“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” That old saw certainly describes the attitude of wardrobe supervisor Stev Taylor. Dissatisfied with the wardrobe breakdown programs available at the time, he decided to develop a new one addressing his issues. Now after eighteen months of testing and refining, including road testing it on the TV series Person of Interest, he has unveiled DH Costume.
The DH “brand” is the creation of, Script Supervisor, Tony Pettine and, tech expert, Bob McFarlane. It was this pair that conceived the I-Pad approach, embracing the “there’s an App for that”, concept. Download whatsapp mac 10.6.8. “It opens the world to you,” Tony says.
Among the flaws the original systems had that Stev balked at, was the inability to share and receive information. So the proverbial right hand didn’t know what the left was doing. Information systems have improved with newer programs and DH continues the momentum forward.
WikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. To create this article, 44 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. DH COSTUME is for everyone in the Costume Department: DESIGNERS, COSTUME SUPERVISORS, ON-SET COSTUMERS, COSTUME COORDINATORS - your entire department. No more running photos to set and back to the truck. For the first time DH Costume lets the entire department work independently but at the same time share all photos and continuity notes with.
The I-Pad is, in fact the cornerstone of the system. Asked if he was concerned about possibly limiting the number of people that can receive his information, he answers that the industry is, “…very ‘Applecentric’”.
Stev adds that it is usually only necessary to transfer data at the beginning, middle and the end of day allowing the use of Blue Tooth while the crew is all on the truck.
After decades of being limited by the dubious clarity of Polaroids, Stev’s crew take digital photos with their I-pads. Today most of us take our holiday photos with our phones and I-Pads with smile inducing crystal clear results. His “Book” is composed of photo’s on 8 ½” x 11” brochure paper. It is certainly a giant leap forward from an “album” drawn from the photos dangling about the neck of the set costumers in the “old days”.
Through the ubiquity of Apple, on set “photos can be shared with the Designer, Director and Producers with immediacy”, Stev explains.
Stev designed the system with the Designer in mind, as well. He has included source and pricing into the system. “Since the Studios are interested in “monetizing the costumes,” Stev explains, “the reader will be able to link to the resources.”
Tech Support is available with a company principal, primarily Bob, the tech guru, manning the phone until 7:00 each evening.
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DH has shown itself to be a formidable competitor in the “Costume Breakdown” market. “I am very proud of it,” Stev says.