Chaney Props

6405 Llano Stage Trail
Austin, Texas 78738

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Period movie props. John Chaney, Louisiana native, pipefitter by trade and entrepreneur at heart, learned of the motion picture industry when local construction jobs were scarce in the south. He was working as a teamster on the movie Sounder II when he learned there was a need for a couple of mules and wagons. John already had a couple of mules on the farm and was able to quickly locate two farm wagons. This began his interest in the motion picture prop business.
John began doing some research and found that a museum in Natchez, Mississippi was selling quite a few surreys and buggies. He mortgaged his home, secured a loan from the bank, purchased over 15 buggies and surreys, and launched Chaney Brothers Movie Rentals. His initial collection of authentic period buggies, surreys, tack and farm wagons has grown immensely over the years. His props have been in over 60 movies since he started, including Mandingo, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Interview With the Vampire, and Free State of Jones, just to name a few.

Up to this point his only marketing tool was word of mouth in the industry. John and his son, Brad, long-time business partners in other ventures, decided to digitize the prop business, and now bring you Chaney Props.

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