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
2. Old Book
4. Treasure Chest
6. Roast Chicken
10. Loaf of Bread
13. Tree Branch with Leaves
14. Folding Fan
15. Coin Purse
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
25. Glue and Tape
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.
- Chapter 06 Roast Chicken Pattern (PDF 42.9KB)
- Chapter 07 Skull Pattern (PDF 280.5KB)
- Chapter 09 Scepter Pattern (PDF 168.2KB)
- Chapter 12 Sword Pattern (PDF 44.7KB)
- Chapter 13 Tree Branch Pattern (PDF 47.5KB)
- Chapter 14 Folding Fan Pattern (PDF 143.6KB)
- Chapter 16 Haversack Pattern (PDF 46.5KB)
- Chapter 17 Dead Bird Pattern (PDF 54.9KB)