Making Stage Props: A Practical Guide

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Prop makers everywhere now have available to them a broader range of products and processes than every before. Making Stage Props is a book for anyone involved in prop making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them. This highly illustrated guide covers planning, costing, and scheduling; tools and safety; working with wood, steel, and clay; making and repairing furniture; painting and finishing; and more. Andy Wilson has worked with theatrical companies throughout Britain, ...

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Overview

Prop makers everywhere now have available to them a broader range of products and processes than every before. Making Stage Props is a book for anyone involved in prop making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them. This highly illustrated guide covers planning, costing, and scheduling; tools and safety; working with wood, steel, and clay; making and repairing furniture; painting and finishing; and more. Andy Wilson has worked with theatrical companies throughout Britain, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. He currently teaches propmaking at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Wilson (prop making, Guildhall Sch. of Music & Drama, U.K.) takes an in-depth look at all aspects of his craft, including modeling, creating plaster molds, casting and laminating, upholstery, painting, finishing, and the use of wood, steel, and polystyrene products. In each section, he discusses the most appropriate tools, techniques, and materials, as well as the always-important safety tips. While numerous stagecraft books include chapters on props, the singular focus of this work makes it particularly inviting to the prop maker. However, much of the book is not appropriate for the novice, and North American readers will find parts difficult to follow because of the British terminology, although context and a glossary of terms and acronyms help. Still, Wilson effectively uses numerous black-and-white drawings and photos to illustrate the tools and techniques as he discusses them, and he offers some exciting ideas for prop makers everywhere. Despite its drawbacks for a U.S. audience, this is highly recommended for advanced theater collections.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861264503
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,393,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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