One of the Elyeas’ [prop shop owner] clients is Hope Parrish, who’s working on the film Water for Elephants and wants to know where she can find diaper pins from the 1940s. (Down an aisle, second shelf, lower left.)
She also wants a toy bear, but Jim Elyea explains that the one she’s looking at isn’t what she needs.
“That’s the ’50s snout,” he tells her.
It’s not simple geekery that drives Elyea’s attention to detail.
“Most people learn their history from movies and TV, without debating whether that’s a good or bad idea,” Elyea says. “So we feel it’s our obligation that we portray the physical world as accurately as possible.”
Parrish, diaper pins chosen, leaves her order at History for Hire [Elyea’s prop shop] and hurries off to find other props elsewhere. It’s all for additional shooting on Water for Elephants — principal photography wrapped last summer.
Click HERE to read the whole article. It’s a good read and gives us more insight into one of the many facets in film making. Be sure to scroll through the slide show and see all that goes into a prop house. I want to visit a prop house now. 🙂
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