James Clark, the Native from Fontana, California is currently On-set PropMaster of Heroes.
He´s also a Cool Guy who agreed to answer some questions to me via Twitter about what is like being a Prop Master, and about life on set of Heroes, and many more things.
The way we did this Twitterview was by sending back and forth twitts with my questions and his answers. Remember that Twitter only allows 140 characters, so, short questions and answers… perhaps a 2twitt answer at most.
Of course, as you may imagine; things can get a little too busy for a Prop Master specially in Heroes so we needed to take a rest for a while with the interview via Twitter. So here it is the first part of the exclusive Twitterview with James Clark, On Set Prop Master of Heroes.
SeriesandTV: What´s the best part about being a PropMaster?
James Clark: The best part of being the set master is working on the set and making each shot be the best it can be. Working with Dir. , Actors and Crew.
SeriesandTV: What´s the toughest?
James Clark: The hardest part is rolling with the many changes that happen on set while shooting a script as it is converted from the page to film.
SeriesandTV: And how much creativity are you allowed on your role? Can you play a lot with the set… or the dir´s very specific in what he wants?
James Clark: I am happy to say quite a bit. One of the reasons why i do what i do is to be able to play. My world is the magical world of shooting. Watching each shot on the monitors withe the Director and DP. Trying the help make each shot the best it can be. It takes an army man.
Part of the fun of my job is to get to play. I live in the world of shooting. Totally different from prep. A small ajustment can make a scene.
Directors are specific. But if they know I am there to help them with what I know about the process it can be good for the whole process
SeriesandTV: How ahead on the story are you in order to get everything in place? You know what´s happening before the actors or at the same time?
James Clark: We all get scripts around the same time. I’ll ask Q or am told if something needs to be a certain way for the future. There are discussions. Sometimes the actors don’t want to know too much. So they don’t play too much knowledge in a scene.
Coming Soon more exclusive twitterview with James Clark – On Set Prop Master of Heroes.
If you want to know some more about James Clark… here´s his shooting resume:
- “Heroes” (on-set propmaster) (40 episodes, 2006-2009)
- “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” (set dresser) (8 episodes, 2006) (swing) (2 episodes, 2006)
- “Deadwood” (assistant property master) (11 episodes, 2004)
- Eulogy (2004) (on-set dresser)
- American Crime (2004) (V) (on-set dresser)
- The Man Who Invented the Moon (2003) (set designer)
- Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) (set dresser: additional photography)
- Hard Ground (2003) (TV) (on-set dresser: Arizona) (uncredited)
- The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003) (TV) (on-set dresser)
- Love Object (2003) (on-set dresser)
- “Son of the Beach” (2000) TV series (on-set dresser) (unknown episodes, 2002)
- “American Dreams” (2002) TV series (assistant property master)
- Close Enough to Touch (2002) (swing gang)
- “Sexy Urban Legends” (2002) TV series (on-set dresser)
- Embrace the Darkness II (2002) (V) (on-set dresser: special dry ice effects)
- “Combat Missions” (2002) TV series (on-set dresser)
- Hidden Agenda (2002) (on-set dresser)
- Beauty Betrayed (2002) (key set production assistant)
- Mockingbird Don’t Sing (2001) (on-set dresser)
- Body & Soul (2001) (V) (set dresser)
- Hollywood Sex Fantasy (2001) (on-set dresser)
- Fast Lane to Vegas (2000) (V) (on-set dresser)
- Dropping Out (2000) (production coordinator)
- Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes (2000) (production coordinator)
- Buddy Boy (1999) (production assistant)
- The Heist (1999) (assistant coordinator)
Thanks a lot to James Clark for his willingness to give us this twitterview. I´m writing all the way from Argentina and it´s quite difficult for us Southbound bloggers to get this chance of access. Again, thanks James.
So… did you like this exclusive Twitterview with James Clark, on Set Prop Master of Heroes?