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Monthly Archives: April 2011

  • 13 Apr

    Training courses in Props Management

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    Things have certainly changed since I did my training in theatre production originally.  When I left school and went off to uni, if you wanted to work backstage quite often what you were offered was a Production Course, and at some point you would have the option to specialise along the way.
    This had some great benefits; stage managers had experience rigging and operating lights, sound engineers could probably build a book-flat, production managers were… Read more

    Published April 13, 2011 | Categories: Education and Training, Industry Issues

  • 13 Apr

    Celebrity Props on the Red Carpet

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    I suppose it’s a combination of fascination with the silver screen as well as brilliant merchandising ploys by the producers, but the props for a film or TV show can be just as famous as the actors who use them.
    And in many ways, they can be more in demand; let’s face it, if you have the $2000, you can own the belt worn by Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, but it’s unlikely you will… Read more

    Published April 13, 2011 | Categories: Fun Stuff

  • 13 Apr

    PROP-er respect for the environment

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    There is so much emphasis on being environmentally friendly these days, and fair enough, too.  I suspect for project driven industries, such as theatre, film & TV, it has sometimes been harder to do everything in as eco-friendly a way as possible.  Tight deadlines, changing teams and highly-project driven budgets can make it tricky to put in place the insitutional change that is often required for environmental initiatives with the maximum effect.  The important thing… Read more

    Published April 13, 2011 | Categories: Go Green, Industry Issues

  • 12 Apr

    Getting to the Nuts and Bolts of things with NIDA

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    On April 28 this year I was really excited to spend the afternoon with the first and second year Technical Production students from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).  I’ve been in and out of NIDA a couple of times over the last two years showing staff and students what I’ve been doing with Production Genie® and now StageBitz®, but it’s always been more of a demo/Q&A session before. 
    This time the students and I… Read more

    Published April 12, 2011 | Categories: Education and Training, News