Los Angeles – The FBI this week detained and questioned Ruby Payne, CEO of Debbies Book – a valuable resource for finding props, especially in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Payne issued a written statement saying she was detained by the FBI on Sunday after she arrived at a dog park on her way home from a walk. Federal investigators took her cell phone and purse, then questioned her about where to find sci-fi and futuristic items as well as western themed props. Debbies Book is known for helping people find these kinds of items and more for film and television. Ruby says she was then served a subpoena before being released to appear before Muellers nephews birthday event coordinators, which she is expected to do next month. The birthday party itself will occur in May.
“The questions got more detailed about the types of items they were looking for (which they were hoping would be free or at least cheap since the birthday was a non-union “low-budg” affair); what prop houses carry what items; whom I knew and how well – they had a long wishlist of items,” Payne said. “They seemed to then focus more attention on larger scale event rentals (of whom I have plenty of recommendations too); multiples of cabanas and steampunk themed event chairs. Then they brought up something about Russians, which I knew nothing about.”
She said she was asked specifically if she had visited all of the larger resources in her database, verifying the inventories of these so-called prop houses. She had, she said. Payne’s statement shines a spotlight into the workings of Mueller’s nephews birthday party, of which the public up until now knew very little about.
The birthday event council declined to comment.
Debbies Book has long been a resource for finding props and services for the film and television industries, not just for the nephews of special investigation teams formed by the FBI.
With the passing of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and what I can only assume will soon be Wholesale Wednesday or something similar, Enchanted Studio Props has announced a deal that will actually last for a little while.
20% off rentals for new clients!
All you have to do is choose what you want to rent from them and remind them you are a first time client who saw this ad.
A copyright cleared art rental and sales gallery in Burbank, they are a more recent addition to the SoCal art scene for film and television. With an inventory that includes many styles and mediums and inventory that is always growing they are a must add in your artwork rotation.
Enchanted Studio Props was originally formed in Albuquerque, NM in 2012. Dave and Daphne Benavides are both CA natives who have returned to be close to family, and the Pacific Ocean. Dave has worked on sets in the Motion Picture Industry for nearly 2 decades, while Daphne is new to MPI having recently retired from teaching dance and running a performing arts charter school. They are both passionate about providing opportunities to local artists. In their free time, they enjoy attending art shows, and taking walks on the beach.
The ESP gallery is open 7:30 to 4:30 Monday – Friday. 5 Ton Access, and free parking for Decorators/Buyers.
We open to our protagonist working (sort of) on her laptop in the evening with a glass of wine in hand. Suddenly her cell phone rings.
It’s her boss, there’s a big scoop, and she needs to get to the office ASAP, preferably an hour ago!
We finally get to the office where a security guard is sitting inside the entrance at his computer. They wave familiarly to each other as he buzzes her in and our character walks from this quiet first room to a large, open office buzzing with activity; landline phones, cell phones, monitors and television screens abound. It’s going to be a long work night.
The most common kinds of productions take place, more or less, in the here and now. The latest cell phones, laptops and television screens (to name just a few things) need to be present to set the scene. Sometimes the simplest of items can be hard to track down quickly and affordably, especially when you are talking about current technologies with current technology costs (I’m looking at YOU iPhone X).
On top of that, sometimes behind the camera a production needs current technologies. Wifi boxes (MiFis, hotspots), laptops, cell phones and more need to be available for a crew that doesn’t have those items themselves. Where do you rent modern technology, especially WORKING modern technology?!? Oh that’s right, Debbies Book can help with that.
Cell phones, cell phone plans (temporary and long term), laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots and routers. Airwaves is one of the two gotos for working, handheld and modern tech. They also carry laptops, smartwatches and more. Whether it’s for in front of the camera or behind they can get it to you.
Looking for some Blackberry’s, or perhaps some flip phones or at least phones with keypads? When it comes to “not new” cell phones LCW has you covered. Computer monitors, computers (from Ataris to more modern desktop towers), servers are available. They are also a great resource for the seemingly always needed “tech bench” with monitors and computers attached.
From PDAs, CRT Monitors and “folding computer pocket organizer” resource to futuristic faux technology with moving and blinking lights that do whatever you need them to. Modern Props is the go to for those and everything in-between. Check out their website and their new location!
What better place to get electronics than from a place that has been purposefully collecting and repairing them for decades? RJR Props, located in Atlanta, is an electronic repair company turned prop house. From servers to computers and more they’re a great resources, especially for the South and East Coast.
The Hand Prop Room
Cell phones, televisions, radios and office equipment, many rigged for production. They aren’t called the Hand Prop Room for nothing!
Wireless for All
Cell phones, Go Pros, tablets, screen protectors, accessories, plans and more. If it needs to be modern and working, they will work with you. On top of what they have in their inventory, they repair items too. Specializing in screen repairs, they can make that cell phone look like you never dropped your glass water bottle on it.
Woody’s Electrical Props
Need wallmounted computer panels, levers, servers, and more? Woody’s has been providing Control Panels and Consoles for years. Modern Industrial, Antique Industrial, Mission Control, Air Tower, Computer Room, Military and Fantasy Sets have all included Woody’s creations.
Honorable Mentions: Omega/CP Two – Rooms of tech, both working and non-practical. Give them a call, they’ve got it most likely. Sony Prop House (Off Lot) – Computers, gadgets and more from over the decades. Universal Studios Property – Laptops of various decades, gaming consoles, desktop computers, monitors and more. Warner Bros Property – Old school floppy drives to modern laptops and desktops. They even have laptop cases!
One very unique resource in Los Angeles will be closing it’s doors this week, and with it it’s ability to source Indian, Balinese, Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, Moroccan and many more styles of furniture and accessories. Due to the nature of the liquidation, everything must go.
Following their final weekend of sales (of which I would highly recommend everyone go check out) the last of their stock will be auctioned off ending this Wednesday at 12pm, September 27th. The auction will take place at their latest location:
Malabar Coast Living 500 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Sepulveda, CA, August 17, 2017 – The very unique and trusted prop house Angel Appliances is closing its doors after more than 60 years of business: At 9 o’clock on Tuesday, August 22nd, both online and at their address (8545 N Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA, 91343), the “doors” will open.
Please note: Props shown throughout the link – many toward end of list. Practical and cut-away props noted.
The auction itself will run from 11 to whenever their inventory is all accounted for and promises to have some very unique items available. For those familiar with Angel Appliances, you know that the items up for bid are going to include a wide array of brand new, vintage, antique, and down right unique appliances of many kinds. The list of items will include but not be limited to; refrigerators; stoves; washing machines; air conditioners; dishwashers; cooktops; venthoods; and more. They also will have items such as coin operated laundry machines and break room appliances.
It will be a loss to the set decor community no longer having all of these items in a single location. Their knowledge was an extra bonus to nabbing the appropriate piece. Of course, everyone is allowed to finally retire. Now is a chance for new homes to carry their torch (or pilot light in this case).
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There ain’t no rest for the wicked, and apparently many prop houses too, for the coming Monday before the 4th of July!
For specific prop houses, check out the list below. All of the following will be open for at least partial hours starting in the morning:
For a longer list of prop houses on Debbies Book, you can check it out here:
May everyone have a fantastic 4th of July! Specifically for those lucky few where it’s an option, may you enjoy your four day weekend!