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Question: What is a production piece?

Discussion in 'Production Made Costumes and Props' started by DRD 1812, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. DRD 1812

    DRD 1812 New Member

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    I don't know what it means...
  2. coofunkcurly

    coofunkcurly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Made in the prop shop for the movie but not necessarily used in the movie.
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A prop made for the Production.

    Usually not Screen-Used
  4. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    While technically, all screenused props are "made for the production" as well, the way the term in used by hobbyists refers to the unused items. If the piece is screenused, it will be called screenused.

    They usually come in three forms:

    1. Exact copies of screenused pieces that were just extras in case the originals were damaged and were not needed (and thus were not used on film).

    2. Pieces whose design was made for use but either cut out of a scene from the film, or just never used.

    3. Preliminary test pieces, initial designs that were later altered or abandoned, and prototypes.
  5. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The is one of the best newbie questions I've heard in a long time. It's a good, solid question that relates spot on to the hobby. I know most newbs would never ask this for fear of being laughed at when in reality it's a perfectly viable question.

    Good for you, DRD 1812. :thumbsup
    I hope your question was answered to your satisfaction. Please don't let that be your last question.
  6. jedichase

    jedichase Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Basically, anything made for or during the production of a film, but was never used in front of the camera.
  7. FuseNova

    FuseNova Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not sure if this is the general consensus, but I consider storyboards, scripts, etc. to be "production" pieces as well.
  8. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I totally agree and it looks like people have chimed in and covered the question perfectly.
  9. DRD 1812

    DRD 1812 New Member

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    Thanks for the great responses everyone. Yep, my question has been answered very well.

    Thanks. I'm new both to props and to this site and I have been really impressed with how nice and helpful everyone here is.
  10. DRD 1812

    DRD 1812 New Member

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    Thanks. Yeah, they covered all the bases very nicely.
  11. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    This has been answered well, but I think a note of caution should also be added. "Production made" is a very loose term and I think it is often stretched a bit by those looking to make a quick buck. Original molds are often held for a long time and castings can be taken at any time. Cast from an original mold (after the fact) doesn't make something "production made" but you see them offered as such a lot.
  12. Guardian Devil

    Guardian Devil Sr Member

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    Very good point - I've even had Prop-Masters offer me 'Production Made' pieces that didn't quite make it to screen, only to find they intended to make a new casting to sell me :rolleyes - which in reality is of course nothing short of a replica. Just from an original source
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  13. Alnitak

    Alnitak Guest

    Thanks for the clarification, although I wonder if this classification can also be applied to items that have been used in production (not just MADE by the production team). Till now I thought it can be an ambiguous term...(replicas aside).

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