One of the major prop houses in the country is Independent Studio Service or ISS. They have 17 acres of space, a 150,000 square foot warehouse and over 1,000,000 props in their inventory. They are the go to place for any prop master working at on a movie or tv show.
One of their specialities is their prop manufacturing department. They get outrageous requests from building a coffin from the 1800s to replicating Mark Twains billiard table to creating counterfeit money for a movie scene.
ISS provided prop banknotes for the film Rush Hour 2. The film's plot involved the production of high quality counterfeit United States currency, known as superbills, by Hong Kong-based triads which laundered them through a Las Vegas casino. While filming in Las Vegas, prop banknotes with a face value of $1 billion USD were blown up. The explosion didn't destroy all of the banknotes. Many were scattered through the air, and picked up by bystanders. The prop banknotes were found in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and as far away as Minneapolis. The United States Secret Service ordered ISS to stop producing the banknotes, recalled the banknotes from every production company that had ordered them, and seized banknotes from the company's location in Sun Valley, California.
ISS began when founder Gregg Bilson, Sr., started renting props- first from his house, then from an old Lockheed hangar. The company soon thrived and Bilson moved into the Sun Valley, CA, prophouse that was home to ISS for 26 years. In 2003, all ISS operations were combined and moved to their current, expanded facility in Sunland, CA.
Prop Master would be similar in format to the show Cake Boss. It would be a half hour show that would focus on the main Prop Master and the tasks that they have to do that day or week. It would end in the project being completed and brought to the set of a show or movie.
The halo effect from this show would be the great exposure that the featured show or movie would get each week.
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