Starship Polaris wrote:
This is true. I guess I'm thinking, rightly or wrongly, that the design dilemma for fan films is different from that for a big Hollywood movie in that a big percentage of our audience may be afficianadoes and other low-budget filmmakers and hobbyists - many of whom become aware of us while we're creating our movies - who pay attention to and hopefully admire the details of props and costumes etc. A lot of them are the same folks or same kind of folks who know that the Jedi communicator in "The Phantom Menace" is a Lady Schick razor but they only represent a tiny fraction of one percent of the people who go to see "Star Wars."
Not many folks beyond the regulars on the Replica Props Forum will recognize a peppermill in "Star Trek."
Or maybe that's not so. I'll give it some more thought.
Sometimes, when it comes to base objects, simpler can be better. If the original item has fewer really unique features, it can be easier to disguise. I think part of the problem with the inhaler is that it's just so darn specific looking.
Compare that with, say, Wah Chang's use of a pencil case for the TOS comms: add a flipgrid and buttons, and it's unrecognizable.
I don't know what this gizmo is going to be, but I'm assuming you need small, hand sized and round, with some kind of ribbing or fillagree? Might I suggest this: