Coronavirus and Production – When & How to Begin to Reopen Prop Houses

Many of us have had to tighten belts or make difficult decisions as the entire entertainment industry continues to be locked down. Thankfully California Governor Newsom has been “formally working with the film industry” to get guidelines set up, hopefully, by the end of the this coming weekend. Los Angeles County has been hit harder […]

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SBA’s COVID-19 Resources Broken Down for Clarity

Who are Eligible Businesses? Many people in our industry work under payrolls, both union and non-union. Some in our industry on the other hand are businesses. From sole-proprietorships and independent contractors to C- and S-Corporations, these entities also need economic help. They may need it in order to stay open until this epidemic has run […]

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Revisiting the ‘In Praise of Chairs’ Video

I spoke with a class of students late last week and brought up this video to them. I love it. It’s hard to explain to the uninitiated of the weight a prop carries in many scenes. Even a subtle piece that seemingly goes unnoticed to the viewer can still subconsciously imply traits or a state […]

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International Printing Museum – Antique Printing Machinery Galore

With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it can be easy to forget how things were done back in the day. When it comes to printing, fortunately there is a place that allows you to explore the history of books, printing and the book arts. Great to know if you are working on a […]

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A Wonderful Breakdown of Production Design Using Chairs

I was recently speaking with my good friend Tim Hogan over at Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). He sent me a great video that breaks down the importance of production design; through examples of chairs. There are, of course, some iconic chairs (the Iron Throne comes to mind from Game of Thrones) but even the seemingly […]

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History For Hire’s Gary Aardahl – Prop Fabricator Extraordinaire!

Gary Aardahl runs the Custom Shop over at History for Hire. For 25 years Gary and his team have recreated and restored thousands of historical props–ancient Phoenician writing tablets, Medieval armaments, American Revolutionary War artifacts, you name it and its probably been done in the Custom Shop. With an education in history Gary spent many […]

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International Printing Museum

From hand made paper, to the actual printing machines. Do you know how to fabricate a printing press from an exact year for a historical piece… cause I certainly don’t! There’s always that one critic that’ll throw the book at you for historical inaccuracies, but if you throw your feature’s book authentically; they can’t! And […]

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