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Hollywood Props So Real the Secret Service Complains

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Sunland, California-based Independent Studio Services is one of the largest prop houses in Hollywood with more than one million props for rent. ISS also designs and manufactures unique props for productions. Chief Executive Office Gregg Bilson, Jr. tells Bloomberg how his job has become more challenging as camera technology has improved. Not only do they have to make things more realistic because HD cameras pick up every detail, but they also have to fend off the Secret Service. Video By: Jeniece Pettitt, Amy Marino
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Alexander Wingeskog (2 days ago)
But technology has to work for the prop industri also, 3d scanning, 3d printing and materials and so on.
roachtoasties (2 days ago)
Those rubber knives still look pointy enough to stab someone.
Quicksand 12 (3 days ago)
in dog we trust
TheMachomaniac (4 days ago)
Ive seen real fake money. Looks way more real than that stupid bullshit. The only real difference is you can feel they are slightly different, and they fold slightly different
David Roberts (4 days ago)
A lot of these guys who work making the props still sell these items. I've obtained movie props, like these, for decent prices.
David Roberts (4 days ago)
The U.S. Navy did the same thing to Gene Roddenberry, they tried to force changes after a visit to the set of Star Trek, claiming things were too close to projects in development, but Paramount refused. Side Note: Since none of those "projects" have emerged, when they attempted to shut down a shows production for being too "close", back in the mid 60's, what happened to them...what do they have today, we don't know about?
Joseph Stalin (7 days ago)
In dog we trust, amen brother
FatMan Airsoft (7 days ago)
Airsoft guns would work better than rubber ones
Nick Jeffrey (8 days ago)
Probably the best video I have ever made!
Alfonso Osoria (9 days ago)
Thats Donal trump on the bill
M D (11 days ago)
Why can’t they make the money out of green paper and use a green screen to make it look like its actual money?
Ronnie Santo (12 days ago)
Lol the fake 100s look like Nicholas Cage
NxP (13 days ago)
Wow I'm amazed
Jimbo Jewtron (13 days ago)
this is titled like a meme
Unruly K1ng (14 days ago)
Prop News
That Guy (14 days ago)
in dog we trust
James F (15 days ago)
the left is the real one
Despacito 2 (15 days ago)
Just A Regular Guy (16 days ago)
Thanks for the informative video, Jewmberg.
Peter John Zielinski (16 days ago)
I once bought an orgasm from a hooker, lil did i know it was a fake.
Matthew Hutchinson (16 days ago)
2:31 in dog we trust
Sieren (17 days ago)
money mhmm money
Revit Iligo (19 days ago)
Anyone think he looks like michael from GTA
axion (21 days ago)
did you frame that letter we do our job so well it fools even law enforcement
Palmer Martinez (24 days ago)
the idea of rubber guns seems dumb why not just use a replica like an airsoft/bb gun?
Mark Riggio (25 days ago)
ISS... in school suspension
FKH 04 (27 days ago)
My dream would be owning a prop company. Think of all the things you can do!
Jaime Quintana-Sanchez (1 month ago)
This is my dream job
Uzayer Masud (1 month ago)
What's the movie from the sniper scene?
korpakukac (1 month ago)
Awesome! I wonder what it takes to get a job at a place like this making props.
spiderweb_ (1 month ago)
secret service issued that cease and desist? the fuck? that sounds like bullshit lol Prop stories too LUL the secret service has about 0% to do with our federal reserve notes....the FBI if anything would have been sending that cease and desist, I think that guy is lying but neat story LUL
BOF007 (1 month ago)
anyone got a the names of the laser gun movie and the city blackout launch ?
Kevin Lau (1 month ago)
fuck secret service
Nicolle (1 month ago)
how do you even start internships or get a mentorship in the prop industry because it's seriously super cool
tonyk174 (1 month ago)
What is props ?
Ishan Bansal (1 month ago)
That why it costs big$
kojo619 danker (1 month ago)
This video is so fake
Bomber Harris (1 month ago)
I highly doubt that anyone renting a rubber gun would need $1000,000 insurance, considering they could just buy an airsoft gun, actual steel replica or even just a live or deactivated real gun for a few hundred dollars at most.
Sakkehattu (1 month ago)
Why don't they just make 1 side realistic, 1 side completely blank? In most cases, audience doesn't get to see both sides. This way you could present a very realistic looking bill to the audience, with next to no chance of it ever getting abused.
Goorpijp Wessel (1 month ago)
lmao that bag of weed, was not realistic.
Sunny Wu (1 month ago)
If you are a business who accepted those bills, you deserve it. lol Those don't look real... Plus most businesses mark it just to make sure.
Wade Wilson (1 month ago)
"Most people think that film sets and film environments somehow magically exist" Literally no one thinks that.
Media Don (14 days ago)
Actually many many many people think so
Wade Wilson (15 days ago)
That's still not magic.
Indra Ida Bagus (15 days ago)
When I watched Titanic on TV when I was little I thought they sunk a ship and 1000 people died whilst filming. yeah.... def not most tho
Jewish Person (1 month ago)
I think movie money should be like a light pinkish color or purple so it's obvious.
Brent'sCardsAnd Coins (1 month ago)
Interesting fact. It used to be illegal to take pictures or videos of real US currency.
Extra Punjabi (1 month ago)
Do you make fake actors
Tibe Dog (2 months ago)
It's funny because here in the city I live people are passing fake prop money everywhere. They buy it off ebay in huge lots and are using them in fast food places, college stores, and what have you. Spending a fake $100 getting $60 in change in real funds. Or spending $10 at wendys in a huge line getting $6 in return. We've been haven issues for years.
John Gault (2 months ago)
Most Americans are lazy, and want easy jobs, not jobs they're doing well. People doing well, make them feel bad about themselves, and they call it rude. And seriously, billions of dollars for Budget, millions spent making fake money over the years....why not just real money, all along? Can't trust the crew....we can't either.
James Farrell (2 months ago)
Diego Gutierrez (2 months ago)
Doodle (2 months ago)
Is this how lil Tay does it
Nikolai Kotula (2 months ago)
Why would the secret service care about counterfeit? That seems like an FBI thing...
StraightToThePoint (2 months ago)
ive been looking for some prop money that is very realistic to prank some friends
Wile E. Coyote (2 months ago)
Lol Million dollar insurance for a rubber gun? Jesus why not just rent them the real thing?
k (2 months ago)
Hey! You can't make counterfeit money! That's the government's job!
Jake Mitch (16 days ago)
USS Prinz Eugen all money is fake bro, we the people have been swindled for almost 100 years. Money used to have gold backing it, now it's literally just paper
USS Prinz Eugen (1 month ago)
Wait... If the government made fake money... Wouldn't it be legal tender still? ( With out going through whatever hoops the treasury has to issue new currency aside)
Just get them to make you weapons and then rob a bank and then make them make you money so you can flee the county and then live with Robert Downey Jr
SEA STRUCK54 (2 months ago)
Cry baby bitch ass jits
nathan kindle (2 months ago)
hell, it's both funny money. our money is just worthless paper, with not a damn thing backing it
Nopainnogain Hurts (2 months ago)
USA are so fake they might as well start making every thing fake.
Daniel 786 (2 months ago)
Anonymous Hurts You are an idiot if you actually thought everything in the movies is real. If you hate the U.S. so much why did you bother writing this comment?
Gifted Gamer (2 months ago)
Do you guys make Prop penises?
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
betchalife (2 months ago)
Yeah! Who doesn't think movie props just exist and didn't have to be created? Lol... Stanley Kubrick's props and sets were lefendaru
XxZigiixX (2 months ago)
America, a place with tons of people so stupid that the govt. Has to do everything possible to protect them from their own stupidity.... It's like walking around in a play pen
dried nut (2 months ago)
Well at least in XxshitholexX they don't cry at strangers making mean comments on the internet.
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
Yeah have you seen American gun legislation? Yeesh. It's a nightmare.
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
Well at least we are not as bad as the country of XxshitholexX where they only let the political elites use toilet paper and everyone else uses poison ivy leaves to wipe their butt.
DefiantBoris (2 months ago)
Shows how dumb people are today. "for motion picture use only" oh yeah totally a legit 100 dollar bill Seriously, when I see a 100 dollar bill I investigate it because who the fuck walks around with 100 dollar bills? 5 20s sure.
Amanda Hugenkiss (2 months ago)
Rubber guns...damn
GamingNerds101 (2 months ago)
I think the movie that he mentions is rush hour 2.
telepathy90 (2 months ago)
Awesome stuff
Senseii_MJ (2 months ago)
rappers use this money xD
Universal Veteran (2 months ago)
And why don't they use airsoft guns?
madman2u (13 days ago)
Compare the barrels on airsoft guns and real guns and you'll see why. From the side, airsoft guns can look like the real thing of course but they're not always practical.
grand unified (2 months ago)
Funny how continuity is so important with props but not with the directors & story lines
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
It is important though... that's why movies with bad continuity are considered bad movies.
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
Keep talking and they will reboot the reboot of Spiderman... again.
John Cooper (2 months ago)
Man I was using real guns in my movie and I was really shooting people s***guess I shouldn't have done that
HailAnts (2 months ago)
Growing up on 70s TV (nothing but cop, P.I., and crime shows) there was always a scene where the head villain would open a briefcase filled with money. And it was always obviously fake because it was official ‘Play Money’ you could buy at toy stores. Same size as real but a much lighter green and always with an eagle in the center instead of a President...
jays0909 (2 months ago)
Cgi says hello....unfortunately
Audrey McMace (2 months ago)
sounds like the sickest place to hang actually
T (2 months ago)
I wonder if this guy knows about the matrix we live in.
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
If you would just take the red pill....
Raiyan Tyrone (2 months ago)
What's the first movie called?
world wide (2 months ago)
American Sniper
Black (2 months ago)
without these guys films would suck dick
SpongeBobBoxPants (2 months ago)
I heard that an Iron Man custome from the first Iron Man with RDJ was stolen. It is worth 300,000k.
SpongeBobBoxPants (2 months ago)
Mark Wilko Probably Justin Hammer stole it
Mark Wilko (2 months ago)
SpongeBobBoxPants parts of it were lost or stolen. Their are a few news stories about it. Haven't looked much into it myself.
Ohh a Red Camera.
o3o (2 months ago)
props to them for making such real parts
Matthew C (2 months ago)
What I see here is Monopoly I almost guarantee no one else can make a prop business thanks to politics and inside deals. So now films have to pay so much money for props and the production of movies have gone up and now pay less to actors such as regular people and it just makes everything more difficult to get paid for screen time
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
They don't pay a ton for the props, that million dollars is an insurance policy. It lets the prop guys know that you're a real filmmaking crew and not a bunch of morons in your basement shooting an action scene.
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
ISS should buy the International Space Station (ISS) just to have an ultra realistic "prop" space station.
Bill Nye (2 months ago)
HD machine broke
Aaron Gabriel (2 months ago)
Sam in Dean would like that fake badges.
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
Cheech says "we don't need no stinkin badges"
Annon User (2 months ago)
What's sad is that a lot of those rubber guns cost more than the real thing
Dank meme Like crazy (2 months ago)
Prophunt gamemode in his warehouse
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
Fuck that. Too many props.
MADS (2 months ago)
That guy looks like the American Chris Barry. (rimmer)
TheStonedGamer 420 (2 months ago)
So what if someone just wanted to buy one if the replica guns as a show piece is that not aloud no ? I can understand about the money and police gear but simpler things must be easier to own at the end you said it yourself there rubber nothing more and nothing less
Mark Wilko (2 months ago)
TheStonedGamer 420 Rubber guns etc.... arnt usually used for close ups etc.... You can tell the difference. Their are many other types of replicas if you just want a prop for display etc.... at home.
ebola moinkey 69 (2 months ago)
You need to use commas
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
No, You, do, , , , ,
RNRAGE (2 months ago)
where I work we got one of the bills in and the cashier didn't notice the $100 was a fake.
RNRAGE (2 months ago)
The bank when we sent it in with the deposit. T_T
jorgensenmj (2 months ago)
But I would bet $100 someone noticed it was fake...
Isaiah Jones (2 months ago)
so when using guns... why not use airsoft guns? nowadays there are airsoft guns that look almost exactly like the real gun they are copying... then add in the rest with visual effects and audio effects? just a question, if someone can explain why this would be stupid please do haha
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
They do, actually. I have seen a lot of TV shows where the actors were using airsoft guns. There was a sci-fi series called Continuum, and I recognized one of the futuristic gun designs as an airsoft design. Later on, I also spotted an orange tip somewhere, but it was literally for one frame, so it didn't really matter.
Stewart Deel (2 months ago)
they arent going to shoot eachother with airsoft guns though just use them as props
Mark Wilko (2 months ago)
They use a mixture of real guns with blanks, Replicas and rubber guns. A rubber gun will bend and absorb a bit. You can fall on it etc... Also a real gun etc... will be a lot more work to keep it safe and legal. Actors have died due to mistakes with guns on sets like having a live shell mixed with the blanks or thinking that blanks are safe even when you fire them point blank against a skull.
Kim Jong Un (2 months ago)
Da9 zBrah everyone removes the tip, litterally nobody keeps it on or unpainted
Proud_Ape (2 months ago)
Imagine that!!!!! printing money is frowned upon but hold on its OK for some right????
Icarus (2 months ago)
Which film was that rocket from at the end?
Adamcrazy 561 (2 months ago)
The movie is Tomorrowland
Hurbii (2 months ago)
that weird rubber paint looks like it gives off bad fumes
Rob C (2 months ago)
The American ISIS.
Barsabus (2 months ago)
Rob C wtf does that mean?
CivilGuy (2 months ago)
Don’t print fake money. Simple as that
Kaipyro67ALT (2 months ago)
They need to.
Jake Yaboi (2 months ago)
Typical California bullshit haha
Simone Eli (2 months ago)
Jake Yaboi quite nazi
Danielle Gill (2 months ago)
my best friends boyfriend sold weed and sold quite a bit and for 100 and he was bragging to his girlfriend about the 100 and he showed it to her and if said "hollywood prop money" on it in the fine print. she asked him how long hes had it and he said "...two weeks..." never noticed haha
Funkenstein (2 months ago)
This is the most humble-bragging video I think I've ever seen. "We're so awesome, even our crap gets taken down by the authorities for how realistic it is."
NunchuckDuck (2 months ago)
Funkenstein how do you get that? Can you explain?
Simplisticc 78 (2 months ago)
iN dOg We TrUSt
Big Papa Parker (2 months ago)
ISS likes to take their sweet ass time at the docks.
Ruben (2 months ago)
Rubber guns? Just use airsoft guns
Daniel 786 (2 months ago)
Rubber guns are cheaper than airsoft.
Mark Wilko (2 months ago)
You can fall on a rubber gun. Hit someone with one etc..... Different uses for different version.
yo Alex (2 months ago)
Ruben the keyword was "take 'UPTO' 10 hours"
Ruben (2 months ago)
I thought making it ouf of rubber would be more difficult since it took 10 hours to make a simple knife.

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