The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Prop Building Guidebook

For Theatre, Film, and TV, 2nd Edition

By Eric Hart


428 pages

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Hardback: 9781138183674
pub: 2017-03-08
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Experienced prop maker Eric Hart walks readers through techniques used in historical and contemporary prop making and demonstrates how to apply them to a variety of materials. Hundreds of full-color photographs illustrate the tools and techniques used by professional prop makers throughout the entertainment industry. New features to the second edition include:

  • Updated information on the latest tools and materials used in prop making
  • Both metric and standard measuring units
  • Step-by-step photos on common techniques such as upholstery, mold making, and faux finishing
  • Expanded coverage of thermoplastics, foam, and water-based coatings

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 what is a prop?

Chapter 2 needs and means

Chapter 3 safety

Chapter 4 shop space

Chapter 5 assemblage

Chapter 6 measuring and marking

Chapter 7 structure and framework

Chapter 8 carpentry

Chapter 9 metal

Chapter 10 plastics construction

Chapter 11 flat patterning

Chapter 12 fabric

Chapter 13 sculptural materials

Chapter 14 molding and casting

Chapter 15 shells and laminates

Chapter 16 finishing

Chapter 17 graphics

About the Author


Eric Hart is the props master at Triad Stage and a member of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). He has built props for numerous theatres on and off Broadway and throughout the United States. He has worked with some of America's top actors, directors and designers at the Santa Fe Opera, the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Public Theater. Eric has also constructed props for display and exhibition including the holiday window displays at several major New York City retail stores. His photography and articles about props have been published in Stage Directions Magazine, Scrollsaw Magazine, Theatre Design and Technology, and on his popular blog, Prop Agenda.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General