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!

Malabar Coast Living Closing Auction

One very unique resource in Los Angeles will be closing it's doors this week, and with it it's ability to source Indian, Balinese, Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, Moroccan and many more styles of furniture and accessories. Due to the nature of the liquidation, everything must go.

Following their final weekend of sales (of which I would highly recommend everyone go check out) the last of their stock will be auctioned off ending this Wednesday at 12pm, September 27th. The auction will take place at their latest location:

Malabar Coast Living
500 N La Brea Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

You can check out what's available, along with what will be missed once the auction and sales are over an the Auction Nation website here: Malabar Coast Living High End Imported Furniture Auction

Items up for sale are the same as they always have been; Asian doors, unique consoles and cabinetry, Asian themed furniture, carved statues including Buddhas, folding screens, bar stools and beyond.

It is recommended that you stop by beforehand and see what you can grab before it goes up for auction!

[Auction Announcement] – Angel Appliances is Closing its Doors

Sepulveda, CA, August 17, 2017 – The very unique and trusted prop house Angel Appliances is closing its doors after more than 60 years of business: At 9 o’clock on Tuesday, August 22nd, both online and at their address (8545 N Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA, 91343), the “doors” will open.

You can access the online live bidding at the following page: Angels Appliances/Trucks/Inventory

  • MAKE SURE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT on BidSpotter.com
  • Please note: Props shown throughout the link – many toward end of list. Practical and cut-away props noted.

The auction itself will run from 11 to whenever their inventory is all accounted for and promises to have some very unique items available. For those familiar with Angel Appliances, you know that the items up for bid are going to include a wide array of brand new, vintage, antique, and down right unique appliances of many kinds. The list of items will include but not be limited to; refrigerators; stoves; washing machines; air conditioners; dishwashers; cooktops; venthoods; and more. They also will have items such as coin operated laundry machines and break room appliances.

It will be a loss to the set decor community no longer having all of these items in a single location. Their knowledge was an extra bonus to nabbing the appropriate piece. Of course, everyone is allowed to finally retire. Now is a chance for new homes to carry their torch (or pilot light in this case).

For more information you can email Lisa at lisa@angelappliances.com

You can also download the flyer for their auction here.

 

Below is a transcript of the original press release:


*Photos are a representative sample of items being sold. Not all models in photos are available.

Angel Appliance has closed its doors. Thank you for your business all these years!
In business – 1955 on. SDSA member – 2001 on.

Auction
Location:   Online & In-Store 8545 N Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA, 91343
Time:   9 am viewing; 11 am bidding starts [on Tuesday, August 22nd]

Link showing items for sale: bidspotter.com – look for the Aug. 22 auction of appliances
Please note: Props shown throughout the link – many toward end of list. Practical and cut-away props noted.

1920 stove to modern appliances. Kitchen, home laundry, laundromat & more. Practical & background.

Aero Mock-Ups Opens Skyway Stage – An Airport Terminal Mock-Up

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.

Ralph Hernandez Jr of The Earl Hays Press Passes

The film and television industries have lost yet another great. Rafael Hernandez Jr has passed away on May 15th according to The Earl Hays Press. Anyone who knew him would have to agree that he was not only a good guy, but a good guy with a big smile. He always had your back and would work with you to find exactly what you needed and when you needed it.

From all of us at Debbies Book, our condolences go out to the Hernandez family and their extended work family.

Memorial and funeral service information is posted on The Earl Hays Press’ Facebook Page:

It is with our deepest sorrows that we inform you of the death of Rafael (Ralph) Hernandez Jr. on May 15th, 2017

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6pm
followed by a Rosary/Mass at 7pm
at the Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn Glendale.

Funeral Service will be held
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 1:30pm
at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Glendale

UTW Day Coming Up in June – How You Can Help!

Looking to have a positive impact in your community AND meet great people? The local nonprofit A Million Drops will be renovating a sober living house for the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day (UTW), on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

For this to be a full success they don’t just need bodies, however. There are many necessities including more funding. If you want to participate check out some of the information shared with us below (or linked here as a downloadable pdf):

 

  • As part of the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day, LA-based non-profit A Million Drops is going to give a fresh look to a sober living house, 2nd Chance For Sobriety. The facility houses 70 men ages 20-45 – most of them court-ordered – and it operates on a shoestring budget. Our goal is to beautify three areas: the Visitation Room, the Dining Area and the Back Yard. It will be a joint effort between volunteers and residents.
  • To make this happen, we need your help. We are looking for individuals and organizations interested in providing materials, such as building supplies, furniture, etc. as outlined in the attached presentation. We also need volunteers experienced in the areas of painting and furniture making. Volunteers are needed to work on the day of the event as well.
  • If you prefer to make a monetary contribution, we will gladly accept donations in the form of cash, checks made out to A Million Drops, or payments via PayPal to donate@amilliondrops.org . A Million Drops is a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible.

 

For more information about how you can help, reach out to:

A Million Drops
c/o Maike Both
357 South Fairfax Ave. Ste. 411
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-829-2830  •  maike@amilliondrops.org

Websites: www.unfucktheworld.net & www.amilliondrops.org

Prop Houses Open This Good Friday (2017)

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.

Name Open Partial
Advanced Liquidators
Aero Mock-Ups
Artery Props
Artkraft Taxidermy
Bridge Furniture & Props
Dapper Cadaver
Faux Library
FormDecor
LCW Props
Little Bohemia
Modernica Props
Old N Country
Picture Start Props
Sword & Stone
The Surface Library
ZG04 Decor
Alley Cats Studio Rentals
Hollywood Cinema Arts
Jackson Shrub Supply
Prop Services West
RC Vintage

For a longer list of prop houses on Debbies Book, you can check it out here:
Prop Houses

I hope everyone has a good weekend, whenever that may start!

Debbies Book Announces New ‘Left in the Dust’ Campaign

LOS ANGELES – April 1, 2017 – Debbies Book, Inc. today announced the all-new Debbies Book campaign ‘Left in the Dust’, bringing a revolutionary experience to those with non-dominant right hands. The campaign includes an updated printed book experience which will let you choose what hand you hold the book in as well as which hand can turn the pages. The new book also features inspirational quotes to the reader such as, “Everyone else may think they’re right, but you’re left with the real answers.”

The new Debbies Book App (available here) also dramatically simplifies how you select, scroll and navigate through your favorite prop related categories while your device is being held in the left hand.

“There has been so much innovation in the entertainment and event rental industries, we want to bring that same excitement and access to Lefties,” said Ruby Payne, Debbies Book’s C.E.O. and board chairman. “Righties have had their hands in everything prop since the first rent-able wooden club to the latest futuristic alien flight consoles that you see in some prop houses.”

The move to include Lefties isn’t entirely selfless, however. Adding accessibility to Lefties will also expand the reach of Debbies Book by almost 10%. “I understand that when one hand washes the other success can often be achieved more easily. I just wonder how the dynamic of the Entertainment and Event Industries will be affected by allowing access to that many more people,” says George P. Hagopian, founder of the organization Right’s Rights for Right Now. “I haven’t actually worked in the entertainment industry at all. I just think adapting your platform to only access 10% more people seems a little heavy-handed.”

Pricing & Availability
As has always been the case, the website and apps for Debbies Book, Inc will be accessible to everyone for free. A downloadable version of the printed book is also available for free from their website at their Get the Book page. The actual book itself is still listed on Amazon for $40. As part of the ‘Left in the Dust’ campaign, 10% of the proceeds made from the revamped ambidextrous printed edition of Debbies Book will be given to Hands Over Fists, a nonprofit that funds outreach activities that promote public awareness and normalization of those born with a right hand that is less dominant than their left.

Created in 1978, Debbies Book is the respected art department resource for the niche industries of both entertainment and event creative professionals. Many of the listed companies are owned by individuals who can’t bring themselves to ever have a garage sale and therefore have an absurd amount of items available for rent.

Lennie Marvin of Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven Passes

Lennie Marvin of Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven passed away on March 30th, 2017. As a pioneer of the Prop House business, Lennie built one of the original continually successful resources now in the Valley while also being a tenacious force. Many years ago the baton was taken by Keith Marvin to run, but Lennie’s impact will always be there.

This is a huge loss to the filmmaking community and our thoughts go out to his family at this time.

When I heard the news I felt compelled to pull out an old “Spotlight” on Lennie that Debbies Book published in the 2004-05 19th edition of Debbies Book. The text below was as follows:

“My first encounter with Lennie Marvin was in 1977. Rodney from Ballier Trucking Service was loading a jukebox onto the lift gate of the truck, and remarked, “You better clean off that dulling spray from that jukebox…Lennie ain’t gonna like this!” Who’s Lennie?! Well, I soon found out.

And jukeboxes are just the tip of the iceberg at Lennie Marvin Enterprises. His collection continues to expand every year. You will still see Lennie every now and then, but his son Keith watches over the company these days. And never fear…Keith has a family of four little Marvins ready to continue the tradition of a family-run prop house.”