sevenstructure and framework




“The camera only sees the last coat of paint.” This old art director’s quote holds true, even if the outermost surface is not paint. A prop’s visual appearance does not necessarily dictate what the prop should be made out of. For some props, you can fabricate an inner structure or framework which gives the outermost surface its shape. This structure or framework can fulfill the prop’s other needs, such as weight, strength, and rigidity (or flexibility). This inner skeleton can then hold the outermost skin, shell, or covering which gives the prop its ultimate appearance. For other props, such as furniture, the structure and framework is the ultimate appearance.

This chapter will look at some ways to make ...

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