DH Costume Script Breakdown: There’s an App for That

DHCOSTUME.1“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” That old saw certainly describes the attitude of wardrobe supervisor Stev Taylor. Dissatisfied with the wardrobe breakdown programs available at the time, he decided to develop a new one addressing his issues. Now after eighteen months of testing and refining, including road testing it on the TV series Person of Interest, he has unveiled DH Costume.

The DH “brand” is the creation of, Script Supervisor, Tony Pettine and, tech expert, Bob McFarlane. It was this pair that conceived the I-Pad approach, embracing the “there’s an App for that”, concept. “It opens the world to you,” Tony says.

Among the flaws the original systems had that Stev balked at, was the inability to share and receive information. So the proverbial right hand didn’t know what the left was doing. Information systems have improved with newer programs and DH continues the momentum forward.

The I-Pad is, in fact the cornerstone of the system. Asked if he was concerned about possibly limiting the number of people that can receive his information, he answers that the industry is, “…very ‘Applecentric’”.

Stev adds that it is usually only necessary to transfer data at the beginning, middle and the end of day allowing the use of Blue Tooth while the crew is all on the truck.

Stev Taylor

Stev Taylor

After decades of being limited by the dubious clarity of Polaroids, Stev’s crew take digital photos with their I-pads. Today most of us take our holiday photos with our phones and I-Pads with smile inducing crystal clear results. His “Book” is composed of photo’s on 8 ½” x 11” brochure paper. It is certainly a giant leap forward from an “album” drawn from the photos dangling about the neck of the set costumers in the “old days”.

Through the ubiquity of Apple, on set “photos can be shared with the Designer, Director and Producers with immediacy”, Stev explains.

Stev designed the system with the Designer in mind, as well. He has included source and pricing into the system. “Since the Studios are interested in “monetizing the costumes,” Stev explains, “the reader will be able to link to the resources.”

 The greatest gift is that this system offers a paradigm, not rules carved in stone. Stev proudly says that DH Wardrobe offers a “skeletal system…allowing each Supervisor to modify according to their needs and the particular project,” Supervisors will surely be pleased to know they have the power to tweak to their liking.DHC i-pad display

Tech Support is available with a company principal, primarily Bob, the tech guru, manning the phone until 7:00 each evening.

DH has shown itself to be a formidable competitor in the “Costume Breakdown” market. “I am very proud of it,” Stev says.

Roger Kimpton