Questions tagged [props]

Inanimate objects used in film or tv productions to propel the storyline or that help to define a character by association.

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What kind of blood do they use in movies for bloody scenes?

I always wondered what kind of blood is used in movies. I thought it could be from animals or color or least possibly human blood which I am sure will not be legal. I ask because in a lot of movies ...
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How was the bank robbery completed?

In Now You See Me, when Morgan Freeman explains to the detective on how the Four Horseman robbed the bank, he mentions that they replaced the real money (while in the secured transport truck) with ...
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Why do so many movies & TV shows feature recognizable, un-branded or re-branded products?

I've particularly noticed this in the past with cars in movies & TV shows. A car will quite obviously be of a certain make and/or model, identifiable by certain body features, but it will have ...
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What is the symbolism of the remote controlled toy car?

In Breaking Bad, there are various occasions where there is a boy playing with toy car. Noticed mostly when Walter and Hank talk (about meth or Hank's cases). In Breaking Bad everything appears to ...
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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion, Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering - are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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Is that a real baby?

Many shows nowadays have birth scenes with newborn babies right after. It seems pretty crazy, risky and unreliable to me to use a real newborn. So what do shows use for scenes with that deal with ...
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What do they use in place of actual marijuana plants?

We see a lot of weed plants in Trailer Park Boys, they look very very real. What are these plants? Is there a standard showbiz weed plant look-a-like?
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Big Bang Theory prop on Sheldon's bedroom wall

The Big Bang Theory is full of interesting props. It's a pastime of mine to try to identify odd props in shows and movies. This one has me stymied. It is in the rarely seen set of Sheldon's bedroom. ...
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What are these cartridges that many characters have in the Star Wars movies?

Admiral Ozzel has them on both sides of his uniform (upper chest). Most Imperial officers seem to have them. Han, pictured also here, has three such cartridges on his jacket. I'd like to make such ...
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Why are all of Mr. Shirley's gifts the same?

In Christmas Vacation, Clark is bringing his boss, Mr. Shirley a Christmas gift. Mr. Shirley is annoyed at being interrupted and tells Clark to put it with the others. The other gifts are on a ...
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What is this dog really biting in The Thing?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), when the infected dog is transforming and scaring the crap out of the other dogs, one of them jumps up and bites the chain link fence. It happens a couple of ...
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What kind of flashlights are used in the X-Files by the FBI?

I've noticed that in the X-Files series the FBI agents use flashlights that has very strong light. There are many dark scenes and when in buildings they usually don't use the electricity of the ...
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Were oranges an intentional use of symbolism by filmmakers?

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the potential symbolism of oranges in The Godfather. The primary interpretation being that whenever an orange is shown, there is impending doom on either the ...
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What exactly is ALF?

We all know and remember the 1980's family sitcom ALF. He is a cat-eating, food-loving alien from the planet Melmac. One thing that I have always wondered: what exactly is ALF? He is not a puppet, ...
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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Is the Stay Puft brand brought into any other films?

Many directors or writers keep using brands in other movies they make. Such examples include Abrams with the Slusho brand and Tarantino Red Apple cigarettes. Also many brands are used only in ...
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Why does House have an old TV in his office?

I'm up to Season 3 of House, M.D. and it's been perplexing me for a while now as to why Dr. House has an old TV in his office. It's a small Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV and has been seen in the ...
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. Second,...
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Why is Havana covered in 5-digit numbers in Our Man in Havana?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them. Here's an example: Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of ...
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How do they film money in TV or movie?

Money shown in movies or TV shows before 30-40 years was looked fake. Is there a law that prohibits was showing real money (bills and close ups of coins) in a TV commercial, show or film? How do they ...
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What is the purpose or meaning behind the hot rod in the Iron Man series?

In several scenes in both Iron Man 1 and 2, there are several scenes with references to hot rods throughout both movies. Whether it be the screen savers on the computers, Tony constantly working on ...
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Are fictional trademarks or brand names used in movies and TV legally held?

I saw this article and it got me thinking about fictional brands we see in movies and TV. Are they actually applicable trademarks? Meaning are they registered and legally upheld or could anyone ...
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What is the story behind Robert Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch?

In Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, movies, the character Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wears a Mickey Mouse watch and when somebody asks about it he never answers (or did I miss it?). The ...
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At how many different scales were starship Enterprise models produced?

My question is about models of the original series Star Trek Enterprise, both shooting models produced by the studio for the original series run, as well as licensed model kits ever available for ...