Costuming the First Musketeer

Marion's Red Dress

One of the most important elements of any Historical adventure is the costumes. Jessica Ozlo began designing and making each of the character’s costumes nearly a year before departing for France, with each actor having their own custom made outfit.

Just the two main gowns alone contain over 100 metres of fabric, presenting a monumental task for our team of talented makers.

Milady de Winter

But it wasn’t just our femmes fatales who’s costumes presented a challenge. The sleeves on Athos’ doublet were hand embroidered, as well as many of the musketeers’ numerous shirts, which were decorated with beautiful embroidery based on historical patterns.

Athos, Musketeer

Being such an important source for an actor to get into character, we had to make sure that each costume suited not only the actor, but the role they were playing, with everything having to be discussed, from the colour, right down to the specific fabric used.

And of course they had to be practical. Choosing a beautiful silk that rips as soon as the actor gets on a horse is an issue, so our team had to make sure the fabric was reinforced, as well as keeping a member of the wardrobe department on hand at all times, equipped with needle and thread, just in case. And who was the worst culprit for splitting his trousers? Unsurprisingly, it’s our nimble Porthos.

Porthos, The First Musketeer

Musketeers Assemble!

Pablo Olewski The First Musketeer

After a short break from fooling around with words and swords The First Musketeer is back on the tracks, the first stop being the cast read-through and interviews.

After welcoming actor Ryan Spong to our cast as Aramis we were finally able to get everyone together and hear how the script really works with the actors who now own the parts.

It all went well and after some final adjustments we have settled on a final draft which we hope will both inspire new audiences as well as do justice to fans of the original books by Dumas.

After finishing the read-through we moved onto the Actor’s interviews.

Edward Mitchell The First Musketeer

As the cast was all getting along so well, fight scenes aside, we decided to shoot a group interview and hear everyone’s opinions on the project so far, the results of which can be seen on our YouTube channel –

I hope you enjoy the video, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page for extra photos and info.

Next stop equestrian antics and fun with swords…

Start The Year As You Mean To Go On…

They say you should start the year as you mean to go on, so I’m starting the year in the stunning south of France at some of the locations we’ll be using for the web series.

As our series is being shot entirely on location the importance of finding the perfect “Musketeer” look is paramount. Fortunately the area we have chosen to film in is by no means lacking in suitable landscapes and architecture.

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So where is this magical area we have chosen to film? For those of you who know the south of France you may be unsurprised to hear we are shooting in and around the Lot and the Dorgodgne, famous for their beautiful medieval towns and Chateaux.

If you’re interested to see more about the locations take a look at our latest Pinterest Board, where I have gathered a number of photos of the locations we plan on using next summer: Pinterest Lot and Dordogne Locations