Q. How did shooting in High Definition (HD) influence the costuming
Shooting in HD is merciless for the costume designer. The camera picks
up everything, so the finish, the detail, the stitching and so on, has
to be exactly right. The big surprise to me was that I thought the old
costumes would look shabby and worn. But HD loves the old dyes and
fabrics. It almost makes them look truer. They look gorgeous. The
color-read is so clear on digital that it would pick up a synthetic
fabric right away, which would normally look cheap and too modern. On
film, you can fudge things like that much more.
I think this is fascinating, over the years I've done a lot of extra-ing, and often I've turned up with my 'most accurate for the dateline requested' outfit only to have the wardrobe girl add plastic jewellery, shiny fabrics and garish colours. Usually, you start out a bit mortified and are vaguely relieved when it doesnt look too bad in the final film or programme because of the way film records stuff. It sounds as if the new HD will lend itself far better to accurate costuming, and who knows, maybe, just maybe, turning up for a days filming with decent kit will be a good thing not an excuse to layer on the jellybaby crowns and sequins
Anyone know any more about how far the differences in technology may extend in this respect?