My first film as a Costume Designer in the mid 90's came out entirely by accident. I had become friends with a few of the kids at the Film School at Ryerson whom I met during a creative writing class. I knew one of my classmates was going to be shooting a 'little musical dance number' in the school cafeteria and I offered to drop by and help with the costumes as I was in the theatre program at the time.
Director Allison Beula's own words:
"On the day that I was scheduled to film my dance number, which was the key element of the entire film, I realized to my horror that the costumes provided for the number for the actors were truly horrid. Jo had promised to pop in during the filming to see if I needed anything. I needed costumes for ten dancers and the camera was ready to roll within the hour! Jo claimed she could costume this ragged group in 20 minutes. I was a director on the edge and even though I knew this was impossible I had nothing to lose so I told her to go for it. To my shock, and ultimate good fortune Jo, within the 20 minutes (umm a wee bit more time I think, more like 2 hours) had five women in matching dresses and five men in tuxedos. The film went on to win me the 'Norman Jewision Filmmaker of the Year' award, to which I owe much of it's success to Jo."
Well I was (and still am) a huge collector of costumes and my closets across from the school cafeteria did in fact hold several handfuls of cocktail dresses, tuxes, evening gloves and jewelry. Luckily it was in black and white! I also got to dance in the movie which was a terrific bit of fun.
Unfortunately these photos are not of that short film Recipe for Making Love. I have that on a vhs tape somewhere and maybe I'm a bit inspired to try and hook up the VCR again. These pics are for the next student film I did with the same wonderful director called Time Steps. I made all these dresses with my lovely assistant Chriss Fort out of the cheapest polyester lining we could find on Queen Street. The dresses just lasted the day before they fell apart.
Thank you Allison for some great memories of my first film.
In celebration of the prep of Season III of Space Janitors and the nomination of Season II for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series, I wanted to share a few behind the scenes pics of that nominated season.
To the left we have the excitement of when the Chewbacca costume arrived and I scared my husband in his office.
Here is Stephen Hart as Dewey and myself with my favourite (now missing) hat, and Hanne to the right showing off all 7' of Stephen and how she had to climb a chair for finals.
This was one of my favourite costumes to craft this season, a purple girl Bobo Fetta, Samantha the Babe Bounty Hunter, to have a hot date with Mike. Lots of spray paint (yes I wore a mask) and no bathroom breaks for actress Lori Bassarab. She was a trooper (not a Squall Trooper however).
Here we have Scott Cavalheiro with Pat Thorton as one of the Bounty Hunters (and again with actually seeing his face to the right). Little known fact, Scott played about 6 different characters in both seasons from the other Dennis Clone, several different Bounty Hunters, and a Pilot.
Please ignore Scott's unraveling foot wrap- this character was wrapped so the costume started to un-wrap...
We shot right up until Christmas and the costume department organized a secret Santa gift exchange. Here's Geoff Lapaire, director and creator of Space Janitors giving out the bounty. Please note the handsome tree Hanne made from fluorescent green manila wardrobe tags.
To watch Season I and II of Space Janitors visit www.spacejanitors.com
Just love dressing up, dressing other people up and talking about it. A lot. And laughing too.