Profession prop maker

Prop makers construct, build, prepare, adapt and maintain props used on stage and for filming movies or television programs. Props may be simple imitations of real life objects, or may include electronic, pyrotechnical, or other effects. Their work is based on artistic vision, sketches and plans. They work in close cooperation with the designers involved in the production.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Build props

    Build props from a variety of materials, working with the design staff to create the appropriate prop for the production.

  • Adapt props

    Adapt existing props for use in a specific production.

  • Build devices into props

    Build mechanical or electrical devices into props.

  • Prevent fire in a performance environment

    Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Maintain theatre equipment

    Check up on, maintain and repair tools and machinery used for onstage purposes, such as lighting equipment, stage sets or scene-change machinery.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Develop prop effects

    Work with creative personnel to design special effects involving props using mechanical or electrical devices. Advise on feasibility and develop the needed prop effects.

  • Define prop building methods

    Decide on how to build the necessary props and document the process.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Maintain props

    Check, maintain and repair props.

  • Maintain workshop space

    Keep your workshop space in working order and clean.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop professional network support a designer in the developing process work with the lighting crew work safely with stage weapons perform first fire intervention ensure safety of mobile electrical systems define prop materials manage consumables stock hand props to actors promote yourself attend rehearsals purchase props photography work with the camera crew ensure cooperation among production, costume department and make-up department manage technical resources stock keep personal administration lighting techniques organise workshop space plan workshop activity draw prop sketches