What a cool job! Artslandia Kids has this fun infographic with John Ellingson, props master forÂ Northwest Childrenâ€™s Theater.
Oh no, only one week until Halloween. Quick, make some demon horns out of upholstery foam and paper towels!
Popular Woodworking Magazine has a short tutorial on creating a 3D Sketchup model from a photograph. In this case, it’s a photograph taken at an angle, which is less than ideal for getting measurements.
Make Magazine has a tutorial on making giant inflatable plastic tentacles. They use plastic welding, which is a technique I’ve always wanted to try but have never gotten around to.
Finally, take a look at these twenty or so weird and awesome helmets from throughout history. Look at them!
Stage Directions magazine has a great feature on Faye Armon-Troncoso this month. In “The Actor’s Propmaster“, we get a look at how she got started, some of the show’s she has worked on, and what she has learned. I got to work with Faye a bit when I lived in New York City, including assisting her in the production of Merchant of VeniceÂ mentioned in the article.
I love this visit to the Fiberglass Animal Farm. FAST Corp in Â Wisconsin is responsible for most of the giant animals and other roadside attractions you see around the US. If you pass a giant ear of corn on the side of the road, it was probably made by them.
Smooth-On has a great FAQ on solving one of the main problems with molding and casting in the props world: how to make paint stick to your plastic castings.
I know a few props people who sometimes work on the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, so I really enjoyed this article which looks at the 1920s puppeteer whose inflatable monsters changed Thanksgiving.
Finally, this past Thanksgiving, I had a little article written about me in the local paper:Â “Props master Eric Hart: This guy wrote the book on making props for plays.”