Props

Research

The following information was largely found using links off http://www.prospects.ac.uk/production_designer_theatre_television_film_job_description.htm

Production Designer

Consulting the Director and Producers, the Production Designer’s (PD) main responsibility is to design the sets, graphics, props, and lighting for the production. Once the designs have been approved they manage the Art Department and over-see the creation of the designs. The Art Department typically consists of design and construction teams. The PD also plans and monitors the design budget.

Process

  • Similarly to the locations and casting process the Production Designer must read the script and storyboards and discuss with the Director and Producers what the concepts and production requirements are in regards to props and sets
  • Once the PD has an idea of what is required for each potential location and set, they need to research into the art history, background politics, historical information and producing ideas to create designs that are as accurate and appropriate to the historical period and characters as possible
  • They then create scale drawings or models of the sets before beginning the design process for the various props, special effects, and graphics, which are then presented to all those related, e.g. other subject directors and actors, etc.
  • The PD then hires and manages an art department team(s) as well as sourcing materials and researching effects appropriate for what they designed. They the instruct the set construction company, scenic artists and special effects specialists on the relevant tasks and monitor their progress
  • Throughout production they attend progress meetings, rehearsals and filming to advise on visual presentation

Our Trailer

Planned: Many of the primary props will need to be at least partially hand-made, likely in the form of tampering with the aesthetics of pre-existing products, due to the requirement of our choice of a technological based sci-fi film.

The following props will need to be obtained and/or tampered with:

  • The teleportation effect will require multiple Christmas lights, as inspired by a video on http://www.youtube.com
  • The teleportation attachment will, I imagine, be created using walkie-talkies, which may be tampered with to show wires or something to that effect
  • Various tools will be needed for the shots of the characters working on their projects, be they spanners, wire clippers, etc.
  • For the security guard scene we will require the props of a laptop/computer, a mobile phone and a desk
  • The secondary props found in the garage setting will be the typical shelves, tools, and incomplete projects found in many a DIY household

Reality: The following slide show includes photos of some of the equipment available to us to use as props, though most we only had permission to use in the garage location where they are stored. The more dangerous equipment such as the saw and other power tools we were only allowed to use if the owner (my Grandfather) was on-site with us, and so we decided to leave those particular tools alone. The vacuum filter that we used as the ‘teleporter’ was not filmed on camera, but was used more to help the actors interact with something that would be added later in post-production.

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