Artem Case Studies

Cinderella - Special Props and SFX CP Film Productions Ltd

Written and directed by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, Blockers) from an idea by James Cordon, this musical version of Cinderella from Sony Pictures Entertainment puts a fresh, modern take on the traditional fairy-tale. An all-star cast includes Camila Cabello in the title role as a young woman with big dreams and a tendency to break into song. Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver and Pierce Brosnan also star.

Our client, CP Film Productions Ltd, asked Artem to make a number of props for the movie, from the iconic, midnight-striking clock to a tiny caterpillar with a big part to play. In addition we provided on-set attendance, rigs, fires and plumbing for gas and water effects.

Town Clock

Our town clock measured 2.4 x 1.5m and had a back-lit face with dimming and colour balance adjustment, settable hands and a minute hand which clicked forward on cue. The clock face was decorated with moving horse and carriage detailing.

Musical Instruments

We provided various musical instruments including a breakaway cello – weakened, reassembled and finished to match a hero prop – vac-formed cymbals and a revamped guitar, fit for a prince, with etched brass filigree detailing.

Other Props, Soft Props and Breakables

Our technicians moulded, cast and finished a number of lightweight, soft and breakable props, from decorated vases, throwable books and soft chicken legs, to cups, soft needles and wriggling silicone mouse tails. We also made a brass and timber sword stand with sliding mounts to display soft-prop swords and cutlasses and several fire bowls. Our smallest prop was a moulded silicone caterpillar.

Other decorative work included transforming matt-grey armour with antiquing, gold leaf and feather pommels, making gold and silver-plated brass wands with lacquered detailing, and adapting a watch with a custom made face and engraved case.

Carriage Wheels Rig

For location and studio close-up shots of the carriage in motion Artem created a rig to rotate the wheels at various speeds and to rotate the carriage between shots. A shake and bump manual lever - out of vision - added realistic levels of discomfort.

Cinderella is released on Amazon Prime in the UK and US on 3rd September 2021. View the official trailer here.


  • Film
  • CNC Machining & 3D printing
  • Electronic Design
  • Mechanical Rigs
  • Props
  • Pyrotechnics & Fire
  • Breakables & Comedy Props
  • Floor Effects
  • GRP & Composite processes
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