One of our many Christmas projects last year included Sky One’s Christmas comedy ‘The Queen and I’. Based on Sue Townsend’s 1992 novel, ‘The Queen and I’ it tells the fictional story of the royal family who is dismantled and forced to live a normal life after the Republican Party win the general election. This was a great project to work on, highlights included creating graphics for a new currency and political party.
The monarchy’s fall means the circulation of a new currency is devoid of the Queen. In her place, the new currency aptly features Walter ‘Wat’ Tyler, leader of the 1381 Peasants Revolt in England and The Tolpuddle Martyrs known for changing the face of worker’s rights. The prop banknotes even have silver foiled details and a hologram effect.
Prop newspapers are often used as storytelling devices and ‘The Queen and I’ was no exception. Our newspapers were used throughout the film, the newspapers used were a combination of bespoke designs and also from our library of artwork.
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 create artwork and printing of old and new Newspapers. We print full newspapers using our library stock pages as fillers or we can work with clients who get permission from real Newspaper companies to made authentic newspapers for TV & Film. Channel 4 drama used real newspapers that we printed on “Kiri” a drama with Sarah Lancashire about an abducted child. The headlines blame the Father and are seen featuring in the drama throughout as the drama unfolds.
As well as graphic prop newspapers Acme Graphics can recreate vintage, period Newspaper clippings. In the latest New York Bakery commercial, Acme created a selection of American Vintage newspaper clippings on aged paper to decorate the history of the Bagel Shop in New York. These were framed and dressed on the walls of the bakery.
We can create newspapers from any country, from any period – we have been asked to do Norwegian and American recently.
Sky Arts Urban Myth series includes a comedy based on the infamous scene with the Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy’s nightly show. The incident actually ended Grundy’s show but the memory lives on. Acme re-created various elements of that time for the production. Acme recreated NME Magazine, The Sun newspaper with the Sex Pistols headline featuring the young actors playing the Sex Pistols and Steve Pemberton playing Bill Grundy and posters.
Newspapers have changed in size and design over the last year and Acme have kept up to date with new 2017 layouts. Here are a selection of Acme made newspapers with cleared images from Acme Library – ready for your scripted articles/headlines for Hero Props
We also have newspaper designs on file, ranging from 1900 throughout 20th & 21st Century to 2017 for any period film requirement.
We were asked to create a wall of information as the character, Pauline in Benidorm tries to trace steps to help trigger a memory of who she had spent the night with. The wall follows her journey using graphic mockups of fictional on-line Facebook profiles, emails, bank accounts and general lifestyle paperwork and photos, as she re- traces her steps across a notice board.
Antony Cartlidge is the designer of Benidorm Series 6, who asked us to create varied graphics in addition to this notice board and take it to Spain for the shoot.
General every day paper work can be created to dress various domestic settings. Domestic utility bills, bank statements, Takeaway menus, Workout timetables, football training schedules, school certificates, recycling bins notices, newspaper clippings, tickets and business cards can fill a background to create authenticity of a domestic setting creating more authentic set dressing.
August is generally a busy month in the world of film and television, as many productions schedule location shooting over the summer, hoping for good weather.
So no surprises that we have been busy creating quite a few prop graphics for the second series of a successful TV police drama set on south cost of England, however we can not divulge any specific details as its all very hush, hush, as production understandably do not want any details to leak out.
Our tasks have mainly been to design newspapers and website pages that are central to the narrative, so no images available yet.
One very interesting project was to provide illustration and design for a 1950s style book cover for a KFC commercial, its always fun to work on period graphics.
Other jobs passing through the Acme Towers studios include the second series of The Job Lot, visual for a Littlewoods advert, a charity job for St John’s Ambulance among others.
So while some have been soaking up the sunshine on various beaches around Europe, the Acme team have been nose to the screen, conjuring up a myriad of graphical terats.