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Skill Level Beginner
- It's time for a costume montage. (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (Ash roars) Oh, I guess I ran out of all the cool costumes. (upbeat music) (swishes) Costume design is another way for you to bring your characters to life. What a character wears, or doesn't wear, can say a lot about them. (swishes) It can tell us their status, their occupation, and even their personal beliefs. (swishes) Costumes can also help to ground your film in reality, and are often what sets an amateur and pro film apart. So, let's go over some costume design basics so you can outfit your talent like a pro. First up, make sure your costumes are appropriate for the world your film takes place in. (swishes) If you're filming a zombie movie, for instance, you want to make sure your costumes have a grungy, distressed look. (swishes) While on the other hand, if you're filming a period piece, you'd want your costumes to be period-accurate. Brittany spent all this time and money on all these beautiful costumes. - Not this. - Yeah. Also, choose contrasting colors that help your characters pop from the backgrounds. For example, here the actress is wearing a blue jumpsuit that contrasts nicely against the rusty red barn. This helps her stand out, and we can visually tell she's the main character. (swishes) Or, here, the actress is wearing a red dress that really makes her pop against the green grass. Her costume is more eye-catching than her counterpart, which again helps us identify her as the main character. (swishes) And colors aren't the only way to do this. (swishes) Textures and patterns can help make your costume stand out, as well as feel more rich and realistic. (swishes) However, when choosing heavily patterned or textured costumes, it's a good idea to test them on camera first to make sure you avoid any moire issues. (swishes) Moire is a camera artifact that can happen with tight-knit patterns or textures. (swishes) Also, don't forget the accessories, as they can help make bland costumes come alive. (swishes) Dorothy's iconic costume from "The Wizard of Oz" would just be a boring blue and white dress if it wasn't for her picnic basket and ruby shoes. Also, note the contrasting colors here. (swishes) And speaking of accessories, pro tip, if you have a character with glasses, and you're getting a lot of unwanted reflections in them, consider either taking the lenses out of the frames, or having the actor wear glasses with anti-glare coating. (swishes) Once you've picked out your costumes, it's time to do fittings with the talent, and if it's possible, I also recommend doing a camera test to make sure everything is looking great on camera, and again, to help spot any moire issues beforehand. (swishes) And finally, if you have costume pieces that are being destroyed, or potentially damaged in the film, make sure you have multiple backups of the costume pieces, so you can have the ability to do multiple takes. (swishes) So, now that you know the important basics of costume design, your film is sure to be the belle of the ball, and by ball I mean film festival. (swishes) All right, now it's Spence's turn. (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music) (swishes) (upbeat music)