where the original movie was set!
Finally, you need to select ONE main character from the movie that you are interested in designing a costume for. You will be watching the original film and taking notes about your selected character to help you create your original design later on.
With the time remaining today, spend a few minutes Googling about the time and place you selected. You can also read about the movie you picked if you don’t know anything about it (try to avoid spoilers!) What did this place look like? What did people wear? What colors or patterns were popular? What historical events were happening? This information will help you later when you create a research collage of images to use as inspiration on your costume design.
THURSDAY, 14th - FRIDAY, 22nd (Watching your film and completing the worksheet)
Reminder: Your Production Critique for the musical you viewed is due to www.turnitin.com by midnight on Friday.
Now that you know what movie you are working on, and the time and place the new production is set in, you need to watch the original movie to learn about who your character is, how they change over the course of their story, and what kind of world they live in.
As you watch, you need to fill out the costume worksheet provided (in the downloads section) and turn it in on www.turnitin.com. The due date for the worksheet is midnight on Friday, May 22nd.
Write your Production Critique for your theatrical viewing from last week's assignment. Upload this document to turnitin.com.
- The turnitin.com information is on the side of this webpage.
- Production Critique Guidelines are available in the Downloads section of this course.
This week you will view a theatrical production via a previously recorded staged production that is streamed online. This assignment acts as your second production critique assignment in place of the Spring Musical (due to the school closure); therefore, all the viewing selections are musicals! Viewing a production will take approximately two hours.
MONDAY - FRIDAY:
Daily Accomplishments & Homework on the Blog. Downloads and Calendar Below.
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