Character Costumes for “KoS”
Beginning to document the magnitude of King of Swords (the filmmaking project Joaquin and I have been working on all summer), let’s talk about character costumes.
May 30 · We have a plot with many main characters and extras (Joaquin wants this story to be very Game-of-Throny). So costume sewing will be crazy, but we gotta start somewhere. This is my plan for the first two.
First batch for the King
Jun 24 · Plans for Joaquin’s GoT-inspired TV show are very ambitious, so I’ve spent several days creating costumes for one of our main characters and villains: King Kristoff Balcan, played by Pillo.
Joaquin joins the effort
Joaquin was okay with my meticulously slow pace because the king required very good and professional outfits, but when it came time for him to contribute making costumes for the Shoduki twins, he decided to rebel against my methods and just cut and sew them the improv way.
I think he did a surprisingly great job, this being the first time he attempts to sew any kind of clothes by himself. The style fits the earthiness of a culture that is close to nature (except for their very machista beliefs), and I was very happy with the experience he got:
- attempting to “draft” two basic patterns
- playing with 2D material to create 3D volume (many lessons here)
- stitching by hand (a little bit)
- learning to use a sewing machine
The kid goes deeper
Jul 1 · My personal project has picked up a lot of steam but Joaquin is not going to let me quit on his project. So we’re currently working on character costumes, and the situation with these hot passions of both is good: Whenever sewing has been involved in the past, I’ve taken over. But not this time!
This time I’m involving Bollo deeply in this process. He’s enjoying it and today’s thrill was racing at full speed while stitching a hem with the sewing machine. Naturally I won’t trust him with the serger yet .
Jul 3 · Introducing Rhegan Cardallion (played by Sochi)—our main character and hero. This is costume #1 sewn entirely by Joaquin; he’s going to need a few more outfits to match his character arc.
Joining the villains
Jul 24 · After many days (or weeks?) patiently lying on the table covered with pins waiting for me to return to the task, Pumpum finally gets his costume. Meet Prince Richard Balcan, Duke of Saint Calvin.
For your warrior outfit, choose pleather
Aug 3 · This week I finished Rhegan’s very important warrior costume. Joey suggested a helmet, which of course when I started to make turned out more complicated than I was hoping for. So I’m taking a break and today helped Joaquin with the storyboard. We collaborated drawing. He needed a break too and loved my help.