Become a Costume Assistant
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In this seminar, we discuss the inner workings of the costume department through its cast of characters, duties, culture, systems, and lingo. We look at what is expected of you on the job, what to wear, and the unsaid protocols and etiquette – so that YOU can make an strong unforgettable impression on your first day.
This workshop will also give you a better understanding of how a costume enhances the character and what to do with each in the prep, shoot and wrap phases for the filmmaking process.
- Defining the department positions and duties
- Setting up the Costume Department
- Budgeting and scheduling
- The Costume truck
- Tagging boxes, shipping and packing
- Breakdown of the script for Costume
- Petty cash and shopping
- Wrapping the Department
- Costume Binders: Costume and Continuity
- Fittings and the fitting room
- Working with actors and background actors
Terra “T’Mo” Patterson – Costume Department
Terra has been working in the Costume Department of the Film & Television industry for over fifteen (15) years. She has helmed the department as a designer, worked as a Production Assistant, Buyer, Costume supervisor, Additional Costumer, and Truck wizard. With experience on features, shorts, television series and live events, her credits include: Homeland, South of Hell, Lincoln’s Last Day, Identity, Teachers and numerous Independent feature films. She recently completed Mountain Top.
When you attend our Costume Seminar, you will also receive a copy of TMo’s comprehensive book. Inside, you’ll find detailed information to help you prepare for a career in the Costume Department.
Table of Contents
Scene 1: What is a Costume PA?
Scene 2: Costume PA Duties Pre-production, Production and Post
Scene 3: Organizing Production Paperwork
Scene 4: How to Prepare for the Work Day on Set
Scene 5: What to wear? What To Wear?
Scene 6: Before You Get The Job and After
Scene 7: How Planet Costume Rotates in the Production Universe
Scene 8: Costume Inspiration and Resources
Scene 9: Love, Peace and Wardrobe
Bonus: Tops and Bottoms – 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts for a Costume PA
* This training manual will be available for PDF download purchase
for hardcopy purchase (plus shipping and handling) by early Spring 2018*
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The workshop is either subsidized by a local group such as a film school, or film commission, or paid per ticket by the student. IF you would like the live seminar to come to your city, please email us – and we’ll start a registration list. When thirty-five (35) registrants have accrued, we will open registration.
… please inquire via an email request – Email F.I.T.S.
Private Consultant: Dependant on size and scope of the of project
… please inquire via an email request – mailto: Email F.I.T.S.
careers and dreams are worth investing in
(hint: this is a more affordable, practical and results driven investment than a typical film school degree)
Great education and training for anyone who is a fan of film, TV, or entertainment. Not just for industry professionals but truly for those who’ve always wished to get involved in the industry.. This is hands on, practical experience you can put to use immediately.
Barbra M – Charleston, WV 2015
I will be attending all F.I.T.S. programs offered in West Virginia. Top notch instruction.. From my experience, these courses are very beneficial to anyone currently working or wanting to work in the film industry.
Matt H – Charleston, WV 2015
Totally enjoyable. I am soaking info like a sponge. Presented in a way its ingestable and understandable.
Fred L – Charleston, WV 2015
I had a great time! T’Mo is a great asset to the amazing presenters I have met in the F.I.T.S. programs.
Johnny S – Charleston, WV 2015