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Thursday, December 01, 2011

PROPPING UP

"Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it."
-Harold Ramis

When 2001 was finished, Stanley Kubrick ordered all the props and sets destroyed so they wouldn't show up again in later movies, as so often happens. There's a newspaper that has been used dozens of times in movies and television shows, for example. Still, most movies keep their props and Hollywood has huge warehouses filled with props, costumes, and set elements that are available to the studio for reuse.

For example, there's bricks of movie money:

Prop CashOld cell phones:

Old Cell Phones
And, just in case you do need steenking badges:

Prop Badges
Fake drug bundles, always using exactly the same tape:

Prop Drugs
Bombs:

Prop Bomb
Lots of old phones, which would probably baffle modern kids:

Rotary Phones
Plenty of food. Its easier to make a plate of fake food (or french fries from Wendy's) than cook up something for the movie. Plus, it takes hours to get a shot and the food will wilt and chance appearance.

Fake Food
It would be fascinating, to me at least, to wander through these places and see all the props. Especially if someone who really knew film history was with you to help point out all the pieces and what they were used in.

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