Welding Movie Props

Welding Movie Props

One of the most reliable fields for the working welder, beyond the construction industry, is the film industry. Some movie props such as old-fashioned swords can require equally old-fashioned welding methods to be fabricated. Welders on staff have to go back to the forge in order to accomplish these pattern welding projects. Aside from cool traditional metal objects, the most common welding projects on set are actually lightweight aluminum jobs. That’s because sets only need to be built for the short term, and on the fly. There is mostly no need for the strength of steel in this case. Mostly we are talking about what looks good, not what lasts. Lightweight aluminum will be friendlier on the actors too. MIG or TIG machines like those supplied by Miller welders are often the go-to piece of welding equipment on set, whether in Hollywood or on location.

Action Scenes Require Welding

Action movies often require many renditions of the same prop, due to the sheer carnage the set undergoes with all of its explosions and fast-paced movement. On set, mutating a car is the welder’s job. It is common for stock cars to be modified to suit a particular scene’s needs. One reason for this work, that might not be obvious to film viewers, is that a car’s dimensions could require alteration for it to look ‘normal’ on screen when filmed from certain angles. Another more technical need arises when an action scene utilizing a consumer vehicle needs it to reach a speed it was not designed for. Or think of an action movie, post-explosion scene: is it better for a crew to work with a real, exploded car, or a professionally severed vehicle? For the sake of artistic precision, of course the second option is the choice of movie producers. Cue the welding team and their expert use of welding equipment!

In other situations, concept cars must be fabricated from scratch. That can take a lot of expert aluminum welding. One fun movie fact is that a certain action movie franchise spent $7 million dollars on fabricated cars alone. That’s a lot of cash available to professional welders!
So, thinking of branching out in your career and finding work as a welder for the film industry? If you live in the Atlanta, GA region, then the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Sidney Lee Welding Supply Co can help you find the welding supplies required for the job.