First of all I have to say that designing costumes for this movie is quite possibly the most fabulous project in the world. I basically get to live it up 80s style in a dorm room with a bunch of hilarious talented people, and that my friend is inspiration in itself.
So as the costume designer I basically do a whole bunch of multi-tasking like shopping, sewing, fitting actors, and harassing companies, schools, or anyone who happens to glance in my direction for free stuff.
But before I can do all of this I must first complete what is called the “design process.” The “design process” involves me reading the script until it becomes my life. Then I find every piece of research I can get my hands on from libraries, the internet, old magazines and yearbooks, etc. etc. etc. Next I meet with the director and talk about the characters and share ideas. Once I have my direction I stick a whole buncha pics on the wall and throw on some 80s music and let the wave of inspiration fill my head. This results in sketches which is where I’m at right now.
Stay tuned to find out how I take the sketch and turn it into reality!
–Jennifer Tremblay – WE GOT THE BEAT “COSTUME DESIGNER”