Jonathan’s chat today with US film costume supervisor David Davenport is an insightful exploration of an often misunderstood key role within the costume department.
David believes that regardless of the scale of production, an effective supervisor functions not only with passion but with a deep understanding of the complex and intricate filmmaking process.
His first steps into the industry were as a trainee to costume designer Van Smith, subsequently immersing himself into the ‘filmmaking family’ of legendary auteur John Waters. There, he developed departmental job-skills that enable him to manage not only the costume design process, but liase effectively with the many other filmmaking creative and administrative departments on and off-set. He’s now become the go-to supervisor for many of the most influential designers, directors and producers working today.
By ensuring he’s always part of the wider production unit conversations, David very skilfully steers his costume teams – advising and protecting his designers to ensure the successful delivery of their artistic vision.
Excerpt of Interview with Chris Silk