Airport terminals can be incredibly tedious. The baggage security checks, the long hallways, check-in/ticketing, and your staple Auntie Anne's Pretzels knockoff shop. They are also practically impossible to film in.
After almost a year of planning, construction, and installation of everything necessary for the project, Aero Mock-Ups now has the perfect go-to airport terminal to film in.
The 2,200 Sq. Ft. remodeled filming location of Skyway Stage provides:
Wi-Fi controlled LED Green Screen backing 36’ wide x 9’6” high corner windows with eight pivot panel
Three high-profile arches with dimmable recessed lights
Three double doors, one with Jetway entrance
Two Restroom and a VIP entrance
Carpeted wood floor and dimmable side wall wash lights
Architectural styled stage that can provide the setting for a Penthouse, Boardroom, Corner Office, Nightclub, or Dressed as a Passenger Terminal, it can facilitate; Check-in/Ticketing, TSA security, Boarding/Gate, Concessionary, Customs and Immigration areas. Appropriate Set Dressing included.
To get a glimpse check out some of the photos below. Of course to really get an idea of this exciting updated spot you should swing by!
Still located at 13126 Saticoy St, N Hollywood, CA, 91605, Aero Mock-Ups has provided airplane and aircraft mockups/filming locations since 1988 along with most dressing and props available on site.
Some people are working this Good Friday, while others won’t be (and are probably going to have a Great Friday).
For those of us who WILL be working, it’s good to have a list of shops open. Some people will be open for half days (leaving after lunch) so we have split up the list into two with partials closing around lunchtime.
As American as John Wayne and Apple Pie. It can be as over the top fantastical as the Wild Wild West (steampunk anyone?!?) or as gritty as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
There are countless productions that need the look of the Untamed West, from your run-of-the-mill Western to a contemporary but remote Mexican village. But what prop houses do you get these items from, and where can you film them?
Caravan West Productions
The absolute go-to for Western Dressing. From hand props like straight razers, whiskey flasks, and authentic Native American items including pottery, tomahawks, beadwork to a full blown Western filming location within the Los Angeles studio zone that includes an old barn, a 19th century house and mining shacks. Period weaponry to fit the times, wardrobe, animal skins and all manner of other dressing are at your fingertips in their inventory as well.
Omega/Cinema Props, CP Valley & CP Two
Western barrels, horse troughs, water pumps, cast iron stoves, Western tools and oil lanterns. For decades Omega has been collecting props to fulfill production needs, and Westerns are certainly one of them. Call them up to find out what location you need to swing by to cover your needs.
A prop house that specializes in horror and dark themed props has Western Dressing? You betcha. Apothecary props, rattlesnake props, animal and animal bone props, gallows and more are available at Dapper Cadaver. Servicing the Haunted House circuit for years has encouraged them to amass many Western items to cover your needs.
Jackson Shrub Supply
Split rail fence, wagon wheels, various cactus varieties, hitching posts and more (including wagons and the ever-important tumbleweed for rent). Part of what a Western needs is the proper foliage, fencing and more. Jackson is a proper source for it.
Green Set, Inc
Not to be outdone by another greens company, Green Set also offers the proper foliage, greens and dressing for many Western themed productions. Straw bales, carts, fiberglass barn animals (cows, buffalos, horses), and more rustic decorations. Don’t forget that prop houses including Green Set are perfect for events too!
L. A. Party Works
Mechanical bulls, cantina poker, tomahawk throwing, archery and more. If it is a Western Themed Event you are throwing you can’t go wrong reaching out to Party Works. They’ve got western themed bars, games and entertainment that is bound to lasso in a smile from the biggest curmudgeons.
Last night the SDSA held their meeting at Premiere Props for the first time since they opened. It was nice to get a look at the space after such a long time. For libation they offered delicious Margaritas and to munch on yummy tacos, all served by Ferretiz Grill and Cafe.
Everyone who was able to make it to the meeting, decorators and vendors alike, were impressed with the volume Premiere had to offer. The collection over there is quite organized, something I think we can all agree is very appreciated.
After the meet and greet everyone met up to listen to the meeting. Shirley and Phil spoke of all the upcoming events and sponsorships that the SDSA has planned for the future in 2017.
After going through all of the notes, Pam Elyea spoke about the upcoming storm of the century that occurred last weekend, brought out a map of the flood zone area down Lankershim, and explained that they were going to be closed last Friday. It’s better to delay receiving items than have them be washed away (it was a big storm).
Thank you to both the SDSA and Premiere Props for serving up good company, good food, and of course good props!
Well wouldn’t you know, after 20 years Modern Props is moving! We’ve heard through the grapevine that a major player in the prop house circle is picking up their inventory and moving to a new location.
Q: Where are they moving to?
A: They are moving to the city of San Fernando off the 118. The address will be announced later when the move is complete.
Q: Now the important information, are they holding on to their entire inventory?
A: Yes! The new location will have just as much space for all of those gizmos, gadgets, artwork and more that you’ve come to know and love.
Q: If they are moving now, when will they be up and running again?
A: They are not closing during the move. There will, undoubtedly, be some downtime (they ARE moving an entire prop house). The move begins February 1st, will take a couple months and there will be limited access to all inventory. You can be sure they will do their best to minimize the disruption of business.
Every child has had love for playgrounds. Swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, animals on springs and roundabouts (merry go rounds). There is really only one problem about playgrounds, one that never bothered kids. They’re rather permanent.
So now it’s time to dress a park, a backyard, or even a kids space at a fast food restaurant or mall. You need an impermanent but permanent looking set of rentals and playground equipment. Thankfully we’ve climbed around Los Angeles and beyond to find all kinds for you. Was it so we could pretend we were kids again or was it so we could help you out?
Why can’t it be both?
Alley Cats Studio Rentals
Jungle gyms, swing sets, teeter totters and more. They specialize in the outdoor props and how much more outdoors can you get than a playground set?
L. A. Steelcraft Products, Inc.
They have been making playground equipment for over 60 years including the usual merry-go-rounds, play barrels, arch climbers, swings and much more. If you need a variety to select from (or simply need something fabricated for a playground) LA Steelcraft has the experience, know how, and inventory.
Lennie Marvin (Prop Heaven)
An outdoor playset, spring animals and outdoor exercise bars are a part of their inventory. They also have the ever elusive ball pit balls that can often be hard to track down!
The kings of the backyard play set, Sunland Creations has it down to a science. On top of the usual suspects (swing sets and trampolines) they do the backyard play set structures the child in us always wanted. From the simplest playhouse to the two-story set ups with a tube slide, a zip line and swings attached; they’ve got you covered.
Worlds of Wow
If you need indoor playspaces dressed, Worlds of Wow is a must contact. From largescale play areas a la Chuck E Cheese and Sky Zone, to little play areas such as a church or doctors office, they have the resources and experience making it for you. 3D Climbable sculptures, themed environments for mall rest stops, toddler play areas and more are all available through these magic wielders.
Today 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.
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.
Thanks for the yummy lunch (and the sugar overload from the root beer floats)!
After a long time of telling Rich I wanted to stop by his prop house with an electronics emphasis in Atlanta, RJR Props, I was able meet him and his family face to face and take a look at his inventory.
As is the case with many private prop houses, RJR Props is family run. His son (left) is the office manager while Rich (right) works on acquisitions, repairs, and client outreach.
Starting out a few decades ago as an electronics repair shop for everything from tvs to industrial servers, they have become a full-fledged prop house that goes beyond just electronic equipment.
From a wide assortment of other items including fake guns and fake money, they also have a large selection of military equipment for rent.
A big thanks to Rich and family for being so welcoming and showing me around! Here is an obligatory Ruby shot:
Another place I wanted to swing by was Bridge Furniture & Props in Atlanta. Matt has been expanding to multiple states over the last couple of years and I was interested to see what they had going on here.
Claire Foley (the Atlanta location of Bridge’s manager) showed us around. Their same genre of art and contemporary furniture is also a part of the collection over in Atlanta.
Lighting, furniture, and more abound!
If you are in Atlanta, you will not regret swinging by Bridge Furniture & Props. They’ve got a great collection that won’t need to be shipped (of course they have collections in 3 states, so shipping isn’t out of the question either).