Sunday, 20 May 2012



I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of working on Paintings for Inspiration, and feel like I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience both from working with the film department, and organising my own photo shoot. I’ve always known I’m far more geared towards film than theatre, so it’s been a great opportunity to work at a professional level both on the film and for the photograph.

Working with the film department has been such an incredible experience. I hadn’t worked on many films before, though have always had a huge passion for film and the film industry. It was amazing to be able to see what working on set is like as a designer and an assistant, and also to see all the other roles come to life on set. I did find designing for the film really challenging for a number of reasons, though am really proud of how it looks in the final film and think I ultimately made some great choices. The biggest challenge was working with child actors, as it made it a lot more difficult both in research and to source items, and did mean that I spent more than some others on my budget. This combined with the incredibly tight time frame, I found really difficult to feel like I was in control. It wasn’t until very late on, only a few days before the actual shoot, that I was given my actors and for one actor I had no measurements. Though this all worked out well in the end I think I let myself panic a little and doubted some of my choices the day before the shoot. I was really reassured seeing the girls in the items I’d chosen as they fit perfectly with the feel of the piece. The day went really smoothly and I felt really at home in the on set environment. Working with the film students has definitely confirmed for me that this is the industry I want to be working in.

For the styling shoot I definitely chose to do something that was really personal to my interests and something I felt really passionate about. Because of this I think I’ve managed to produce a really solid interpretation with a subtle comedic twist to it, which is exactly what I was aiming for. I absolutely loved researching for it and found it really fun pulling it all together. One of my biggest aims from the start was to have fun with the styling project and I definitely think that comes across in my photo. Seeing the final image now it’s exactly how I envisaged it from the start which I’m really pleased about, and I’ve had some really positive feedback about it. I feel like I tried to be really organised with my time management for this part of the project, though this fell through slightly towards the end due to unavailability of the photography studios which delayed me a week from when I had originally intended to shoot. This spiralled slightly as it meant that one of the models who I’d decided on from the start was unable to make it, and again as with the film, I really began to doubt myself and the potential success of the shoot. As soon as we were set up in the studio the doubt disappeared, and thanks to my photographer, Kevin Malbas, we managed to get, what I think, is a really successful image. For future projects it’s obvious that I need to keep confident throughout and really stick by my decisions.

For me, the best part of this project has definitely been the collaborative content as I’ve worked with students from both Film and Photography. It feels amazing that my costume work for Girl with a Dove has been one of many elements that brought the whole film together, and seeing it today as a final edit has made it all worth while, particularly as I’ve seen it from the absolute start to finish. I loved working with so many of the Film students, and really hope that I get the chance again next year and in the future to work with some of them again. I have some film work experience coming up this summer and feel more confident having done this project. The film industry is definitely where I can see myself in the future.

Girl with a Dove - Final Product

Today I saw the film put together for the first time. It looks fantastic. Visually its really beautiful, and I think the costume fits really well with the set and lighting. Here are a few screen shots.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Styling Project Final.

I'm so incredibly pleased with the final image. It's turned out exactly as I envisaged it to start and the girls and Kevin did an incredible job for me on Thursday.

There are only a couple small things I would change to make it fit a little better spatially and colour-wise but they're such small things, I think the perfectionist in me is picking them out for myself! I think the colour and line works really well and I've had some really positive feedback from family, friends and the team. I know that I could have tried to replicate the set accurately though I feel that the studio feel of the shoot adds a level of professionalism to the image which I wanted to achieve. 

Personally I love it and am really proud of this final result. 

I'd like to say a massive thanks to the Dorset Roller Girls, without whom this project wouldn't have been realised =)   

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Shooting the Derby Stuarts

So today was the shoot day! It didn't take too long and I think Kevin Malbas has done an awesome job. The girls looked amazing and really pulled off the image as I had imagined it!

This is the shot I want to use. It'll need some touching up and editing but here it is in its raw state. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Last Minute Changes

We've had to delay the shoot to tomorrow Thursday 17th May due to availability in the photography studios. Sadly this has resulted in Ruby Soho being unable to make it, so Sian of a Gun has kindly stepped in to fill her place. She actually broke her wrist last weekend at practice, which I love the idea of having in the picture, just to add an extra roller derby feel to it!


Sunday, 6 May 2012


The models have changed slightly since I last posted due to some moving around of dates. The plan is to shoot on Saturday the 12th. 

Em Balmer
She's been skating with the league for over a year and though very sweet and bubbly can really pull off a mean derby face! 

Ruby Soho
She's been skating since February and is beautifully adorned with a few cute tattoos and piercings. She's also volunteered to help me out with the make-up side of things.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Assisting for Memorial

So yesterday I was assisting Yolanda Collins on the Memorial shoot. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as the shoot was outside in Talbot Woods and we had some beautiful sunshine in the afternoon. 

The shoot had a lot of continuity as the story was of a girl in the woods for over a week. Yolanda had 3 versions of the costume at its various stages throughout the journey and the shots switched a lot between the 3. The actress Maya was great, and put up with a lot of mud, dirt and wet throughout! Here are some of the continuity shots.

Stage 2

 Stage 3

All in all the shoot was great, the crew were really great to work with and the acting looked fantastic. Here are a couple extra shots from the shoot. 

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Sourcing for the Styling Shoot.

I've managed to only purchase two of the items I needed for the shoot, the rest has either been owned by me or borrowed which is great!

Left Character

In addition to black leggings and long white socks.

Right Character

In addition to blue t-shirt, denim shorts, long white socks with stripe. 

And then all the skate gear for both!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Shoot Day!

So yesterday was the shoot day! We met bright and early at 7:30 and were on set by 8am.
The set was this amazing run down farm building, with one end filled with all sorts of interesting bird cages, which were added to with 5 more cages containing 6 very sweet birds. It had this great antique feel to it among the dusty run down space. 
As the only internal space was the shooting area we had a gazebo for our green room and costume area and a tent as our changing room! This actually worked really well, and luckily after some initial rain in the morning we had some great weather and our giant umbrellas were left unused!

Initially the plan was to get the actors on set for 10:15 to start shooting at 10:30, though with a combination of a bit of heavy rain and some electrical problems with the lights we had a late start at around 11:30. 

I had been a little worried about the costume the day before as we hadn't been able to arrange any fittings for any of the 3 actors. I'd taken a variety of potential costume items so we had the option to mix and match on the day, however my 1st choice items worked exactly as I had wanted them to and the girls fitted perfectly in everything! Des had bought a selection of shirts, trousers and shoes for me to chose from. I wanted a plain white shirt and plain black trousers, with black shoes, and he had perfect items for what was needed. I had two waistcoat options and the preferred one fit perfectly.

 Hattie Gotobed - Girl 1
 Melissa Gotbed - Girl 2
 Des Barron - Aviary Keeper

It was amazing to be on set. I'd worked on films before but nothing with the high level of equipment and planning as this shoot. Even when costume wasn't particularly needed it was really great to be able to watch on the monitor and see how the shots were looking. It was also great to have Charlie assisting me, as sometimes it felt like I needed to be in 2 places at once! 

Even after the late start, the rest of the day went relatively smoothly. A couple of shots had to be cut because of the delay as the birds were due back early, but they got everything they needed and I thought it looked amazing! We managed to wrap on time just before 5.

It was such a great experience and a really enforced for me that film is definitely where I want to be working! I literally can't wait to see how the film's final edit will look, and it seems sort of strange that even though my job as costume is done there are still so many steps before we'll see the finished product. I'm really proud of the work I've done for the shoot. 

Here are a few more detailed pictures of the set: