WHY ARE COSTUMES IMPORTANT
Costume is often considered one of the most
powerful and important factors within filmmaking.
This is because as well as the actresses, actors and
music, the costumes worn through out any film play
a major role as they can help set the scene (In this
case a fancy dress party), represent the characters
personality and even have a heavy influence on how
the audience will perceive the characters wearing
them (sometimes subconsciously).
FANCY DRESS PARTY - TWISTED
From the opening scene in my
teaser trailer ‘Twisted’, it is made
obvious to the audience that the
four teenagers have just left a
fancy dress party by the
costumes they can be seen
wearing: bunny ears, devil horns,
etc and lots of party string.
I will now explain in depth the
meaning and reasoning behind
each of their costumes.
CHARACTER 1 –
In my teaser trailer ‘Twisted’, one of the main characters Aisha
can be seen wearing an angels halo as part of her fancy dress
costume. Angels are usually used to represent innocence,
purity and goodness however this pure imagery is heavily
contrasted by the little black dress she is wearing which reveals
a lot of flesh and skin. Black is also often used to represent
evil, darkness and give off an element of mysteriousness.
This outfit was purposely chosen for this actress as she plays a
troubled character who’s innocence (represented by the halo)
was stripped away from her when an unfortunate circumstance
resulted in the accidental killing of her friends boyfriend as she
was drink driving (refer to narrative).
I decided to use the binary opposites of both good an evil
to represent what the character has been through in the past
and to convey to the audience that there is more to this
character than they think.
CHARACTER 2 –
The second costume I will be analysing is one worn by the
actress Stephanie who wears Bunny Rabbit ears as part of
her fancy dress costume. In China, the rabbit is a Zodiac sign
and those born in this year are said to be sensitive, intuitive
and well organised which sums up the qualities of this
character perfectly (refer to character profiles).
After being involved in the murder with her
friends, Stephanie has also been very troubled but uses her
Christian faith to get through.
This outfit was again purposely picked in order to highlight
her modesty and humbleness (wearing tights, not showing
much flesh etc) to the audience although still using the colour
black to represent mystery and a dark past.
CHARACTER 3 –
A Princess is usually a symbolic conception for a feminine
figure who is fragile, delicate, and needs protection
which is why we picked a princess outfit for this actresses
fancy dress costume as she plays the role of the ‘innocent’
teen who always relys on her friends to look out for her
and protect her (refer to character profile).
We wanted to connote this perception of her to the
audience through her costume and the subtle pink of her
dress which is usually used to represent gentleness and
vulnerability, however she too has a dark past which is
coming back to haunt her…
CHARACTER 4 –
The last costume I will be analysing is one worn by the actress
Seda who wears all black and devil horns for her fancy dress
costume. Red is usually associated with blood, death and pain
which are all relevant to the character as she too was involved
in the murder of her best friends boyfriend. The colour red
was also used to foreshadow the bloody events yet to come
in the trailer.
The actress was purposely made to wear black as this does not
only connote darkness and secrecy, but modesty too as this
character is very shy, quiet and never likes to be the center of
attention so wearing black helps her to blend in.