Why Props Matter

A look at the hidden power of film props. And how filmmakers use the everyday (and not so everyday) objects in their scenes to enhance cinematic storytelling.

Written, edited, & narrated by Rishi Kaneria.

 

Music from:

“Baba O Riley” by the Who

“Kid-A” by Punch Brothers

“Rabbit In Your Headlights” by Unkle

“Where is my mind” by Vitamin String Orchestra

“Magic” by Mick Smiley

“Sinnerman” by Nina Simone

“Intermezzo” by Pietro Mascagni

“Monkey Fight Snake” by the Bombay Royale

“I Hung My Head” by Johnny Cash

“The Thing That Made You” by Dan Romer

 

Footage from:

00:04 Boogie Nights

00:10 Sunset Boulevard

00:11 2001: A Space Odyssey

00:11 Black Swan

00:12 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

00:13 Inception

00:20 Ghostbusters

00:26 Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

00:29 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

00:30 Ed Wood

00:43 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

00:46 Big

00:47 Rushmore

00:48 Gattaca

00:50 Pulp Fiction

00:50 The Hundred Foot Journey

00:51 The Hundred Foot Journey

00:52 Pulp Fiction

00:53 The Breakfast Club

00:54 Terminator 2

00:55 Boogie Nights

00:55 Money Ball

00:57 Whiplash

00:58 Saving Private Ryan

01:01 2001: A Space Odyssey

01:11 2001: A Space Odyssey

01:17 American Beauty

01:23 The Usual Suspects

01:25 Jurassic Park

01:28 Forrest Gump

01:31 Lawrence Of Arabia

01:35 The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

01:38 Raiders Of The Lost Ark

01:40 The Bicycle Thief

01:42 The Maltese Falcon

01:47 Raiders Of The Lost Ark

01:50 The Dark Knight

01:53 The Dark Knight

01:59 Fight Club

02:03 Pulp Fiction

02:08 Rain Man

02:13 Mommie Dearest

02:18 Cast Away

02:24 Citizen Kane

02:31 The Red Balloon

02:36 Aliens

02:44 Blade Runner

02:58 Citizen Kane

03:03 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

03:06 Christmas Story

03:08 The Prestige

03:10 The Gods Must Be Crazy

03:17 Inception

03:20 The Prestige

03:23 Juno

03:25 Back To The Future Part II

03:27 Magnolia

03:30 The Red Balloon

03:34 The Sixth Sense

03:39 2001: A Space Odyssey

03:45 The Godfather

03:48 The Godfather Part II

03:49 The Godfather

03:51 The Godfather Part II

03:53 The Godfather

03:55 The Godfather

04:01 The Shining

04:11 Memento

04:19 Interstellar

04:29 Memento

04:41 Police Story

04:48 Pulp Fiction

04:56 Say Anything

04:59 The Godfather

05:05 The Shining

05:07 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

05:08 The Goonies

05:13 Raiders Of The Lost Ark

05:20 Batman

05:32 Pulp Fiction

05:40 Seven

05:47 Rear Window

05:53 Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Man From The South

06:01 The Untouchables

06:07 Fight Club

06:12 The Dark Knight

06:14 Back To The Future

06:17 Signs

06:20 Jurassic Park

06:24 Aliens

06:27 Jaws

06:33 It’s A Wonderful Life

06:39 The Gold Rush

06:42 Office Space

06:45 Annie Hall

06:47 The Breakfast Club

06:48 The Breakfast Club

06:57 Mary Poppins

07:00 The Wizard Of Oz

07:03 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

07:07 The Shawshank Redemption

07:14 The Karate Kid

07:17 The Avengers

07:20 Superman: The Movie

07:22 The Manchurian Candidate

07:26 The Matrix

07:30 Jurassic Park

07:34 Saving Private Ryan

07:40 Dog Day Afternoon

07:42 The Apartment

07:44 Raiders Of The Lost Ark

07:48 The Shining

07:52 The Breakfast Club

07:54 Singin In The Rain

07:57 Mary Poppins

07:59 Taxi Driver

08:09 Scarface

08:11 Terminator 2

08:14 Dirty Harry

08:25 No Country For Old Men

08:31 Kingsman: The Secret Service

08:34 There Will Be Blood

08:37 Rear Window

08:41 Raiders Of The Lost Ark

08:43 Ghostbusters

08:44 The Shining

08:46 Titanic

08:48 Back To The Future Part II

08:50 Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

08:54 Poltergeist

08:56 The Grand Budapest Hotel

08:58 The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

09:01 Titanic

09:03 Citizen Kane

09:07 The Usual Suspects

10:01 Risky Business

“If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.” – Anton Chekhov

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