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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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one what is a prop?

 

 

A prop is a physical object that an actor uses during a performance.

That simple statement raises a whole bunch of complex questions. Who is an actor? What is a performance? By a prop, do you mean any kind of object? Scholars love to play with all the gray areas of what a prop is or isn't, or speculate about when a real object turns into a prop, but we don't have to deal with these theoretical questions. We just need to know what we are making.

A performance is something that happens in front of an audience, either live or filmed by a camera. An actor is a person enacting a role in the performance. The actor may be playing him- or herself, but he or she is still an actor. Whatever the actor wears is a costume, and ...

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