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Costume Department: Become a Costume Assistant

Written by Terra Patterson – 190 Pages

In this live seminar and training manual, we will discuss how costume serves the story and how to costume your cast. This material will give you a better understanding of how you can use costume to enhance your characters and what to do in the prep, shoot and wrap phases for the costuming process. It also details what YOU need to know for your first day working within the Department!


  • 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 



Anyone with a thirst for costume design, fashion design, character development, Directing, and general film set etiquette and safety.

Terra 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.

Her current Live Seminar, webinar and book is titled –  The Costume Department: Become a Costume Assistant

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