Costume and Production Design

Genre: Period Short Film

When the Inquisition expels Jews from Spain, Captain Toledano plots revenge; but a mysterious stowaway threatens to expose the captain's true motives to the crew - a film about identity rites and the price of secrecy.

Initial Character Notes

Captain Toledano

My notes: "reason, heart, head, idealist/realist"

Layers of costume pieces from various cultures linked the Captain to the world of his exploits while concealing his true identity.  I used a French greatcoat, Chinese cap, Persian sash, Turkish purse, English moneybag, Caribbean necklaces and a Spanish Capitano Hat.

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The Stowaway

My notes: "everyman, lost, seeking"

Once the son of a wealthy landowner, the Stowaway is a fugitive and spent two weeks hiding in the ship's hold. He needed to look filthy.  I costumed him in a loose knit sweater (removing the collar) and linen shift, exposing his collarbones and reducing his status.  

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The Quartermaster

My notes: "intellect, statistician, brutal?, cruel?"

I selected a black and white palette for the Quartermaster, a fact seeking, calculating man, who defines himself by the rule of law.

OXROCK Productions

Writer/Director Arnon Shorr

Short Film (10 Minutes)

Costume Budget $500

Art Department Budget $500

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Released, Spring, 2017


Best Costume Nominee - ActionOn Film Festival (Las Vegas)

Film Selection - Corto Corrente Festival (Italy), Near Nazareth Film Festival (Israel), San Rafael Film Festival (Spain), AFC Global Film Festival (India), DAE Studio Film Festival (United Kingdom), Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival (Canada), Tetova International Film Festival ODA (Macedonia), Caribbean International Film Festival (Bahamas), Nida Short Film Festival (Lithuania)

Stock figure traced and sketched .  Original costume design.