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V R helmets

We just completed VR helmets for a Mexican T V show.It was low budget by our standards but high on their side of the border.The helmets probably had 30 hand wired LEDs in each helmet.The Mexican crew is really inexperienced with this kind of prop and only bugeted four the four they needed.

So I may have to go to Mexico City to help with the shot.Batteries go dead all kind of things go wrong with custom electronic helmets.

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Prop builders

I am taken by the amount of resumes we are sent by people who want to become pro prop makers in Hollywood.Shoot for your dreams,life is short.Prop builders are a strange lot and the popularity of Comic Con shows just how good the people working from their kitchen table or garage have become.
Hollywood is a tough nut to crack.If I was starting out today,as I did in 1972 I would go to Atlanta.More opportunities.
It is more wide open in the South right now talented young prop makers can get a foot in the door which is always hard in Hollywood no matter what your ambition is,Special Effects,Prop Maker,Costume Builder,Sculptor,prop Electronics.or Mechanical Special Effects.Just go for it!

Gods and Robots

Was going through the Facebook today and came across this little gem. Instead of going through a long story about how much fun it was and the process we took…I will let you watch for your self.

Meet Ricky!

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Commercial Project

A lot of clients come into our shop looking for unique items built whether they are for movies, their office, or for trade shows. As much fun as these items are to build (sometimes difficult) we don’t always get to see the finished product in use. The project we currently have been working on was for a japanese oil company’s commercial. On this project not only did we finish the product and it worked great, but we also had crew their for set up and scenic painting. Everything went well and  I put a few pics from set below. The second pic you can see our creations and if you are wondering why the undercarriage is painted green, the commercial was shot in front of a green screen. Hopefully in a month or so we can see the commercial on youtube.

Paul and Jason setting up Mechanical for the shot

Paul and Jason setting up Mechanical for the shot

Neana on Left Jason on right with prop Scenic painting and setting up

Neana on Left Jason on right with prop Scenic painting and setting up

Some shots on set. the green screen

Some shots on set. the green screen

Fiberglas sculpture

Most Los Angeles Prop fabrication shops do more than movie, TV,and commercial props.we build trade show props,giant Fiberglas marketing props,custom Christmas decorations for Beverly Hills stores.And many more.

The Fiberglas props are normally  a hard or very hard urethane foam.Very Hard is a 20lb. Density foam.its about the density of Bondo.After carving the shape you need this only needs a coat of boat epoxy to get a good finish.right now in the shop we have big half moons being carved.Then they will get a heavy coat of Fiberglas  and hollowed out,then lit from the inside.

I was lucky to grow up in Los Angeles where we had a surf board building class in jr. High school

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

Vacuum Forming

In Hollywood most prop fabricators build their own Vacuum Form Machines.My company has built around a dozen Vacuum formers,all the way from 2’x2′ to a very big 4′ x 8′ These are always fun to start building,and get really tedious and expensive toward the end.Heating elements and numatic rams get expensive,as do all of the controls for these systems.No good Prop Fabrication Shop can get by with at least one Vacuum Former,and one in Hollywood has eight.Our current project could not be dome without a 4′ x 4′ Vacuum Former.

Paul Pearson,Custom Movie Props

Model Maker Or Prop Builder

Many times in the last forty years as a prop shop owner or supervisor I have had to turn a Model Maker into a prop Maker.The biggest difference is the speed of deadlines.Model deadlines generally run into months,episodic  TV deadlines can be two to three days.The pace of prop building for a show like Deepspace 9 can kill you.get your script on Thursday start shooting on Tuesday.Weekend off are a thing of the past.