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!

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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

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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

Thoughts About Sarah’s Legacy

Sarah Jones Location Sign

It was a week today when the news of Sarah Jones’ death began spreading around Atlanta. I didn’t even know the girl’s name last Thursday. A lot has happened in just a week – now it seems that everyone knows Sarah’s name and at least something about her life.

The Slates for Sarah page on Facebook skyrocketed into a very powerful and emotional movement in a very short amount of time and the people who have run the page have been diligent and loving with the project. A friend who works on Homeland tracked me down in Minecraft to tell me that my blog post “Sarah was all of us” had been posted on his wall multiple times (I couldn’t even hide myself from this tragedy in a video game). Every morning I wake up to find new posts on the slates page from all over the production spectrum, from tiny insert slates to Continue reading

5 Years of Cardboard*Con

Atlanta Magazine.

Cardboard*Con has been featured in the March 2014 issue of Atlanta Magazine. Pick up a copy today!!

It was a crazy idea to put on cardboard boxes and run around a sci-fi convention back in 2004. It was a crazier idea to do it again in 2005 as ghetto stormtroopers and to crash so many long-cherished costume contests with our whacky brand of earnest all-cardboard dedication. It was yet a crazier idea to found an all-cardboard science fiction convention back in 2010 but look at us… it’s been 5 years of Cardboard*Con and we’re on the path to legitimacy, what with a mention in the “Must-Do South” March issue of Atlanta Magazine and inquiries from other media outlets. Am I proud? Absolutely! But better than that I’m glad to have met so many of you imaginative people who have picked Cardboard*Con as one of your creative outlets. I look forward to seeing you folks on Saturday night!!

Sarah was all of us

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Dolly grip Tripp Pair has been handing out little stickers that say “Stop and Care” for several years now, and he’s been so very earnest about it. He has meant it with every fiber of his being and I saw him sharing #stopandcare on Facebook again this morning and was moved to write about something that’s been on my mind.

This past Thursday a young woman named Sarah Jones, a member of our local film community, died on the set of a movie shooting in south Georgia. She was hit by a train. We all hold the strong suspicion that she died due to some very bad decisions made by the people producing the film, but that suspicion has not been confirmed by criminal investigators (not yet, anyway). While the final assignment of blame is still under investigation, Atlanta crews have been mourning the loss of their friend and of a bright young woman whose lifetime of cinematic adventure ended far too soon.

So many people have written about Sarah and shared stories and photos and clippings about her. I appreciated the Continue reading

2014 Film Georgia license plates coming

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For the 4 of you who still read my blog (thanks Mom!!)* this is a note to let you know that I’ve updated the artwork for my Film Georgia license plates and just picked them up from the printer today. I’ll still be selling the 40th Anniversary plates until they’re gone so this is sort of a “preview” of the 2014 plates. If you know anybody that needs one please send them to: filmga.drewprops.com.

* my 83 year old mom doesn’t knowhow to FIND my blog

The Etiquette of Drivetalk

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If you’re a single-person commuter like me, one of the first things you think of when you get behind the wheel of your car is “Who could I call right now?”. It’s not that I don’t like listening to the radio, or that I don’t have any music to listen to (I have more than 5,500 songs on my iPhone), it’s just that it’s more fun and productive to actually talk to another person.

Miles and miles of tedious highways fly by quickly when you’re enjoying a good conversation with a friend, but there’s a very real downside that emerges when you finally arrive at your destination because that’s when the reality of your relationship is laid bare to Continue reading