Letterpress, wood type, and period props from movies!

Join author, illustrator, and designer Ross MacDonald as we tour his Brightwork Press studio and letterpress shop in Connecticut. On view will be Ross’ extensive collection of wood type, dating back to the some of the earliest cut by hand, as well as examples of period props that he has made, printed, and designed for over 90 movies and television series.

For many years, Ross MacDonald has been a contributor to periodicals like Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone, creating illustrations and writing humor pieces.

Yet all the while he has led a secret double life designing and fabricating props for over 90 movies and television series. He has made everything from the book Bradley Cooper’s character throws out the window in Silver Linings Playbook, to the titular Book of Secrets for the second National Treasure movie; Jennifer Lawrence’s mop patents for Joy; baby’s favorite book in Baby’s Day Out; Nucky Thompson’s passport and Arnold Rothstein’s calling card for Boardwalk Empire; the morgue toe-tags in The Knick; the Pawnee town charter for Parks and Recreation; the Red Apple Tobacco tin in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight; Versace’s book in the second season of American Crime Story, period newspapers and Hitler stamps for The Plot Against America, and thousands of other props.

Registration for this special event is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click on the registration link to sign up for this live Zoom webinar. We suggest downloading the Zoom software prior to the start of this event. We will send you event reminders, but we advise everyone to connect a few minutes prior to the start. The event waiting room will be open 10 minutes ahead of time.

The start time for the live event is:
10:00am LA/SF/Seattle (PST)
1:00pm New York (EST)
6:00pm London (BST)
7:00pm Berlin/Madrid/Milan/Europe (CEST)
9:00pm Jerusalem (GST)
1:00am Seoul/Manila
2:00am Tokyo
5:00am Auckland

Ross MacDonald has authored and illustrated four children’s books, as well as the adult humor books In and Out with Dick and Jane, (with co-author James Victore) and What Would Jesus Craft?

Born and raised in the backwoods of Canada, he lived for many years in New York City before finally washing up on the bucolic shores of Connecticut.

See photos of his 2018 exhibition at Type Directors Club here.