Post by propmaster2000 on May 19, 2017 12:51:31 GMT
For many years (20) I've been a prop builder for the industry and during that time I have found that there are budget restraints which limit what a prop can do or represent as well as how it is produced. To save money, the production company looked towards using existing, found items and then modified them to suit there needs. Since CGI has been used more frequently, practical props are being used less and less. And now with 3D printing becoming more prevalent, using "re-purposed" found items as been less explored as a viable option. Many times, the "story" is the building guide for the prop and how it is perceived in the script. A salt shaker turned upside down is a medical scanner (Star Trek). I too use this concept for my creative thinking. Property master Alan Sims was my inspiration. Since I do not have the means to "build from scratch" or will ever have, I still resort to using found items. No need to re-invent the wheel or have the equipment, casting material, vacuform machine, etc. to make prop bodies. Someone has already done that.
More recently I made this is a futuristic prop, "invention", for the next short film script using an old style handheld, wired remote.
It's "new usage" and function is all about the script it is intended for.
It has an Arduino based microcontroller, 8 bit addressable LED ring, internal rechargable LIPO battery and simulated touch surface pad (T.S.P.). As well as a "good story".
Post by propmaster2000 on May 26, 2017 12:04:49 GMT
I guess my favorite Sci-Fi would be Star Trek. It kind of shows in my work and style of my designs. I was lucky enough to have props on screen in one of the Movies (I think Nemesis) and several of the Trek series. Next Gen., DS9, Voyager, Enterprise. Even a few props in another Sci-Fi favorite, Firefly and Serenity. Those were the days....
P.S. Here are a few links to some youtube videos of props and blinky stuff I have done for myself and clients: