Since films appeal to the visual, the right costuming can help “sell” your film. A director works closely with their costume designer as part of a collaborative process.
What does a costume designer do?
Once the director imparts his vision, the designer will put together sketches, images, and ideas for discussion. The designer will also take into account the setting and lights.
After the director approves the ideas, then the designer meets with Wardrobe and actors. To achieve the director’s goals, the designer depends on group input and communication
How can a director help the costume designer?
- Make sure they have access to the script and character analysis.
- Notate certain themes or messages that costuming can convey.
- Hold regular meetings and give input throughout the process.
- If there are any technical practicalities that must be considered, such as flying harnesses, make sure to point them out early.
- Clearly communicate your costuming budget.
Where can you find a good costume designer?
Larger film production companies will often have full-time costume designers on staff. However, if you are producing a short film or a small theater production, you might consider hiring a freelance costume designer. Many freelancers will open accounts on Fiverr or UpWork. There, you can view their portfolios and read reviews of past clients.
If you do hire a freelance designer, then they will work for you as contract labor. Keep in mind that in the state of California, you must have Workers’ Compensation Insurance for employees, interns, AND contract labor. It’s also a good idea to ask your agent about short-term insurance to protect your costumes and sets.
How can you learn more?
To make sure your production has the best insurance protection possible, give us a call. We can guide you relative to what types of insurance you need.
The team at Equipment and Production Insurance are film, photographic & entertainment industry insurance specialists. Whether you need short-term or annual insurance, you can rely on their quick and knowledgeable assistance to meet all of your production insurance needs.