Category Archives: Preproduction

Working on a Professional Film Crew

Hey y’all,

EnumclawFilmLogo3.1-03I’ve been crazy busy, and haven’t written here in a while. I thought today I’d share a bit with you about my crazy busy-ness, as I found it very educational and interesting. Everyone else has their own stories to tell about our work these past weeks on the “Enumclaw Film”, as we call it, but mine is rather lengthy just because I was doing so many different things for both pre-production, and production.

A few months back we Polings and Swets volunteered on a local historical film project. We’ve been talking about it off and on, as you may remember. Well, we’ve finally shot the film! I’ve been doing a variety of different jobs on the project. These are my “official titles”; things I will be credited for in the credits of the film and on IMDB:

  • Hair and Makeup Lead
  • Associate Producer
  • Locations Manager

I also volunteered to handle social media and the blog for the project, which included designing a logo, and writing a lot of the information the public would see about the project, and now, posting pictures from the production on Facebook etc.

Hair and Makeup

Our makeup and hair setup for day 1.

Our makeup and hair setup for day 1.

I originally signed up to be the Hair and Makeup Lead. Whew! It sounded like such a big job! I was kinda scared, very excited, and still nervous up until the very last person was done. The director assured me that even though I didn’t feel qualified for the job, she felt I was because she knew I would focus on details, and do tests to learn the things I didn’t already know how to do (like apply crepe beards and moustaches, and do temporary hair coloring).

After my original assistant fell through at the last minute, I found an assistant on Craigslist who was much better at makeup than I was. We devised a system where I did the hairstyling and FX makeup, and she did most of the other makeup. It worked wonderfully, and I felt much more at ease having someone who has a lot more makeup experience under their belt do the majority of the looks. It also made it much easier to churn out finished actors because we could both be working on the same person at once: she on makeup, and me on hair. Or, we could work on different people, then have the actors switch chairs. It was an awesome partnership that worked really well.

This is the crepe beard I applied.

The infamous beard!

I learned a lot, not just about makeup, but preparing for something like this. I learned how to go through the script and be able to translate what the director was seeing into specific notes and looks for certain actors. I learned how to make a budget and what kind of things you need to think about buying when you have to do a lot of people’s hair and makeup in a sanitary way. I learned how to clean and pack “my kit” in a way that makes it easy to get what I need really fast, keep things clean and organized when I have to move from place to place quickly. I also learned how to estimate how long it would take for each person to go through my department, so that the Assistant Director could make sure they were there early enough for us to work our magic. 😉

I had a few heart-stopping moments, like when the main actor who I was supposed to put a beard on (I scheduled 3 hrs for him) showed up 45 minutes late and the schedule had to be completely re-arranged so that I could get it done. It was nerve wracking, and the beard kept having issue after issue, and finally, I had to take him down to set with a beard I was very unhappy with and had worked for a really long time on. It turned out okay, because the heat and a couple of costume changes calmed down a lot of the issues with the beard and it looked good for the rest of the night, but I was just sick in my stomach for a while because I thought it looked so bad.

I had some wonderful moments too, where everything turned out so perfectly, in spite of my inexperience, and I had a little internal squeal of delight that I got to work on such a cool project. 😀

Associate Producer

A few months ago, the Director noticed that I was really good at organizing and keeping track of details, so she hired me to schedule the casting. This seemed like a fairly simple job, so I said, yes, and dived right in. Right away, I found out why they hire someone specifically to do this job. As soon as the casting announcement was posted, I was sending and receiving probably almost 100 emails a day, cataloging actors, scheduling them a time slot at the audition, answering questions, sending them little bits of script to prepare… It was a monumental job! Then came the audition dates, and I needed to make sure everyone signed in correctly, got us all of their information, and got their questions answered. It was fun!…. and I was tired.

Epic vintage car-ness. Photo credit: Micah Swet

Epic vintage car-ness. Photo credit: Micah Swet

This eventually fell under my “Associate Producer” title, because I went on to handle a lot of other details, like helping to find classic cars and trucks for the film (which Micah eventually took over, and did a SPECTACULAR job with), filtering through resources that the community was offering in terms of props and costumes, and finding and communicating with last minute extras. Basically, The Producer is the person who gets everyone what they need to do their job, and this can be as big as finding and hiring members of the crew, or as small as bringing extension cords. As the Associate Producer, I handled a lot of the details in making sure each department actually had what they needed when the 3 days of production started. And yes, I brought extension cords…. and a few power strips.

Locations Manager

Filming Miss Ostregard. Photo credit, Micah Swet

Filming Miss Ostregard. Photo credit, Micah Swet

A couple weeks before production started, the Director hired me for a second job: Locations Manager. Technically, this is a very producer-y kind of job, and on small films like this, The Producer usually handles it. My job was to contact all of the places, large and small, that we wanted to film at, about 13 in all, figure out who the owner was, make sure we could film there at the day/time we needed, and make sure they were comfortable with us being there. I was on the phone pretty much ALL day for a couple weeks, as locations we had planned on fell through, and we had to find new ones, and owners were not returning phone calls. I learned a TON about talking to people on the phone, and having a friendly business-like presence when talking to strangers.

Filming a scene in front of an old church, that is now a private residence.

Filming a scene in front of an old church that is now a private residence.

Another part of the Location Manager’s job is to make sure that each department gets their questions answered for each location. For instance, the camera and lighting crew needs to know if they can plug their equipment in, the sound crew needs to know if they can turn off any noisy things in the background (a big problem when filming in restaurants), the art department needs to know if they can take things off the walls and re-dress the room to fit our set needs… I needed to make sure we could use the bathroom at EACH LOCATION! It was my job to figure out where we could park in the downtown areas, where we could store our equipment, where we could eat, and where we could go to the bathroom (which is an issue when you are planning on filming in a field for more than half the day). The more I got into this job, the more I realized how big and important it was!

At the last minute, I also learned that it was my job to make sure that there were signs everywhere so that people didn’t get lost and that actors and extras knew were to go for wardrobe, hair and makeup. This was a big job in-and-of itself, and my brain was already overloaded with everything else, so Micah became my right hand man in this area. Together we made sure that people knew where to go, that the toilet paper never ran out, and that the buildings we used were clean and locked up before we left.

In Conclusion

Is it weird that I learned a ton about beard and moustache grooming? ;)

Is it weird that I learned a ton about beard and moustache grooming? 😉

I used up a TON of note paper and was juggling more lists than I’ve ever written in my life- the upside being I learned how to organize massive amounts of information in new ways. I feel re-affirmed in my hair and makeup abilities, especially in the hair department where I had quite a few vintage looks that consistently turned out wonderfully. My feet hurt like crazy with the 12+ hr days, I got up crazy early and went to bed crazy late, and I practically lived out of my van for 3 days. I don’t think I’ve ever exuded more brain power in my life, but I had so much fun!

I think Producing is something that I am good at, something I have been naturally (and unknowingly) preparing to do for several years now, and something I’d love to try doing again. I had fun meeting and getting to know the filmmaking professionals who worked with us, and I hope I made a really good impression on them by working hard, being prepared to solve problems that no one else had thought of, and being ready for everything that got thrown at me with a ready smile and a good attitude. I have a secret (or not so secret now) hope that the contacts we made doing this film will turn into work on other fun projects in the Seattle area. 😉

I’ve done way more with this film than I was originally planning to do, but I feel like this opportunity was something the Lord hand-crafted for this time in my life, as well as the rest of us Poling’s and Swet’s lives. I’m sure they’ll be writing more about their experience on the Enumclaw Film, and I’m VERY sure we’ll be excited to share the finished product with you when it comes out in early 2014.

Thanks for reading this monstrous-long post!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles,


P.S. If you haven’t already, take a sec and “like” the facebook page for this project. I’ve been sharing lots of cool pictures and there’ll be news about the premiere, etc.


Location Update and a New Test Film

Hello everybody!

So last week Rachel, Phillip, Annie, Micah, and I took another trip to our location (Josiah and Lizzy were down in Oregon and couldn’t join us, we missed them 😦 ). Our purpose was to figure out exactly where the events in the script should play out. We needed a fork in the road, a covered area in the woods, and an open area without  a lot of underbrush; we found everything we needed! *happy dance* I’m really liking the look of the place, the view is great and you can see the mountains.


Another reason we went there was to film a sniper test; one of the characters in the script carries a sniper rifle and I wanted to see if I could pull off a good sniper effect.

This was the result:

Warning: this video contains some violence and blood.

I learn quite a bit doing this; next time I think the kickback from the gun should be bigger, and the reaction from the person getting shot should be more of a snap-and-drop rather than a snap…pause…fall.

That’s all for today folks, hope you enjoyed this look into what is happening.

And that’s the way the butter is spread.


Some Good News and Some Bad News

Hey! Sorry for going all AWOL on you guys these past few weeks. We’ve all been super, super busy and Monday just kept showing up and leaving again without us having anything to write about. Unfortunately, this is gonna be one of those general-update-thingys we keep doing.

Okay. Good news first.

We’ve pretty much decided that we’re going to switch locations. We all really liked where we made that test film and I think it’s going to be awesome. Max is planning to write more about the location sometime soon so y’all get more details about where it is and what it is and all that jazz.

Since we’re switching locations, the script has to modified somewhat. Micah and I have made some good progress on that the past few days. Once again, the story is morphing into something different as we try to fit it all in. We’re planning to head back to the location sometime soon to actually figure out exactly where we’re gonna be filming specific things. (Lots of pictures will be taken. 🙂 )

Okay. Now for the bad news. 😦

When we first started the Evasion project, we were planning on filming sometime in July-August. As we get closer and closer to those months, our schedules are getting fuller and fuller. This summer, we are also working on two other film projects (LCC XI, and Enumclaw 10 Decades) not to mention Rachel has a job now, so can’t work as much. There is soooooo much packed into this summer!

Bottom line:

We’ve decided to put Evasion on the back burner for a while.

I know. It’s sad.

It’s very, very, very, very, very sad.

We will still be working on it somewhat, but our other projects have deadlines so they’re our first priority. Filming for Evasion has now been set back to October. Maybe we’ll have it done by Christmas.

There is a cloud in this silver lining….. wait……

*clears throat*

There is a silver lining in this cloud. 😉

This blog will NOT be put on hold. We are now going to be writing about our other projects as well! Anything and everything we learn about filmmaking will find it’s way here. *suppresses shriek of excitment* This is gonna be GREAT!!!!! 

And that’s the way the banana peels.


Experimenting with Fake Beards – Crepe Hair

Hi everybody,

Before I get started, I just wanted to mention: Happy Memorial Day! To those who have served their country in the armed forces, to those who have died to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in the USA, you have my deepest gratitude and thanks.

Well, Monday snuck up on us again this week. We all had a late night last night going to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness (which was supercalifragilistiAWESOME!) and talking about it over pizza afterwards. Nothing super exciting has happened with Evasion this week, but I did do something fun that has to do with movie-making, so I figured now is a good time to share it!

One of the other films we are involved in this summer is a short film celebrating the 100th birthday of a little town nearby named Enumclaw (where the Swets live) funded by the city arts council. Several of us have official positions in the film (very exciting), mine being the Hair and Makeup Lead. Part of the plot of the movie involves going into the past, and a few of the characters need to have very full beards and some super moustaches. Meaning, I need to learn how to do fake hair, stat! This week, the director gave me some supplies, and Max volunteered to be my first victim *evil scheming face here*. I learned a lot, there are several things I didn’t do quite right, and I’ll be practicing some more before we shoot, especially in the moustache area.

I’m not going to give an in-depth tutorial this time. I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll just give a little background about the supplies I was using:

1. Crepe hair: a wool, which is usually used for beard and moustache prosthetics. Comes in lots of different colors. Usually, two or more colors are used because it makes the beard look more realistic.

2. Spirit Gum: an adhesive. Kinda smelly. Very sticky. It is advisable to use a spirit gum remover solution, rather than just ripping the beard or moustache off.

3. Silver gray: a liquid for putting silver in the hair to make the model look older.

4. Random other: Fingers. Moist towellettes for constant cleaning of said fingers. Toothbrush or disposable mascara wand for applying the silver gray. Scissors for cutting and trimming the hair.

Let the pictures begin!

Presenting, Maxwell Swet, as we all know and love him, to grandpa and weird-hobo-guy-with-gun!

silver hair makeup

How to apply a crepe beard

applying fake hair

Crepe beard with Maxwell Swet

Well, that’s it folks! As always, please leave your thoughts below; we LOVE to hear them and eagerly await the email saying we got a new comment. 😉

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Quick Update


Just a quick update about what is going on:

The script is is just about done, we just have to iron out a few little things and figure out an ending we all like.

We went back to the location that I had shown you guys in this post and found that it won’t work as good as we thought. Since I was there a whole lot of grass/greenery has grown up and it doesn’t look as cool as it did before (the location doesn’t quite fit the story anymore either). 😦  Don’t worry though, there is hope! The Polings found a location that might work; its in an old logged area that looks pretty cool. 🙂 In the next few weeks we’ll be doing more location scouting and we’ll post more on the subject.

Well, that’s all for today folks! We love to hear your comments so please leave one. 🙂 See you next Monday!



Making Movie Posters from Scratch

As Annie mentioned, my computer took a little time-out at the Apple Store last week, and I wasn’t able to write this lovely long post about poster making. Everything is all sorted now, so let’s get down to bit’ness! *rubs hands together*

First of all, a small warning: Poster-making is Photoshop intensive. I have learned soooo so much about Photoshop from trying to make posters. I learned way more than I can squeeze into one post. Instead of detailing the exact steps I took in Photoshop to create these posters, what I’d like to do is take you on a little journey through my learning process, and point you in the direction of the websites and resources I found helpful.


When we were first thinking of making posters, I quickly realized that we needed to have a photoshoot to get lots of high quality pictures with lots different poses to choose from. I dragged my siblings, our dSLR, and the tripod outside in the freezing intermittent drizzle and tried various different things.

1. We have these big sheets of poster paper that we used to create a white background. Someone would stand behind our current model, and hold the paper while I took the picture. We did this so later it would be much easier to remove the background in photoshop so we could just use the person in our poster.

Lizzy movie poster

2. We held the white paper like a “bounce board” down below camera. The light from the sky reflected off of the white paper and onto the model’s face, making the picture very evenly lit.

Lizzy poster 2


3. We got lots of different poses, lots of different faces, sometimes had weapons, sometimes not, sometimes used the white background, sometimes not. We took, at the very least, 15 pictures of each person. In retrospect, it would have been better to take even more. Closer to 20-30 would have been better.

Annie Poster

Here’s what I learned from the photoshoot:

  • It was a really good idea to take these pictures when it was cloudy outside. Even though it looks good with your eyes, direct sunlight is much harder to take pictures in. Clouds help diffuse the light- spread it out and make it very evenly lit. This is perfect for taking this kind of pictures, especially if you don’t know yet exactly what style of poster you want to make.
  • If I ever do this again, I want to have a system down for getting all the poses I want from everybody. I was giving directions willy-nilly, and some of the poses that we really wanted to use later on in our posters didn’t have a white background, and some people were just missing poses that we didn’t get. This made it a little bit harder to do what we wanted. I’d almost want to create a checklist of sorts: facing right, facing left, facing front, facing right with white board, facing left… etc.
  • Like I said before, I took at least 15 pictures of everybody, and chose about 6 of my favorites of each person from that pool. We did end up having enough, but if I do this again, I want to take closer to 20-30 pictures to choose from.


So now I have all of these awesome pictures…. What do I do with them all?!? Being a first time poster-maker, I did what I always do when I don’t know how to do something- Google it!

I spent quite a while poking around on various websites trying to find what I was looking for. This is what I found:

Here is a tutorial I started with. Mostly what I needed was some new techniques to use in Photoshop. By following the tutorial, I learned the techniques I needed to make what I was seeing in my head appear in Photoshop. By the time I got to the middle of the tutorial, I didn’t really need it any more, and I was able to move on to adapting what I learned to the poster I wanted to make, instead of the poster in the tutorial. I also used this tutorial for inspiration and ideas.

Here are the process pictures of the first poster I did. I uploaded them to the private Facebook group we use to share ideas with each other. I got lots of really good feedback from everybody, along with suggestions and help.

poster 1 first try

1. This my first attempt while I was learning the techniques used in the tutorials. At the time, it looked really cool. Looking back at it, I think it looks… like a first attempt that got much, MUCH better later on. I didn’t have pictures of Max and Micah yet.

poster 1 second try

2. I decided to put some of the color back in. I also found a font that I liked for the title and played around with that a bit. I got some new watercolor brushes for photoshop (downloaded for free somewhere), and that made it WAY better.

Poster 1 third try

3. Max and Micah had their photoshoot and sent us their pictures. I spent hours tweaking little things like getting the little bits of white outlines out of everybody’s hair, and getting the color balance just right. I know how to do those things WAY faster now.

Poster 1 fourth try

4. After sending everybody a new copy of each try, this was the version that everybody said was finished! I moved Lizzy into the middle because it looked too balanced before. It needed to be balanced, but interesting.


One of the most important things I’ve learned about creating graphics, in Photoshop or otherwise, is how to use textures. Textures provide our eyes with that little element needed to know that what we are looking at is real. Pure color just looks wrong, but add a subtle texture to it, and our brain accepts it much better.

Textures can also help cover up and smooth over mistakes or imperfections.

For instance, here is a copy of the first poster I made without any of the stone or watercolor textures I added.


Now you can see any mistakes I made, or any little imperfections. They are glaringly obvious.

Here it is again with the stone textures added in:


And the finished one with the watercolor textures back in:

Poster 1 fourth try

I’ve found several sites that provide wonderful textures to download for free. I just love them! You can also take pictures yourself to use as textures once you know what you are looking for. I must admit to being slightly addicted to downloaded textures, especially antique paper and cool stone packs. *guilty face*

Here are my favorite free texture sites:

Lost and Taken
Zen Textures
Design Instruct

Also, here is where we like to get free fonts:

In Conclusion

I learned so much by just trying and seeing what would happen! Every time I ran into a little problem, our whole little movie group was there to help me with advice and ideas, and of course, I read many tutorials and articles on Google and lots of videos on Youtube to fill in the little gaps.

If you are making posters and would like another set of eyes to look over it and give you constructive criticism or help, I am more than happy to give it. Just send it my way! Often we learn the best from someone else editing our work.

As always, I anxiously await comment notification emails, so don’t be shy! We all love to read what you think about what we are doing!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles!



Just a General Update

Well… This week’s post was supposed to be Rachel going deep into the poster making process, but unfortunately, her computer is being excessively uncooperative and is in time-out at the Apple Store. Bad computer. The Swets just got back from a long and fun vacation, and have nasty colds to boot, which just leaves me to get y’all up to date. (Not that I mind :D)

IMG_3229Progress has been slow lately as we are all concentrating on getting the script finished and locked down. Last time I talked about the script, we had been through 2 main plotlines. Since then, we have been through at least three more. As we read and discuss each draft as it comes, we always end up with more ideas than we know what to do with and so end up making these dramatic script changes to try and use them all up.

Before, it has been Lizzy, Max, sometimes Josiah, and sometimes myself who have been actually writing with the others giving imput and ideas. Recently though, Micah has joined the ranks of writers and has completely finished the last three different drafts of the script. Way to go, Micah!!

Lately, we are all feeling like it’s time to be done with the script and get on with the other stuff so we’re working hard on not getting carried away with our ideas and focusing on fixing the little things in the script that we already have. Hopefully, after the next couple of secret-movie-project-get-togethers, we will have completely finished the script and moved on to get the rest of pre-production finished and ready for shooting (I can’t wait for that part!).


Also, we have been thinking about locations. At first, we were just gonna be shooting at the location that Max already posted about, but we have been talking about getting another location as well. A field or maybe just more forest. Haven’t actually decided on anything yet, but we’re still talking.

Yesterday, us Polings went on a fun adventure going to look at all the walks and parks around our new area and we found several places that would make awesome movie locations, if not for Evasion, then for some future project maybe.

After reading some of you guys’ comments last time, I realized that we haven’t actually told you guys much about the movie itself, so here are some facts that we can be certain about without having the script locked down and without giving anything away.

  • This will be an Action/Adventure/Explosions/Gun-firing-galore kind of movie. There will be lots of running, fighting, and intense peril. No cliffs though.
  • Max and Lizzy play the two main characters.
  • Phillip will play the bad guy.
  • I’m not quite sure about the weapons, but I can promise you lots of guns, knives, a machete, possibly a couple grenades, and just maybe a bazooka.

After we finish the script, we’ll be working on getting the costumes finished, procuring or making all the props, choreographing fights and other such stuff, and figuring out exactly what goes where at our location(s).

So that’s mainly what’s goin’ on. Not too much.

Thanks for reading and as always, we love hearing from y’all!

Love, Annie

Makeup Test #3 – SCARS!!!

I recently got a certain something special in the mail from Amazon, and was very eager to test it out! We’ve been talking about one of our characters having a scar on their face, so I’ve been researching how to do realistic, but simple scars. Whilst doing said research, I came across this product called “Ridgid Collodion”. I watched a couple of tutorials on youtube about using it, and sure enough, it looked to be the product for me!

Here’s some reference pictures I looked at to give me something more than my imagination to go by.

And here is one of the tutorials I watched to learn about how to use it.

So, now it’s my turn! Forgive the quality of the upcoming pictures- I took them with my iPhone in my poorly lit bedroom. 😉

Picture 1: Me, on a bad hair day, with clean skin.

Picture 2: I put on a base- a tiny bit of foundation mixed with moisturizer so that it was really translucent, a little bit of concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on a couple red spots, a hint of a really light eyeshadow to make my eyelids look less puffy and a really light brown powder lining my eyelash line to give my eyes the slightest bit of definition. A dusting of a very light peach blush and a little bit of mascara completed the base. I was going for a non-made-up look – this is called “no-makeup makeup”-  and I think I succeeded. 🙂

The rest of the pics: I put a little bit of “dirt” around on my face, just like I did with Lizzy and Annie in previous posts, then I began the scarring process.


When I first opened the little bottle of scarring liquid, my first thought was, “WHEW! This stuff smells like the dickens!” And it does! It’s very important not to get it near the eyes, and I was tearing up a little bit just being downwind from the smell when I was working on the scar above my eye.

I tried two different kinds of scars. One with a red base, and one with a white base. Guess which one is which. 😉

For the one on my cheek, I used a red lip liner pencil to draw the line of the scar, then covered it with at least 15-20 coats of the ridgid collodion. Each layer made my skin tighten and depress more and more. It’s really hard to tell from these pictures, but I really had quite a divot in my skin!

For the white-based scar over and under my eye, I used a line of really light foundation, but I accidentally made it too wide to start with. Also, I wasn’t really ready to sacrifice my eyebrow at this point in time for the scar to go all the way through, like it would if it were a real healed wound, so the look of a continued scar over my eye socket just didn’t really pull itself off.

Needless to say, the red one turned out way better, and I will definitely go with a red base, should we use a big scar like this in our film.

I then coerced a couple of siblings to take some photos of me with our dSLR, which is one of the cameras we will be shooting with. I think the scar translated wonderfully!


For those of you who have not met me in person… here is a little introduction into the many faces of me. ^^ 😉 Only kidding! I’m only crazy… half of the time.

Things I learned:

OH MAN. Does this stuff smell. You get used to it after a while, but that first whiff is enough to bring tears to the eyes.

It takes quite a long time to do a large scar. I spent a good hour layering and waiting for it to dry. The bigger and deeper the scar, the longer it takes.

Since the ridgid collodian becomes about the consistency of a toenail when it’s dried, it’s a good idea to not put it in a part of the face that moves a lot (like your smile line, which is right where I put mine 😛 ). Eventually, it’s going to separate from the skin around the edges, and the more movement of your face, the faster it will separate.

In another tutorial I watched, which was rather long-winded and lengthy, I learned that it’s not a good idea to create a scar, peel it off, and make the same scar again the day after. The reason for this being: when you peel the dried collodian off, it takes a bunch of dead skin cells with it, which is fine. BUT, if you apply it too soon after, when you peel it off again, you are ripping off skin cells that your face actually needs. Doing it too often can lead to some weird things like a dry patch, discoloration, or a more permanent slight scarring look than you intended. This is going to be interesting using it in a movie. I shall have to plan carefully.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I anxiously await the arrival of comment notifications, so don’t be shy. ;) Until next week! Ciao!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Costume Concepts for ‘Evasion’ – part 2

Howdydodyday! I hope y’all have had a spectacular Easter!

Another thing I’ve been working on, besides makeup, is costumes. I love planning, shopping for, and building costumes, so I was very excited to get do help with this part of our film.

When we first started talking about our characters and plot line, Lizzy was inspired, and put together this costume with things we had around the house. We all liked it, but once I saw it, I realized that we needed to stay away from too much camo, because we wanted the costumes to feel much more militia-like, rather than army uniforms.


I like to draw costumes because it helps me think through the characters story, and gives me a better idea of what exactly I need to look for when I start looking for the various little pieces.

Here is my costume concept drawing for the character Lizzy will be playing.


Before I drew this, I looked up pictures of characters from movies who’s costumes were similar to the one I was seeing in my head. I posted them to everybody else, so they could see and give their opinion. We all liked this one the best.

This is Trinity, from The Matrix. I really liked the ripped and running knit sweater on top, with the hole-y and worn cuffs.

This is Trinity, from The Matrix. I really liked the ripped and running knit sweater on top, with the hole-y and worn cuffs.

One day, when we had time, us Polings took a trip to the thrift store together to look for some good costume stuff. This is what we came home with for the base of Lizzy’s costume. Later, I took it through a weathering process (to be written about soon!) to make it look more like I was thinking.

Sorry the lighting is so bad. You can't really tell, but the sweater is dark green and the pants are a dark mulberry color. We still aren't sure about having reddish pants, and we might go with different ones.

Sorry the lighting is so bad. You can’t really tell, but the sweater is dark green and the pants are a dark mulberry color. We still aren’t sure about having reddish pants, and we might go with different ones.

Here’s a more finished look for Lizzy. There’s still some pieces missing, but I really like the look of it.


I also drew a concept drawing for one of the other characters (casting yet to be finalized). I was really glad I did this because it helped me think of what we wanted and didn’t want specifically. I got a lot of good feedback from everybody else, and I came to understand what each person was thinking a bit more clearly from their constructive criticism.


Here’s some reference photos I used from Denzel Washington’s costume in The Book of Eli:



We have yet to put this costume all the way together, but it was still really helpful to have something down on paper when we went to the thrift store to look for anything and everything we could find.

Here’s a couple of costumes we put together from our thrift store adventure + some things we already had at our house that we may or may not use.



Aaaaaand finally, Phillip and I worked together to get his costume put together. He looks knee-knocking-shakin’-in-me-boots good and totally deserves several pictures. 🙂




I’m so scared.

Anyway, that’s it for me today! Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I anxiously await the arrival of comment notifications, so don’t be shy. 😉 Until next week!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Costume Concepts for ‘Evasion’

Another Monday, another post! I’ll be showing you some costume concepts that I’ve been working on.

What we want for the film is a guerrilla-style uniform rather then a military/special-ops look. I did some searching on the Internet but couldn’t find the look I wanted. I knew what items I had, so designing the costume was fairly easy. My process for designing is to think about it in my head for a long time; by the time I try it on, I usually don’t need to change much.

I had some camo pants and an olive green, long sleeve shirt for the base, then added a tactical vest, gloves, hat, and guns (of course 🙂 ).

This is what I have so far:

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I’ve always liked the look of weapons carried on the back (be it guns, bows, or swords) so I added a machete; I’m planning on incorporating it in the film. Mom and Dad gave it to me for my birthday a long time ago and I use it for yard work (time to repurpose it 😀 ).

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And here are some pictures we took a while ago when it was snowing. I was trying a different kind of boot I had, but I’ve decided not to use them.

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I came up with a bad guy ‘minion’ costume. Since we have a limited number of actors, a lot of the minions will need to wear masks so we can play multiple characters.

I think the jacket is a little too short, but other than that I really like this one.




Micah came up with this minion costume.

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Also, Micah came up with the look for the film (just kidding 😛 ).


That’s all for today folks! Please let me know what you think of the costumes. Also, let me know if you want me to go into more detail on a certain area.

Maxwell Swet