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Help us find this key--or as close to it as possible

My friend just introduced me to and older SyFy miniseries called The Lost Room, and I've gotten a little obsessed. I found replicas of the key fob featured in the show, but I haven't found anything close to the key itself. Here's a collage of images of the key from the show. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Strangest Thingsest

My girlfriend and I both really like Halloween and we both really like the Netflix show Stranger Things. So much so that we're throwing a Stranger Things themed Halloween party. Help us do that! (all of the spoilers inside, but if you haven't seen Stranger Things, just go ahead and fix that and come back) [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 29, 2016 - 33 answers

Cheap and easy escape room props

Because my job is a big pile of awesomesauce, I get to help put together an escape room for a one-off event. The theme is ancient Egyptian, and I need some help figuring out to do a couple of the props on the cheap (if possible). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Food Photography Surfaces

I've started to get into food photography and am interested in finding some cool surfaces to act as backgrounds for variety. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Dec 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Bonnie & Clyde Costume and Boston props

Help me determine the design elements in these outfits for a few famous Bonnie and Clyde photographs for a costume. Also, ideas on how to find a gun prop for rent or cheap purchase in Boston. More beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Sep 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Encourage the good guys

To men and women who partake in online dating: how should I respond to the rare person who actually sends a nice, thoughtful message, but to whom I'm not attracted? I don't want them to get discouraged because they are actually doing it right! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2015 - 41 answers

3D Printer >$3000?

My wife and I are looking into investing in a 3D printer in the $2-3,000 price range. Can anyone who actually owns one / has used one extensively give any suggestions on brands/models to look at? We're hoping for a basic desktop model with a size capacity of about 8"x8"x8" for making small props, prototypes, etc. Also, what can one expect to pay for the "goop" or whatever they use for a printing medium?
posted by ShutterBun on Nov 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Dramatic Green Bean Casserole?

Help me make Green Bean Casserole, for "accidentally" dropping on the floor in a play. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Oct 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for theatre plays with important light prop

I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
posted by landonmoon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers


You're going to need a bigger boat...er... barrel...er... WHAT!? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Oct 8, 2012 - 7 answers

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person?

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

I need the biggest rubies in the world.

Where can I find really large plastic gems like the ones on sale here--but twice the size or more? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

I need murder-themed props by 9 a.m. tomorrow for a Portland, Ore., photo shoot. Help!

I need some murder-themed props for a photo shoot, and need to obtain them by 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Portland, Ore., metro area. Help! [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Say cheese, not cheesy!

We're having a photobooth at our wedding. As photobooths can be either cheesy or fun, we need to make some awesome props to push the feature to the Fun end of the spectrum. What should we have? [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Sep 13, 2011 - 22 answers

What do I need to set up a little photography studio at home?

I'd really like to be able to set up a corner in my basement to use as a little photography studio. Can you give me some advice as to what's needed? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Jan 12, 2011 - 13 answers

help me tie my rec room together.

I want to decorate a rec room in my basement with prints and other items that have been featured in movies and TV shows. I’m not looking for promotional things or other advertisements, but prints that are well known from those movies. Someone should see it and go “Hey!! That’s the thing from that movie! Where did you get that?” [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 13, 2010 - 35 answers

Short Film about a Foley Artist

I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me build a list of props for a Zork adventurer Halloween costume.

Attention ZORK fans! Help me build a list of props for a Zork adventurer Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Where can I buy some gag gift items in San Francisco?

Where can I buy some gag gifts in San Francisco? I need an hourglass, a gavel, and a superhero cape! I realize I may not be able to get these all in one place. I'm sure I can find a costume shop for the superhero cape, but I have no idea where to look for the other two. I need a prop store or something!
posted by autojack on Aug 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Detail painting on muslin?

I want to do a painting or drawing of a fantasy map on muslin, but I don't know which materials I should use or how I should prime or seal the cloth. What materials can I use to ensure the best durability/prevent possible damage from getting wet while retaining the ability to do detail work? [more inside]
posted by runaway ballista on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Who makes Adrian Brody's jacket in the movie Splice?

What is the brand/make of Adrian Brody's winter jacket in the recent sci-fi thriller movie "Splice?" [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Jun 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Someday we'll find it, the USB connection...

Help me build a laptop puppet [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Oct 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Name the knife used in "A Perfect Getaway"?

Name the knife used in "A Perfect Getaway" - seen in the previews, strapped to the leg of one of the male characters. It appears to have a handle that looks like brass knuckles, and generally looks very cool. I'm interested in knowing the model and manufacturer of this knife. Thanks!
posted by Merlin144 on Aug 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for 1890's desk set for stage production, Toronto.

Propsfilter. Looking for a specific prop to use in a Fringe production. Difficulty level: free, sourced in Toronto, 1890's period accurate (repro is fine). [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Jun 9, 2009 - 1 answer

This is (not) a bird.

I am looking for a fake bird (obviously real-looking), and just can't seem to find what I am looking for! [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Mar 16, 2009 - 5 answers

"Do you play?" "Try me."

Was the chess set in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) a one-of-a-kind or a mass-produced set? What other details might you have on it?
posted by rush on Mar 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Where can I find life-sized, realistic goat replica quickly and for not too much money?

I'm posting this on behalf of someone helping a theater company source some props (this is not his usual job and he isn't an experienced prop guy). The play is The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia?, by Edward Albee. [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty on Jan 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Why would a TV-prop soda can so closely resemble a real-world soda can (without being the real thing)?

On an episode of The Big Bang Theory, characters can be seen with soda cans which are near-approximations of a Dr. Pepper can and a Sprite can, but which are not actual cans from the manufacturer. Why might this be? Photos within. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Dec 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me tar and feather someone on stage!

I'm directing a play that calls for an actor to be tarred and feathered on stage. It's a powerful moment, and I'd love to do it. But ... how? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Sep 3, 2008 - 33 answers

Help me brainstorm a witch's apothecary worth of Halloween props

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Halloween is fast approaching and I need help creating some apothecary style props from the Bard's well known witches chant based on the introduction to That Scottish Play. Most of my audience isn't going to remember much past "eye of newt and toe of frog" but being a geek about details I'd like to try to create a tableaux of the entire contents of that cauldron. [more inside]
posted by rosebengal on Aug 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Have You Seen These Books (on TV)?

Have you seen these books in the background of movie/tv scenes? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Jan 4, 2008 - 10 answers

What watch was that?

Just saw Eastern Promises. Kirill was sporting an interesting looking watch. It often happens that some item of clothing, a watch, a doily, or slipcover catches my eye in a movie, and then I spend way too long trying to track it down online. What websites do y'all rely on to answer these and other harrowing questions more expeditiously? Many thanks in advance.
posted by subajestad on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I make fake icicle wings for a costume?

How do I make fake icicles like this for a winged costume representing Winter? [more inside]
posted by nessahead on Apr 10, 2007 - 13 answers

How to find fake snow in LA?

PropFilter: How to find fake snow in LA? [more inside]
posted by arishaun on Jan 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Props for a 'vintage' photography project

Help me think of easy-to-make props for my photography project... or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Turn-of-the-Century European Society. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 13, 2006 - 5 answers

big money wheel

Where can i buy/rent a big money wheel (like an upright roulette wheel with black and white areas) like in casinos? NY area a plus.
posted by amberglow on Feb 22, 2005 - 10 answers

What happens to the props when the film production wraps?

What happens to movie props and costumes after production wraps up? Films that must have a huge amount of these things, like say, the Lord of the Rings films, make me wonder where it all goes.
posted by picea on Dec 8, 2004 - 15 answers

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