It’s that time of year again where everyone gets together, grills hot dogs, and tries to blow everything up but their hands.
This year July 4th falls on an awkward day, Thursday. That means some people, with their hands hopefully completely still intact, have to get back on the production wagon the Friday after festivities.
As is our custom we’ve asked so you don’t have to. So without further ado (and even fewer explosion jokes related to limb safety) here is our list of prop houses who will have their doors open for you this Friday, July 5th:
There ain’t no rest for the wicked, and apparently many prop houses too, for the coming Monday before the 4th of July!
For specific prop houses, check out the list below. All of the following will be open for at least partial hours starting in the morning:
For a longer list of prop houses on Debbies Book, you can check it out here:
May everyone have a fantastic 4th of July! Specifically for those lucky few where it’s an option, may you enjoy your four day weekend!
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.
Recreating nature is what Green Set does, and they’ve been doing it since 1991. What began in rented trailers on Vanowen St. more than 23 years ago has turned into one of the largest greens business in the entertainment industry.
While maintaining its core entertainment clientele, Green Set has expanded to provide and create props and plants for weddings, conferences, tradeshows, still photography, private parties and sporting venues among other functions. Now everyone knows what the industry has known for years—leave the greenery to Green Set.
Set Decorator Laura Richards took her students from FIDM on a field trip on Thursday May 2nd.
After a quick lunch the students had an opportunity to be toured around Green Set, giving them a chance to see more than just Green Set’s greens. Their greens fabrication and Christmas dressing has expanded tremendously over the years.
As soon as the students were finished at Green Set it was off to History for Hire where they had the opportunity to experience the unique inventory over there. A massive collection of vintage items all separated by their periods were out for the students to see. The students also had a chance to see some of the vintage graphics available at HFH, including labels for alcohol, candy, condiments, and everything else you can imagine.
All in all the students were pretty lucky to get such hands on experience for how to shop at prop houses. It’s always great to see the next generation of Set Decorators begin their training as they start the process of using prop houses and suppliers for their productions.
Reinventing nature IS their business. Since 1991, Green Set, Inc. has been family-owned and operated by Dan and Debby Needham.
My first meeting with Dan and Debby was in a couple of rented office trailers located on Vanowen St. The space was tight and the crew was small, but what began in those rented trailers has turned into one of the largest greens businesses in the entertainment industry.
Green Set now has 13 acres of live plants and greenhouses; two multi-acre movie ranches; 10,000 sq. ft. of holiday décor; 48,000 sq ft. of props, party & theme décor; and 73 experienced employees servicing special events as well as film, television and commercial production.