Behind the Scenes of L.A. Noire’s Painstaking Production Design: Part Two – Costume & Wardrobe

Posted on February 1 2011, 2:00pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Yesterday, we offered a glimpse of Team Bondi’s recreation of the city of Los Angeles circa 1947 for the upcoming crime thriller L.A. Noire.  Today, our Behind the Scenes series offers an exclusive peek at what it took to outfit the hundreds of unique characters that inhabit the game’s world, with further insight from Team Bondi’s Simon Wood.

Part Two - Costume Design

Left: Starting from original sketches done in vintage style, and a collection of fabric swatches; Middle: Erika Heynatz as Elsa Lichtman, meticulously styled for the original photo shoot; Right: The finished product - Elsa in-game as seen in last week's Official Trailer #2.

It was such a glamorous period for clothes… Sexy women and men in hats."
In the early days of prep, Team Bondi hired professional film and TV Costume Designer, Wendy Cork to design the principal wardrobe and start to piece together additional reference material that Wood and the team would later use for designing the remaining cast.

Says Wood: "It was a cast of bloody hundreds! The costume needs just kept growing and growing as the cases grew more elaborate and interwoven, but it really makes all the difference having all these different characters in the game world."

The principal costumes by Ms. Cork and her team were scanned by Team Bondi in full body 3D scanners, giving them incredibly high resolution models to simulate the texture and fabric in detail. While some costumes were able to be sourced locally in Sydney (including some wardrobe previously used in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake), the bulk were sourced in L.A.  "We got them from the biggest costume house in the business, Western Costume in LA. They've dressed ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘L.A. Confidential’, ‘Chinatown’. Pretty much every film you've ever seen. If you spread out their costume warehouse end to end, it would run for 12 miles.”

Bondi scanned and photographed a massive variety of clothes so they could have 3D models to shader swap and merge together to dress all of L.A. "If you think about all the people you'd expect to see in just one bar: patrons, barmen, waitresses - and then times that by over 140 locations - and then on top of that figure all the pedestrians walking around the city - the costume need is very high and the character team have really created some wonderful and diverse outfits to suit them with."

From original concept sketches done in a vintage style faithful to the period, to the gathering of reference fabrics, to the styling of wardrobe for each character in every scene, to detailed photo shoots, through to their digital recreation in the game – everyone you meet in the game is dressed in a style true to their character and completely authentic to the period.

Stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for Part Three of our look into L.A. Noire’s Painstaking Production Design later this week. 

Part One – Locations & Set Design

  • R* Yon May 9 2011, 3:26pmReplyFlag
    Thanks all, one week to go, and for the latest on L.A. Noire visit the official site:
    • Shynkaion February 2 2011, 6:04pmReplyFlag
      remind me of pretty woman
      • nash4mon February 2 2011, 11:09amReplyFlag
        wonderful job R*as always

        day one buy for sure
        • TRANEMingon February 2 2011, 10:19amReplyFlag
          Rockstar always try their best to create a game....Making masterpieces almost at all cost...That's why I love nearly all R*'s games.....And that's why R*'s games always selling good...Keep up the good work!Cheer!
          Stay tune.....wait for part III....
          • LiL.A.Kingon February 2 2011, 10:16amReplyFlag
            R* will you release some other wallpaper artworks !! Maybe some oldie cars!! :D
            • LiL.A.Kingon February 2 2011, 9:16amReplyFlag
              R* show gameplay trailer!! I hope we can drive motorcycles in the game too!!
              • vince_42069on February 2 2011, 8:17amReplyFlag
                wow thats crazy how much work was put into this. (Y)(Y)
                • Thisis50on February 2 2011, 7:27amReplyFlag
                  dammmm this game is gona out on pc
                  • METALLICACornon February 2 2011, 5:49amReplyFlag
                    Beautiful woman :D
                    • MasterGamesTVon February 2 2011, 2:44amReplyFlag
                      Thanks a real nice technology. I didn't see any game like this! I love this! Thanks Rockstar!
                      • batik89on February 1 2011, 11:02pmReplyFlag
                        Wow, Erika Heynatz! She's so beautiful. I always pay attention to the costume details in every videogame – and after I read this article, I think LA Noire will satisfy me. Anyway, is there any chance to change our character's costume during the gameplay?
                        • UpNSmoke225on February 1 2011, 8:56pmReplyFlag
                          drop an fan-A&A on us!!..dont worry R*..we can handle it i promise ;-)
                          Theres one thing in particular that I thinks on everyones mind? will we be able to solve crimes co-op with our bids? either way, with or without MP this is still the most i've been excited for a game since GTA:IV
                          Keep makin our jaws hit the floor Rock!
                          • Fantastic_Mr_Caton February 1 2011, 6:08pmReplyFlag
                            Seems like this game is going to be a masterpiece.
                            That lady looks gorgeous.
                            • Mati647on February 1 2011, 5:04pmReplyFlag
                              It's going to be game of 2011. Hope it'll be released on PC... I hope.
                              • Rollawon February 1 2011, 4:18pmReplyFlag
                                "140 locations" - this will be huge. May 20th!
                                • R* Yon February 1 2011, 3:52pmReplyFlag
                                  @Studios5107 @emmi18176860 @Liberty_King @Floppay @The4ourTy67 @Marney-1 @Mortal91ify @sloopkillaz @GTAMASTER_08 @Magicman1625 Cheers guys.
                                  • Magicman1625on February 1 2011, 3:38pmReplyFlag
                                    amazing job R* this is the best work ive ever seen R* and Team Bondi make games at their best thats what it looks likes to me ive never seen so much in a game im amazed i can't wait till L.A. Noire comes out great job R*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(:
                                    • GTAMASTER_08on February 1 2011, 3:10pmReplyFlag
                                      Excellent Progress R* and Team Bondi . You guys cooperate very well in this project hope we can see more projects from R* and Team Bondi after L.A Noire.. Im hype for this game and can't wait to play.
                                      • sloopkillazon February 1 2011, 3:01pmReplyFlag
                                        good stuff
                                        • Mortal91ifyon February 1 2011, 2:47pmReplyFlag
                                          man hot 40's babes sweeeet!!!! classy woman that's cool. thanx again R* looking foward. for some more behind the scenes.
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