1- What was the creative approach to designing the costumes for the film “The Movie Counter”?
Lone Scherfig asked me to make an artistic proposal for the costume design of “The Film Counter” without any prioritisation on his part. After an exhaustive documentation task, the creative approach was to create a universe in which to place the characters. Three essential aspects were:
- The definition of colour, which was a risky decision (the director had considered shooting in black and white).
- The texture.
- The setting.
The choice of colour was very important for me to help define the period. The choice of fabrics that were realistic or even authentic to the period was an important challenge. Finally, the setting work was fundamental to give credibility and homogenise the tones.
2- The project combines elements of drama and comedy. How did you approach the challenge of combining and balancing the costumes to reflect both tones of the narrative?
Beyond the more or less dramatic situations, my main concern was to give reality to the characters. The change of wardrobe from mother to daughter was a resource that allowed me a certain dramatic presence of the mother in the daughter’s life. As well as the use of garments between siblings.
3- Is there any particular character or scene whose wardrobe has been more challenging or satisfying to design?
Without a doubt, moments such as the burlesque scenes, or the miners’ scene were particularly challenging for the costumes. The transition from children’s costumes to adult costumes was a delicate issue in order to achieve a clear identification of the characters through the obligatory change of actors/actresses.
4- How would you sum up your experience working at Peris Costumes in the wardrobe preparation of your project shot in Chile?
The adventure of the Movie Counter, even though it was shot in the Atacama Desert, began at Peris Costumes.
The choice of fabrics, tailoring, selection of shoes and accessories… wonderfully accompanied by the Peris family, as always, thank you very much.