Today I met with someone who often gets overlooked in low-low budget land, but is critical to presenting your story: the costumer. They help define your characters by the way they dress, which can be just as important as the way they are lit and the camera angle they are framed in. Bad costuming and makeup can sink your project just as quickly as any other weak link.
I met Tracy through Tye Nelson, both of whom worked on my previous short film Middle of Nowhere. I was impressed with Tracy's ability to extract a good-looking and character-enhancing costume from thrift store racks. She knows what looks good and is a big believer in enhancing the director's vision.
We spoke at length about the characters and story, and she had immediate ideas about color and texture. We talked about reflecting emotions in costume and what fabrics and makeup could enhance those emotions. I really like Tracy's confidence and determination to create the best product possible, no matter what the budget. It's a philosophy I completely agree with.
I'm glad Tracy is aboard. I look forward to casting, but I also look forward to allowing Tracy to work her magic to outfit the characters that inhabit Midnyte.
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