We lost a lot of good people in the props world this past year. Here, in chronological order, are the props people who have completed their final note:
Though she passed at the end of 2013, news of Anne Sidaris-Reeves’ death did not break until last January. She worked in the props department on films such as The Goonies, Edward Scissorhands and Father of the Bride, and was one of the first women to be admitted into IATSE.
Joe Longo passed last January. He was the props master on Star Trek II and III, as well as The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. He even had his own trading card in a 1993 set of Star Trek: TNG cards.
In a very tragic accident, Seamus O’Bryan was killed by a hit-and-run driver who remains unidentified. Only 32, he was the prop master at the Old Globe in San Diego, and had just left work and picked up a friend on his motorcycle when they were struck.
While not strictly a props person, H.R. Giger’s passing was felt by many people in the field. His work designing and building the creatures and sets in Alien paved the way for what sci-fi horror would look like for the next three decades.
In July, Kenneth Schwartz, the prop master at Loyola Marymount University, passed on.
Madison, WI, felt a loss when Jen Trieloff passed on. He was properties director at the American Player Theatre, but worked on shows throughout the city. At just 43 years old, this fellow SPAM member’s death came way too soon.
Finally, it’s important to remember the death of Sarah Jones. She was a camera assistant who died while working on the set of a film, and the lack of safety protocols could have easily affected a props person. The ensuing Slates for Sarah campaign has been raising awareness for the importance of safety in our industry.
So be safe in the upcoming year. If there is anyone you think I have missed who should be here, let me know.