Maintain the continuity of props and re-dress sets during production

Business Sectors (Suites): Props for Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2022


​This standard is about maintaining the continuity of props and set dressing and anticipating eventualities and requirements during production. It requires you to undertake pack striking and set re-dressing.

Props can be either those that have been hired, or those that belong to the production company, or product placements, or all of these. 

This standard may be suitable for the role of Prop hands and Standby Props.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​analyse all available information to identify continuity requirements
  2. create strike packs for future filming to maintain continuity
  3. check and confirm that all props are available in the agreed condition, in accordance with the props script breakdown
  4. record the positions of dressings on the set to provide continuity for future filming
  5. photograph props, and their positions on set to provide continuity for further filming
  6. keep records of all changes made during shooting sequences
  7. update script breakdown with continuity requirements
  8. mark out positions for items requiring accurate repositioning
  9. provide duplicates of props to replace the originals when required
  10. reposition set dressings accurately according to records and shot requirements
  11. ensure that hand props for continuity are available at the required times and for the required scenes
  12. keep continuity records of props with characteristics that change during shooting
  13. check and confirm that props whose characteristics change during shooting are modified, adjusted, or replaced when required for retakes
  14. liaise with other departments about future props requirements
  15. record and store items in line with production requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​how to create strike packs and mark up props and their placement for continuity purposes
  2. the importance of identifying props which may need to be replaced
  3. the importance of noting characteristics that change such as items that age and mature, liquids that evaporate and consumables
  4. record keeping for continuity
  5. where to get duplicate props in sufficient quantity
  6. the importance of checking that duplicate props are exact replicas of the originals when required
  7. how to modify props to meet changing requirements
  8. the health and safety legislation, regulations, and protocols
  9. production requirements for recording and storing props


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals, Performing Arts

SOC Code



props; strike packs; redress sets; filming; production; continuity; hand props; set dressing;