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Prop Masters

Descriptions & Duties

  • Prop Masters oversee, and are responsible for, the procurement or production, inventory, care and maintenance of all the props associated with productions. They are also responsible for ensuring that props are available on time, and within budgetary requirements. Their main duties include liaising with production designers and art directors, studying and reviewing the script, and determining what props are required during pre-production stage; carrying out historical and cultural research by referring to archives, internet files, books and photographs, or by discussing the requirements with specialised advisors; working closely with set designers and props storemen in order to work out detailed props and set requirements; drawing complete props lists required for production; estimating the production cost of purchasing, hiring or creating props; preparing the overall production schedule for the department, and working with other members of the team to produce detailed work plans; working closely with prop makers, or other artists, to oversee and coordinate the construction and completion of the props; attending production meetings in order to note props' placement and use, and any change in action that affects props; coordinating the loading, transport and storage of all props, and ensuring that props are correctly placed for the use of the props team; overseeing the return of all hired props in appropriate condition, and organising the storage and safe disposal of props.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Props making knowledge and skills

Prop Masters have to plan, design and adapt special hand, or set props required by the production. They must have a wide knowledge of basics prop making and be able to work with a variety of different machinery and tools.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • usually have received secondary school education; relevant training in art and design, model making, set design, or stage management is preferred


  • at least 3-5 years' relevant experience in the props department are required. typically gain skills through work experiences (as prop makers and assistant prop masters)

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 3-13

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 14-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 28-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-39

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 40-44

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Prop Masters normally work long hours, especially when production deadlines approach. They may have to work in evenings or weekends. They usually work in studios or backstage, in prop rooms, or on film sets and on location. They may have to spend time away from the workshop, studio or stage, while researching and finding props.


  • Air compressors
  • Awls - Scratch awls
  • Corner clamps - Pinch dogs
  • End cut pliers - Caning nippers
  • Flat nose pliers - Duck bill pliers
  • Glue guns - Spray glue guns
  • Hammers - Magnetic hammers; Ripping hammers; Tack hammers
  • Hold down clamps - Tack spacers
  • Mallets - Rawhide mallets
  • Metal cutters - Spring cutters
  • Pattern cutting mats or boards - Cutting pads
  • Power saws - Foam rubber cutters
  • Rubber mallet - Rubber mallets
  • Seam ripper - Seam rippers
  • Sewing machines - Industrial sewing machines
  • Sewing needles - Multipurpose sewing needles; Upholstery needles; Upholstery tufting needles
  • Staple guns - Air staple guns

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