Category: Props

The Heart, She Holler – Branding Iron, Typewriter Puppet, etc.

Posted: 30 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, heartshe, lighting

Artificial Glowing Embers Figuring out how to make artificially glowing coals and a branding iron was tricky, but I eventually learned that I could create fake embers that looked realistic by embedding RGB LED strip lights in spray-insulation foam, painting the tops of the foam flat black, and then adjusting the knobs to create a […]

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The Heart, She Holler – David Cross ate my hand

Posted: 29 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, heartshe, blood

Edible cold-cut hand I made lots of body parts of all sorts for the second season of The Heart, She Holler, but the biggest challenge was making an edible hand that David Cross’s character needed to run through a deli-slicer – and then eat the slices. I started by fashioning a plastic cap that would […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Tumor Time!

Posted: 29 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, heartshe, blood

Cigarette-smoking Tumor One of the most fun props I’ve ever made was a basketball-sized tumor that  needed to smoke a cigarette while on camera – making the end of the cigarette ember glow red and then puff out a plume of smoke. I did this by first getting an old basketball and using some fittings […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Blood-n-Guts

Posted: 29 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, blood, guts

Exploding Pies It seems like the second season at The Heart, She Holler involved lots of blood and guts. Gallons and gallons of blood and heaping armloads of guts. I worked with Courtland Premo when we were tasked with making pies erupt with blood and guts, eventually settling on pressurized tanks that forced fake blood […]

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Art Supplies – Sesame Street Season 43

Posted: 8 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: Props, sesame street, sesame

One of the main concentrations of this past season at Sesame Street was Art, so I had quite a bit of art supplies to create!   Grouchy Art Supplies Oscar the Grouch wanted to paint himself a big gloppy painting, so I made some fake paint squeeze bottles for Oscar and the other puppets – […]

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I got nominated for an Emmy!

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: sesame street

This year, I was nominated for an Emmy along with the rest of our Art Department team at Sesame Street (Bob Phillips, Pete Ortiz, Keith Olsen & Rickey Boyd)  for an “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction / Set Decoration / Scenic Design” Emmy. I got to bring my dad along to the awards ceremony and […]

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False-Bottomed Wheelchair – Inside Amy Schumer

Posted: 4 September, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Inside Amy Schumer-Tags: Props, foam

I modified a wheelchair for a skit on Amy Schumer’s show. The actress needed to fit her legs into a box below the seat and have false skinny legs hinged onto her lap. The box below the seat is made from painted plywood and padding, and the legs are latex-skinned foam with “bones” made from […]

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Cereal Boxes for Hooper’s Store

Posted: 5 October, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: sesame street, willkrause, sesame

I made two new cereal boxes to place on the shelves of Hooper’s Store. When I was pasting new labels onto the old cereal boxes, I discovered that the cereal in the box had expired in 1999! We’re at work right now preparing for Season 44 – there are so many details that need to […]

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Magazines for Hooper’s Store – Sesame Street

Posted: 28 September, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: sesame street, sesame, graphics

The magazines for Hooper’s Store were getting kinda ratty, so I made a few new issues to add to the shelves and spruce the place up in preparation for season 44. I was using random photos from my camera’s memory card, hence the odd topics – like “Quackers,” the magazine for ducks who like to […]

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Cookie Connoisseur’s Club Menu

Posted: 28 September, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: Props, sesame street, sesame

I designed a menu for an episode of Sesame Street where Cookie Monster auditions to join the Cookie Connoisseur’s Club, led by David Hyde Pierce as “Commander Chiphead.” The menu features such treats as snickerdoodles and shortbread and crystallized ginger cookies. Here is a clip from the episode: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDDSWAATle0[/youtube]

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Back at Sesame Street!

Posted: 28 August, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: Props, sesame street, willkrause

After a break between seasons that was long enough for me to complete a masters degree (Museum and Exhibit Design at FIT,) Sesame Street is going back into production, and I’ll be returning to make props and graphics for the show from now until the season wraps up in the middle of December. I’m looking […]

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Halloween Monster – 2011

Posted: 3 February, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 2-Categories: Props, Miscellaneous Props-Tags: willkrause, critters, costumes

I needed to make a last-minute Halloween costume, so I glued together this mask from an old cardboard box, feathers leftover from a stork puppet I made a while back, and some felt, pipe cleaners, and – of course – a handful of plastic googly eyes.

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Hamish and Andy – Racing Trash Cans

Posted: 1 February, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, Hamish and Andy-Tags: Props, willkrause, Hamish and Andy

I modified two trash cans with seats and little wheels so that they could compete in a slow and sneaky race in Central Park. This prop was used in an Australian show called “Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year.”

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Hamish and Andy – Giant Baby Carriage

Posted: 30 January, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Hamish and Andy-Tags: Props, willkrause, Hamish and Andy

I made this giant baby carriage so that a grownup could fit inside. It uses heavyweight plywood, BMX wheels, and welded steel to support a big person. Katie Akana and Jessie Voris handled the fabric and upholstery, And Katie also served as test pilot for a race down the hallway of the woodshop. This prop […]

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Sesame Street Florist Logo

Posted: 21 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Props-Tags: Props, sesame street, sesame

The florist’s storefront on Sesame Street needed some dressin’ up, so I made this sticker for their window, along with some stickers for non-existent credit cards.

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The Heart, She Holler – Blood-Spraying Beer Cans

Posted: 11 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 3-Categories: Props, The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, heartshe, holler

Well, this one was a challenge. I needed to make a pair of artificial hands shaped like beer cans. Also, the cans needed to be remotely filled with beer so that the actor could drink from them. Also, they needed to explode as if they were shot with a bullet. Also, they needed to spray […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Fake Sword

Posted: 10 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, foam, weapon

This foam sword pops out of a coffin and stabs someone! Since we couldn’t fit a whole sword in a coffin, and we couldn’t stab anyone for real, I made the sword in two halves. The front half to pop out of the coffin (I rigged it to operate pneumatically,) and the hilt, which has […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Magical Walnut

Posted: 9 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, The Heart She Holler

I made this magically-opening walnut for the Adult Swim mini-series “The Heart, She Holler.” It works in a way that is similar to the old springy toy animals made out of beads that droop when you press on their plastic base. For my version, I made a new base out of plastic tube, springs, and […]

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Project Accessory

Posted: 28 October, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Project Accessory-Tags: Props

I was called in as a Production Manager to help out with the workshop on a Project Runway spinoff called “Project Accessory.” The show needed someone to help organize and upkeep all of the tools and materials required to keep their team of designers busy. It was my first time working on the production end of […]

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iPad Drawings for Sesame Street

Posted: 13 October, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: sesame street, sesame, drawings

I drew these pictures for Sesame Street – Prince Charming and a Princess involved in their day-to-day activities. It appeared in an episode where an apple ipad was used for the the first time on the show.

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Nipple Robot – Silent Library

Posted: 19 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, robots

Someday many years from now, my grandkids will ask me “Grandpa, were you ever a television robot star?” And I will be able to honestly tell them “Yes children, I was an EVIL television robot star. I built this robot out of all sorts of odds-and-ends. A funnel, bucket, two mini plasma spheres to make […]

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Toe Snap – Silent Library

Posted: 17 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this machine to sequentially shoot a contestant in the toes with rubber bands. The mechanism works with screws which are placed around the barrel of a crank-operated winch every few degrees. As the crank is turned, the rubber bands fire off one-by-one.

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Pedal Pop – Silent Library

Posted: 16 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this five-passenger bike by cutting apart and welding together the parts from three tandem bikes, and adding a bit of black gas piping where I needed straight tubing. It actually worked too, and I was able to take it for some wobbly rides in the studio! (Though the rear seat was responsible for […]

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Rugburn Swing – Silent Library

Posted: 15 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

The second in a series of swingsets that made me feel bad! I created a swing out of heavy black rubber to hold a contestant so that their knees would graze against a carpet as they swung, getting a nasty case of rugburn in the process. Sorry, contestant!

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