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How to write a costume standard

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 9:32 am    Post subject: How to write a costume standard Reply with quote

Standards Writing - Getting Started

So, you would like to write or update a Rebel Legion costume standard but you don’t know where to start? Writing standards can be intimidating, with all of the different details, but if you break it down into simple steps, it is not difficult. This short guide will take you through the process, step-by-step.

What is a Costume Standard?
In the Rebel Legion, Costume Standards are lists of costume pieces and accessories and detailed descriptions of each that are required and recommended for creating screen-accurate Star Wars costumes. These Costume Standards help members know what they have to include in their costume applications and also help the Legion Costume Judges (LCJs) judge whether or not members’ costumes are sufficiently screen accurate to be approved.

1. Determine whether the standard already exists and needs updating, or if you need to write a completely new standard. Search the list of current standards on the web site to see if it already exists. Also check the detachments’ standards revisions in progress on the forums to see if it is already being revised.

2. Make a list of all of the different pieces of clothing, accessories, and props in the costume. This should include hair and shoes (if present).
a. For each item, check to see if it is always worn/carried when the character appears. Items are always present should be “required” and items that are not always present should be “optional.”
b. For the optional items, check to see if they appear together as a group whenever they are worn/carried (e.g., Leia’s commando poncho and helmet only appear when she is on Endor, and never in the briefing room). In these cases, these items may make up an “alternate configuration.”

3. Collect high-quality photos of each item. Make sure you have at least one photo of each item. Take note of any variation in the details of each item, if present.
a. The RLGS detachment has compiled a list of potential sources for reference images, as well as a fan photographers who have given permission for their photos of costume exhibits to be used in standards (with credit).

4. Open a new document on your computer and paste in the standard template (link to Google doc; template pasted below) to fill out. Fill out the title information at the top, including a link to the existing standard, if present.

5. Write or paste in 2-4 sentences about the character in the “Character Description” field. If there is an existing standard, you can paste the character description in from there, including the source link. If not, you can reference the official Star Wars Databank or Wookieepedia. If the character comes from both the current Star Wars canon and Legends, make sure that the description reflects the current canon.

6. Using the standard template, make a new section for each of the main costume items. Each item will have a main photo, require details, optional details (if needed), and additional photos.
a. The KJO detachment has created a helpful list of what order Jedi items should be written in on a costume standard, from head to toe.

7.Within each item, describe what it looks like, using a new bullet for each detail. For example, if you are describing a shirt, the bullets might include 1) fabric type and color, 2) collar shape, 3) sleeve length and style, 4) additional decorations.
a. Details should be described in clear, simple language.
b. Determine what details are most important (required) and which details are rarely seen or not always present (optional).

8. Within each item add a link to at least one reference image for the item.
a. Put the best image of the item in the “Item Image” field at the start of each item, and include up to 6 more images in “Additional Images.”
b. Types of images:
-Screenshots, official PR photos, and comic scans are the best kind of photo to use in standards. These can be used without permission unless the person who originally scanned the image asks for credit.
-Exhibit photos are great, but they are not always accurately dressed or the original costume. Carefully look at all exhibit photos to decide if they can be used. If you use exhibit photos, ask for permission from the photographer and credit them if they would like credit.
-Secondary sources like official artwork, action figures, statues can only be used if they are accurate and we do not have references from the first two source types above.
-Diagrams drawn by fans can only be used if none of the above are available. If an image of this kind is used, ask for permission from the person who made the item.
c. If the photo is a photo, scan, or diagram from a fan, credit that person in the “Source” field. You can also credit the source material (movie, book, comic, game, etc.) in this field.

9. After you finish writing your standards draft, re-read it with the standards checklist in the next post and make any changes.

10. Post your standards draft in the appropriate Detachment’s “Standards Development” sub-forum. If it is a standard for a costume that has never had a standard before, post it in “New Standards Proposals” and if it is a revision of an existing standard, post it in “Standard Revision Proposals.”
a. Participate in the discussion as members of the Detachment help revise it until it is ready to submit to the LMO team to be finalized. Standards often change from submission to finalization, so be open to suggestions.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standards Style Guide & Checklist

Format:
__The standard is written using the standard template.

Pictures:
Main images:
__The costume has a main front view image, clearly showing as much of the front of the costume from head to toe as possible.
__The costume has a main back view, clearly showing as much of the back of the costume from head to toe as possible. If a high quality back view of the costume is not available, a second front or side view of the costume may be included instead. This may be an image of an alternate configuration of the costume, if relevant.
__If the image is scanned from a book or comic, any text should be erased. This is to avoid making publishers angry or unintentionally sharing spoilers.
__The best (clearest, highest resolution, best lit) available images for each costume piece were chosen to include in the standard.

Colors:
__Colors are described in a way that translates easily into other languages
Colors are described in an approximate range (e.g., medium blue, dark blue-green, medium violet to indigo)
__No pantone numbers, hex codes, RBG are used
__Where colors appear somewhat different on screen than in person (the real costume) due to lighting and on-screen color correction, both colors are allowable in the standard

Measurements:
__Whenever possible, sizes of details are described relative to the costume piece or costumer (e.g., cuffs extend half the way to the elbow from the wrist). Costume standards should be written in such a way that anyone, regardless of size or body shape, can make the costume and the proportions look accurate on them.
__When independent accessories (e.g., shoe heels, jewelry, belts) need a measurement, all measurements are given in both English and metric systems.
__When measurements are given, include “approximately,” “roughly,” and/or give a size range (e.g., 1-2” / 2.5 - 5 cm) to allow costumers to make the costume proportional to their body.
__All measurements are given in both English and metric

Details:
__Hair style is described (for face characters)
__If the character has an unnatural hair color, the hair color is required. Otherwise, "Natural hair colors only (COLOR preferred); If a wig or extensions are used, they must be of high quality and appear like natural hair."
__Shoes are described, if present
__Every item has a color description
__Item is described with at least some detail. Don’t say “screen accurate” or “see image” as a descriptor.
__Do not refer to other costumes or standards within one standard. People may not be familiar with the costume you want to refer to.
__For props, shoes, belts, fabrics, etc. specific vendors are not required or recommended.
__Especially for fabrics, materials, and accessories that are no longer in production, or only available in certain countries should be described to allow a reasonable range of options for costumers.
__Require the type of fabric (weight, sheen, texture, pattern, weave, etc.), but fiber content should be recommended rather than required. (e.g., “heavy, matte brown fabric with a visible woven texture (wool recommended)” or “gold and silver medium to heavy-weight fabric with a geometric jacquard or brocade (silk recommended)”). This helps with affordability and flexibility of sourcing.
__For fabric and materials that have a unique pattern or texture, the pattern is described generally to allow costumers flexibility in sourcing their materials. Acceptable patterns should have a similar look and feel as the original. The exact pattern can be recommended. (e.g., “fabric has a geometric pattern (Japanese-style heron’s feather pattern recommended)”)
__When a character has natural-looking human makeup (this includes mild eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick), suggestions for makeup may be included as an optional detail. If the character is an alien with different colored skin or has distinct facial markings, tattoos, or scars, makeup is required. If the character is wearing unusual or bright colored makeup (e.g., Naboo queen makeup, purple lipstick, vibrant green eyeshadow, facial tattoo-like markings), this is a required item.

Language:
__“Should” is not used. Instead, describe what the costume is. (e.g., “The shirt is dark red” instead of “The shirt should be dark red.”)
__For technical sewing and crafting terms, they are all clearly translatable. To check clarity and translatability, do a google (or similar) image search to confirm that your terms produce visual examples of what you are trying to describe.
__Avoid using compound sentences wherever possible. Break up long sentences into multiple shorter sentences. This helps with clarity and translation.
__In places where a technical term may be confusing, use synonyms to clarify. (e.g., “matte/non-shiny”)

Optional Details:
__Any detail that is rarely seen or not always visible should be listed as an optional detail.
__Items and props that are not always worn or carried with the costume are optional.
__All blasters should be optional, to accommodate countries and territories where guns are illegal and gun-like objects should not be carried.
If the holster is always present on the costume, then the holster should still be required. If the holster is not worn all of the time with the costume, it may be optional.
__Top stitching and seams should only be required if they are a significant and noticeable part of the costume design. However, if the costume has no visible topstitching, that may be required.
__Lining and facings are optional unless they are frequently seen and/or necessary for the structure of the costume.

Alternate Configurations:
__If the costume is worn in different ways between scenes by adding or taking away certain combinations of costume pieces (e.g., Leia’s Endor poncho and helmet over her briefing room outfit, Jyn Erso’s scarf and Jacket over her main outfit), this different way of wearing the costume is listed as an alternate configuration at the end of the standard.
__The Alternate Configuration includes a list of which items from the main configurations are required and option. It also includes item descriptions and reference images of the new items that are only included with the alternate configuration
Generally, alternate configurations should share roughly 80% of the same elements as the main costume to be included as an alternate configuration. If it has many differences, it may be better to write it as a separate costume standard. If you are not sure whether it should be an alternate configuration or a separate standard, contact your DCO or the LMO for advice.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standards Template

Add or remove items and alternate configurations as necessary.

Code:
[quote][b]Standard Name:[/b]
[b]Primary Detachment:[/b] Rebel Legion Galactic Senate
[b]Submission Date:[/b]
[b]Existing Standard URL:[/b]

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Back / Second View Image
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[b]Character Description[/b]
[a short paragraph about the character] (Source: [url=...]Star Wars Databank[/url])

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 [b]Costume Resources:[/b]
•   Reference Photo Gallery –
•   Member Build Threads –
•   [Other Resources….]
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