Hey! Could you explain why sets need duplicates of costumes please?
Of course! I’m going to hit you with some random scenarios that explain why it’s commonplace/required.
Let’s say you’re working on a film with an A-list actress named Hannah Rhetorical. Hannah is an award-nominated actress who gets $15 million per film, minimum. Hannah is playing a lawyer.
You’re shooting a courthouse scene with Hannah when suddenly a seam on her blazer rips.
Your choices are:
1. Take 60+ minutes of production time to fix the issues, potentially costing the studio millions.
2. Go to your wardrobe and pull out the duplicate.
Now let’s say you’re working on an indie film. The budget is $400,000. The main character is getting married when suddenly an axe murderer runs down the aisle. This means the dress gets dirty and ripped.
Since the budget is so small, you rent one Vera Wang dress and let it be gradually destroyed as the character runs in the woods.
You wrap filming. Then the director calls you. He says, “we didn’t get enough coverage in scene 87 so we’re doing reshoots.”
Now you’re screwed.
Now you’re shooting a superhero movie. An actor gets injured so stunt doubles will do a lot of action scenes while he shoots dialogue. For this reason, you need 3+ duplicates of the outfit.
During a break on shooting, an actress gets a glob of ketchup on her character’s white lace top. She needs to be on set in five.
You’re filming In Bruges. Colin Farrell’s character wears the same shirt for the entire movie. In some scenes, it will be clean. In others, it will be covered in blood. The trouble? Like most movies, it is not filmed in sequence.
There are other reasons as well, but I hope this helped!