The Job of Making Paper Props for Hollywood


Ever wondered whose job it is to make all those fabricated newspapers, letters, photographs, posters or books used by characters on our favourite TV shows and in the movies?

For his latest gig, Ross [MacDonald] has been fabricating the paper props on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire for the last four seasons.


“I’ve made Al Capone’s rap sheet, Agent Van Alden’s drivers licence and evidence tags, Jimmy Darmody’s death certificate, Arnold Rothstein’s calling card, pocket notebooks for many of the characters, magazines, photo albums … telegrams … life insurance policies, medical charts and hundreds of other props.”

Some of his other projects include work on National Treasure: Book of Secrets, starring Nicholas Cage. Ross spent six months creating hundreds of documents, maps, books, leather bound portfolios, illustrations, facsimiles of John Wilkes Booth’s diary, and many other particulars.




Ross MacDonald’s blog via Messy Nessy Chic.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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