Experienced prop maker Eric Hart walks readers through techniques used in historical and contemporary prop making and demonstrates how to apply them to a variety of materials. Hundreds of full-color photographs illustrate the tools and techniques used by professional prop makers throughout the entertainment industry.
New features to the second edition include:
Updated information on the latest tools and materials used in prop making
Both metric and standard measuring units
Step-by-step photos on common techniques such as upholstery, mold making, and faux finishing
Expanded coverage of thermoplastics, foam, and water-based coatings
Eric Hart is the props master at Triad Stage and a member of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). He has built props for numerous theatres on and off Broadway and throughout the United States. He has worked with some of America's top actors, directors and designers at the Santa Fe Opera, the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Public Theater. Eric has also constructed props for display and exhibition including the holiday window displays at several major New York City retail stores. His photography and articles about props have been published in Stage Directions Magazine, Scrollsaw Magazine, Theatre Design and Technology, and on his popular blog, Prop Agenda.
Chapter 1 what is a prop? Chapter 2 needs and means Chapter 3 safety Chapter 4 shop space Chapter 5 assemblage Chapter 6 measuring and marking Chapter 7 structure and framework Chapter 8 carpentry Chapter 9 metal Chapter 10 plastics construction Chapter 11 flat patterning Chapter 12 fabric Chapter 13 sculptural materials Chapter 14 molding and casting Chapter 15 shells and laminates Chapter 16 finishing Chapter 17 graphics