Hollywood From Below the Line: A Prop Master’s Perspective
By: Steven M. Levine
Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411
978-1934759851, $ 14.95, 2014, 180 Pages
Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake
An Entertaining and Informative Inside Look at Hollywood from the View of a Prop Master
Steven M. Levine, a Hollywood prop master takes the reader behind the scenes of the mystique and glamor of Hollywood to reveal the role of the on-set life of a crew member.
He begins with a description of the job of prop master with an interesting story of his father’s career and of how he was challenged to follow in his footsteps. This background includes the history and scope of prop house rental services. He tells of the progression and evolution of the job expectations and goes on to develop a careful detailed description of the prop master’s job from the first script review to the final “wrap up.”
A photo section includes a timeline of Steven’s career of 39 years. He highlights photos taken while working with some of Hollywood’s greats while working on award winning films including: Airplane 1979, Cocoon 1984, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 1985, and Apollo 13 in 1995. He also shares experiences from his television work including the series True Blood. He had many opportunities in episodic and pilot projects from 1980 through 2012.
“Hollywood From Below the Line: A Prop Master’s Perspective” is well written, informative, highly entertaining, poignant, and often humorous.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.