Photos by Stuart Simpson*

Spent Sunday with the Lost Art Films crew making a bunch of kids look haggard. We're putting together concept shoots for Stu's next film, which promises to be an adventure of epic proportions. These friendly looking young'uns are The Rats (affectionately known as the The Brats), messed up, much to their delight, by SPFX master Nick Kocsis.

Stu & I sourced and broke down all the costumes, so I thought I'd share some tools of the trade:

Sandpaper & Wire Brush
The number one must-haves for ageing costumes. Scuff knees and elbows, fray hems and necklines, make fabric pill, pull and generally look beaten up.

I find making little holes with an unpicker then roughing them up with a wire brush is particularly effective.

Spray Oil
I don't know how well this would've gone down in the WAAPA wardrobe, but it's awesome for sweatstains.

Chalk Pastels
Mud, dirt, grime, all easily achievable with the humble pastel. I use these as a substitute to Fuller's Earth, a powdered clay pigment that you can get in all sorts of age-inducing colours (which is awesome, but I don't have any). These would not, of course, work for costumes that needed to be laundered frequently, but are perfectly acceptable for photoshoots.

*Raw & unedited, the final product is in progress, but I love these shots as is


Misfits Vintage said...

Oh that looks like so much fun. Can't wait to see the finished product! Sarah xxx

Miss Peregrin said...

The kids look great! This whole project must have been so much fun.

Alyssa said...

Claire those kid pictures are so freaking cute, look at their mushy faces gah!