A movie, also known as a movie prop, visual motion picture or moving image, is an artistic work of visual art designed to simulate real-life experiences, ideas, emotions, beauty, or setting through the use of non-living images. Most often the term is used to refer to any film produced by any commercial or non-profit production for the entertainment market. Although the term may be used informally, it is generally accepted among the industry that a movie prop refers to anything that can be considered a prop, aside from the actual film itself. One example of this would be the “stunt” that is mounted on the back of a bus in a commercial.
Movies are made for many different reasons. Often, filmmakers will create a movie prop for the purpose of fund raising, such as an extra budget for a proposed movie. Another reason would be to gain the services of an actor or actress. Still another reason could be to simply make an independent film that could only be completed with the assistance of a low budget. The movie prop used in any of these situations will not be life-like, but exist solely as a reminder of the film. Film industry professionals refer to this as a “memento,” while independent film makers often refer to it as a “coster.”
Movie memorabilia and other movie prop collections may have evolved from their initial roots as a means of compensation for the laborious and exhausting process of filming movies. It was no longer sufficient to supply actors with pocket change to work on movie sets; producers needed monetary rewards as well. The early movie sets, especially the ones made in Hollywood, were crudely constructed and provided with little in the way of safety devices. These sets often required that crew members wear heavy uncomfortable clothing so they would remain in good health while performing arduous tasks.
The modern movie prop has evolved. Modern production companies are known for crafting high quality movies that are realistic and engaging for movie goers. A single movie prop may represent an entire film’s worth of merchandise. For example, a person who watches a particular movie repeatedly – such as the Star Wars series – may own the Star Wars’ spaceships, ships, lightsabers, and more.
Prop designers are constantly looking for new ways to use movie props in the creation of new movies. One such innovative prop is the “wishbone” prop which is a small replica of the main characters’ foot. This method allows the director’s to provide more motion in scenes where the audience cannot be seen. Prop makers use a similar style sock that fits over the feet.
Although the process of designing and manufacturing movie props can be time consuming and painstakingly difficult, movie prop collectors can enjoy great financial rewards. Many companies manufacture a wide range of movie prop sets and personally sign and engrave them for customers. Some companies allow customers to keep all of their purchases or purchase a specific number of movie props and then sell them later at a significant discount.