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Rough text with some sample pictures at the end:
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Questions you should ask yourself after reading the play:
  
'''What is costume porn, and why would I want anything todo with that kinky Japanese stuff?'''Youare confused.What you are thinkingof right now is ''Cosplay porn'', where comely young girls dress up incostumes from Manga comics and Anime films and are photographed fondling eachother.Costume porn, on the otherhand is perfectly respectable.TheVictoria and Albert Museum actually does it best.Costume porn consists of close-up luscious photos of costumes that makecostumers get far more excited than any sane person should get by a museumpublication showing old clothes.Ifyou can open the pages of Fashion by the Kyoto Costume Institute, or
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What is this play about in literal terms?
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/084782151X/thecostumersmani|HistoricalFashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries] from the V&A and notbegin to breathe heavily, you are NOT a costumer.
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What is this play about in general or metaphorical terms(CONCEPT)?
  
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What is the style of the play?
  
If you’ve ever tried taking photos of your own costumesand had them come out like bad snapshots, you’ve probably wondered how thosealmost edible museum photos were taken.Booksthat tell you about fashion photography don’t tell you much about how to dothis sort of shot, and what little they do tell you implies you need to buy lotsof fancy equipment.You don’t.You do need a bunch of equipment, in fact you need to build yourself atemporary photo studio to take this kind of detail rich shot, but it can becheap, and you can make much of it yourself.'''
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Realism? Expressionism? Romanticism
  
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What is the location of the play?
  
'''Materialsto make your own temporary photo studio:
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Country/Continent? City/Country? Indoors/Outdoors?
  
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Specific Space?
  
Decent film camera (35mm SLR) or digital camera (4MP or higher)& a tripod
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What is the time of the play?
  
If you have a film camera you will also need either a blue filter and daylight film, or no filter and tungsten film.Choose film with a low ASA speed, like 200 or lower, Kodak’s tungsten film KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 100T is especially good for this type of work because it is low-contrast.
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Year/Time/Period? Season/Weather? Time of Day/Occasion?
  
Clip lights, or various lamps with the shades taken off. A bright sunny window with a white sheet across it as a diffuser. AS MUCH LIGHT AS POSSIBLE, ANY WAY YOU CAN MANAGE IT.
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What does the action of the play call for?
  
Squares of buckram, paper or Pellon, to diffuse the lights. Clothespins to hold them onto clip lights.
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Are there any references to clothing in the text?
  
Dress forms, head/hat stands, or mannequins as available for displaying the costume items. If you use live models, try to get performers who will stand in a characteristic attitude, not just like a lump.
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Where (to who) does focus need to be pulled to and when?
  
Chairs, boxes & stools to hold small items up to a level where they can be photographed, and/or to serve as lamp holders.
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What is a play concept? "A light-heated romp in thewoods"
  
Hat racks, music stands, or any upright poles for clip lamps to grab on.
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"A Mel Brooks Vaudeville routine? -- "A violent page ripped out of the
  
Bed sheets, bulk fabric yardage in various colors, or roll paper for background. You can make a great neutral backdrop for photos by sewing together two bed sheets.Put one end beneath the mannequin, and hoist the other over the top bar of a rolling rack, or a curtain rod.
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newspaper" -- "A giant Polish joke" -- "An art deco jukebox"
  
Clothesline, clothing rack or pole to hold up the background
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Also ask about each individual character:
  
Extension cords with power strip surge suppressors for safety and easy turn-off of multiple lights between shots.
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What is the character's Age?
  
Nylon stockings, netting, fiberfill, clothes hanger wire to make bendable “arms” for a costume on an armless dress form.
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Social class?
  
Crumpled newspapers to fill out skirts or sleeve puffs to correct fullness.
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Financial position?
  
Duct tape, for keeping lights in place, heads on mannequins, and the background taut and smooth.
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Social Attitude?
  
Straight pins, and fishing line for invisibly getting figures to pose as desired.
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Marital Status?
  
Photo processing program for fixing color problems and minor mistakes using your computer (Adobe Photoshop Elements is a good choice).
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Health?
  
Set up your “Studio” in a configuration like this:
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Moral Attitude?
  
[insert picture here]
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Job?
  
Mannequins look great if you spend just a few minutesadjusting and pinning the costume so it looks like a big puppet of thecharacter.You can fatten out armsjust by stuffing net into the cut off legs of a pair of pantyhose. Considerposing multiple characters together in relationships. [Insert Picture Here]
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Mental State?
  
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Education?
  
The keys to success are:
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Country of origin?
  
Lots of light, from many directions, ''as diffused as possible.''
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Present home?
  
Setting up the mannequin or model so that it looks complete and perfect.
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What is their Dramatic Metaphor?
  
Keeping the camera and costume still for a nice long exposure with slow film and NO camera mounted flash.
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examples:
  
Once you’ve spent all the time setting up your studio and mannequin, take lots of photos from many angles, especially pulling in very close for maximum detail.
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The tailor is a prancing pincushion
  
Tweaking your photos into perfection with a photo-processing program.
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Kate is too hot to handle
  
Sample photos:
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Hortensio is a horny toad
  
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Bianca is good enough to eat if you don't mind sugar poisoning
  
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What does the action require the character to do?
  
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Are there any textual references that mention a character isdressed certain way?
  
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What was the character planning/thinking when he/she put onhis/her clothes?
  
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What kind of body does the character have?
  
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How does he/she walk? Sit? Gesture? Stand?
 
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==Product Links==
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[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1851774408/thecostumersmani| Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail]
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Latest revision as of 00:37, 23 January 2014

READING THE PLAYREADING THE PLAY

Questions you should ask yourself after reading the play:

What is this play about in literal terms?

What is this play about in general or metaphorical terms(CONCEPT)?

What is the style of the play?

Realism? Expressionism? Romanticism

What is the location of the play?

Country/Continent? City/Country? Indoors/Outdoors?

Specific Space?

What is the time of the play?

Year/Time/Period? Season/Weather? Time of Day/Occasion?

What does the action of the play call for?

Are there any references to clothing in the text?

Where (to who) does focus need to be pulled to and when?

What is a play concept? "A light-heated romp in thewoods"

"A Mel Brooks Vaudeville routine? -- "A violent page ripped out of the

newspaper" -- "A giant Polish joke" -- "An art deco jukebox"

Also ask about each individual character:

What is the character's Age?

Social class?

Financial position?

Social Attitude?

Marital Status?

Health?

Moral Attitude?

Job?

Mental State?

Education?

Country of origin?

Present home?

What is their Dramatic Metaphor?

examples:

The tailor is a prancing pincushion

Kate is too hot to handle

Hortensio is a horny toad

Bianca is good enough to eat if you don't mind sugar poisoning

What does the action require the character to do?

Are there any textual references that mention a character isdressed certain way?

What was the character planning/thinking when he/she put onhis/her clothes?

What kind of body does the character have?

How does he/she walk? Sit? Gesture? Stand?

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