|Special Guest: Propmasters Dennis & Hope ParrishYou’re in for a real treat at the October Salon. We have not one but TWO of the tops of their profession. A father/daughter team who have worked on hundreds of classic films, with the best directors and the biggest stars. And they are continuing the legacy of their father/grandfather, so the Parrish clan has worked in the film business for several generations.
On Monday, come meet a family of Propmasters.
Props are anything touched by an actor on a set. A phone, a newspaper, the Maltese Falcon, a light saber. And the person who is responsible for finding these items and caring for these items throughout production are known as Propmasters.
HOPE PARRISH has been a regular at our Salons since she returned from working on Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA. At the next Salon, she returns with her famous Propmaster father, DENNIS PARRISH, who is fresh back from a talk to students at UNL’s Johnny Carson School.
Dennis was born in Culver City, the son of JAMES LAMARR PARRISH, a longtime PROPMASTER for Fox & MGM, who was invited to Hollywood in 1928 by his Ohio friend, Clark Gable! Dennis got his start in the set dressing gang at Warner Bros in the 1950s, later landing at 20th Century Fox where he got his big break as Propmaster, Set Dresser and Production Manager for films like HELLO DOLLY, PATTON, PAPILLON, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, THE JERK, SPACEBALLS, BASIC INSTINCT, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE AVIATOR. He has worked on multiple pictures for directors Martin Scorsese, Phillip Noyce, Herb Ross, Gene Kelly and Mel Brooks, on films with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert DeNiro, Steve Martin, George Burns, Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.
Hope grew up on film sets all over the world as her dad worked on location in China, Spain, Jamaica and Canada. She then followed in her family’s footsteps with a Propmaster career that began with BACKDRAFT and JERRY MAGUIRE, through ZODIAC, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, and DJANGO-UNCHAINED. Like her father, she has a knack for working with well-known directors as well: Ron Howard, Cameron Crowe, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, and of course our own Alexander Payne.
While working on NEBRASKA, Hope adopted a stray cat named Dash, so she was able to bring a little of Nebraska back to Culver City with her.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet living cinematic histories, a family that spans nearly the entire life of the movies. They have incredible stories to share with you about their experiences, friendships and travels, and great advice for pursuing a career in the art department or in any part of this crazy wonderful business.
See you at the October Salon on Monday, October 13th!
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th 10am – 4pm
This one day workshop puts you in the studio, on the mic, with a working professional who can get you started on your VO career. The small class size means lots of mic time and one on one attention, helping you find your strengths, your range, YOUR voice.
The cost for the day (lunch included) is: $195
Mari is a Nebraska Alum and has worked in Voice-Over for over 23 years, as an actor, producer and teacher. For more info on Mari go to: www.mariweiss.com
“Mari was born to teach this stuff. You will not find a more caring, more helpful and more nurturing teacher out there. Hands down my favorite VO expert. The best investment I’ve ever made in a class. There is no aspect of the business she can’t help you with.” – Steve Lewis, Actor and Nebraskan