While I was on my trip for the Incredibles 2 movie I had the chance to not only visit Pixar and see all the creativity come to life, but I attended an in depth presentation about how the costumes for movies like Incredible are created and let me tell you it is in fact pretty incredible.
As someone who is completely into everything fashion I was very intrigued to learn about the entire process that brings these costumes to life! There is an entire team dedicated to creating the outfits we see on screen and they work hard to make them look real. I mean they have seriously thought of everything and that is why the characters seem to real. The costumes artist behind Incredibles 2 are seriously so talented. I feel so fortunate to have been able to get the scoop on the process for all of you.
I loved hearing from the Incredibles 2 costumes design team: Bryn Imagire, Shading Art Director, Fran Kalal, Tailoring Lead, and Deanna Marsigliese, Character Artist. They shared the scoop on what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to the character costumes.
“The trick is not to think of the costume as separate from the character, they’re actually one.”
I found the entire process so interesting . These designers really think everything out, from a fold on a t-shirt to the way a dress wrinkles when you sit. They not only focus on how the characters actions affect the garment, but also how the garment affects the characters actions.
Plus, they customize everything! They always focus on the character and how costume can shape the character. While keeping color palates in tact. When it came to the super hero costumes they kept the movie themed colors yellow, orange and red. But, each costume is different and specific for that character.
“For something to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be pretty!”
BACKGROUND CHARACTERS ARE IMPORTANT
I honestly had no idea the work that goes into designing background characters. They are just as important when it comes to setting the scene as the main characters. That is because they help tell the story. When it comes to background characters they said that they literally design hundreds of them to make sure that they correctly populate the world they are setting in the movie.
HOW IT WORKS
Not only do they brainstorm ideas they implement them, as well. To make costumes the creators start by building a 3D model of the outfit in their software. Often times they use real life versions to test and then create it electronically.
They then use that sculpture to generate 2 versions of it. The first to receive instructions about how to move but to be invisible and the other to be visible on the screen. They mentioned thinking about origami as a reference for the movement. It is truly incredible the work that goes on behind the set of these movies, especially when it comes to costume creation!