Where to Find Miniatures

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My Doll’s House – New Tudor House

Whether it is for a toy commercial, practical special effects, or to simply make someone look ridiculously huge, miniature buildings and sets are an important part of the industry.

It can also be a real pain to track them down, especially if you are going to need it custom built. Because of that I have created a list of a few companies that either have what you need in stock or can get the job done for you when you need it (while also looking good).

Art, Models & Props
Prop fabricators extraordinaires over at Art, Models & Props have the years of experience many people can and have counted on to make the props they need. They have an extensive list of credits that have included realistic plane models, cities, and sculptures. Reaching out to them would not be a mistake.
Website: www.artmodeltech.com

Action Sets and Props / WonderWorks
As the go to experts when it comes to space exploration (including a wonderful collection of space suits and space shuttle interiors) it’s no wonder they are also the experts on models of the same genre. From a models of the X-31 to Star Trek Voyagers Kazan ship, they’ve also dabbled in realistic miniature barns and trains!
Website: www.wonderworksweb.com

Culver Architects
Who better to ask for architectural models for a scene than architects? With decades of architectural experience (and plenty of samples at hand) Culver Architects is a great stop for picking up items that need to dress an architects office, or even a boardroom discussing a “future project”.
Website: www.carcinc.com/C_ARC/model_rentals.html

My Doll’s House
It’s always nice to see talented hobbyists turn that interest into a long and successful business. That is what they have done over at My Doll’s House. Meticulous detail is worked into every dollhouse they make. Realistic ivy growing on the side, a small “man cave” complete with woodworking materials, and faux brick you wouldn’t know was fake except that it’s on a ridiculously tiny house. Swing by them for all of your doll housing needs!
Website: www.mydollshouse.com

Merritt Productions
A custom prop fabrication company for 30 years, Merritt can get you where you need to be. Mechanical effects, model making, and special effects are their specialty. That all, of course, includes miniatures. It never hurts to have experience on your side when you are working on a project.
Website: www.merrittproductions.com

Glenn R Johnson Scale Models
If it is miniatures you need why not go to the experts in the business? From commercial buildings and military bases to residential and school models, Glenn R Johnson Scale Models has done it all. Little tiny trees, cars and fountains have all been included in their pieces in the past. When architects come to them for their skills you know they mean business.
Website: www.grjmodels.com

Sketch Paper Design
One of those “under the radar” companies, Sketch Paper Design has been quietly creating miniatures sets. From a realistic stage for a doll commercial (including lighting & gels, rigging and even drapery) to a fully realized miniature warehouse with smokestacks, these guys are getting it done.
Website: www.sketchpaperdesign.com

Of course there are plenty more, this is just a few so check out our category Miniatures/Models. I am looking to make more posts about items our users could be looking out for so let me know if you have any suggestions for the next one!

Faux Library Gets it’s Move On!

Faux Library Moving FlyerAfter years of squeezing into their still pretty roomy building in North Hollywood off of Laurel Canyon Blvd, Faux Library Studio Props is moving further into the valley.

Where? The now former residence of ZG04 Decor actually. And it’s a good thing.

7100 Case Ave,
North Hollywood, CA, 91605

Soon we will all have an even better loop than before with History for Hire, Pinacoteca Picture Props, Alley Cats Studio Rentals and  the addition of Faux Library Studio Props. A buyers dream!

Their phone numbers won’t be changing and all of the same great people will be working inside. The only difference will be even more room (and more props!) and even more accessibility.

Congratulations Faux Library! We are all excited for your expansion.

Website: Faux Library Facebook Page

SDSA GMM – October General Membership Meeting @ Dapper Cadaver

IMG_0230As many know, if you need something macabre, sci-fi, or just plain creepy Dapper Cadaver can get it in your hands, they even fabricated with a quick turnaround!

Last Thursday they were kind enough to open their doors for another Set Decorators Society of America general membership meeting. Many of the regular things were discussed about events coming up and money raising goals but there was an emphasis on the SDSA’s involvement in the upcoming WestEdge Design Fair.IMG_0216

Some of the best moments at the meeting were comparing the costumes (as it was encouraged for all attendees to come in costume) some of which were absolutely outstanding.

IMG_0237Getting everyone under the roof for the meeting also allowed newcomers and regulars to see how Dapper Cadaver expanded their inventory to more than just the dead and post-dead. Creatures & Cultures, the newest addition to the Dapper Cadaver family, has loads of taxidermy, Egyptian artifacts, and much more (including a good collection of dinosaur skeletons and bones)!

Many thanks to Eileen and BJ for hosting a very fun soiree, and I look forward to seeing what else may be in store for their… well store.

Websites: www.dappercadaver.com & www.creaturesandcultures.com

The Costume House Costume Sale

Now that we are finally in the month of October many of us are trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween. Many more of us are just shopping for costumes for the year too of course, but I can’t help but love a holiday that is purely centered around eating candy (and some pagan thing that I don’t think we really worry about anymore).

The Costume House is currently having a sale on their costumes (of which they have an incredibly large collection) as long as you bring in a printout of this flyer:

Halloween 2015

The last time to shop with this discount is this weekend so open up your schedule and head on over there!

Website: www.valentinoscostumes.com