The entertainment industry has brought us some incredible films and shows that we still love to this day, and as die-hard fans, we never want to forget all the magical moments we would have experienced. Production companies have tried to find multiple ways of keeping their stories alive. So, here is a look into the aftermath of the props from TV shows and movie sets.
Collecting memorabilia has become increasingly popular nowadays. I mean, who would not want the popular Friends duo Joey and Chandler’s reclining chairs or that foosball machine? The Batmobile? The snitch from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone? Many movie zealots get their collectables from different auctions. So, what may happen is that after a film has been shot, the production company can decide to auction the props from the set. Of course, if it is a popular show, the stuff will sell in no time. These auctions can get crazy; online or in a warehouse, you need to be on the ball betting hard to get anything you want. The props can vary from outfits, gadgets or even furniture.
An excellent example of a movie prop that was on auction in Australia is the “hero car” from Fast and Furious 4. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle was driven by Vin Diesel as he acted as Dominic Teretto in this well-known movie. This is a fan favourite, as Fast and Furious did so well and is still doing well. What a gem to have!
Handy secret: If you had your eye on a particular piece of furniture from your favourite show, and could not get it because you were too slow, or did not bid enough money, you could get a similar item on the Spotlight catalogue to make you feel better. For outfits, suits or a piece of clothing, try this list of tailors here.
Museums are more popular as they are open to the public and easily accessible. Many museums worldwide house some iconic pieces from different shows, and the fans love this. A museum speaks so much to the public and is an excellent way for production companies to connect with their audience. Some of the sets then become tourist attractions after the film is done. For instance, the famous Lord of the Rings was shot on a 12-acre ranch in New Zealand. The ranch now offers tours of Hobbiton and is genuinely the perfect aftermath for this film series.
Some film studios have warehouses where they store all their unique props and costumes. Major warehouses include the likes of Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Universal and Disney. Here, you find the very best of movie props, the ultimate cream of the crop. Being in such a warehouse is any cinephile’s dream. However, some warehouses are private and do not allow tours. This is because they house valuable and expensive pieces that can be reused in other productions. But the good news is that many others are public and can be visited and enjoyed.
A lot more happens to these props, but these are the most common ways they are stored or disposed of. If you have been dying to get your hands on a piece from your favourite movie, now you have a clue and you can start hunting for those online auctions or for the nearest warehouse or museum to visit.
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