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Mikael Sharafyan, whom I’ve worked with 3 times is the best costume designer I’ve ever worked with in films. He's brilliant. He knows exactly how to build a character with wardrobe.
I have worked with Mika on five films! It’s the repeat visits that show the trust. I care about what I wear on film. And Mikael Sharafyan and I have done all sorts of movies together...From period pieces to casual to elegant to character to docudrama. He is a lovely person, a non-ending worker and someone I’d like to do every show with. Everyone who works with him feels that way.
Mikael is one of the hardest working and most creative costume designers I have worked with in a very long time. He is always coming up with new and interesting ideas on how to better the look of the project, has a wonderful ability to communicate with the cast and make them feel completely comfortable in whatever needs to be done, and is always able to collaborate with the other departments in order to achieve the creative vision of the project. There is another advantage to working with Mikael, and that is his ability to create a budget and stay on track with it throughout the life of the project. He is very cost conscious and will work tirelessly to find better deals and better ways of handling purchases and rentals during prep. As a producer, this is something that you hope for but rarely find in designers and this, combined with his great attitude, makes Mikael a highly valued member of my team. Many times producers will discuss whether or not a designer is “The Right Fit” for a project. I believe Mikael will be working for a very long time in this business as I think he is “The Right Fit” for just about anything that comes his way. He will always have my highest endorsement and recommendation.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mikael Sharafyan, costume designer, on the film “Lost and Found in Armenia". He is extremely creative and passionate about his work. He utilizes his designs and colors to create full characters, which add to the world. Mikael’s precision in his work, made “Dirty Bomb” an authentic flashback into World War II and allowed the actors to fully embody their characters. Superb work!
I have been very fortunate as an actress to work with the exceptionally talented costume designer Mikael Sharafyan more than once in recent years. Not only is he an artist with an artist’s eye, but he has a passion to be a team with the actor, director and writer to fully bring the characters to life from the page to the screen, no matter the budget nor time constraints. Mikael is also one of the kindest, most personable gentlemen I’ve ever known. He is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to doing so again in the future.