Inside the One-ton, History-making King Kong Broadway Musical – Where does a 2000 pound gorilla puppet sit? Wherever he wants! Find out all the technical wizardry that went into creating one of the largest and most expressive puppets to ever grace Broadway.
Exclusive: Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna Talks ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ – The latest film in the wizard world ofÂ Harry Potter is coming out soon, so The Knockturnal sat down with the head prop maker, Pierre Bohanna. Pierre has worked on all the previousÂ Harry Potter films as well, so this is old hat to him. Old sorting hat, that is!
Secrets of the Solo: a Star Wars Story Creature Shop – Despite its unimpressive cinema run,Â Solo was actually one of the most expensiveÂ Star Wars films made, and was packed to the gills with practical creature effects.Â Puppeteer Brian Herring talks about how they brought all those crazy aliens to life.
Need a giant glacier? An Eiffel Tower? Tampa prop master Tandova Ecenia is selling them off after 38 years – Tandova has been supplying the Tampa area of Florida with props for nearly four decades. Take a peek into her storage facility before it is all sold off and scattered to the wind.
Players Pen: Setting a scene on stage is as much about the props as it is about the actors – Take a look at how props designer Wendy Huber andÂ prop shop manager Kristen Nuh brought the nerdy world ofÂ Salvage to life on this Green Bay stage.
Behind the scenes: designing the props for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Pierre Bohanna talks about some of the fantastic props he was tasked to create for JK Rowlingâ€™s latest foray into the Harry Potter universe. He also details some of the biggest challenges; surprisingly, recreating 1926 New York was more difficult than finding fantastic beasts.
Props: Fur, Foam & Focus – ZoÃ« Morsette talks with Stage Directions magazine about her career and some of the favorite props she built. She discusses some great specifics about materials, techniques, and tools used on some recognizable props. She also gives helpful advice for the early career prop professional.
Floating Worlds: The Santa Fe Opera Scene Shop – This article brings us some beautiful photographs and in-depth interviews withÂ Scott Schreck andÂ Mike Ortiz, the technical director and associate technical director of the Santa Fe Opera. Find out how they build scenery for operas that travel all over the world.
Our Favorite Movie Props at Comic-Con 2018! – The Prop Store is getting ready for a big auction of rare and iconic movie props. They recently brought a bunch of them to San Diego Comic Con. This fifteen-minute video looks at their collection during this brief opportunity to see all these famous props in one location.
Faberge Caravan – The Prop Solve is back after a brief hiatus, but she returns with a fantastic post showing a Faberge egg she made in the style of a 1970s caravan trailer. There are lots of great tips and photos showing how she modeled tiny benches and appliances to fit the curves of an egg-shaped vehicle.
First things first, a lot of you have noticed that the original publication date forÂ The Prop Effects Guidebook has come and gone, but you still cannot order it. It turns out there was some problems with the printers, so the book needs to be reprinted, meaning its release is postponed for the time being. So sorry! If you come to USITT, my publisher will have one copy at their booth you can look through, or you can hunt me down and I will tell you everything that is in the book.
‘Props’ go to Wheaton: Exhibitions celebrate stage, movie, TV artistry that usually goes unnoticed – Last week I was in Massachusetts for the opening of the “Props and Fine Art from Movies, Television and Theatre” exhibition I was a part of. Besides my props, it also features work from Jay Duckworth, Ross MacDonald, and Carl Sprague, who were all at the opening with me, as well as Randy Lutz, Buist Bickley, and Annie Atkins. The show runs through mid-April, so check it out if you’re in New England!
EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Props Master Mario Moreira, Part 1 – This interview with the props master for the newestÂ Star Trek series is a lot of fun, and it features some great drawings and prototypes of the props as they were developed. The second part of the interview is up as well.
The Goblet of Fire – I did not realize that the original Goblet of Fire from theÂ Harry Potter films was carved from a solid piece of English Elm by the Head Propmaker. Many of the film’s actual props are on display in London at the WB Studio Tour. Unfortunately, this link does not go into too much detail into the Goblet’s construction, but it’s still pretty cool.
Center Theatre Group highlights their prop master, Andrew Thiels, in one of their latest blog posts. He talks about his favorite props from his 14-year career and what his job entails.
Shreveport has their very own movie prop maker with Jim Hayes, owner ofÂ LA House of Props. He has built props forÂ films such asÂ True Blood,Â Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,Â Armageddon, and so many more. It’s worth fighting the popup ads to view the massive photo gallery of his work.
With theÂ Harry Potter moviesÂ turning 15 this year, the Evening Standard sits down with the films’ prop maker,Â Pierre Bohanna. He talks about how the designs of all the fictional objects evolved from the pages of the book to the screen.
Finally, Bloomberg News takes us on a video tour of Creature Technology, the Australian animatronic company building life-size moving dinosaurs for live performance. There’s nothing really to say here, exceptÂ “can I get a job there?” and “can you move your shop to Burlington, North Carolina?”.
I’m light on words this week because we are in the middle of tech for my first show at Triad Stage, but enjoy these links:
Set decorator Stephenie McMillan passed away this week. She got her start working on films in 1984, with her most notable credit as the set decorator on all eightÂ Harry Potter films. Check out this interview with McMillan from last year to learn more about her work and her process.
If all the glues and adhesives out there are confusing to you, Design Sponge has an “adhesives 101” for you. It does a good job breaking down the major types of glues available and what they are useful for. Of course, you should always test the specific glue you want to use first, but this guide is helpful to give you a place to start.
Check out this massive behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the firstÂ Alien movie.Â The models and miniatures used on that film are incredible.
Kamui Cosplay has a detailed look at how she created some fantasy armor fromÂ World of Warcraft using Wonderflex, Worbla, Friendly Plastic, PVC and EVA foam.