Wardrobe for a "real people" look
Real people often have the right clothes, but think that they have should dress
up for camera. Make sure they bring their old stuff including shoes. For kids,
their sibling's stuff is often good. Over size stuff and even under size stuff
Things on adults are better oversize than under. They look comfortable.
Don't try to fade synthetic fabrics, they won't. Cotton will to some extent.
The sun is the best fader. (Takes days to weeks). For cottons add the bleach
to the water, not on top of clothes unless you want a tie-dyed look.
Consider old bowling shirts or team shirts, faded stuff with name tags.
Hats make a big difference. Have a collection available. Look for them when
you travel. Have some desirable ones for trading for a great aged one on someone's
Sweat marks on hats help. Sweatbands help sports bits.
Uniform Patches. Police, utility, ranger, and repair patches need some thought.
A generic name, but realistic helps. Tri-City Sheriff's Dept. Department of
Water and Power, (no city name), State Parks Regional Ranger, Dexter's Plumbing
(you have a source for the name if there is another Dexter's Plumbing). Definitely
sew patches on if seen very closely. Taped on patches may come off during the
shot and will look fake close-up. Wash sewn-on patches. Some people are happy
to let you use their name such as flower stores, real estate companies. Be careful
with any government uniforms. They can be a no-no in commercials.
Glasses are a big deal and different styles make a difference.
Stuff in pockets. What belongs and what might end up there. Avoid only the expected
Belts, worn, ones that fit people's personality. Buckles are important, especially
Shirts that hang out. Roll up sleeves. Shirt or jacket over shoulder. Tied around
waist. Mussed up helped. Unbuttoned.
A watch. Is it appropriate? Jewelry or lack of it can make difference. A wedding
ring makes a man look reliable.
New baby clothes are very expensive and look new. Start at thrift shops.
Be prepared to deal with nipples, especially in the cold. Some people think
that women don't have them. Careful padding can help the problem, but much time
can be wasted dealing with it.
Each wardrobe person has their own relationship with stores and what they can
take out on approval.Abusing the privilege of taking stuff on approval from
stores will make the whole process more difficult.
I personally feel that there is a lot of wardrobe that is right and some that
is wrong. Much of it is personal taste.
Sometimes a red or yellow shirt will reflect light on a person next to them.
It's OK is the color is seen in the camera frame, but in a close-up a weird
color fill light will look bad.
Sweat should be added on the breastbone and armpits. It dries quickly.
Umbrellas can be a nice touch.
If people's hands are nervous, consider hand props to give people something
to do with their hands.
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