Sierra Zulu’s Prop Master: Hans Wagner

Prop Masters control all aspects of property departments. They oversee, and are responsible for, the procurement or production, inventory, care and maintenance of all props associated with productions, ensuring that they are available on time, and within budgetary requirements. They also ensure that selected props suit the film’s style and overall design, and that they accurately reflect the production’s time period and culture. Property Masters oversee the staff, and the smooth running, of the property department, working to high standards of accuracy and detail. As much of the work involved is administrative, the role is often office based. Property Masters are responsible to production designers, and work as part of the art department.

We will have a ton of props at Sierra Zulu.
And we are glad that Hans Wagner will wrangle with that stuff.

Hans is prop designer, set decorator and art department extraordinaire and can already look back on a long and successful career. He has worked on such diverse film productions as Caché (Michael Haneke), Immer nie am Meer (Antonin Svoboda), Schlafes Bruder (Joseph Vilsmaier) and Der Überfall (Florian Flicker).

Earthmoving: Oooh! IMDb with Trivia!

Here is our IMDb entry for Earthmoving… and we even added trivia!


Hrubesch’s band-aid in the film is not a prop. Actor Alexander Fennon had a bicycle accident the morning of the first day of shooting and had to go to the hospital to get the wound stitched. Director Johannes Grenzfurthner asked if he could get a kid’s band-aid and was very pleased with the red one with a blue hippo that Alexander Fennon got from the nurse.

…and one more…

Filming Van Hulzen’s blood sneeze was the most unpleasant part of the production of Earthmoving. It was impossible to fake the location of the GPS display, so a small team drove to the Vienna Airport and mounted the device to the back window of the car. Hans Wagner sprinkled fake blood onto the GPS. After each try the GPS had to be cleaned and twisted and turned so it would show the correct geographical direction. It was one of the coldest and windiest nights of winter 2012. It took twenty takes and the fake blood almost froze.