GORDIAN KNOTS: Stephen Kosloff on Hausfrau Scripts and Costumes (2/7)

Stephen KosloffThis week, we’re featuring the brilliantly wacky Stephen Kosloff, founder of Hausfrau Magazine, purported as the first U.S. magazine that doubles as a serialized photo-comic. Each day we’ll feature a new sample of captioned photos from the magazine, as well as Q&A responses from the creator of the magazine himself.




Is the script locked in before the shots or are the stories improv-ed out and captioned later?

The photos come first. It’s much easier and more effective to shape the dialog in response to the photos on the page than vice versa. That way my “actors” don’t have to act. They can just do their thing, and then I tailor the dialog based on their facial expressions or gestures, although there is also very loose story-line that I work out prior to a shoot.

I also don’t story-board in advance, but I’ve been thinking that the photographs might be stronger if I did.

Do the actors create the costumes?

I have picked out most of the clothes; a lot of the items I buy at vintage shops. The actors, my friends mostly, don’t get paid, but they do get to keep the clothes ha ha ha. So they can wear them to prom, etc.

See more of Kosloff’s Featured Creative posts on our Ideablog


kosloff head shot~~~Stephen Kosloff is a journalist, copywriter, and photographer. He has written for the New York Times, Gawker, The Awl, Gizmodo, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and a couple of abortive AOL properties. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Paper, Interview, Gawker, and Time Out New York, among others. His roving, quasi-underground variety show, Deep Dish Cabaret, was featured in Time Out‘s “best of New York” issue and on NPR. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and moved to New York in 1997, after working for national newspapers in Tokyo and Cambodia. He lives in Ridgewood with his wife, Caroline Tobin, and his cat, Fritz. Get the latest Hausfrau news:
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