Archive for category Prop fabrication

Spraying hard coat

Right now at Deroche studios having hard coat sprayed on a display for MGM Grand Las Vegas March Madness display. They have a great new facility,friendly crew and while you wait service.In the prop fabrication Bussiness while you wait is essential.Speed is of the essence in Hollywood especially in episodic TV.So when you find a speedy vendor in the prop making Bussiness it is a good thing.

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Super Bowl commercials

Super Bowl commercials are a big deal to Hollywood Prop Makers. At 4 million for thirty seconds it best be good.And the contracts for the prop builds are something that the prop makers will get into a knife fight to get to.I will show up at a Super Bowl party ,and the first question I get is”do any Super Bowl commercials?

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Trade Shows and Conventions

Doing movie props for over 30 years we have come across a lot of big names- to list a few, Star Trek and Starship Troopers to more recently mtvs Teen Wolf and movies like Hansel and Gretal. So you wouldn’t be surprised that in the trade show scene we have also worked with a few big names. The first that comes to mind would be Lincoln Electric. You may know the name Lincoln from their many different wielders and wielding supplies. Back in 2013 we were contracted to make a little something different for them for the upcoming Fabtech convention. The project was for a realistic looking hover bike. Below you will see a lot of pics of the bike during construction and the advertisement the used at Fabtech. If you had attended you could even get a picture of you on it. To see the Video from Fabtech go to


Prop makers today

Looking to become a full time prop maker in the big time?not so fast.This is a life of sacrifice  like most artistic endeavor s.To start with your skills should start with basic model making,sculpting and painting.Then Add basic computer skills and if your really good,CAD.Take those skills and start building in your garage  or kitchen table.Two years ago a guy walked into my shop with some great “kitchen table props” and said he needed a job.I asked him to name all of the heavy machinery in the shop.he could name none.I said your hired! I could see he was motivated.


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Prop Fabrication

As a veteran of forty years starting as a Model Maker I now call myself a Prop Fabricator.When I was twelve I started as a Model Maker for famed car customiser George Barris. I had typical Model Maker skills relating to mostly plastic.But after four decades I have acquired many heavy Fabrication and Special Effects skills.My day can involve Welding,Electronic Wiring,Fiberglas layup ,Machning, and all of the set work.But I am still having a lot of fun looking forward to the new T V season.

Paul Pearson,owner ,Custom Movie Props