Chatting with Artery Props & The Auditorium – Music to Everyone’s Ears

Of course we all know how to dress a garage band scene, and maybe even a largescale concert. But there are always little details that can be missed. That’s why it always helps to ask the experts when you’re picking out your items. What kind of speakers should be used? How about microphones? Not to mention which of their guitars would match a certain time period.

Everything but the band!

I swung over to Artery Props and The Auditorium to see what was new in their inventory. Those two have been working steadily for almost 10 years to maintain and grow their prop house.

Pick your favorite flavor of drums! (Mine is mint)

The two properties, both in the same location, work primarily for the film and television industries renting out their instruments (The Auditorium) and their uniquely positioned custom artwork and print shop (Artery Props). I always like seeing what their most recent and/or favorite acquisition is. Right now, apparently, it’s this sweet “axe”:

Looking for a keytar? They’ve got plenty to choose from. Need a specific colored guitar? Pick which shade of the rainbow.

Keytars and keyboards

Mark and Victor have also put almost a decade into expanding their “Band Art”. From cleared posters and flyers to CD and record covers, they’ve created cleared album and band art for you to swing by and take with you. They’ve also got 3 large format printers that they work with to spit out much of their work.

From high school band to the real deal

Something I hadn’t known before is that their inventory expands beyond their space too. They’ve got extra multiples and some of their larger pieces just a quick skip away that can be picked up at the same time.

It’s always nice to watch something grow from it’s original conception, and Artery Props and the Auditorium fit that bill nicely.

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Chatting with Warner Bros Hardware – The Unsung Hero of a Set

Knock knock – Who’s there? – Knockers

How would Kramer in a Seinfeld episode ever be able to make one of those crazy entrances into Seinfeld’s room without a doorknob? How would Jamie Lee Curtis ever be able to lock that window to keep that horror film bad guy out of the house if it wasn’t for window lock? And what would Scrooge talk to if there was no door knocker to change into his old colleague Marley’s face?

Anyone looking for some decorative door plates?

What is Hardware? Also referred to as builders hardware, hardware is made up of metal products that most of us take for granted every day. They are used in our homes and other commercial buildings, everywhere really. Every latch, doorknob, hinge, cabinet handle, and door knocker helps to tell the story and add the final touch to a space. As you can imagine there are a large variety of styles, shapes, sizes and metal types used for hardware. Depending on the time period, location, and even the character who lives in a space, the hardware chosen can be drastically different.

The real question is, where does one get the right hardware and how do you know it’s the right hardware? There are quite a few spots of course, but today I wanted to chat about the Hardware Department at Warner Bros run by Mike Hollis.

He has been a guiding hand and curator for the past 35 years, staying on top of the art and the history of hardware. You can find his latest location downstairs under the Prop Department on the Warner Bros lot. He can help you through not just the history, making life easier with their great selection. Why don’t you zip down and take a look, and tell Mike we said hi!

WB Hardware Rentals will *handle* anything you throw their way!
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Chatting with Enchanted Studio Props LCC

Entrance to Enchanted Studio Props
Entrance to Enchanted Studio Props

I stopped by Enchanted Studio Props to check in on them. They’ve been up and running in Burbank for almost a year now and I was excited to see what they were up to. Moving an operation over from New Mexico is no small feat!

Well, needless to say, if you haven’t visited Enchanted Studio Props since their opening over here on the coast you should zip over and check out their inventory. They have certainly grown. With an expandable space that can adapt as they grow, Daphne and Dave Benavides have an opportunity to keep growing as they find new talent.

Vase plz!

As is the case with so many people in our industry, both Daphne and Dave are not newcomers to the arts in general. Daphne was a performing arts instructor and Dave has been working in the film/tv industry for years, so he brings an experienced eye when finding talent. This has meant they have come across many people to add. You will come across at their space many fresh new artist’s works from California’s central coast, San Diego, New Mexico and many other locales.

Some of the most recent acquisitions represented in their inventory come straight out of the Los Angeles Brewery, many that are not previously known. Their artworks are great additions to their collection of abstract, landscapes, still life, photography and more.

Go stop by, give Daphne a high-five (maybe even Dave will be there), and browse what’s available. It never hurts to keep an eye out for fresh pieces of art!

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Happy Hump Day 4th of July!

Even with some of us working this week, it’ll be nice to cut that week in half with some burgers, hot dogs, daytime TV, or whatever our hearts desire.

Stay cool! The Debbies Book team will be back to helping you track down what you need Thursday.

We will also be weighed down from eating too much the day before. It’s normal to plan to eat too much, right? I hope so.

THIS WEEKEND – Metalpalooza, June 16th-17th


is happening this weekend, and quite frankly it sounds like a good time.

Belly dancing, fire breathing, live blacksmithing, swordfighting, raffles, artisan presentations and much more will be available to everyone who attends. Demos such as sword making, gem cutting, jewelry making, bronze casting, leather working and many other fascinating talents will be shown to attendees along with full access to The Sword & The Stone showroom.

Oh, did I mention there will also be sword fighting? I feel compelled to mention that again.

Tony Swatton will be hosting, a highly skilled blacksmith who has worked with the film and television industry for decades, along with showcasing many other talented individuals.

To get tickets to the event, stop by Metalpalooza.net where you can even nab some discounted tickets!

Don’t forget it’s two days! You can also grab single day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday.

Hope to see you guys there!

Website: www.swordandstone.com

Old N Country – A Blast From the Past

Stop by Old N Country if you want a little blast from the past. It reminds me of an old little prop house called Billy Woolfe.

I’m not sure how many of you remember, but Billy Woolfe was located on Beachwood Drive in Hollywood. It would soon be purchased by Chuck and Bill to add to their growing collection at Prop Services West (it would then also be labeled The Billy Woolfe Collection).

Don’t bother checking this out on google because I’m older than google.

At any rate, one of the latest prop houses in town reminds me of the atmosphere of the Billy Woolfe prop house. Old N Country is just that, props from a simpler time and place. Their inventory could easily dress a grandmothers house, or just someone living out in Middle America on their little farm.

The collection arrived at the end of 2016 and has continued to grow as they bring more items over from their storage facilities in Philadelphia. If you haven’t visited Old N Country recently, and especially if you haven’t stopped by at all, go and check them out. The cow shaped milk jug is worth it alone.

Website: www.oldncountry.com

Debbies Book CEO Subpoenaed by Mueller’s Team

Ruby Payne at a political fundraising event in March 2017.

Los Angeles – The FBI this week detained and questioned Ruby Payne, CEO of Debbies Book – a valuable resource for finding props, especially in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Payne issued a written statement saying she was detained by the FBI on Sunday after she arrived at a dog park on her way home from a walk. Federal investigators took her cell phone and purse, then questioned her about where to find sci-fi and futuristic items as well as western themed props. Debbies Book is known for helping people find these kinds of items and more for film and television. Ruby says she was then served a subpoena before being released to appear before Muellers nephews birthday event coordinators, which she is expected to do next month. The birthday party itself will occur in May.

“The questions got more detailed about the types of items they were looking for (which they were hoping would be free or at least cheap since the birthday was a non-union “low-budg” affair); what prop houses carry what items; whom I knew and how well – they had a long wishlist of items,” Payne said. “They seemed to then focus more attention on larger scale event rentals (of whom I have plenty of recommendations too); multiples of cabanas and steampunk themed event chairs. Then they brought up something about Russians, which I knew nothing about.”

She said she was asked specifically if she had visited all of the larger resources in her database, verifying the inventories of these so-called prop houses. She had, she said. Payne’s statement shines a spotlight into the workings of Mueller’s nephews birthday party, of which the public up until now knew very little about.

The birthday event council declined to comment.

Debbies Book has long been a resource for finding props and services for the film and television industries, not just for the nephews of special investigation teams formed by the FBI.