EXPO: Introduction to the Costume Department with Heather Neale

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November 14th & 15th, 2020
12:00PM – 4:00PM

This session will be via Zoom

Registration fee $50
To pay and register for this course you can do so online at the link here.

(Select Costumes with Heather” under Online Course Sign-up)

FTM is pleased to present this 2-day workshop for those interested in learning more about the IATSE 856 costume department. An introduction to the various positions and basic operation of an efficient costume department will be provided. Emphasis will be on the duties, responsibilities and teamwork involved during each phase of production; prep, shoot and wrap. Discussions on permit requirements for union work will also be addressed as well as the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19 in the costume department.

Topics covered:

  • What is the difference between styling and costuming? 
  • What are the positions within the costume department?
  • Overview of the stages of film productions and the impact on the costume department?
  • Prep and why is it so important.
  • Understanding call sheets (e.g. when shooting begins, how every position within the department supports the set).
  • What should a set kit should include? (and commonly used abbreviations for continuity).
  • SynconSet basics and how it is useful for all stages of the production. 
  • WRAP 
  • COVID-19 and the ongoing challenges and changes the costume department could expect.

About the instructor

Heather Neale is a Winnipeg-based Costume Designer a member of IATSE local 856, The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and CAFTCAD (The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts and Design).  She entered the film industry after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Clothing and Textiles and has designed for some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers including Guy Maddin, Michael Dowse, and Jacob Tierney.  In 2013 she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the television series Todd & the Book of Pure Evil (Season 2), as well as a Genie Award nomination in 2012 for the feature film Keyhole. 
Heather’s past projects include feature films: The Ice Road (Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne), Run (Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen), Tales From the Hood 3 (Tony Todd, Lynn Whitfield), The Parts You Lose (Aaron Paul, Mary-Elizabeth Winstead, Scoot McNairy) and four seasons of the Syfy television series, Channel Zero: Candle Cove, No End House, Butcher’s Block and The Dream Door.


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