Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Things..." episode 029.

029: Velcro vs. zippers.

If you're making costumes for a project, and you have the choice, use velcro instead of zippers. While velcro will lose its effectiveness over time, slowly getting less and less "sticky," a zipper will work perfectly until it breaks, and then it's 100 percent useless.

We ran into a broken zipper on one of our space suits last weekend before we'd even loaded the camera. As we didn't have a spare zipper on set, much less the time to install one, we solved the problem with safety pins* and careful selection of camera angles.

*Keep plenty of safety pins nearby when you're filming -- you'll be surprised how often they come in handy for solving costume-related problems.

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