Wardrobe Department: Joseph Porro
7:00A.M. We start our day by picking up different costume pieces from our alterations lady. They are rushed to our wardrobe trailer by my assistants Kathy and Yvette. They talk through the new changes with Set Costumers John and Pamela to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Small department meeting to discuss the upcoming day and things that need our immediate attention. Different members of my staff take notes on shopping new pieces and doing returns of wardrobe that were rejected from previous fittings. Cars are loaded with returns to department stores and costume houses. Off they go!
Today we have to break down the new script from a wardrobe prospective. This used to be done by hand, but in the past several years most designers have gone high tech and use a computer program. It takes several hours to complete the actor's changes and copies are made and distributed among our crew.
Concept Meeting. This meeting is more loose and creative than the later production meeting on this episode. Our fearless leader Jonathan Prince heads the long conference table surrounded by writers, producers, department heads including me and my supervisor Claudia Wick. We meet our new director for this episode Bethany Rooney. I'm impressed with her questions from the start. She seems to know what she's doing.
As the banter increases, the script changes dramatically. There goes my previous breakdown! Well, at least we're all on the same page.
With Jonathan at the helm, you can always count on an assortment of amusing barbs and funny one-liners. At the end of the meeting everyone has a clearer idea of the tone of the script and what's needed from each department. If only we had one more day to prep! This one is going to keep the wardrobe department very busy!
Lunch is quick and uneventful. After lunch we start setting up our first fitting for the new show.
Our regular cast member Brett DelBuono who plays William's son Ben, arrives. Brett has a fan club in the Wardrobe department. He tells me his latest joke. "How do you know it's bedtime at Neverland? When the big hand is on the little hand of course!" Everyone rolls their eyes and smiles. Now with the fitting..... Brett has three wardrobe changes that take place over three days. We go through the changes. One pair of jeans needs to be hemmed and we need to buy him some new shoes. I ask Brett if he has anytime next week to go shopping with me. His closet is getting a little thin and I'd like to get some new pieces. He agrees, so we schedule an appointment for the following week.
Brett's photos are printed. Costumes are tagged with the scene numbers and pieces are placed in alterations in order of when needed.
Meeting between Claudia Wick and myself. We discuss the extras needs for the new show. We need to organize our "Homeless Costumes" and pull Hooker outfits for the seedy part of town where our story takes place.
Kathy goes online to order special padding for the hips and buttocks for our transsexual lead character. She has the pieces I approved shipped in from New York and San Francisco.
The rest of the day is spent picking up loose ends, discussing the script and organizing for the next day.
Finally it's almost seven and everyone goes home.