Prop it up! Museum of Science Fiction needs your replicas in cash prize competition.

The Museum of Science Fiction is running a prop replica design competition. The competition is open to all students, designers, engineers, builders and artists. People from the United States and abroad may participate.

“Props are an essential part of any production,” said Dan Curry, competition judge and a veteran of 100 feature films and television productions. Curry’s work has won seven Emmys (15 nominations) and a Visual Effects Society Award for Best Broadcast Visual Effects. Curry recently received a Visual Effects Society Fellow award and is currently working on a Marvel super hero show and co writing a book on Star Trek visual effects.

Dealers’ room: various props from the Search/Destroy and Judge Minty fan films

Curry added, “props give characters something to handle and accomplish their tasks, as well as reflecting a character’s personality. Great props support the overall aesthetic of a production and can become iconic symbols. A few examples include the Ghostbusters proton pack, Indiana Jones’ whip, Conan’s sword, Rambo’s knife by Gil Hibben, Jedi lightsabers, and the Klingon Bat’Leth. Props need to look real, have the appropriate amount of wear and tear, and be ergonomically sound. Most importantly, props have to support the tone of a production – and the Museum of Science Fiction’s prop replica competition will give aspiring prop makers the opportunity to show their skill and artistry.”

Entries will be judged across a variety of criteria including crafting skill, materials, and accuracy to the presented design.

Finalists will be selected based on photographs and illustrated concept art submitted by email.

The final competition, including the presentation of fully constructed designs, is set to take place at Escape Velocity 2019 on May 24th 2019 where a jury of professional and experienced prop design professionals, including Dan Curry and Steve Dymszo, CEO of Master Replicas Group, will select the winners.

Registration for the competition opens today and runs through April 15th 2019.

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories – original content and prop replica – and in two classes: masters and young adult/high school.

For complete rules, please check the detail at: http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/prop-competition


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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