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By Maya James
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Hair and Make Up Trainee / Assistant
  • Costume Trainee / Assistant
  • Creative Agency
  • Exhibition
  • Film PR
I am a 2020 Graduate from Arts University Bournemouth, I studied Costume and Performance Design and I received Second Class Honours Upper Division. I have been interested in film from a young age and I am eager to dive into the industry. I specialize in costume design, illustration and styling. 2020 has been a disheartening year for 2020 graduates, but because of this I am more motivated than ever to start my career within the industry. During my time at University I explored various areas of Costume through many research projects. My first year was spent introducing myself to costume design, illustration and making, set design and construction, and also some costume supervision. My main achievement from my first year was making a 1950's style outfit from a design the production's designer and director provided me. This outfit was featured in a photo shoot curated by the university titled A Woman's Place. My second year was spent refining my skills in all areas of costume and performance design. This year allowed me to determine what areas I enjoyed more than others and I decided my skills were strong in costume design, illustration and styling. Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed was creating moodboards and content for my social media pages related to my studies. I have a great interest in page layout and content creating. My final year was to show off all of the skills I have learnt along the way. My first project of the year was titled 'Charlie and Stephanie' based on the character Charlie from Hanif Kureishi's novel The Buddha of Suburbia. For this punk inspired project, I designed and styled 4 full outfits and directed my own photo shoot to create a triptych of images. My final project of the year was disrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic which meant I was not able to fully achieve my goals due to a national lockdown. My project was titled 'Pulp Fiction 46' and I took Quentin Tarantino's script for the 1994 film, Pulp Fiction and set it within a 1940s setting. I designed 20 costumes for 15 characters, I also styled 11 of these designs and planned to photograph these costumes on location in 4 different photo shoots. I am very comfortable in being within photo shoot setting as I have a lot of experience in this which started during my college studies. I was allocated to assist on many photo shoots as a dresser, head of makeup, art direction assistant and runner. These skills were used within my studies at university during my own self-directed photo shoots and also collaborations with my peers. During my studies I have learnt many valuable skills which will allow me to navigate throughout any aspect of costume but I will also be able to translate some of my skills I have learnt throughout my life into different aspects of film and television.

My Showreel

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Added October 2020

This is a collection of images and videos I have taken throughout my studies at University. I feature 3 projects of mine, Charlie and Stephanie, She's in the Band and Pulp Fiction 46'.