SDSA GMM – October General Membership Meeting @ Dapper Cadaver

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The Master’s of All Things Spooky and Gross hosted the latest Set Decorators Society of America General Membership Meeting, and as is custom with them, Dapper Cadaver had a delicious spread good enough for Count Dracula himself (with less actual blood of course).

Oh, and there was a costume competition that many participated in too!

After everyone schmoozed and explored rooms filled with jars of specimen, body parts, and tombstones, the SDSA had their usual meeting.

A special thank you goes out to BJ and Eileen for hosting a great gathering.

If you’re ever in the need for skeletons of all kinds, caskets, creepy dressing and more they are your first stop.

Here’s to another great start to the Halloween season from Dapper Cadaver (and for them that’s all year)!

Where to Find Gambling Equipment, Dressing and Dealers

Everyone who is anyone is there. Glasses are overflowing with champagne from bottles worth more than the average income of the lower classes in his district. Girls, music and gambling abound. Poker tables, blackjack, roulette, the works.

The shady mayor is running for reelection. He’s a shoe-in, no one dares to run against him. That’s why undercover cop Hugh Watcherself is here. The mayor is always good to those that are in his posse and Hugh finally got an in. All of the mayor’s cronies get on to the “fundraising” event boat to start off his campaign with a bang. Hopefully no one suspects Detective Watcherself…

L. A. Party Works - Casino Night
L. A. Party Works – Casino Night

Everyone knows gambling equipment. Heck most people have stepped into at least one casino at some point (others quite a few casinos in the last week). It makes sense that casinos should have all the necessary gizmos, gadgets and accessories but where does a production or event get them?

It’s just one dang scene/event so no one needs to buy them! Why take a gamble with a random company when you can just ask Debbies Book?

L. A. Party Works
Eric and his company love putting on events, both on the stage and IRL, of every kind. Sports themed, magicians, clowns and more. One of their specialties, however, is a gambling theme. Roulette tables, poker tables, blackjack and more, LA Party Works has what you’re looking for.

Dealer Dolls
A unique Gambling Equipment event service, Dealer Dolls doesn’t just specialize with inventory, they come with talent. With a fully trained staff that can work everything from a small private event at home to a large-scale fundraiser or network event, they have the know-how, the costumes, and the equipment to make it happen.

R. C. Vintage
Always masters of the vintage and retro, RC Vintage doesn’t stop at that specialization when it comes to gambling equipment. Slot machines, craps tables, casino chips and everything else you need from a time not too long ago can be nabbed over there.

Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven
Prop Heaven has a few emphases, and gambling equipment is one of them. Slot machines and card tables are here to rent.

It’s a Deal
Poker tables, craps tables, pai gow tables and much more await anyone who needs to rent them. It’s A Deal is here for all an event or production’s gambling needs, and can even provide custom felts, cards and stools for you.

Honorable Mentions:

Hand Prop Room – Antique and vintage cards, chips, racks, keepers and more.
CP Valley – Slot machines, gambling tables, chip racks and even a raffle drum!
Sony Pictures Studios Prop House (Off Lot) – Cribbage equipment, dominoes cases, lotto games, raffle equipment.

SDSA GMM – September General Membership Meeting @ HD Buttercup

Swung by the September General Membership Meeting for the Set Decorators Society of America last Thursday to peruse and mingle. It was at HD Buttercup’s newest location, the old Modernica building in Los Angeles.

It was a nice affair, though since everyone had to wear white I had to avoid red wine like the plague.

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I had a nice chat with a few decorators; Mary Ann Biddle, Michele Poulik, and Cheryal Kearney (from Left to Right).

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After a little chatting, munching on hors d’oeuvres and avoiding dark liquids I took the liberty of walking around the newly remodeled space. They have some nice reclaimed wood tables and hanging light fixtures among many other pieces.

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[Hot] Dog Days at Warner Bros – A Tasty Surprise on the Lot

IMG_5747Today we hit the lotto. While visiting Victor over at the Warner Bros. Drapery, Upholstery & Flooring Robert and Amy were serving up dogs and burgers to their crews and the many decorators who arrived for their end of summer bash.IMG_0857

I got to visit with Tara from Hollywood Studio Gallery and Set Decorating fame and other friends while Bryce was put to work serving up Root Beer Floats.IMG_5746

Thanks for the yummy lunch (and the sugar overload from the root beer floats)!

 

Memorial Day Observance 2016

Americn-flagThis Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the office will be closed.

It’s a good time to meet with friends and family and appreciate the sacrifices many have made so we can do that.

With politics getting ever more heated, take a moment to appreciate that we can all have differing views and express them without fearing for our lives.

Also take a moment to appreciate that your weekend is 3 days long!

23rd Annual SDSA Awards Luncheon

IMG_0505This last Sunday the Biltmore Hotel was spilling over with set decorators. Not for any production, not for their regularly scheduled feeding, but for the Set Decorator’s Society of America’s annual awards luncheon.

IMG_0502Around 11 o’clock set decorators, prop house employees, friends and family began to mill around the silent auctions filled with great pieces of artwork while chatting with each other. A beautiful balloon archway greeted every person as they arrived.

Many awards were given out, including to Adrianna Cruz-Ocamo at U-Frame-It Gallery, Fred Arens and Jason Duguay at Ob-jects, and Advanced Liquidators.

The Lifetime Achievement Award of 2016 went to Ann D. McCulley, an incredibly accomplished veteran of set decoration. Her speech was a perfect mix of inspiration and wisdom, showing this award was justly earned.

As per usual there were raffle prizes handed and swag bags full of pens and what appear to be rubber duckies from NEST. Here’s to another fruitful year for the prop industry!

Where to Find Steampunk Decor & Dressing

A cowboy is racing towards a small shack on his trusty stead, being chased by God knows what. He jumps off and runs into the humble structure; the door isn’t even locked. Pulling on a seemingly random series of wooden panels on the wall a hole and staircase appear below. He presses a button in the stairwell as he descends, once again hiding the secret entrance. As we enter below the camera peels away to look around the room. Computer control panels, half completed robots, and futuristic weaponry abound.

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Lux Lounge EFR – Steampunk Collection

Steampunk is a sci-fi fantasy genre often placed in a Victorian or Wild West setting. Generally it is a period setting with one minor change. Machines wilder than the imagination exist and generally work off of steam power.

It has gathered popularity over recent years, though existing for decades, becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. But where on Earth do you find a source to dress and decorate such a scene? Who has the gizmos and hand props? I’ll bet Debbies Book can help.

Sword & Stone
The craftsmen over at Sword & Stone are unparalleled when it comes to both their talent and experience with The Industry. If you need something to be crafted they have the know-how. One thing they aren’t often touted for, however, is their large inventory of items for sale (and rent too if you need to).

The Rational Past
If you need period scientific equipment these guys are a must. From industrial antiques to pocket watches, gauges and drafting equipment they’ve got you covered. They are really a great spot, I love unique businesses.

Lux Lounge EFR
It’s rare for an event company to have steampunk styles, but Lux Lounge does. Steampunk sofas, chairs, banquetes and even chandeliers. If you need a large room (or an event) filled, they’ve got you covered so you don’t lose any steam putting everything together.

Jadis
A little gem in Santa Monica with quite an array of unique items. Aviation models, goggles, copper ring towers and all manner of quack medical equipment not to mention motorized gear units, control panels and tesla coils. This place was serving steampunk as rentals long before the term was really even popularized. They went under the radar for a few years but are certainly back up and running and ready for the task.

Honorable Mentions:

History for Hire
If it’s older than new, they’ve got it and (especially when working with period pieces) you won’t regret swinging by to find much of what you need.

LCW Props
One of the kings of miscellaneous, the crew over at LCW is always happy to get to you what you need. They have plenty of control panels and aerospace equipment, plus things you probably didn’t even realize you want.

N.S. Aerospace Props
Rocket parts, hydraulic hoses, flow control valves and so many other parts. They have the large assortment of parts and pieces that could make anyone drool (if they drooled over aerospace parts).

Warner Bros. Studios Property Department
Remember Wild Wild West? Guess where quite a bit of those items went? That’s right, a classic steampunk movie has some of it’s pieces right in the heart of the studio lot.

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

Christiansen Amusements – Carnival Games & Rides

show_photo-10Rushing down a super slide, soaring above it all in a Ferris wheel, or trying your luck at tossing a ring on a bottle or a ping-pong ball in a bowl to win a goldfish.

If you have ever been to a carnival, these things should bring back some fond memories, or perhaps a little sadness if you were never able to win the giant stuffed dog (I know I certainly never did). If you are looking to relive those fun (and hurl-a-whirl) times, or to bring this excitement to your next event or production, Christiansen Amusements has what you are looking for.

Family run, with generations of experience bringing carnival magic to many, they offer a variety of games and rides for rent in Southern California. BONUS: I am pretty sure you will get to ride the items you rent too!

Website: www.amusements.com

ZG04 Decor – They’ve Moved and It’s a Good Thing

ZG04 1Klaus and his team at ZG04 DECOR, including the ever present Saul, have been working hard over the last month to get everything up and running at their new location.

The new space is a major upgrade:
A 115,000 sq ft warehouse with all of the original perks from before with added ones too; a 22,000 sq ft showroom; an entire floor dedicated to hand props, lighting and smalls; a lounge area for customers (complete with a bar and snacks!); and rental rooms for production teams to meet and work.

Their new location is now at 12224 Montague Street, Sun Valley, CA 91331:
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As if that wasn’t enough they will be working alongside 3 other companies.
ZG04 2The aforementioned Line 204, Angstrom Lighting, and they’ve even managed to squeeze Motor Homes into the mix. A good mix to meet the requirements of one of those classic “one stop shops” everyone touts.

In short, everyone needs to swing by ZG04 and see for themselves the new transformation. If you Saul, give him a hug for me, because that poor guy has had his hands full for the last few months.

Website: www.zg04decor.com