The world of Prop Design includes everything and the kitchen sink. In the Cinematic Arts, a prop is anything and everything that isn’t part of the set or the costumes. A car is a prop. A phone is a prop. A meal is a prop. Every object in a character’s world is carefully selected by the Prop Design team, because each one carries an unspoken backstory that helps the audience frame not only where and when they are in time, but also who they are watching onscreen. The term “prop” is the abbreviation of a “property.” The audience makes different assumptions about a character who uses a silver spoon versus a plastic one.

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Prop Design as Narrative Art

Glenn Adamson


The Museum of Arts and Design