We are used to a variety of weird and wonderful requests here at Acme, the latest being for Mitsubishi who’s ‘mockumentary’ style advert promotes the ASX model and takes place in the ‘Overworked Human Sanctuary’. Whilst showcasing the capabilities of the ASX the focus is on the rehabilitation of Colin the overworked Accountant.
We created parodies of all the signage you would expect to see in an animal sanctuary such as feeding schedules, warning signs and logos. The location signs were printed on vinyl with a waterproof laminate, the effect of wear and tear like many of our props were created graphically, giving the Art Director greater control over the final finish.
On Saturday our latest crop of graphic props were showcased on ‘Inside No.9’s’ live Halloween special. The award winning series famed for it’s dark humour, produced a unique episode full of surprising twists and thrills.
The episode begins with Pemberton’s character returning home to Flat No.9. A number of Acme props and graphics were used in this sequence including all of the food packaging. Bread packaging is often a prop that art directors are wary of using; however we have mastered the art of creating a realistic prop that would not look out of place at your local supermarket.
Along with all the food packaging we made a number of signs; everything from the brushed aluminium signage, to the large vinyl lettering.
Often the graphic props we create are made to seamlessly blend in with the aesthetic of the set, so it’s always a treat to work on a prominently featured hero prop that has a full screen shot. Our latest hero prop to air was for the latest round of PayPal ads.
We were asked to create a vintage feeling French poster; drawing inspiration from classic Art Nouveau Posters. Typefaces in this movement are typically stylised so we where keen to reproduce this highly decorative style within our own design. The result being a poster that is familiar to the era yet unique in it’s own right.
We work on a diverse range of jobs here at Acme; anything from a vintage prop cigarette case for a period drama to a crest for an international campaign. Our recent graphic props for the latest Urban Myths episode – aired on Sky Arts – has to be one of our favourites. ‘Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs. Bill Grandy’ tells the reimagined story behind The Sex Pistols’ infamous appearance on Bill Grundy’s show in 1976.
We recreated a variety of graphics, one being the 3D patterned flats seen in the studio background of the notorious interview. We created the vector graphics that were then used by a CNC router, this created an almost identical replica of the original. In addition to creating signage and logo’s we also recreated posters and newspapers using original archived imagery.
Acme Graphics have a massive library of poster artwork suitable for various settings and scenarios. We are often asked to supply posters that have generic artwork created by Acme, all we ask is for production to provide cleared names. This enables the production to get original artwork at a fraction of the price.
Acme were asked to research and create authentic boxing posters featuring Paddy Considine as the hero who is injured and the film follows the powerful story of an injured boxer in his prime and how it effects his family.
In the latest Black and white filmed Sainsburys commercial, you can see Acme Graphics posters from stock library. Acme has a wide range of posters to dress any set. We also provided generic paint tin for the character action prop.
Acme Graphics were asked to step into history with Mcdonald’s Big Mac. There were some retro Rockabilly Gig posters posters in the background while Rockabilly’s eat Big Mac’s. See our fictitious bands Blakey and The Heys posters in these stills from the commercial.