A Project Bluelight Film - DePaul University
Brian Healy as Green Man
William Delforge as Purple Man
Draper/ Cutter - Megan E. Pirtle
Costume Designer - Anna Wooden
Originally titled "Oh Baby!", "First Dance", is a film that incorporates stop motion animation and a colorful dance sequence. Eighteen actors were divided into groups of three, with each group representing a specific color of the rainbow.
When designing the Green Man, the designer was intrigued by a silhouette with broad shoulders and a tapered leg. This led to the creation of a shoulder pad structure, built from hooping wire and draped with a stretch net. The convergence of the hooping wire at center front and center back was stabilized with worbla and then covered with a painted green leather. Leather straps were attached to the shoulder pads and then tied at the actor's sides to stabilize the structure.
These artful shoulder pads rested on a shirt constructed from a polyester knit, which features raglan sleeves and blousing at the waist. The high-waisted pants, adapted from an existing pattern, were built from a textured cotton/poly blend and feature darts at the waist for shaping.
The designer was also interested in a broad-shouldered silhouette for the Purple Man. This cowl neck sweater was built from a "nubbly" wool fabric and features a dropped armscye with a tapered sleeve, along with a set of five scalloped epaulettes cascading down the shoulders. The epaulette pieces were bagged out, encasing a heavier wool that added a healthy bulk to the scalloped pieces. The epaulettes were then tacked down to the sleeves.
© 2018 by Megan E. Pirtle.