IndieWire Consider This FYC Brunch: The Challenges of Making TV Feel Authentic

IndieWire | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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IndieWire’s Consider This FYC Brunch on Tuesday gathered a panel of below-the-line panelists to discuss their craft with IndieWire’s Toolkit Editor Chris O’Falt. Among them were “Yellowstone” composer Brian Tyler, “The Other Two” composer Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, “Catch-22” costume designer Jenny Eagan, “Escape at Dannemora” cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagne, and “Now Apocalypse” cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen.

Each of these professionals worked on their projects from beginning to end to control the look, sound, and feel of the shows, which range from historical recreations to heightened reality. Below are highlights from the panel, in which each professional shared one of the ways they surmounted the challenges posed to them. Watch O’Falt’s introduction of the panel below:

Joseph - Heller - Novel - Hulu - Miniseries

Based on the Joseph Heller novel, the Hulu miniseries from George Clooney and Grant Heslov had to recreate all of the World War II uniforms for the military men and pilots who populate the world. Not only did the costume designer need to outfit a massive ensemble cast, but also provide uniforms for each timeline that is represented in the narrative. Seeking authenticity, Jenny Eagan wanted to get her hands on actual uniforms, but tracking those down became problematic.

“The majority of them were original uniforms. I was told you could get them in Europe… but that’s not true,” she said. Instead, for the amount of uniforms needed, she ended up back in the U.S. to unearth “boxes in a warehouse.”

Course - Deadstock - Vintage - Uniforms - Pilots

Of course, this “deadstock,” or fresh-seeming vintage uniforms, needed to look as if they’d been worn by pilots, which required an aging process. There’s no way to fake that because the cameras would pick up every detail. “We painted every pair of paints, we were throwing dirt on it,” said Eagan. “Every piece was touched individually.”

Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, “Yellowstone” follows a series of conflicts along...
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