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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Pixar films, my mind doesn’t immediately jump to “COSTUMES”. Luckily for us, there are people out there who devote years to perfecting the costumes in Pixar films and I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of them during our Disney sponsored #Incredibles2Event trip last month. The knowledge, art, and technology that goes into JUST the costumes is absolutely, well, Incredible, and I am truly honored to have been able to learn so much from the creatives at Pixar. I thought I’d share some surprising things I learned from my trip about the costumes for Incredibles 2!
7 SURPRISING THINGS I LEARNED FROM PIXAR ABOUT THE COSTUMES FOR INCREDIBLES 2
We got to sit down with character artist Deanna Marsigliese, Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire, and Tailoring Lead Fran Kalal. Who knew these positions even exhisted?! How COOL are their jobs?! These women are so obviously passionate about their jobs and I am truly thankful they are. You don’t realize how important tiny details and elements of a movie are until you learn what went into making them and how all of those small things add up to support the storytelling.
After talking with these women for just a short period of time, I’m convinced that creating costumes for an entire Pixar film is WAY more involved that costume making for a live action film. It’s truly amazing all the research, planning, technology (including creating NEW technology), passion, and talent that goes into creating such an important part of the Incredibles’ world.
Digital costuming means not only creating costumes, but creating the fabric for the costumes and determining how that fabric will look and move on screen.
Costumes are an important part of the characters and help tell the story of who the characters are throughout the film.
Background characters all need costumes too! Their costumes are just as important because they need to fit in with the time period, time of day, location, and tell their own story all without distracting from the main characters.
The costumes for the characters in Incredibles 2 are actually separate “garments” that sit on top of the character and move independently as opposed to simply shading as was done in the first Incredibles film.
There are 2 digital versions of each costume. One that tells it how to move and one that takes instructions on how to move and gives it the color/patterns.
New technology was created/used to make Incredibles 2. One was a new tech to help with the Incredibles suits that helped with keeping stretch and weave on the suits and the other was a tool for just hair/hair movement.
A lot of costumes are created but never used. Edna even has an entire fashion line that is barely seen (especially compared to say, the Super Suits) but such an important part of her character.
Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!