Costuming for Indies
With September starting that means that we are not far from Halloween and as an independent filmmaker, you should get ready to take advantage of the holiday season to score costumes for future productions. The best time to hit stores is the day after Halloween, when stores and online retailers like Costume Kingdom are having specials and clearance sales of all the costumes that did not sell. Everything is useful, even if they only have Superhero and Ladybug Costumes, you never know when you can turn them into a cool outfit or if it might be suited for a period piece. Heck, you can even use them to make a fan film short to get some notice.
One of my buddies took those cheesy plastic superhero masks from the 80s and crafted it into a very creative comedy short. In addition to costumes, after Halloween sales usually include lots of blood and make up. Just stock up on these, because you never know when it might come in handy, whether you are shooting a gory monster flick, a crime thriller or a classic film noir, or even a zany comedy about a clown who runs amok in the city. You might not see a use for a costume or prop when you get it, but you never know what it might inspire. Look around and imagine the possibilities.