Behind the Movie Pixar’s Brave: Costume Design for The Royal Family

I always have a fascination with costumes in movies. Growing up I wanted to be an actress just so I could wear fancy dresses all the time. Then I found out I was too shy to get on a stage, and yet suddenly I find that I’ve found a career that still blasts me out in front of large audiences. Hmmm.

Last month when I was visiting Pixar I had an amazing opportunity to go behind the scenes of Pixar’s new movie Brave. We talked with Claudia Chung who was the simulation supervisor in Brave.

You see Elinor here in her fine, green, silken dress and Claudia had a lot of fun making the embellishments on her dress. She actually attached tiny jewels on the cloth she used as her sample and gave that to the animators to replicate. The end result is amazing and I’m sure I’m leaving most of the process out. "BRAVE"

Here is a bit of the process as Claudia talks about Merida.

Merida has over twenty-two costume changes. She has about five dresses that she does wear throughout the film, she has her cloak and she has lots of accessories like her bow quiver arrows. All those things combine together in different ways making over twenty-two changes. That’s a lot of time for Merida in the dressing room. So when we start the tailoring process we get something like this from the art department.

……the length of her dress, I have to hit that. The fullness of the skirt and the tightness of the bodice and other key features that we want to make sure we address.

So in this case, for this reference, what we notice is what’s happening on her elbows and shoulders, right? There’s these breaks there. And what you realize is that doesn’t look like the typical, fine dresses of that era where they’re like these poufy material. It’s actually something Merida cut into the dress herself. Merida cut it up in order to do the archery she’s so fond of. The reason why we know this is because the back of the elbows are a lot looser than the front. As a tailor we want to make sure we get that look right. For those of you who know sewing, you know that to do gathers or to get frills you take a really long piece of fabric and you sew it onto a much tighter, smaller piece and that’s why you see this strange halo up here. It’s sewn onto her collar. And then the last step is actually to put it on the character, right? So it’s not like in real life where I can go, "Merida, let’s go into the dressing room. Let’s put your dress on, your costume, you’re all set to go." No. There’s no way. She’s animated. So instead we actually built the dress on the character. So you don’t see her there, but she is.

Then they pull and push on the computer and get it just right. Making sure that it moves with the characters. Now what about the boys? The men wear kilts and it’s a similar process.

BRAVE

……the other process that we use is draping. With the kilts, because of the complexity of the fold and stuff, we do actually more draping techniques of putting the pieces of fabric around the character and then relaxing it on. So here we have Fergus. He’s actually the most complicated costume we had to build on Brave because he has eight layers of fabric. On top of that, on his drape, that’s folded six, six to eight times. So it’s actually sixteen layers of cloth. The skirt really is a long piece of tartan, it really is just a flat piece of cloth like this. There’s no magic going on there. So we gather that all up and then we get to see how everything comes together. ….. we can say, "Action," and he starts being animated and we make the cloth follow him.

What’s training like for tailoring clothes in a computer?

my training is in computer science. I went to Berkeley and computer science.  I was very technical when I came to Pixar. When I started on Ratatouille that’s when I went over to the tailoring side of things and it was actually a really hard process, a leap for me. It looked terrible when I started. And I got to the point, …..I was like, "Claudia, it’s time for you to take a sewing class.".

The combination of actual sewing and her expertise on computers made for beautiful costumes in Brave!

 

Brave comes to theaters June 22 2012.

 

Disney Pixar covered travel and expenses.

Powered by

Recent Articles on Mom Start

Shell Infographic

Save up to 60 Cents Per Gallon With Shell Fuel Rewards Through March 1st!

Gift card provided. I will also earn rewards for any users that sign up through my referral link in this post. If you’re a member of Shell Fuel Rewards, then you already know that there’s a ton of ways to earn gas discounts. In fact, last year, Shell Fuel Rewards members saved over $492,000 in […]

image.png

Living the Fairy Tale I’m Going to the Glam Ball #CinderellaEvent

I can’t believe that I’m actually living the fairy tale. My daughter is super jealous and says that I just can’t possibly appreciate this experience like she would but she’s wrong. She just doesn’t know that Cinderella is my favorite princess. I LOVE Cinderella. I love that it’s the first Disney movie I ever watched. […]

Beeb With Her All-in-One

Blogging With my Intel All-in-One #IntelAIO

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. This is my first blog post coming to you from my Lenovo Horizon 2s! Using an Intel All-in-One device for my job has been a neat experience. This table PC has the same […]

HomeHero

HomeHero: Your Directory For Caregivers

This is a partnered post. When it becomes clear that an elderly loved one needs professional care, it’s a heart-wrenching experience. For those with a parent, grandparent or other family member in need, addressing their health care in an appropriate way is a complex situation. For some situations, an in-home caregiver may be a feasible […]

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco Recipe

Some like it hot and if that’s you, try these spicy tacos from StarKist: Simple and Spicy Tuna Tacos Recipe courtesy StarKist. Ingredients: · 1 (5.5 oz.) Can – StarKist Autentico® Chunk Light Tuna in Oil with Jalapenos, drained · 2 tortilla shells · 1⁄2 cup shredded lettuce · 1⁄4 cup diced tomato · 1⁄4 […]

Dropprice

$50 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card Giveaway From Dropprice

This is a partnered guest post. Giveaway is organized and run by Dropprice, including winner selection. If you’re a frugal shopper, you’re probably always looking for ways to drop the price on items that you want. That was the inspiration behind a new website called Dropprice. What is Dropprice, exactly? “Droppriceis an innovative startup that […]

Mediterranean Tuna Baguette

Mediterranean Tuna Baguette Recipe

This sandwich from StarKist looks like the perfect afternoon pick-me-up: Mediterranean Tuna Baguette Recipe courtesy StarKist. Ingredients: · 2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist® Gourmet Selects® Mediterranean Style Tuna · 2 single ciabatta rolls · ¼ cup roasted red pepper strips · 1 small tomato, sliced · A few red onion slices · Sliced black olives […]

Marty Bowen chair

Marty Bowen Interview

Travel consideration provided by 20th Century Fox. Part of the fun of being on a film set is not knowing exactly what will happen. Coordinating a project as massive as a feature film means a constant ebb and flow of rescheduling and adapting. During my visit to The Longest Ride set, I was fortunate that […]

Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.

Royal Smile Cocktail Featuring Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.

Sample provided. Last week, I tried Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P. for the first time. This spirit is an apple brandy that starts out very strong and ends with just a hint of the fruit. I liked the elegant bottle and found an appreciation for the flavor, which was admittedly intense at first. I was pleased to […]

Beeb with Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks Interview

Travel consideration provided by 20th Century Fox. During my visit to the set of The Longest Ride, I had a chance to sit down for a Q&A with Nicholas Sparks, author of the best-selling novel of the same name. The name “Nicholas Sparks” has become synonymous with romance, as his page-turners are transformed into on-screen […]

clip_image001.png

The Final Re-cap of the #ATTPROAM #ATTBLOGGER

Watching a golf game through the “Fan’s Eye View” was a lot more fun than just watching a regular game of golf. But who am I kidding? The #ATTPROAM isn’t just a regular game of golf. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a famous golf tournament and an experience that raises money for charity. […]

Watching Netflix on my Intel All-in-One

Making The Most of Movie Night With Intel All-in-One Devices! #IntelAIO

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. I recently began using a Lenovo Horizon 2s – from the line of new Intel All in Ones – and one of the first things that struck me about it was the beautiful […]

On the set of The Longest Ride

Visiting The Set of “The Longest Ride”

Travel consideration provided by 20th Century Fox. Last August, I flew to North Carolina to visit the set of The Longest Ride, the upcoming romantic film based on the Nicholas Sparks best-seller. On the day I was there, they were filming scenes out in the beautiful countryside, as Sophia (Played by Britt Robertson) visits the […]

image.png

5 Days Left to Have the King’s Hawaiian Starring Roll

King’s Hawaiian makes some of the best rolls around right? We received some coupons to purchase some rolls for the starring roll and we invite you to enter the contest as well. You have 5 Days left to enter the King’s Hawaiian Starring Roll.   20-24 servings, 30 min to prep., 3 hr. to marinate, […]

IMG_20150205_190950490.jpg

Dressing Kids Like Kids in LeTop

My daughter is now eight years old and I can’t stand it. When we go shopping the shorts are super duper short and all the clothes are starting to be more like teenage clothes and I’m not ready for her to dress like a teenager. Sadly I’m not even ready for her to dress like […]

Amarula Cream

Amarula Cream Liqueur: A Sweet Treat

Sample provided. Last month, I shared a recipe for the “Skew’s Me” cocktail, and I took notice of one of the ingredients: Amarula Cream, a cream liqueur produced in South Africa. I’ve always loved cream liqueurs, so I looked at the Amarula Cream in the cocktail and thought, mmmmmm! So naturally, when they offered to […]

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Keegan The K-9 Unveils The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Travel consideration provided. The cutest moment by far at the Chicago Auto Show was when Keegan the K-9 did the honors of revealing the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility! This vehicle has been custom-built to address the specific needs of law enforcement, including a surveillance mode that automatically locks all doors and raises the driver’s […]

Comments

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *