Sunland, California-based Independent Studio Services is one of the largest prop houses in Hollywood with more than one million props for rent. ISS also designs and manufactures unique props for productions. Chief Executive Office Gregg Bilson, Jr. tells Bloomberg how his job has become more challenging as camera technology has improved. Not only do they have to make things more realistic because HD cameras pick up every detail, but they also have to fend off the Secret Service.
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The U.S. Navy did the same thing to Gene Roddenberry, they tried to force changes after a visit to the set of Star Trek, claiming things were too close to projects in development, but Paramount refused.
Side Note: Since none of those "projects" have emerged, when they attempted to shut down a shows production for being too "close", back in the mid 60's, what happened to them...what do they have today, we don't know about?
secret service issued that cease and desist? the fuck? that sounds like bullshit lol Prop stories too LUL
the secret service has about 0% to do with our federal reserve notes....the FBI if anything would have been sending that cease and desist, I think that guy is lying but neat story LUL
I highly doubt that anyone renting a rubber gun would need $1000,000 insurance, considering they could just buy an airsoft gun, actual steel replica or even just a live or deactivated real gun for a few hundred dollars at most.
Why don't they just make 1 side realistic, 1 side completely blank? In most cases, audience doesn't get to see both sides.
This way you could present a very realistic looking bill to the audience, with next to no chance of it ever getting abused.
It's funny because here in the city I live people are passing fake prop money everywhere. They buy it off ebay in huge lots and are using them in fast food places, college stores, and what have you. Spending a fake $100 getting $60 in change in real funds. Or spending $10 at wendys in a huge line getting $6 in return. We've been haven issues for years.
Most Americans are lazy, and want easy jobs, not jobs they're doing well. People doing well, make them feel bad about themselves, and they call it rude.
And seriously, billions of dollars for Budget, millions spent making fake money over the years....why not just real money, all along? Can't trust the crew....we can't either.
Shows how dumb people are today.
"for motion picture use only" oh yeah totally a legit 100 dollar bill
Seriously, when I see a 100 dollar bill I investigate it because who the fuck walks around with 100 dollar bills? 5 20s sure.
Growing up on 70s TV (nothing but cop, P.I., and crime shows) there was always a scene where the head villain would open a briefcase filled with money. And it was always obviously fake because it was official ‘Play Money’ you could buy at toy stores. Same size as real but a much lighter green and always with an eagle in the center instead of a President...
What I see here is Monopoly I almost guarantee no one else can make a prop business thanks to politics and inside deals. So now films have to pay so much money for props and the production of movies have gone up and now pay less to actors such as regular people and it just makes everything more difficult to get paid for screen time
They don't pay a ton for the props, that million dollars is an insurance policy. It lets the prop guys know that you're a real filmmaking crew and not a bunch of morons in your basement shooting an action scene.
So what if someone just wanted to buy one if the replica guns as a show piece is that not aloud no ? I can understand about the money and police gear but simpler things must be easier to own at the end you said it yourself there rubber nothing more and nothing less
so when using guns... why not use airsoft guns? nowadays there are airsoft guns that look almost exactly like the real gun they are copying... then add in the rest with visual effects and audio effects? just a question, if someone can explain why this would be stupid please do haha
They do, actually. I have seen a lot of TV shows where the actors were using airsoft guns. There was a sci-fi series called Continuum, and I recognized one of the futuristic gun designs as an airsoft design. Later on, I also spotted an orange tip somewhere, but it was literally for one frame, so it didn't really matter.
They use a mixture of real guns with blanks, Replicas and rubber guns.
A rubber gun will bend and absorb a bit.
You can fall on it etc...
Also a real gun etc... will be a lot more work to keep it safe and legal.
Actors have died due to mistakes with guns on sets like having a live shell mixed with the blanks or thinking that blanks are safe even when you fire them point blank against a skull.
my best friends boyfriend sold weed and sold quite a bit and for 100 and he was bragging to his girlfriend about the 100 and he showed it to her and if said "hollywood prop money" on it in the fine print. she asked him how long hes had it and he said "...two weeks..." never noticed haha