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Man of Steel: Tony Swatton

Credit: Timothy BanksCredit: Timothy BanksTony Swatton puts me on hold for the best possible reason—a hoard of Vikings have entered his shop. Wizards, pirates, superheroes, evil aliens, general badasses, and anyone else brandishing a prop weapon are Tony’s bread and butter, so it’s not entirely out of place for a burly group of seafaring pillagers to come walking through the door.

Mind Over Matter: Jen K. Messer

Abstract ideas rule Jen K. Messer’s working life. As a production designer for the National Geographic series Brain Games, Messer is charged with the not-so-simple task of creating physical props, set design, and set pieces that help experts illustrate complex science concepts.

Theatrical Milliner

A theatrical milliner is a hat maker who is specifically trained in constructing headwear for the stage or film and television. This person works closely with the costume designer to create character-specific hats, bonnets, and other accessories that further enhance the authenticity of the show and complete the actor’s look.

Special Effects Technician

In live production, special effects can involve any elements consisting of water, fire, haze, pyrotechnics, confetti cannons, and similar atmospheric or mechanical devices. This department works closely with the scenic, automation, and props crews, and may see some overlap between them.

Construction Foreman

Scenery is one of the most comprehensive visual elements of a film or television production. Sets establish a time and place but can also become characters in themselves, with great craftsmanship and effort put forth to providing an immersive environment in which the cast plays out the story. Just consider for a moment the iconic places audiences have traveled through scenery, like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise or the untamed and ominous ruins of Kurtz’s Cambodian compound. 

Upright Stagehand’s Glossary

apron – the section of the stage in front of the proscenium arch.

array – a set of flown speakers.

ASMAssistant Stage Manager.

AX – an abbreviation for “Audio.” 

Painter

Scenery grounds a story in a particular time and place and is one of the visual elements that most absorbs an audience into the scene with the cast on screen. Carpenters are responsible for building those sets, but the sets are never complete until the crew of painters has taken their brushes to them.

Miniatures Builder

From the moon of George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon to the buildings of Gotham City in The Dark Knight, miniatures have had played a historically pivotal role in creating amazing visual effects in film. The creation of these wonders is the responsibility of a miniatures builder, who is a member of the visual effects team that makes models.

Optic Nerve Studios

Optic Nerve Studios is a special effects company founded by John Vulich and Everett Burrell and is now owned by special effects makeup artist Glenn Hetrick, judge on the debut season of the Syfy competition show Face Off.

History For Hire

History For Hire is a prop house catering to the film and television industry and specializes in rare antiques and vintage film equipment. Jim Elyea and his wife Pam founded the company from their apartment in 1985.