Magazine article Stage Directions

Fake Frozen Food Launched My Career

Magazine article Stage Directions

Fake Frozen Food Launched My Career

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When did I know that props was my passion? It all began about eight years ago during a college production of Fuddy Meers. One day during tech week the TD and myself were asked where to find a working freezer for the set, because the script specifically called for hamburger meat and bacon. I suggested we keep the non-working one, which needed no power and would be quiet, and just make fake food. The props master didn't have time to make the items so I said I would make them. The next morning, I walked in with the completed props. I was offered the prop supervisor position shortly after that and I haven't looked back. When creating the hamburger meat I went with the K.I.S.S. motto (Keep It Simple Stupid). What readily available pre-existing item could be repurposed to create the illusion of ground beef? And there it was... in a craft bin. A bright red ball of yarn! With some pink and tan spray paint overlays and minimal white dry brush I created the illusion of the marbling for some nice 80/20 ground chuck. This was put in a clean foam meat tray complete with cling wrap, a touch of spray frost, and quick custom labels.

The bacon was craft foam sheets cut into bacon shaped strips and hand painted with acrylics. I glued the arranged 'bacon' strips to a sheet of wax paper and then attached that to a clean foam meat tray. After cling wrapping, spray frosting, and labeling, we learned that this prop was to be thrown out of a window but it was too light to fly through the air. …

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