Thursday, May 29, 2014

Week One in Costumes

I recently started my internship as a production assistant for the costume designer Courtney Hoffman. I am currently working in the costume department of the film “Eloise” shooting in Detroit.

View of Detroit from my office. 
Although I am familiar with working on films, this is my first time working in wardrobe. As with every new show, it is slightly intimidating walking into a space where everyone is already experts in their field. Due to finals, I also came in a little after everyone else. There are an enormous amount of unspoken rules in the film industry but they are rules you only learn from making a mistake the first time.

As far as the office dress code, I work in a costume department. When I’m not trying on fireman uniforms or straight jackets I wear what I would normally wear on a day-to-day basis. 

Trying on a straight jacket used on one of the background characters. 
While the office is relatively casual, it is imperative that you’re always in clothing or shoes that allow you to run around if necessary. As far as diversity, our costume team of six includes people of varying religions, sexual orientations and nationalities. Our diversity has no impact on how we work as a team. Overall, I am incredibly exited for this opportunity and I know that there is a lot for me to learn here.


  1. Jenna,

    This sounds sooo coool!!! What are some of the unspoken rules? For my internship, I broke a rule as soon as I walked into the door by wearing a red dress shirt, which I guess symbolizes authority. I had no idea!

    And I was also extremely intimidated on my first day interning in the sales office for our soccer team. But things have gotten better for me. What about you?

    I think it's so cool how you can be running around during your job. There must be a lot going on on a daily basis. Hope it goes well!

  2. Jenna- I totally agree with the comment that you learn from making mistakes.. this seems to be the norm where I work too! Also, I ove your pics!

  3. Knowing you, this sounds like the perfect internship! Can't wait to read your future posts :)