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Arts University Bournemouth
by Thalia Jane Loonstein
BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design
Beyond The Line
“I’ve always had a passion for film and television and I’ve worked with these guys before on previous projects, so I worked on three grad films. You start with the usual meetings and discussing things. My role is usually a supervisor and I’m more of the organisational side, so I manage the budget and things. I talk a lot with the director about the style and things they want to gain from the film. From there, the costume department go off and do the sourcing and the making and pulling it all together.
Throughout the course of the weeks leading up to the shoot you have to fit the actors, you have to keep in contact with them and make sure the director is happy with the look and the style. On set the work is manually dressing and continuity and making sure looks great for the film.
There’s quite a lot of time constraints you have to think about it and budgeting which is a big deal. We fundraise like crazy! It is challenging in that sense, but so rewarding at the same time because in the end you have a production with enormous collaboration between so many courses and people that pull together. At the end of the day, I get something like this [screening at the BFI] out of it, which is unforgettable.
AUB has been a wonderful experience. It’s helped me develop my style of work and I’ve gained an understanding of what I want to do in the future. In the third year, you get enough freedom and enough help as well, to give you more of a push in the right direction. Having done my third year I’m now quite confident in going out and being able to freelance and being able to manage my work.”