Gatecon 2022 just wrapped up, and I am pleased to have been there as an attendee, special guest, and working photograher. Yes, it was a BUSY weekend. The highlight for me was revealing the ZPM prop replica during a live broadcast of Dial The Gate. The ZPM was a hit with everybody who saw it, from fans all the way up to Peter DeLuise himself.
I just finished some major improvements to the Official SG1Props Discussion Forum. I’m pleased to say that we now have the fastest and most mobile device friendly Stargate discussion forum on the planet. The forum has none of the bloat that fills many other websites such as advertising banners, scripts and unnecessary features. By focusing on the essentials, the forum is fast and distraction-free.
We have been hard at work building our new prop shop! Yes, after 10 years SG1Props has outgrown our 3rd space! We are just about finished remodeling the workshop, and will have lots of new workspaces to complete the projects that we all love so much.
I can say one thing for certain, and that is that in this Year Of The Gate there is so much more to come. With new projects around the corner, and major updates coming on old projects, 2019 will be another fun year in the history of SG1Props.
All of us at SG1Props are heartbroken to have learned about the housefire which left a pair of Stargate fans homeless. Daniel and Brianne Jackson were on vacation with their kids when they got the call that their home, all of their belongings, and their beloved pets were lost in a fire.
You might not know Daniel or Brianne, but you might have seen their wedding photos. They wed at the official Stargate convention in Chicago--they love Stargate THAT much.
I was finally able to reveal the latest achievement to the world. Hero quality replicas of the Kino from Stargate Universe. This was a complex prop to recreate, and presented many challenges along the way. The final product is simply stunning, and would be the highlight of any SGU display.
MGM was bound to bring back Stargate at some point. The shows are regularly counted among MGM's most lucrative properties. Today they announced just how they are doing it. According to the details from the Stargate press release shared on Stargate Legacy, there will be a new web series comprised of 10 episodes, each running 10 minutes long. The episodes will basically add up to the length of a made-for-tv movie.
MGM has been quiet about the future of Stargate, until now. Well, next week technically. MGM is going to give us some news about Stargate on Thursday, July 20th at San Diego Comic Con. Yeah, the Comic Con where major announcements get made.
This is exciting.
With so many options available for liquid tooling materials (aka resin and mold making rubber) it can be daunting to figure out what to use for your project. Should you use a quick curing resin or a slow cure? Condensation cure or additive cure silicone? Even if you can narrow down your selection to a product series there are often many seemingly similar variations to pick from. The distinctions between products are buried in technical specifications which seem better suited for a chemist than a prop maker.
Managing a prop project is not for the faint of heart. R&D, Production, and customer service all require a great deal of time and effort. It's a three legged stool. If any one of these areas fail then the entire project can crash and burn. In many cases individual prop makers will handle each of these areas single-handedly. Sometimes this can be done by a dedicated prop maker; but, more often than not, there will be a failure in one area causing projects to fall apart.
One of the coolest props of the year is now entering the first stages of development. It just recently arrived in the mail from one of SG1Props' top supporters, and is amazing. One thing that I never get over when looking at a new prop from the set of Stargate is just how much attention to detail was put into the props. These people were/are artists who built truly beautiful pieces.
So what is it? Can't say yet!
Will it be awesome? Absolutely.
2016 was a tremendous year for growth at SG1Props. In the year of our 10 year anniversary we revealed more new Stargate props than in any year prior. Not only did we stir up wonder around the world with the fully functional hero Zat Gun, but we also completed the prototype of the long running Naquadah Generator project, and about half a dozen other props. Stargate is very must alive!