TIPS AND TRICKS OF THE TRADE
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Feb 20, 2018: Hot tip of the week is about Heroes – the prop kind. A hero prop is the best looking, most detailed prop fabricated for the shoot. 2 or 3 of the same prop are often fabricated; the best one being the hero and the others back-ups. The hero prop must look totally real for close up shots so attention to detail is critical. Guns or other weapons need reproductions because of the weight of the real thing. Often cast out of rubber with a foam core, a hero weapon is easier and safer for the actors to use, especially for multiple takes. A perfect example is the axe Leonardo DiCaprio used in The Revenant. Created by Bleeding Art, the prop was so realistic that you couldn’t tell it wasn’t real ‘till you picked it up.
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