Fun Fridays – May 17, 2019

I found this video about the man behind the paper props you see in movies fascinating. The attention to detail for something that is only there for a split second is quite extraordinary. (five minutes in length)

17 Responses to Fun Fridays – May 17, 2019

  1. Maco Stewart May 17, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Wow. That was great. I suppose the best testament to his skill and the skill if his fellow workers is that I don’t question the documents even a far-fetched movie or series (like the maps and station documentation in LOST, which I’m rewatching). I might wonder, in the context of the film, gee, I wonder who made that/how did they get that IN THE MOVIE, but my suspension of disbelief scoots right past Who Made that Prop. Thanks, Steve. Fun Friday, indeed.

  2. Joy Neal Kidney May 17, 2019 at 5:20 am #


  3. Karen Ingle May 17, 2019 at 5:54 am #

    The man’s backstory is as interesting to me as his artistry. Reminds me of my daughter who in childhood made intricate miniature props—paper and otherwise—for home videos of her toys, and now creates full-scale theatre props. “They’re the same, just bigger,” she says.

  4. Roberta Sarver May 17, 2019 at 5:58 am #

    Wow,.I have never gave much thought to the process behind the props. This was intriguing. How do you find such interesting subjects for Fun Fridays?!

  5. Barbara D'Antoni Diggs May 17, 2019 at 6:03 am #

    Whoa! Who knew? That was fascinating!

  6. Roberta Sarver May 17, 2019 at 6:11 am #

    Ack! I made a gross grammar error in my comment above. Let’s try, “I have never GIVEN much thought to the process behind the props.”

  7. Seralynn Lewis May 17, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    WOW! This clip fascinated me. I’d love to see his workshop! What an artist! His work stretches over centuries of documents which is mindboggling in itself. Thank you, Steve for sharing this on Fun Fridays!

  8. Deanna Stalnaker May 17, 2019 at 8:19 am #

    This was so interesting. I had no idea they used someone to do this! Thanks for sharing.

  9. May 17, 2019 at 8:43 am #

    Wow! You would never know! And now we do!!! thank you so much!!!

  10. Pat Butler May 17, 2019 at 8:49 am #

    Love that! Fascinating. Thank you.

  11. Eric May 17, 2019 at 9:45 am #

    “Fascinating” is an adjective often used to describe our productions. There’s plenty more where this came from and I’d suggest you visit our website:

  12. claire o'sullivan May 17, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    Another wonderful tidbit for us to remember for our writing. Our background items should be important but brief, no matter how often we mention must mention it to weave into the plot (if necessary). In those sentences make it count! They can be an inciting incident or a transition, an obstacle. Like what it’s like to see again after being told it was hopeless.

    Make it real – not real, real, but to overcome ‘reality’ to suck the reader in. In a scene, brief, here and there.

    Unless you’re a Sue Grafton-type literary writer, don’t do that! Although I love reading her work sometimes I can hardly wait for the body to be found…

    Make the roaring water do so in the reader’s inner ear. Make your incidental characters more than sticks without overdoing their place in the plot (again I point to Sue Grafton).

    Thank you, this was great. I never thought of this detail in document props but how right you are.


  13. Mary Kay Moody May 17, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks, Steve, for giving us this interesting bit of film/TV backstory. How did you know my current MC works in that field?

  14. Stacy T. Simmons May 17, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

    What an interesting glimpse into the intricate art of prop-making. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D May 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    This was absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing, Steve!

  16. Susan Baldasano May 17, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    That was great. Thanks for sharing Steve. I love learning new details of life.

  17. Karen Lynn Nolan May 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    What fun. Thanks, Steve.

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