A lot of articles on props people came out this past week. Great news for those of us who like to read!
Southern California Public Radio had a talk with Jim Elyea, founder of History for Hire, the famed prop house out in Los Angeles. The interview is just under six minutes long, and well worth a listen.
Steve Levine has been a prop master for 40 years, working on films likeÂ Airplane!,Â Cocoon, andÂ Apollo 13. Check out this great interview with himÂ where he goes into detail about his lengthy career. He also has a book coming out soon, which is probably the first book about working as a Hollywood props master.
Like magic?Â William J. Schmeelk builds magic props and illusions for some of the top magicians in the country. Check out this article and video about his unique business.
In sadder news, Joe Longo has passed away. He was a long time prop master forÂ Star Trek, working onÂ The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, the first five seasons of The Next Generation, and all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine. Trekcore has a collection of old interviews of Joe, including a video, while Star Trek.com has some remembrances by long-time colleagues of Longo.