Thursday, July 25, 2019
Re Prop Design: Portable Cylinder Recorder
I designed the above prop for a low budget feature film titled Johnny Shortwave. The world depicted in the black and white epic has an almost steampunk aesthetic, with audio recording happening not on linear magnetic tape, but on cylinders; Edison style.
In addition to the above I designed two table-top models. The idea I had there was that those were older machines. The rationale for the portable recorder was that miniaturization was producing more compact devices -- like a cylinder recorder. A character in Shortwave carries the machine around by slinging the carrying strap over his shoulder.
John Gajdecki built the prop from my plans. I told him that he could run with the design. He did a beautiful job, I think.
Soon I will post the original plans.
The above piece was originally posted on November 5, 2017