Conan and The Giant Sloth

I got the call Thursday, the 21st of January from NBC. “We need a full size Dinosaur Skeleton and we need it tomorrow.”

Conan had been doing sketches all week supposedly designed to cost the studio big cash as a comic form of revenge for his abruptly ended contract. He had previously claimed to “buy” an exotic sports car and a race horse. I’m glad to know that for his ultimate revenge he wanted a dinosaur. I know ever since I was 5 I wanted a revenge dinosaur. There’s a saying in my house, “revenge is a dish best served dinosaur”

The thing is, Dinosaurs are huge. We all know that, right, but we lose perspective on how big they are when we see them in a museum. I run a 5,000 square foot warehouse and an adult T-Rex is longer then my building and taller then my ceiling. And while the average millionaire has sports cars and horses to spare, unless you’re Nicholas Cage, you just don’t HAVE Dinosaurs laying around. I had a few smaller dinosaurs ready to go, including an 11 foot long Dimetrodon, but everyone knows Dimetrodon can’t hold the hose to spray the picasso with caviar. So that was out.

The wrong way to display fossils.

The right way to disply fossils

I was able to set aside a giant ground sloth that was about to be installed in a museum, but he had the weekend free. It was a rental, not a purchase, from a prop shop, not the Smithsonian, and cost nowhere near the $65 million dollars they said on the air. The bones are not real, but they are a museum quality reconstruction. The skeleton we used now stands in some solemn museum hall somewhere, curators and patrons blissfully unaware of Mr. Sloth’s wild weekend.

He partied with all the audience and crew, and I’m proud to say may go down in history as the most monumentally absurd set piece ever used in a comedy sketch. We here at Dapper Cadaver are proud we got to contribute to such an epic episode.

We still have access to the molds and can do the same prop for anyone else who needs one.
Buy it now! It’s not $65 Million!

No Bloody Country for Old Men

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About a year ago I sold blood and police caution tape to the prop master for what was then called “the latest Coen brothers film”
It’s great to see they really put the blood to good use!
This is an awesome movie. Part Western, part horror, part indie.
The villain is such a bad ass.

RIP Bling Headstone

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I created this for a lexicographer doing a documentary on words called “The Joy of Lex”
This prop was used for a sequence on the word “Bling,” it’s origins, it’s rise, it’s overuse, and it’s rapidly approaching demise.
That was 2 years ago and people are still using the word.
Come on people! I need to finish this thing. Lets make 2008 the fatal year for Bling.

I always love carving funny tombstones for halloween

Mummy in the Maze

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I’m so excited, my favorite holiday is about to mash up with my my favorite show and it’s chock full of my favorite things!

The Bones Halloween special airs next Tuesday the 30th at 8pm on Fox.

Keep an eagle eye out for all the Haunted house decor we supplied them – gibbets and gallows and bodies and skull chisels, blood and electric chairs and so much more good stuff.

And if anyone pulls stills from the episode, awesome. I’ll credit you on our website.

Back in Order

Severed Head Found at Salton Sea

The new season of Law & Order is underway and already they’ve got me doing props for the flagship series and SVU. The guy above was originally created for Law & Order, he’s one of my favorite heads ever. The photo was taken by Brian Henderson in the Salton Sea as part of a crime scene photo series. The dog below is for an upcoming episode of Law & Order (the original) called “Submission”

Anybody who has screen caps from either the 3 year old episode with the mummy or the upcoming one with the dog, or any of my Law and Order props let me know or post them in the comments.
Other props I’ve done for L&O can be seen below in the following links