So the big news this week is that I received my advance copy of The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV.
I cannot wait for people to start reading this. It’s the culmination of several years’ work. It clocks in at around 380 pages, and has photographs, charts, and illustrations on nearly every single page.
But enough about me, let’s talk about what else you can read on the web this week:
The House of von MacramÃ© is a new pop musical running at the Bushwick Starr. It’s about a killer who targets models during Fashion Week. Waldo Warshaw did all the blood effects, delivery systems and splatter choreography, which Erik Piepenburg at the New York Times presents to us in this great article and slideshow called “A Scream. A Splash. Send in the Mops“.
This is actually from a month ago, but the Smithsonian Institute has received production-used costumes and props from the Broadway production ofÂ Wicked for display in their National Museum of American History. I think more props belong in a museum.
Everybody knows Google Street View, right? Well they have some special galleries hidden in different places. One very cool one is the inside of Scott’s Hut in Antartica. It’s an exploration hut from 1911 which the cold has preserved perfectly. It makes for some really cool primary research. If that link doesn’t work, or if you want to see what other galleries they have, you can view all their collections.