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Table of Contents


Part One: Preparation

1. What are props? - Definitions in theatre and film; Why make?; A brief history of prop-making

2. Getting Started - Making the shape; Shape vs surface treatment; Structure

3. Breaking it Down - What your prop needs to do; Reference and research; Dividing complex shapes into simpler parts; Work- flow; Construction drawings; Mock-Ups and Patterns

4. Choosing your materials - Strength; Weight; Appearance; Realism; Resources

5. Safety - Chemicals; Respirators and Ventilation; Gloves, Sleeves and Clothes; Eyes, Ears and Shoes

6. Tools - Hand vs power tools; Jigs and measuring; Adhesives and attachment

Part Two: Materials and methods

7. Constructive Materials - Carpentry; Metal; Plastics; Cardboard and other non-traditional

8. Drape it and shape it - Fabric and Soft Sculpture; Sheet Metal; papier mâché; Fiber Glass and composites; Pepakura

9. Armatures and skeletons

10. Sculptural Materials - Foam; Clay

11. Assemblage - found object; repurposed pieces; nurnies, greebles, diapering, and kit-bashing molding and casting

Part Three: Finishing it off

12. Getting it smooth - sanding; filling

13. Getting it rough - Texture; Scenic dope and monster mud

14. Painting - Primer and base coats; faux finishes; translucent coats; protective coats

Part Four: Finding jobs and getting paid

15. Budget estimates

16. Charging for your labor

17. What types of jobs can you get as a props artisan; Where to look for work

18. Maintaining a portfolio - photography and process shots

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