Featured image: Isabella Haddock as Rank in Leylak. (Courtesy of Alexandra Engelson.)
The triple threat is something you might hear often in the film industry – commonly the star, writer and director of a film. However, my guest today on The Filmcraziest Show, Alexandra Engelson, is a unique triple threat. She wear many hats, most commonly the triple threat of costume designer, producer and writer. That’s her dream; to be the costume designer, producer and writer on one of her very own projects.
For now, she does them individually on several projects, but also finds ways to incorporate them all into one. If it’s her as a costume designer, she’s able to bring her writing hat into that because she believes in telling stories through her costumes, especially as it comes to the psychology of the costumes and what that can say about a person. When it comes to costume coordinator, she’ll bring her experience in costume and her experience in producing into that role as she oversees that department.
I was able to pick her brain about her many duties as a costume designer and learned what got her into costume design, where she’s gone throughout her career and what brought her right back to costume design, writing and producing.
We talk about some of her projects like the short film Leylak (note it should be pronounced Ley-lak, not Li-lak like how I pronounce it), which recently premiered at Tribeca where she was the costume designer on that project. Similarly, we talked about her role of costume designer on the documentary Shock Docs: The Devil Made Me Do It, the real-life story of the same story seen in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
We also talk about some of her future projects, her Domino Writing Challenge, some of her favourite designs and just about everything in between. You can listen to the conversation directly below or download it here, or watch directly above on YouTube. If you want to keep up to date with Alexandra’s work, you can visit her website right here.