July 13, 2018
Ross McDonald: Hidden in Plain Sight—Props for Film, Television, and Theater
TDC Salon: May 31, 2018
“Hidden in Plain Sight—Props for Film, Television, and Theater” with Ross McDonald
Ross MacDonald is perhaps best known as an illustrator, yet all the while he has led a secret double life designing and fabricating props for over 40 movies and television series. He has made everything from the book Bradley Cooper’s character throws out the window in Silver Linings Playbook, to the titular Book of Secrets for the second National Treasure movie; Jennifer Lawrence’s mop patents for Joy; baby’s favorite book in Baby’s Day Out; Nucky Thompson’s checkbook and Arnold Rothstein’s calling card for Boardwalk Empire; the morgue toe-tags in The Knick; the Pawnee town charter for Parks and Recreation; the Red Apple Tobacco tin in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight; Versace’s book in the latest season of American Crime Story and thousands of other props. Hear the stories behind the projects and get a look into MacDonald’s process.
This talk coincides with a gallery show of his work, continuing at Type Directors Club through July 2018. See photos of the gallery exhibit here.
Ross MacDonald’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Spy and Rolling Stone. Ross also runs Brightwork Press, where his ever-deepening knowledge of period typography and letterpress printing has helped lend further credibility to his prop work.