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1st Edition

Prop Building for Beginners
Twenty Props for Stage and Screen

ISBN 9780367366926
Published April 19, 2021 by Routledge
214 Pages 343 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Prop Building for Beginners outlines the basic concepts of prop building by featuring step-by-step instructions to create twenty of the most commonly featured items in theatrical and filmed productions.

This book uses a combination of projects to expose readers to a wide range of materials and tools that they might find in a basic scenery or costume shop, serving both as a guide to building simple props and as a crash course in the variety of items a props person may have to build. The projects require a variety of tools, techniques, and materials so that a practitioner who completes all of them will have received a complete introduction to the basics of prop building.

Assuming no previous knowledge of prop building, this is the perfect primer for students, hobbyists, or community theater enthusiasts looking to enter the prop shop.

Prop Building for Beginners includes access to full-scale printable versions of the patterns featured in the book.


Table of Contents



A Note About Patterns

Part 1: Projects

1. Letter

2. Old Book

3. Lantern

4. Treasure Chest

5. Chalice

6. Roast Chicken

7. Skull

8. Key

9. Scepter

10. Loaf of Bread

11. Crown

12. Sword

13. Tree Branch with Leaves

14. Folding Fan

15. Coin Purse

16. Haversack

17. Dead Bird

18. Wooden Crate

19. Rehearsal Cube

20. Upholstered Foot Stool

Part 2: Materials

21. Paper and Papier-Mâché

22. Foam and Clay

23. Fabric

24. Wood

25. Glue and Tape

26. Paint

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Eric Hart is a professor of Stage Properties at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has built props for theater, film, television, opera, Broadway, theme parks, and retail display, and is the author of The Prop Building Guidebook and The Prop Effects Guidebook. He holds an MFA from the Ohio University School of Theater.