Pop Culture Objects
A pop culture object is something that has become well known because its appearance and use film, television and books. It can be something banal and ordinary like an object that is used everyday but that has taken on a new meaning because it is now associated with something else. It can be something kitsch, or gimmicky, or colorful. It can also be something that is only found in an imagined world in a film. For example, a light saber, which is the weapon used by Jedis in Star Wars, is a pop culture object.
A MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is important for the plot or characters of a story, but the object by it is not important or relevant. This concept was created by Angus McPhail for film and was adopted by Alfred Hitchcock. The MacGuffin is often revealed in the first part of the film, disappears, and reappears at the climax of the story. The object is usually forgotten by the end.
A movie prop, also known as theatrical property, film prop, or prop, is an object used during a production. They are often used in television, theater, and video games. A prop is considered anything movable or portable on set and many props are ordinary objects. Consumable food is also considered a prop. Props differ from the actor, scenery, costumes, and electrical equipment.
A props person or props master is an employee in either film, television, or theatrical production that is responsible for the purchase, acquiring, manufacturing, and storage of any props that may be needed for a production. The props person works with the other members of the production team to manage the physical appearance of the stage or set. They typically work with the script supervisor to maintain continuity throughout the different scenes of a production.