Travis Shewchuk is continuing his work as a props master in the film industry.
Shewchuk's career began just after he graduated high school in 2005. His love for film, props and special effects pushed his portfolio in Vancouver and eventually he was hired to create props for the television series Stargate SG-1.
He has since worked on projects such as Hellraiser, Fargo, Hell on Wheels, Dead Again and Tombstone, Wynonna Earp and Damnation.
Shewchuk told MIX 107, Fargo was one of his favourite shows to work on, as he is a huge fan. In the two seasons he worked on the series, he made some of his most dramatic pieces.
He also expressed excitement over building props for Rob Zombie's tour. Shewchuk built a custom bass guitar that was designed to look like a cross tombstone, as well as a pig mask for the bass player.
Making props keeps him busy, as he is often working on multiple projects at once. Shewchuk does everything from the concept artwork to building the finished product.
Once his props are built, they must go through several other hands before getting officially approved.
"It's amazing anything gets done that way," Shewchuk said.
Having never gone to school for his art, Shewchuk said the best approach for props and film (in general) is to work at it.
"If anyone wants to get into the film industry in general, props, special effects, I say practice."
Shewchuk operates mostly out of his store Ravenous EFX in downtown Fort Saskatchewan. He recently helped recreate a Wonder Woman statue for a client.