In this blog series, we’re delving a little deeper into what makes some of our favourite movie characters and actors so iconic. From coloured frocks to over-sized props, each month we’ll take a deep dive and look at 5 movie props that made our chosen actors’ careers and character what they are today.
The “Lockdown.” It’s here. It’s weird. It’s unsettling. And, it’s starting to get a wee bit boring now. With so much angst, anxiety, fear and panic in the world, now calls for a time to try and distract ourselves as much as possible. There are home workout options aplenty, if that’s your sort of thing, books you’ve been meaning to read for donkey’s years to devour, new languages to learn – Si vous aimez ce genre de chose – and endless Facetiming, Housepartying, and Zooming to catch up with those you love and miss.
However, if you are like the Prop Store crew, then none of these options comes close to losing yourself in an awesome film. Not only are films our jobs, but they are our passion (cheesy but true). They are our favourite topic of conversation at the office – which we so miss being in – and we are constantly recommending them to each other.
In our new blog series, we’re delving a little deeper into what makes some of our favourite movie characters and actors so iconic. From coloured frocks to over-sized props, each month we’ll take a deep dive and look at 5 movie props that made our chosen actors’ careers and character what they are today.
Here at Prop Store, we have had the privilege of handling a number of rare posters and poster artwork by the renowned British cinema poster artist, Tom Chantrell (1916-2001). A new documentary has just been released on what would have been Chantrell’s 100th birthday to celebrate his life and work, including interviews with family and friends, poster dealers, collectors and the authority on British film posters, Sim Branaghan (author of British Film Posters, 2006 published by the British Film Institute).
Since its release in 1999, Sleepy Hollow has become a Halloween staple film for many and is loosely based on Washington Irving’s 1820 short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. Directed by Tim Burton, the film centres on Ichabod Crane – a progressive-thinking police inspector, played by long-time Burton collaborator Johnny Depp. In the film, Crane is engaged by the town’s Burgomaster to investigate a series of grisly murders that have taken on a seemingly eerie spin in the isolated town of Sleepy Hollow.
For many, a quintessential part of the James Bond “experience” is the music. Whether it’s the staccato theme tune, John Barry’s soaring soundtracks or Bond songs by the likes of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney or Adele, the Bond soundtracks have enduring appeal. In some cases, the vinyl record releases for the James Bond soundtracks were simply packaged with the artwork from the corresponding film posters, giving poster collectors a crossover appeal.
Movies are getting bigger. Just look at Marvel Studios’ gargantuan, spectacular Avengers Endgame, which took almost $3 billion worldwide, making it the biggest movie of all time (so far).
The original Carry On series of films encompassed an impressive span of 31 films from 1958 to 1992. The hallmark of the film series was to poke fun at national institutions such as the NHS, but there was also a strong focus on parodying film genres too. The mood of the films were light-hearted, irreverent and humorous and though not what you would class as high-art’, the Carry On films were generally very successful.
As with anything that involves satire, there were a number of controversies throughout the film series’ run, but none so peculiar as the legal case that sprung up around the poster for Carry On Cleo (1965)…
The ‘Carry On’ movies are quintessentially British comedies with enduring appeal. Starting back in 1958 with ‘Carry On Sergeant’ and running through to ‘Carry On Columbus’ in 1992, the film series has spanned over 60 years with 31 movies. This gives the films the distinction of being the longest continuous British film series to date…
Film posters have long been a visual staple of the modern world. From the cinema walls, to adverts on your phone screen, film posters and their artwork have long since been utilised as a way to promote upcoming movie titles with the use of bold colours and the faces of famous actors…
Just when you thought it was safe, Prop Store’s annual Halloween Auction has come back from the dead! Take a look now at some of the creepiest, most enticing representation in Halloween Auction 2: Resurrection….
We’re coming to the last of our Preview Blogs for the Prop Store 2018 Entertainment Live Auction. During August and September, we will give you a weekly advance preview of some of the amazing and iconic lots that we have in store for you in this years auction… this week we’re looking at our top picks from this year’s auction!
Welcome to the next Preview Blog from the Prop Store 2018 Entertainment Live Auction. During August and September, we will give you a weekly advance preview of some of the amazing and iconic lots that we have in store for you in this years auction… this week we’re looking at our top 10 greatest comic book artists!
Welcome to the latest of our Preview Blogs from the Prop Store 2018 Entertainment Live Auction. During August and September, we will give you a weekly advance preview of some of the amazing and iconic lots that we have in store for you in this years auction… this week we’re looking at the evolution of everyone’s favourite cat-burglar – Catwoman!
Straight from a galaxy far, far away this year’s amazing top lot is definitely out of this world. For the first time ever, Han Solo’s jacket from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is up for public auction and is being given star-studded treatment at the London Timeout offices…
Welcome to the first of our Preview Blogs for the Prop Store 2018 Entertainment Live Auction. During August and September, we will give you a weekly advance preview of some of the amazing and iconic lots that we have in store for you in this years auction… starting with our Addams Family Collection!
Prop Store is one of the world’s leading specialist retailers in movie and television memorabilia. Founded way back in 1998, now with offices based both in London and LA, 2018 is a particularly special year for year for us since this is Prop Store’s 20th anniversary….
Widely regarded as one the foremost British cinema poster artists of the 20th century, Tom Chantrell was a natural born artist and skilled draughtsman. Chantrell’s talent for understanding the commercial imperatives of poster advertising was soon recognised and working for the advertising agency Allardyce Palmer, Chantrell began illustrating posters for both Fox and Warner Brothers Studios.
With our Cinema Poster Live Auction only hours away, we thought that we’d share with you some of the Prop Store staff favourite lots from the auction. From well-known iconic artworks, to the obscure film names, there is definitely something to catch your eye in this poster auction…
Star Wars has entertained billions of people over the past 40 years and is now firmly entrenched in the world of popular culture. In the Prop Store Cinema Poster Live Auction, we are proud to offer the most extensive collection of Star Wars posters ever to be offered on the open market. In the collection, there are a number of rare international posters, including lots from the UK, US, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong and many other countries. Additionally, we are very lucky to have some truly rare and iconic posters that is sure to re-ignite your Star Wars nostalgia with the iconic art of the original Star Wars trilogy.
After the success of his (now) iconic film Back To The Future (1985), Robert Zemeckis set his sights once more dazzling audiences with Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Before the current generation of motion-capture filled films, the hybridisation of animation and live action film was definitely a rare sight – mainly because of how difficult it was to achieve. However, Zaemeckis took a leap of faith and created a film so unique and special, that it still holds a special place in our hearts 30 years later.
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