Props, Prop Houses

Props for Pros

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Props for Pros offers a broad range of props, technical and historical consulting, and related services for film, TV, and commercial shoots. On the off chance we don’t have what you need, we can likely find it or have it made.

 

PROPS PROVIDED IN ALL THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, COMPLETE WITH SUPPORTING HISTORICAL AND USAGE INFORMATION:

• Vintage electronics spanning 100 years for numerous military, home, and industry applications

• Transportation, from vintage snowshoes, wood canoe, and wagon accessories to bicycles, VW pop-top camper, and 1937 Ford with one-wheel trailer

• Professional tools for engineering, photography optometry, dentistry, law, and more

• Tools of the trades, from farm to to factory 

• Victorian and other furniture

• Musical instruments, including such unusual finds as sitar, zither, Tremoloa, 1850s bass, and metal resonator mandolin

• Miscellaneous items include steampunk, architectural, housewares, toys, and selections from expansive collections of books, artwork, photographs, 33/45/78 vinyl records, tapes, old medicines, jewelry bling, and—well, you get the idea

 

 

EXTRA SERVICES INCLUDE:

 

• An extensive network of associates with additional props and prop services

 

• Technical and historical consulting by the owner, a professional electrical engineer (BEE, MSEE) with firsthand experience, both military and civilian, in multiple industries and projects, including:

— Mystic Star Presidential communications system

— First satellite communications on Air Force One, for the “Red Phone” and Nixon’s historic trip to China

— Looking Glass 24x7 “Doomsday planes”

— Air/ground spy plane support employing early matched filter digital communications

— Soviet Union missile launch detection

— Cold War spy satellite research, development, and testing based on hand-coded mainframe computer programs

— Adaption of historical Bell Laboratory resources to the design of automated Morse code detection and remote signal processing 

— Field data for the design of computer controlled sewer system flood gates 

— Research, development, and manufacturing of hearing aids, telephone company test equipment, and other products

— Small business startup and expansion through all the stages of computer advancement, from — Small business startup and expansion through all the stages of computer advancement, from smart typewriters to present day fiber optic LANs, voice-over-IP, and cloud-hosted application integration

 COVID-19 business solutions bonus: Yes, my affiliated company, NETWORK ARCHITECHS LLC, can advise on—and provide—the latest SD-WAN/contact-center/security UCaaS technologies for fast, safe, and effective remote office telecommuting; this is precisely what my communication systems engineering background has prepared me for.

 

• My sundry personal experiences also enable me to provide historical context for numerous scenarios, with or without the many associated props* I still have from the following:

— Traditional Minnesota family farm life on 160 acres with 1ea cow, pig, outhouse, corncrib, machine shed, and barn, plus assorted poultry and horses 

— Crossing a frozen river on horseback to attend an 8-grade country school featuring sandlot baseball, pom pom pullaway, and mumblety-peg using real jackknives

— Pre-television life in a 140-person town with railroad depot, grain elevator, two grocery stores, baseball field, and monthly “community club” for home-bred entertainment

— Radio shows, card games, and puzzles for home pastimes, all by kerosene lamps during winter blizzards

— Superseded technologies like party-line crank telephones and ice boxes to refrigerate decapitated ducks

— Proficiency with assorted rifles, pistols, revolvers, shotguns, bow and arrow, and slingshots, including gun club leader and state rifle meet top marksman

— Wilderness canoeing and camping, river motorboating, white-knuckle hunting incidents, and fishing with rod and reel, shotgun, and the proverbial cane pole and bobber

— Civil Air Patrol search-and-rescue, drill teams, and crash site body recovery

— 1960s college “rodent rooming house” life, slide rule engineering, hootenannies, and Air Force ROTC

— “Muscle car” drive train rebuilds and hot rod “souping up” for street drag races and 100+ mph two-lane exploits

— Active duty experiences during the Vietnam War

— Travel throughout U.S. and several European countries by plane, train, and automobile

— California-based experiences from orange grove growers and mountain lion hunters to the Cold War defense industry

— Numerous music involvements as performer and organizer as well as hundreds of documented concerts

— Personal and professional historic farmstead preservation through carpentry and stone masonry

— Landscaping and plant nursery development on five metro acres using an assortment of hand tools and power machinery

— Eminent domain and land subdivision legal and financial successes

— Writing, photography, desktop publishing, and ebook publishing

— Forty years of business owner entrepreneurship “war stories”

— Last but certainly not least, all the day-to-day family delight and drama that springs from a fifty-year fairytale romance 

 

*Our props inventory includes such personal mementos as a stanchion, farm tools, saddle, country school desk, sled, tricycle, wagon, fishing and hunting gear, toys, games, telephones, radios, kerosene lamps, ice box, tongs, 1956 Ford tri-power, Air Force and defense industry mission materials, musical instruments and memorabilia, six generations of assorted family heirlooms and photos, and much, much more. Might as well put it to use again! 

 

We also maintain the 4.6-ACRE METRO PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION ID #10152447: HISTORIC SCHMIDT FARMSTEAD - LOON SONG GARDENS, only 30 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul; see details at https://tinyurl.com/hsf-lsg

 

WE SHIP ANYWHERE!

 

SEND US YOUR REQUESTS and/or PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE A PHOTO PORTFOLIO

 

Contact Info

Email Address: mlamb@isd.net

Contact(s):
Michael Lamb, (763) 422-1111, mlamb@isd.net

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Strait Productions

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We specialize in producing high quality photo and video for the recreation industry.

Strait Productions offers end-to-end creative production services from pre-shoot coordination to creative consulting that goes beyond post-production image editing. We also Rent a Produciton RV,  Shooting Boat, and Prop Trailer. Please contact us for rates and details. 


Production Motorhome Details:

450+ SQUARE FEET OF CLIENT COMFORT AND AMENITIES. WHO SAYS YOU HAVE TO ROUGH IT IN THE WOODS? FROM SATELLITE WIFI AND A FULL EDITING SUITE TO SPECIALIZED WARDROBE, HAIR AND MAKEUP STATIONS, OUR MOTORHOME IS EQUIPPED WITH ALL THE AMENITIES TO KEEP CLIENTS, CREW AND TALENT COMFORTABLE AND PRODUCTIVE WHILE ON THE GO.

Shooting Boat Details:

OUR SHOOTING BOAT IS THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY. THE 27’ LONG CUSTOM PREMIER PTX TRIPLE TUBE PONTOON BOAT IS EXTRA WIDE (10’) TO HANDLE PHOTO AND VIDEO CREWS SIMULTANEOUSLY. POWERED UP TO MAKE SPEED AND MANEUVERING QUICK AND EASY. WE CAN GET INTO THE RIGHT POSITION FOR EVERY SHOT.

Prop Trailer Details:

  • Life jackets (100) – all sizes, colors, styles, children and adult vests (new every year).
  • Wardrobe for boating, fishing, and water sports.
  • Water sports gear – Waterskis, Wakeboards, Wakesakte, Wakesurf, kid’s skis
  • Fishing rods (40) – Freshwater, Saltwater, all sizes species and colors with reels and tackle
  • Tackle boxes (15) – Variety of sizes and colors.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.
  • Coolers (5) – Yetti and Coleman variety of sizes and colors.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.

 

  • Hundreds of pairs of sunglasses.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.
  • Prop drinks and wine bottles.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.
  • Hair ties and accessories.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Tools – a variety of standard and unique tools.
  • First Aid kit.

 

Contact Info

Phones: (651) 226-7318 (Cell)

Email Address: mike@straitproductions.com

Websites: Strait Productions