Friday, January 29, 2010

Things I am learning

I'm at the research, listing and brainstorming and shopping stages for several shows at once right now. There isn't a lot to show here (unless you want to see lists and receipts) but this is one of my favorite parts of the process because this is where I am learning about the plays, learning about the settings and learning about new products and stores. So just for fun, here are some things I have learned in the last week:

-The regulation size for a high school girls' basketball is 28.5" 
-Technically a trunk with a flat top was for storage at home, so that it could be stacked and things could be set on it, a trunk with a rounded top is for traveling, so water and snow don't pool on the top when the trunk is sitting on the back of a carriage.
-You can buy the same type of "dummy" cell phones they have in store displays off ebay. I found this I-phone that has a backlit screen for added realism. 
-They make small vials with little a twist close caps that hold a single shot of cocaine. It's called a bullit and I now know where to buy one in Chicago (for receipt...never felt more out of place in a store...but the man was very helpful and understanding of my naivete ).
-If you want Star Wars themed memorabilia now, the majority of things available in stores are from the "Clone Wars." 
-Kinkos has a really easy, really quick self-laminating machines, and they are a lot of fun to use.
-I am going to have a lot of fun doing magical effects with one of these.
-Google sketchup is free to download online, and they have an extensive series of free tutorials. 3D drafting is much easier than I thought it would be.
-There is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the Chicago area, it's in Elgin which is a bit of a drive, but is a fantastic resource. It's like a Goodwill store for carpenters and home improvement. I first went to one with my parents, looking for a replacement door for a house they were working on, I am beyond excited to visit the one here.


  1. Isn't sketchup the best?? After struggling to learn CAD in undergrad, as a props person, I thought I had finally gotten comfotable enough with the program only to discover so many designers are now using Vectorworks! However, I just started learning Sketchup last fall as a way to sketch early Chinese cannons for a Director and couldn't beleive how easy it was to use. Glad to hear I'm not the only props person to find it a great tool.

    Props Master, Imagination Stage

  2. If you like Habitat Re-Store, you should also check out the Rebuilding Exchange, on 47th street. They have tons of windows, doors, stoves, etc., pulled from house guts, as well as reclaimed lumber if you need that look.