The DeLorean in Back to the Future; the leg lamp in A Christmas Story; Luke Skywalker’s famed lightsaber. There have been some truly fantastic movie props throughout film history, many of which are easily identifiable and recognized.
Then there are the props you hardly realize are there but are no less important. These props are integral to creating a believable world, like the treasure map in The Goonies, making them just as crucial for the movie-making experience.
Great Big Story interviewed one such prop maker, Ross MacDonald, who earns his living by creating paper props for movies and television shows. MacDonald has created everything from the Pawnee Charter in Parks & Recreation to the book of secrets in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
The video takes you inside of Ross’s workshop as he describes his approach to prop-making. It’s a truly a fascinating look into a wholly underrated art form.