Where to Find Modern Tech Rentals

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.

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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.

Wireless for All (laptop and iPhones), RJR Props (desktop computer), Woody's Electrical Props (control panels)
Photo Credits: Wireless for All (left), RJR Props (middle), Woody’s Electrical Props (right)

Airwaves Wireless
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.

LCW Props
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.

Modern Props
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!

RJR Props
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!

Where to Find Western Dressing

The Wild West.

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 – Western Dressing/Location

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.

Dapper Cadaver
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.

Honorable Mentions:

Hand Prop Room LP – Saddles, gambling, saloon dressing and cavalry equip.
History for Hire – Western posters, wooden barrels, Native American props, & blacksmith tools.
Sony Studios Property – Branding irons, western buckets, lassos, animals pelts and Native American items.
Universal Studios Property – Western backpacks, miners pans, hangman posts, wood boxes & more.
Warner Bros Property – Western smalls, saw horses, stagecoaches, wagon wheels and horse equip.

Where to Find Playground Equipment

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?

Worlds of Wow - Sculpted Play Set
Worlds of Wow – Sculpted Play Set

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!

Sunland Creations
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.

Honorable Mentions:

Omega/Cinema Props – School playground dressing including sports items and rubber balls.
Universal Studios Property – Outdoor jungle gym and a few other accessories.
Warner Bros Studios Property – Boxes of ball pit balls, kids sports items and additional school dressing.

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.

On Set Graphics Announces Pilot Season Discount

Need bulletin board artwork for any school, police station, community center or more? Check out their 100% cleared artwork over on their website.

Marc and Alyssa over at On Set Graphics want to help with your next or current project. Until April 10th all of their artwork has a 10% discount. You don’t even have to use a promo code!

They also have flyers, posters and documents ready for downloading to print at any time.

pilot_bannerWebsite: www.onsetgraphics.com

Canadian Art Prints & Winn Devon Art Group – Narrow Down Cleared Artwork

There are plenty of sources for Art for Rent, thankfully, so we can all have access to the variance required for different productions and genres.

Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to narrow down which have been legally cleared for production. Thankfully there are services like CAP & Winn Devon’s, where they clearly state what can be used for public reuse!

On their large online database you can browse all artwork available, as many allow. The kicker is that they state what can be used on the artwork’s page! Below is a reminder sent out by Canadian Art Prints & Winn Devon Art Group recently:

Debbie's book blog

Website: www.capandwinndevon.com

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.

Castle Antique Announces Their Black & Gold Collection, Plans for More

gI_59824_black-goldUnique furniture and dressing is often key to many sets (and home furnishings). Castle Antiques & Design is one place where you know you can find such items.

They have just sent out a press release along that same vein. Their new Black & Gold collection (sleek ebonized furniture with classic designs) is now available. Not to rest on their laurels they have also said there are new lines to be announced as 2016 progresses!

You can read their press release below or follow this link to their official announcement:

Furniture For A Gilded Age: Ebonized Look Revived for 2016 Collection

Castle Antiques announces the launch of the Black & Gold Collection. This collection is the first of the many new collections Castle has planned for 2016. The Black and Gold collection came about for Castle because the technique of “ebonizing” furniture is age old and it looks fantastic with the gilted bronze ornamentation. These pieces are absolute stand outs. They can be used as a single one-of-a-kind piece in a room, or they can also take on an updated look to mix and match with any type of furniture style in a home.

Now officially available, The Black & Gold collection pieces are comprised of French and European styles dating from the Louis XV, Louis XVI, Regency and Empire periods. The pieces are refinished with black lacquer; it makes the gold ornamentation pop beautifully hence the Black & Gold collection. Ebonizing originated in the 16th century and was popularized in the late 19th century. Castle Antiques is reviving the ebonized look in 2016. This collection is meant to be paired or mixed with metal finishes and colors, such as gold, silver and bronze, which are the new trends for 2016.

Established in 1975, Castle Antiques originally started as wholesaler to other antique dealers across the United States. They expanded operations and began catering to interior designers, large design firms and private collectors. Castle Antiques is in the process of expanding online operations in 2016. They are the largest family-owned antique dealer on the west coast, and maintain a 35,000 square ft. showroom full of rare and one of a kind pieces imported from Europe.

Over the years, Castle has evolved into a full service fine antique furniture repair, upholstery and restoration shop, offering an unparalleled level of excellence and craftsmanship.

Where to Find Hospital Equipment & Dressing

Angelus Medical & Optical Co
Angelus Medical & Optical Co

We see it all of the time in movies and television shows. Someone gets injured and they are now in the hospital. But where do you get all of the equipment needed to dress a room (or more) to look like a hospital without stealing everything from a hospital? That’s where Debbies Book always shines. We do not promote stealing.

It’s always helpful when there are specialty prop houses, and searching for medical equipment and supplies are no exception:

A-1 Medical Integration
Patient handling equipment (such as stretchers and gurneys), OBGYN equipment, patient monitoring systems and much more. They are one of the 3 big medical emphasis prop houses around. Darren and his crew will set you up quickly and accurately for your next hospital dressing needs.

Alpha Companies – Spellman Desk
Alpha Companies is unique in that they have two specialties. Medical equipment and multiples of furniture. Need operating room equipment? They’ve got what you need to fill that room. Need waiting room dressing? Ding ding, that’s available too with cleared artwork, traditional furniture and even fake flowers for the dressing. You can easily find what you need for more than just the emergency and hospital equipment at this conveniently located prop house. They also have locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta!

Angelus Medical & Optical Co., Inc.
What’s a better supplier for medical furniture and supplies than the guys that supply the real deal to actual hospitals and emergency services? Angelus Medical has been around probably the longest renting and selling equipment to the industry, but their main focus has always been supplying to the medical field. Need antique medical supplies? They’ve got that too. From exam room chairs to whatever hyfrecators are they can tell you what you need and supply it too.

Of course there are always other prop houses who supply smaller varieties of medical and hospital equipment but it never hurts to start with the experts!

L.A. Percussion Rentals Celebrates 10 Years, Updated Website

LAPR 10th anniversary w new website projectionIt is always wonderful to see good people be successful. Los Angeles Percussion Rentals is a perfect example. On November 3rd Dan and Abbey Savell celebrated 10 years of business in the ‘anything that can be hit and sound nice’ market, also known as percussion instruments.LAPR owners Abby and Dan Savell

As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate they have also released an updated website! Trust me, I have plenty of experience updating websites. I know how big of a deal that is too.

So with no further delay, those that are a hit with everything you can hit, the company that beats to their own drums because they have so many available; below is the press release Los Angeles Percussion Rentals sent over:

LAPR press release 10 yr new site 2015 PROPS
“L.A. Percussion Rentals Celebrates Milestone Anniversary and Launches New Website
LOS ANGELES, CA, 11/3/15 – L.A. Percussion Rentals (LAPR), the preeminent percussion and backline rental company for some of the most respected live and recording acts worldwide, are celebrating a decade in business. At the Company’s 10th anniversary party, the husband and wife owners revealed their new, revamped website.

This redone website is “aiming to be more of a real resource for percussion and backline,” owner Abby Savell stated. At the core, everything is databased with alternate names, so instruments are easy to find; some are cross-referenced in multiple categories, if applicable. Over thirty new instruments with photos were added and lesser-known instruments have greater description.

Another notable function of the new LAPR website is the “Sound Search,” an interactive tool which is designed for those (such as prop masters) who seek instruments but aren’t sure which ones to choose; the Sound Search helps the user narrow-down by certain qualities – such as region – and the results are real-time displayed.

In addition, many of the instruments – notably from renowned studio percussionist Emil Richards – have links to sound clips. Rather than simply provide solo instrument, “sample” style sound clips, the Company provides links to clips of some of the instruments in context, most from film recordings. “Many of these instruments sound different depending on what beaters are used or which area of the instrument is played on; even the musical style that’s used in the example can leave a narrow impression of the instrument. We wanted to avoid the pigeonholing of sample-style sound clips, and allow a multitude of examples which allow the user to hear different applications of each instrument in different styles, and sometimes with other instruments,” said owner Dan Savell.

LAPR was founded in 2005 by Dan and Abby Savell, husband and wife professional percussionists. They rent orchestral, ethnic, and eclectic percussion, along with drumsets and backline to symphony orchestras, tours, film/TV/videogame productions, bands, universities, and individual musicians. For more information, contact Dan Savell at 310.666.8152.”

Website: www.lapercussionrentals.com