I love film. Maybe not the industry as much as I should, since I'm an actor in it, but films at their purest are amazing. They make us all feel a wide spectrum of emotions we may not have otherwise felt. They achieve visual cues that the theatre can not and help change our perspectives in life, while enthralling us into a state of suspended belief. One of the most powerful elements of a film can sometimes be as simple as a prop.
Some of my all time favorite props have influenced me in such a way, that every time I see something like it in real life, I think about that specific movie. Sometimes, I even imagine a specific scene or character. The first that comes to mind is the Totem from Inception.
Another item that's a bit less famous of a prop is a Big Gulp from 7-Eleven. If this didn't immediately jog your memory, try and recall the scene from Dumb and Dumber when Lloyd walks out of the gas station and says:
I could probably go on forever with props that I loved, but I'll stop at chainsaws. It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing, if I see a chainsaw, I think of Leatherface. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one my favorite horror movies of all time and will forever make me believe that around every corner of every wall where bones are hung or strung up, Leatherface is waiting to appear.
With all of my personal opinions aside, it's obvious that props play an intricate role in the films they belong to. This is all to say, Rishi Kaneria made a wonderful short video about Why Props Matter. Check it out below.