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This thread could be a collection of props and associated ideas for when:

  • you have props you don't know what to do with
  • you need a sound you don't know how to prop up (is that even a term?)

Ideally, one prop would be discussed per post and the discussion of a particular prop would take place in the form of comments to the prop's post.

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I have a bag of empty film canisters (possibly a few hundreds) like this one:

Any ideas of what it could be used for? It kinda reminds me the LOTR beer caps...

SUGGESTIONS SO FAR:

  • fill them with various grains, seeds...
  • drop them
  • throw them (attached to arrows)/fly-bys
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    OMG, there are only a bajillion uses! Fill them with sand, kitty litter, small ball bearings, uncooked beans, uncooked rice, pine nuts...it'll turn into a Vorpal Rattle Canister of Many Sounds +5. :-) – NoiseJockey Sep 1 '10 at 15:15
  • Drop them from a high place and record the impacts on the floor. Do this with them empty and open, empty and closed, and filled with some of the stuff above. Turn one into a ghetto hydrophone. instructables.com/id/Underwater-Microphone-Hydrophone – Dave Matney Sep 1 '10 at 15:36
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    @Justin Cut the bottom of it off and slip one of them over a Schoeps capsule to create an interesting reflector of the sound and record different things with it and see how it sounds. – Utopia Sep 1 '10 at 22:34
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    A slight variation on the 'filling with various grains, seeds'...try filling half full and fire them off using a sling-shot. Record the capsules as they fly-by – Colin Hunter Sep 2 '10 at 15:07
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    Drill holes in the bottom of all of them, loosely screw them to two pieces of plywood. Perform footsteps for a battalion of little green army men. – Steve Urban Sep 2 '10 at 22:13

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