Interview: Rob Kyker -Â Lilja’s Library, a site dedicated to Stephen King, sits down for an interview with Rob Kyker, the prop master onÂ Mr. Mercedes. Rob was also prop master on shows likeÂ Lost andÂ Castle.
Making Your Own Foam Cutting Table – Make Magazine brings us this how-to video explaining how to build a hot wire cutting table for foam. Don’t forget the ventilation!
Kansas City Rep Theatre, Prop & Costume Auction – The Kansas City Rep is losing their storage space and moving to a smaller warehouse, so a large portion of their collection is being sold off. This auction includes items that have been bought throughout their 30 year history, so it is a rare opportunity to acquire many hard-to-find items.
Pocket Screws for Chairmaking? (Yes) – Chris Schwartz shows us how he uses pocket screws as a way to clamp pieces that are otherwise difficult to attach a clamp to. I’ll admit to having done this in the past; pocket screws create a very strong connection.
The making of the Central Perk couch on Friends – This video shows the Warner Brothers Upholstery Department building the iconic orange couch fromÂ Friends. I think it is a recreation of the original couch, but I still find it fascinating that they build the entire couch from scratch.
Warner Brothers has a huge prop and costume warehouse hidden somewhere outside of London. CNN brings you some of the first pictures from inside, showing us props from films such asÂ Harry Potter,Â theÂ Batman series andÂ Gravity. Don’t forget to check out the video as well.
Propnomicon does a great job showing us some of the best props from theÂ Cthulhu mythos and similar realms. Â But this one time, he found this faux-antique vampire-killing kit that was so horribly done that he just went to town criticizing every aspect of it. From the random screwdriver gouging andÂ haphazard use of a blowtorch, to the over-reliance on upholstery tacks, this prop has it all. It is actually a good lesson on whatÂ not to do when ageing your props. It’s very distressing.
Olivia O’Connor used to be a prop maker in Sydney, working on films such asÂ The Wolverine andÂ Mad Max: Fury Road. But she’s given that all up and now carves rocking horses out of wood on her parents’ farm in south Gippsland. It’s amazing what you can do with the skills you pick up as a prop maker.
The Spaeth Design website has a whole slew of videos up giving a behind the scenes look at their shop. They have a couple of episodes of “Making Magic at Spaeth Design”, where they look at the various departments and people who work there. Spaeth Design is the New York company that builds animated window displays for companies that include or have included Macys, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.