Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I had my last final as of this morning and I'm now (theoretically) on break until the new year! I have two shows starting up immediately when I get back, however, that I need to work on designs for over the holidays. (Slaughter City at SOSE and Elektra at UCLA) It will be nice to have the time to actually spend on drawing though, instead of having to split my focus between ten million different things!

In the meantime, here are a few of my renderings from our contemporary Tartuffe project for design class.

Have a great holiday everyone!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Crazy final renderings

For our Costume Design for Film class, we've had to design costumes for a few characters from the screenplay Crazy, which was originally designed by our teacher, Kristin Burke. Thought I'd post a few of my final drawings which I'll be showing in class tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tartuffe update!

Everybody's all sketched out.. now I'm moving into the scanning and coloring! Here's where Marianne is at..

Monday, November 23, 2009

Molly Sweeney photos

Here is a peek at some photos of Molly Sweeney! Photos taken by Don Raber during dress rehearsals.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tartuffe progress!

We're in the sketching phase for our Tartuffe projects in Costume Design class. I've been working on Marianne this evening. Here's a peek at my tear sheet with my drawing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Molly Sweeney in the Daily Bruin!

I was interviewed for an article on Molly Sweeney for The Daily Bruin, the newspaper at UCLA. Check it out!

Irish play ‘Molly Sweeney’ looks at the difference between sight and reality at Son of Semele theater

By Kara Maddalena
Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

Imagine having your sight restored only to discover that you were happier being blind. Brian Friel’s play, “Molly Sweeney,” directed by Randee Trabitz, is a seldom-produced yet award-winning Irish play that addresses this conundrum.

The play tells the story of a blind woman whose perception of reality is crushed when her eyesight is fixed. The production seeks to explore the philosophical differences between the ability to see and the capacity to understand.

“This is not your usual ‘Irish Drama,’” Trabitz said.

“Molly Sweeney” is a story told from three different perspectives: Molly (Melina Bielefelt), the protagonist; Frank (Matthew McCallum), her husband; and Mr. Rice (John Ross Clark), a doctor. The story takes place in rural Ireland in the 1990s.

When the audience meets Molly, it is revealed that due to an illness she went blind after 10 months of age. She is presented, however, as a fully functioning, content and independent woman with a career and a husband. But her world changes when her husband Frank, an itching enthusiast for personal projects, decides that he wants to help her get her vision back.

Frank seeks out Dr. Rice to help him fix his wife’s so-called problem. Rice is an interesting character who was once a prominent eye surgeon but is now an alcoholic with a failed practice.

“On the surface Rice is trying to restore Molly’s sight, but in truth he is trying to restore his own tattered career and reputation,” said Ross Clark.

The play makes a poignant point about meddling with other people’s realities. This comes across as Molly is dissatisfied with her surroundings only after her vision is restored.

“I hope that the audience sees the humanity of these characters and the great tragedy that can come from people wanting to do a good thing for all the wrong reasons,” said Clark.

Laura Wong, a second-year MFA costume design student, is in charge of designing the wardrobe for the production and was inspired by the functional clothing of the working class versus the more refined look of the professional class.

“In my research, I loved the simple practicality of the way people dress in rural Ireland and the textural quality of the woolen fabrics. I paired nubbly tweeds and knits in rich colors with patterned pants and blouses,” Wong said. “I also used texture to contrast Molly and her husband Frank with the more affluent Dr. Rice by putting him in smoother, more expensive-looking fabrics, and Molly and Frank in rougher textured garments. Because there are only three characters who are essentially on stage the entire time, I wanted to create enough visual interest in the colors and patterns of the costumes to keep the audience engaged.”

Deeper than differences in social class, the play is about the psychological needs and negotiations of the characters as well, which is also projected through the set design. The set is simplistic in order to magnify the words of the characters. Its stark appearance is done to give complete attention and limit distractions from the audience.

“The three characters are in an abstract world which we are portraying with the use of scrim, light and projection,” Trabitz said.

The characters in this play each serve to reveal a different facet of humanity based on their individual desires and ambitions.

“(The play will) challenge college students to come and test their own listening abilities and see how much they can really take in from one viewing,” Trabitz said.

Ultimately, the play seeks to convey the events taking place from three entirely different points of view, each with its own motive and emotions. All three characters have different opinions of how life should be lived, and their story is about what happens when those opinions are forced on others.

“I think this show will inspire some heated debate. ... All of us can see bits and pieces of ourselves in these characters – good pieces and bad pieces. In that respect, it’s easy to relate to and feel sympathy for each of the of them,” McCallum said.

“What is more difficult to come to terms with is that they are all responsible for the events that take place. Perhaps that’s what the show is really about, ... taking responsibility for your own life and allowing others to take responsibility for theirs.”

Nov. 13 to Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Son of Semele theater, $20

Friday, November 6, 2009

Molly Sweeney

Opening night for Molly Sweeney is coming up! Here is the info:

Friday to Sunday
November 13 to December 13
Fri & Sat 8pm
Sun 3pm

Son of Semele Theatre
3301 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Tickets are $20

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/86716
More info at: http://oasistheaterco.org/

We have a special discount deal with the Medusa lounge down the street as well, so if you show them a program or a ticket receipt you can get 20% off $20 or more. You can check out their menu at http://www.medusaloungela.com/

Maybe I'll see you there!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Molly Sweeney Sneak Peek!

Molly Sweeney has started up! Here is a sneak peek at some my uncolored renderings for the cast!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What I'm working on..

Thought I'd pop in with an update on the design projects I'm working on now:

- Molly Sweeney, to be performed at SOSE in November. Just starting up this week, with our first production meeting to happen within the week!

- Tartuffe, a paper project for design class. We'll be designing it three different ways, this quarter in contemporary France, next quarter in 17th century France, and Spring quarter in a fantasy style. Should be fun! My take on it this quarter is to play with the themes of religious hypocrisy but from the perspective of a Muslim family living in Paris. I've been having a lot of fun researching Islamic dress, as well as Parisian street style.

- Crazy, the screenplay, which was originally designed by Kristin Burke, who is teaching our "Costume Design for Film" class this quarter. She is having us design two characters from the film, to practice designing costumes for film.

- Slaughter City, also to be performed at SOSE but not until February. We'll be starting up in December, most likely, but I've been accumulating research and getting some ideas together for my design concept.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hitachi's wrapped!

Hitachi's Tempura is wrapped! It was a lot of fun putting together all of the Japanese costumes. We ended up renting a bunch of things from Occidental and purchasing a lot from Japan online. The results turned out pretty well! I'll post photos after it is finished in December, but for now, here's a photo of our geisha character from the fitting. She's supposed to be pretty gaudy, and I think that definitely comes across!

Next up, Molly Sweeney will start in the next few weeks. I've been researching rural Ireland, and blindness.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hitachi's Tempura Roughs

A sneak peek at some of my roughs for Hitachi's Tempura, the samurai action comedy short film I'm working on! Included are: Hitachi (the lone warrior), Tempura ("the most beautiful geisha in the land"), Konica (the samurai bad guy), and Sega (his fat ninja henchman)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Upcoming shows..

Here are some of the upcoming projects I have lined up!


Hitachi's Tempura (film)
Costume Designer
A MFA short film for a New York film academy director. The story is a samurai action comedy, to be shot at the beautiful Descanso Gardens.


Molly Sweeney (play)
Costume Designer
A play by Brian Friel about a blind woman who undergoes an operation to try to regain her sight. First performed in Dublin in 1994, with its New York Premiere in 1996. This production will be performed at Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles.


Slaughter City (play)
Costume Designer
Written by Naomi Wallace, this play is a surreal exploration of the working conditions within American slaughterhouses, union politics, and the exploitation of workers. To be performed at Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles.


Costume Designer
My design assignment for my second year at UCLA, to be performed in the Little Theater in Spring 2010. Directed by Monica Payne, it is the Euripides version of the Greek tragedy.

That's a Wrap!

So Honest Cheat has (mostly) wrapped as of last Saturday. There are three more shoot days in September, which a friend will be covering for me while I'm in China. I think everyone was really tired after 13 straight shoot days, but everything looked amazing on the monitor and I think the finished product will definitely be worth it! Here are some snaps from the last week on set:

Photographs by Laura Wong
Content © Aristides Zamora

Friday, August 7, 2009

Honest Cheat

So here I am, part of the way through the two week shoot for Honest Cheat, and things have been going really well so far! The cast and crew are all great, and we've been shooting at some really fun locations, including a really quirky downtown loft and a thrift store on Melrose. Here are some quick snaps I've taken on set, to give you a taste!

Photographs by Laura Wong
Content © Aristides Zamora

Setting up for a bus stop shot

Ace and Eva, the lead couple

Jackie, Eva's fashionista best friend

A dance scene getting ready to shoot

Two of my lovely set costumers, Anna and JoAnn!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Son of Semele!

Exciting news!

I've been offered membership as a company member at Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE)! They do some really great work, and have some exciting projects coming up, so I'm thrilled to join! Although it seems that I am the only non-actor member, but we'll see how that works out. They seem very enthusiastic about involving more non-actors, so hopefully it all goes smoothly!

Work on Honest Cheat keeps on sailing along. Had my first fitting with the lead actress yesterday and everything seems in good shape! Shooting starts on August 3rd, and I'm excited to get started!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Keepin busy!

Exciting news! I've been signed on to design Honest Cheat, a feature film, for about a year now, and several false starts later, it looks like we're finally starting pre-production! The shoot is for about two weeks in August, and I'm really excited to get started! The film is about a stuggling musician in LA, trying to make it big without selling out, and the obstacles he runs into along the way. It's gonna be a ton of work, but hopefully it'll be a rockin good time!

Meanwhile, I'm still sending out resumes, trying to make some connections within the local theater world. I've met some really great people so far, looking forward to working with them in the future! Also scouting for freelance sewing or graphic design work, and I have a few projects lined up for that as well.

Anyway, that's what's going on with me these days! Looking forward to getting my design assignments from UCLA for next year, although who knows when that will be.. cross your fingers for me that it's soon!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hello and Welcome!

Hi Everyone!

This space is for posting news tidbits of what I'm up to and pictures of the projects I'm working on. Right now, the big news is this fancy new layout I just completed for laurawong.net! Hopefully you have a chance to poke around and check it out.

What else is new with me? Well, here are some things that are going on this summer:

- looking for costuming gigs
- working as a stitcher at the ParticleZoo
- freelance graphic design gigs
- attempting to learn Mandarin before my trip to China in September
- researching Chinese traditional costume in preparation for my trip
- designing Gypsy (purely for my own pleasure)
- growing my own veggies in the backyard
- attempting to learn to bake my own bread and can my own jam.
- sewing reconstructed dresses to sell (fingers crossed)
- catching up on the 'ol netflix queue

Definitely a nice respite from the chaos of the school year! At this rate I should be rested and ready to go, come September.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the newly redesigned site! See you next time!