The RPF began in 1995 when teenage prop maker Brandon Alinger was looking to talk shop with like-minded, crafty cinephiles. Inspired by Star Wars and the creative ways George Lucas turned everyday items into movie magic (e.g. using an old time camera flash as a light saber handle), Alinger wanted to make it easier for enthusiasts to find the parts to create their own props. He got busy coding and the site was born.
Today, the RPF hosts thousands of projects in its galleries and message boards. Some threads are just fans admiring new props and potential projects from movie trailers.