06 February 2020

The Importance of Props in Film

What are Props?

You may consider the actors or the plot, the costumes or the music the most important elements of a production. However, imagine the experience without props. These are all of the other items, sometimes seemingly insignificant, that make the scene real and believable. On many occasions the props enhance scenes and may even become characters in their own right.

Why are Props Important?

Props are crucial in the story-telling; they complement and motivate the character, helping the actor feel more ‘the part’, setting the scene, identifying a particular time and place and cultural setting, sometimes even becoming a huge focus of the film.

They give the audience subconscious clues about the character, the scene or situation, adding authenticity, helping a story come to life and drawing you into the scene so that the viewer can be fully immersed.

Many props have become iconic pieces and are the first things many people will think of when thinking of a particular film; imagine Hugo without the automaton, The Da Vinci Code without the Cryptex, The Mummy without The Book of the Dead, Prince of Persia without his hourglass dagger! All of these were created by our team of props masters here at Dick George Creatives.

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