You’re watching a movie comfortably in your living room. The main character is not feeling very well so she needs to get herself checked by a professional. You see the main character enter the doctor’s office; after a few seconds waiting the doctor finally appears and you get a glimpse of his office while the camera follows him. You notice all sorts of doctor’s instruments, the table where patients sit for the check up, and of course you see a wall covered in diplomas behind the doctor sitting at his desk.
Maybe you never paid much attention to this detail, but once you notice the doctor’s diploma you start to realize all of these diplomas are very convincing. They’re not just pieces of paper with magazine cutouts or scribbles, otherwise you would have noticed much sooner. Then it hits you, somebody paid close attention to the set and had to make sure each and every one of the diplomas was believable.
The role of fake diploma props in Hollywood
Just like the doctor’s example, there are millions of cinematic productions that make use of fake diplomas props for movies. The cool thing about this is that set designers are very meticulous about the way they portray a space so that, even if you don’t pay close attention, you’ll see everything “normal”. When you see a doctor’s diplomas in a movie or TV series, you truly believe he’s a doctor, you even think that’s what any doctor would look like. The same thing can happen with a lawyer. If you notice his office walls filled with diplomas, you’d have no trouble believing he’s an accomplished lawyer (or at least his character).
Diplomas are very important in Hollywood and in any major film production because they help set a scene in a convincing and natural way. The purpose of all movie props is to enhance an actor’s performance or help them develop their characters better. Fake diplomas as props can make a scene feel more authentic, and without them you’d just have a bunch of actors playing in the middle of nowhere holding invisible objects.
Most noticeable examples of fake diploma props in movies
As two of the most common professions that require for a person to display clearly their credentials and diplomas, doctors and lawyers are among some of the best examples of fake diplomas props for shows. In the following clip from “House M.D” (Season 7 Episode 2), you can see in the background of Dr. Wilson’s office 3 or 4 framed diplomas, probably from medical school and specialties doctors usually take in their careers.
In the next clip, from the movie “Patch Adams”, you see the main character entering the dean’s office to have a conversation. In a wall by the door there are a couple of college diplomas hanging neatly framed.
In the movie “Fifty shades of Grey”, there’s a scene where the main character, Anastasia, is graduating college. There’s a ceremony held and all of the students have to go to the stage to receive their diplomas. Anastasia greets the dean and gets a neat embossed folder containing her Vancouver University diploma.
For the movie “Liar Liar”, the main character named Fletcher is trying to explain a situation to his assistant. Right between two windows (in a corner) you can see three diplomas lined up vertically framed and hanging on the wall. They’re most likely the character’s college diplomas and certifications to practice law.
In case you didn’t know, Hollywood studios (and all movie studios for that matter) use all sorts of props, and that includes personal documents such as fake diplomas. When a character is getting an acceptance letter, graduating high school or getting his/her college degree and there’s a scene that involves the ceremony; it’s only natural that set designers need to purchase a fake diplomas props for productions to include all of the character’s information. There are many people who like to make close-ups to certain movie scenes and they’ll find how all the information is shockingly accurate and sticks to the movie’s story.
As you can see, using movie props is just one of the many reasons why people reach out and purchase fake diplomas. If you’re into film making or theater and you’re working on a project; give your sets the proper attention and get a fake made so the audience can immerse better in your scene. And even if you don’t do either films nor theater, you could also get a fake novelty diploma. There are many movie and TV show fans who enjoy collecting memorabilia such as diploma props from movies featuring fictional schools in their favorite productions. Which one are you going to get?