Dead Alien Babies

The "dead alien baby" principle was learned firsthand by assistant prop master Mark Phillips. The principle goes something like this, according to Mark: "You're doing a Western, and you've got everything the script calls for in the prop truck—everything you could possibly find in a Western even if it wasn't called for in the script. You've got saddles, blankets, rifles, breakaway bottles, those swinging saloon doors—everything. Then, when you get out to the location, fifty miles away from nowhere, the shot is all set up and ready to go, you've got all the props required for the scene out and in place, and just before the camera rolls, the director yells for you to fly in the dead alien baby."

The lesson taught to property custodians by this fable: always be prepared.

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