One Sweet TomorrowMud Story


My mom just told me a story that her friend Thelma passed along to her this morning, and I thought that I’d share it with you guys and maybe you could tell your friends. Thelma’s little church is just down the road from the location of TomorrowWorld, an amazing electronic dance music festival that came to the United States from Europe back in 2013. I remember when art director Sean Jennings Ryan first showed me this video of TomorrowLand… Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons Sphincter May Injure Necks


Every time I see one of the local news stations run the animation of the retractable roof on the new Falcons stadium I cringe because it’s not a terribly elegant solution. It’s somewhat ironic that the supporters of the new stadium have gone to such great efforts to label the current football stadium as “tired and ugly”, and then went and picked something with such a massively dark roof, penetrated by such a small oculus – it’s a modern rendition of the Pantheon, without the elegant Roman engineering.  When city leaders and football chiefs explain how the stadium will “let the sun shine in” you get the impression that the experience will be like sitting in the Continue reading

Be Careful Using LED Replacement Lights in Enclosed Fixtures

1960s-era lightbulb enclosure

I’ve recently been helping my parents embrace the joy of replacing their beloved incandescent bulbs with LED equivalents. My biggest ally in this campaign has been the summer weather, as highs in the Southeastern United States have been consistently pushing above 90ºF (32ºC) for the past two months and show no signs of letting up any time soon. In an older, less well-insulated home it’s important to use every trick available to keep room temperatures low, and LEDs run so much cooler than incandescent lights that you can actually reach out and Continue reading

Growing Pains


[See update at the end of this blog post] This past Sunday there was an Atlanta screening of the upcoming Marvel film Ant-Man, featuring comedic actor Paul Rudd in the lead role (YouTube clip).  I’m told that among the dignitaries in the audience was Georgia Governor Nathan Deal who, along with a number of our state legislators has been a major supporter of our state’s motion picture industry. Governor Deal has been especially outspoken about Georgia’s plans to continue growing its film industry, going so far as to Georgia Night in L.A. to thank studio executives who have shot in Georgia and to woo more who might consider filming here in the future.  It’s unlikely that anyone made a transcript of the Governor’s remarks to the gathered cast and crew of Ant-Man (because I haven’t heard them either), but I’ve been told that his Continue reading

Papercraft Walkie Talkie

Papercraft Walkie

Back in 2011 I wrote an article for Oz magazine’s digital issue called “Go For Jimmy!” about an invented character named “Jimmy”, who was the bane of one 1st AD and a favorite of another. For that issue I designed a papercraft walkie-talkie that you could cut out and fold together, using tabs and slots to hold things in place. I ran across the one that I had build the other day and decided that I should share the art with my friends in the business for those days when they get especially punchy. To make your own papercraft walkie you just need to know somebody in the production office who can print out the PDF onto stiff tabloid-size (11 inch by 17 inch) paper. BE SAFE!!!! Get a grownup like a producer or an art director to help you cut out all the pieces. For the best results you’ll need some white glue to keep the thing together. You can always find a link to my walkie talkie artwork in the “Art” section of my website and I hope to add Playsets 1 through 4 in the coming months. Yes, I started at 5 and am working my way out ;)

Click here for the direct link for downloading the PDF.

If you build one please be sure to post a photo to Twitter or Instagram and tag me @drewprops so I can see YOUR walkie in-action!!

Cabbagetown Movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Deemed a Success!

Crazy Breakfast People

If you read my previous post about why I Hate Outdoor Movies you might recall that I was set to co-sponsor the June edition of the 2014 Cabbagetown Park Movie Series along with Lynn Lamousin of Kittyboy Creations and Hollis Gillespie of Shocking Real Life Learning Center this past Friday night. Despite the threat of rain we were informed that we’d drawn the biggest crowd of the season, thanks no doubt to the great people of Cabbagetown, our collective social networks and to a great plug by Suzanne Van Atten in the Atlanta Journal Constitution! We even had people showing up in costumes! This was the first time I’d ever seen the movie so I was suitably surprised by Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of a Japanese character – some portrayals just don’t age all that well!!




Why I Hate Outdoor Movies (Come to Mine?)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Okay listen, before I get around to explaining why I’m co-sponsoring tonight’s installment of the Cabbagetown Movie Night series I need to tell you that I don’t actually like outdoor movie screenings. In fact I hate them because something always goes wrong for me.

One summer my friends Chele and Kevin cajoled me into going to see “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” at the summertime series called “Screen on the Green” in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. We got some drinks from the nearby Park Tavern and went to claim a seat on the giant lawn as lightning bolts flickered along the edges of the summertime storm clouds gathering to the west. When I mentioned the imminent maelstrom creeping toward us Chele told me to relax, that nothing was going to happen. As she spoke I turned to study the giant movie screen, which was bristling with thousands of Continue reading

The Service Loop


The power cable on my laptop bit the dust last year, but it wasn’t the transformer that failed; it was the thin cable that connects the transformer to the laptop. From reading the (really angry) reviews of this power cable on Apple’s online store it became obvious that it was a design flaw and not Continue reading

Last to Pledge

Alpha Phi Omega Pledge Invitation

This morning my mom handed me a bunch of old paperwork from my undergrad days at Georgia Tech. It was full of schedule requests, class schedules and fee requests. I even found a scrap of paper that had my username and password to the lumbering mainframe computer system. I still remember being fascinated with the Continue reading