Hollywood is the oldest film industry in the world, beginning more than 121 years ago. Since it’s beginning, the United States cinema has not only brought in the largest revenue, but it has provided us with some truly outstanding movies. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of today’s films is the technology and film props used to enhance the movie. But how exactly do props make movies better? Let’s explore the importance of props in films.
Atmosphere: When an actor has props to work with, they’re better able to get into their role for the character they’re playing. Imagine iconic characters without props — Luke Skywalker without a lightsaber, Frodo without the One Ring, Dorthy without her ruby slippers… these actors wouldn’t have been able to truly become their character without these props.
Circumstance and setting: One of the main roles props play is conveying the passage of time as well as the setting of the narrative. Props like clothing, weapons, and even fake money can help viewers depict which time period the movie takes place and even which part of the world. Furthermore, props can bring magical and fantasy settings to life.
Character development: Like previously stated, actors need props to help set the atmosphere for their role. But movie props are also needed to help portray character development throughout the film. As the character changes, so do their props — whether it’s clothing, weapons, or something else, props help show changes in characters.
Transitions: Similar to how props help set the circumstances in a film, they also help transition from one scene to the next. Without props and a well-done movie set, movies would consist of different actors stepping in for each other when the scene changes. Props are crucial to show how the setting changes throughout the movie.
Drama and flair: And of course, props help to add some drama to certain scenes. Whether it’s a weapon fight, blowing up a pile of fake money stacks, or even something simple like jewelry, props are important to add that dramatic effect. Without props, movies would be just a bunch of people standing around and talking to each other.
While most of the work is done by the actors, they couldn’t give such a great performance without props. Movie props play an important role in all films and make the experience better for both the actors and the viewers.