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Prop Man: From John Wick to Silver Linings Playbook, from Boardwalk Empire to Parks and Recreation Hardcover – May 10, 2022
by Ross MacDonald (Author), Steven Heller (Author)

This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the art and design of graphic props for popular films and TV shows like Parks and Recreation, John Wick, Silver Linings Playbook, The Knick, and Boardwalk Empire is the perfect gift for movie buffs.

In Prop Man, discover the secret history of the books, cards, letters, maps, and legal papers that play central and supporting roles in many of your favorite films and TV shows—from the diary Nicolas Cage's character discovers in National Treasure 2 to the Pawnee town charter in Parks and Recreation. The man responsible for their authentic look, Ross MacDonald, has led a double life as both an illustrator and writer, contributing to the New York Times, the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among other national publications, and a designer and fabricator of iconic props for more than one hundred and twenty films and TV series.

In this visual and informative collection, learn about the methods and artistry behind MacDonald's most recognizable props through an interview with design critic Steven Heller and a selection of materials that reveal the process behind the prop designer's meticulous work.

About the Author
Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times for thirty-three years, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost thirty of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is cochair of the SVA / NYC MFA Designer as Entrepreneur Department. He is the author and coauthor of two hundred books on graphic design, satiric art, and illustration and writes "The Daily Heller" column for He lives in New York City.

Ross MacDonald has led a secret double life designing and fabricating props for more than one hundred and twenty movies and television series. Born and raised in the backwoods of Canada, he lived for many years in New York City before finally before landing in Newtown, Connecticut.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton Architectural Press (May 10, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1648961126
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1648961120
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.45 x 0.5 x 8.55 inches

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