Three costume designers with projects at the Tribeca Film Festival walk us through their methods.
Movie magic doesn’t just happen. Certainly it doesn’t for the wardrobe department, and certainly not when the costume designer is operating on the sort of shoestring budget enjoyed by many independent film teams, which is to say a relatively small one.
“The standard [costume design budget], depending on the requirements, is anywhere between $9,000 and $20,000. I don’t remember exactly, but this was on the lower end,” said costume designer Ciera Wells of her new film, “The Wannabe.” ”But it’s always hard; it’s never enough money.”
“The Wannabe,” which documents the cocaine-fueled rise and fall of a couple (played by Patricia Arquette and Vincent Piazza) chasing a mob lifestyle in early ’90s Queens, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. Malgosia Turzanska said she too was working on a sub-$20,000 budget for “When I Live My Life Over Again,” a family drama focused on an aging crooner (Christopher Walken) and his musically gifted but professionally stymied daughter Jude, played by Amber Heard.
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