Costume Bible help...
- Hi Kacie,
A costume bible is the most important book in the costume shop, next to the
how-to books and the patterns and sewing machines. It is the book that
contains the actors' measurements, copies of their headshots, contact sheets
(for getting in touch with people), research, sketches of costumes, notes on
costumes and on actors regarding costumes, notes from fittings, fabric
swatches, dye swatches, production notes, you-name-it. Budgets can also be
put in this book. But I think I'd keep that in a different book, since the
bible is constantly in use in the shop and quite often will get "lost" in
the process of building--it's always found under something the next day.
You were very much on-track about what goes in the book. This book is
usually a big 3-ring notebook and is organized in sections by actor and
character. Contact sheets and other such stuff is in the very front, next
comes measurement sheets and actor notes--in here also goes make-up charts
and other stuff for the actors, then sketches of the actors/characters, then
research according to character. Sometimes I've seen sketches put in with
the research, sometimes I've seen everything sorted out by actor--but that
gets to be messy. On the outside of the notebook I usually give the title
of the play, the author, the director, the costume designer, and a list of
the actors and their characters. I hope this helps. By the way, which
school are you looking at for the Fall? I'm curious.
Senior at Berry College
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