Costume course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions

Costume

The costume designer is responsible for the costumes that will be worn by the performers during the production. They work to realize the vision and creative guidelines established by the director and, if applicable, the costume creator or the producer or one of their representatives.

More specifically (but without limiting the foregoing), the costume designer performs, non-exclusively, most or all of the following tasks:

  • conducts research and makes suggestions (especially in the form of images or sketches) to production managers to determine the style of costumes required for the production, all within the financial framework set by the producer;
  • buys, rents, designs, manufactures, etc., the costumes worn by the performers, in accordance with the financial framework set by the producer;
  • ensures the handling, maintenance, cleaning, and storage of costumes required for the production;
  • if necessary, they perform certain administrative tasks related to costume management for the production and communicates with casting agents;
  • during recording, they may assist performers in dressing and make certain adjustments, if required. In addition to the tasks mentioned above, the costume designer may be responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising the work of the wardrobe team.

The assistant costume designer works under the supervision of the costume designer or, if applicable, the head costume designer and performs, at the request of their supervisor, various tasks related to costumes used in the production.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender has been adopted to facilitate reading and has no discriminatory intent.

Course plan

COSTUME DESIGNER

  • From workshop to set
  • Basic Structure and Organigram – Workshop, base and set
  • Roles and extras

DESIGN WORKSHOP

  • Scenario, reading and breakdown
  • Research and visuals
  • Creation and concept
  • Casting
  • CCM
  • Fittings
  • Approvals

MANAGMENT WORKSHOP

  • Team, budget, expense account
  • Purchases & returns contemporary in 2024
  • Online purchase & return
  • Rental & return
  • Manufacturing
  • Dyeing and patina
  • Alterations & modifications
  • Line-ups & delivery
  • Wrap management

SET

  • Reading the call sheet
  • Etiquette and respect
  • Basecamp vs Set
  • Continuity, matching and data entry
  • Line-ups and reception
  • Management of dressing rooms and laundry
  • Line-up for the next day
  • Daily wrap and production
  • Stunts, 2nd unit, child and animals
  • Cold, water, sweat, blood, dust, wear, holes, tears…
  • Software knowledge (Word, excel, dropbox, PDF,..)
  • Practical situation: Workshop and Set
  • Real-life scenario
  • The portfolio and self-promotion

Mandatory basic course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic course that takes place in the first 3 weeks of all training programs:

  • History of Quebec cinema
  • Presentation of key departments associated with a production
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork, interacting between departments and hierarchy
  • Understanding Direction and Production documents
  • The producer’s role and relationship with his technical team
  • The Actor’s role and relationship with the technical team
  • Presentation of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to the union – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • Personal finance
  • Awareness regarding the impact of shooting on location and its environment
  • Ecology: How to be green on sets
  • First Aid Training
  • Hazardous Products and WHMIS
  • Occupational Health and Safety on sets
  • Sanitary measures and the pandemic
  • Prevention of physical and psychological harassment
  • Criminal and Penal Responsibilities (Bill C-21)
  • Highway Safety Code (SAAQ) and general stowing
  • Transportation Policies
  • Individual responsibility and rental equipment
  • Masterclass conference, open to the public