Category Archives: Prop Graphics

Graphic Props for ‘Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs. Bill Grandy’

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.

On the left is the original paper from 1976
On the left is the original paper from 1976
An almost identical replica of the original posters
An almost identical replica of the original posters

Acme Hero Prop in HSBC Advert

Another day, another advert aired featuring Acme artwork. This time, Acme was asked to make a number of different props for the latest round of HSBC commercials, including some hero props. HSBC’s latest commercials are fronted by Comedian Richard Ayoade, who lends his classic dry humour to the world of banking.

Some of the hero props requested included an array of bank cards, these were a combination of specifically designed cards for HSBC and pre-existing cards taken from Acme’s extensive library of artwork. With over 20 years of experience in Film and TV, Acme have accumulated a vast library of artwork ready and waiting for any of your productions needs.

A contact sheet of Acme designed cards.
A contact sheet of Acme designed cards

 

Acme Graphics design Zlatan lbrahimovic’s Logo for Visa Campaign

It looks like we will be seeing a lot of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the 2018 FIFA World Cup approaches, not on the pitch but as the global face of Visa’s marketing campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This week we saw the first glimpse of Visa’s global advertising campaign with a cheeky ad starring the Swedish striker and featuring a logo crest designed by Acme Graphics. Playing on his world famous ego, Acme created Zlatan his very own ‘royal’ crest.

Acme drew inspiration from traditional royal crests and his self proclaimed Lion nickname.
Acme drew inspiration from traditional royal crests and Zlatan’s self proclaimed ‘Lion’ nickname.

 

In the words of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ‘Don’t worry world, the lion cannot miss the hunt’.

The ‘royal’ crest design was one of many items that Acme were asked to create for the production, including digital painting, illustration and graphics for vehicle wrapping.

Re-tracing the night before in Benidorm

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.

Benidorm-Notice-board
A wall of created Fictional Online Profile Graphics as Pauline traces her steps.
Various Fictional Profile Graphics for Benidorm Various Fictional Profile Graphics for Benidorm

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.

Prop Book Binding Bonanza

Latest off the work bench are three period Victorian Books, we made these vintage graphic props by printing onto calico style material, then wrapping it around existing books, with the added touch of some gold cut vinyl lettering to look like gold foil embossing.

period victorian books
vintage prop books for visit england

Acme Graphics have created many contemporary, period and vintage prop books over the years, and our bookbinding skills have improved considerably, along the way.

 

Birds of a feather flock to the Police!

The production of the new ITV version of Birds of a Feather, season two, is now in full swing. We have been working with the art department to create many Graphic Props for the show.

Apart from three batches of shopping bags, stickers and signs, we have also designed and printed some books and publications, including a commando style cook book, in the style of a Gordon Ramsey kitchen captain, running the staff with military precision.

We have also printed and mounted the usual life size cut outs of some of the characters, car tax disc and a mock up airplane safety card.

Last week we generated Police station graphics for another production. The requests included convincing paper props, a crime scene log and case file folders. Finding good reference material was quite a challenge, as I assume the police are not too keen on allowing their paperwork to appear online.