Wednesday, November 18, 2015
to trick out--to customize for ease of use, especially a prop case, when storing awkwardly sized props. Also, to build a manual effect..."In 'Victor/Victoria,' the bar shelves were tricked out so they collapsed during the fight scene, and the bottles appeared to fall to the ground."
Monday, November 2, 2015
dry waterboarding--an incredibly boring job, where there is not enough work to keep busy. Several years ago, we were standing around at the 69th Street Armory, trying to look busy. In the prop department, we would run out of work often, for we had to wait for the props to arrive from England for the big Shakespeare festival. As we kept sweeping and re-sweeping the already clean parade floor, an old timer said, "This is like dry waterboarding."
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
"If you can't fix it with gaff tape, it can't be fixed"--Gaff tape is the miracle material that holds the stage business together.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
"It's My Turn in the Barrel"--It is my turn to do an unpleasant task. Could also be "It's your turn in the barrel." It comes from an obscene, homoerotic myth about how Navy men dealt with their sexual urges on long voyages. Ask your Navy veteran uncle to explain it, for I won't.