Inspired by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based nonprofit Film Biz Recycling, which diverted nearly 1 million pounds of set materials from landfill and closed down in 2015, former Navy sailor and set designer Samita Wolfe has opened Savannah Film Biz Recycling in Savannah, Ga., which serves as a prop house for renting or buying props and other supplies that previous productions have left behind.
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SET designers and art directors take minute care in creating the perfect milieu.
For every film and television project, they spend long hours—sometimes weeks—sourcing the perfect furniture, clothing, and knick knacks to give authenticity to the scene.
If a movie takes place in a little girl’s bedroom in 1985, they hunt down a Teddy Ruxpin to place in the corner just so.
Someone had to shlep those rows of airplane seats in for Snakes on a Plane. You think all those Mad Men ashtrays collected themselves?
Yet all that stuff has to go somewhere when the director yells, “Cut!” In Hollywood, where there are cavernous prop warehouses, some gets returned to storage or donated. For productions shot anywhere else—including Savannah—chances are that it all ends up in the garbage.