Category Archives: graphic props

Graphic Props For Christmas Adverts 2018

The annual flurry of Christmas adverts always signifies the start of the festive season. For Acme, Christmas always arrives early, usually around mid summer  and this year was no exception. We have been busy making graphic props for several different Christmas commercials including Boots, Heathrow, Next and Burberry.

This sentimental advert tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship through the eyes of the daughter. For Boots we made a number of graphic props, including the Hero magazine that features the glamorous hair do that the mother tries and fails to replicate.

One of America’s biggest brands TJX – the company that owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods, came to London to film their series of Christmas commercials. The commercials use a first person point of view and focus on different Christmas lists. Unusually, the floor provides the backdrop; we were commissioned to design the bespoke tiles featured throughout the series.

The well-known Heathrow bears are back. As well as creating graphics fit for a bears fridge we also made graphics for the airport including some bear sized luggage tags.

Hero Prop For PayPal

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.

PayPal Poster colour options
PayPal Poster colour options.

Graphics For Netflix

We have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Netflix’s brand new supernatural thriller The Innocents, which follows the story of teenage lovers Harry (Percelle Ascott) and June (Sorcha Groundsell) who run away from their repressive families to live together, only to find themselves navigating a strange and dangerous new world. Despite the Innocents being a supernatural drama, Acme was tasked with making prop graphics that were relatable in today’s world.

Among the long list of graphics props made for The Innocents were the animated sequences. A notable one shown in episode two is the online poker game, we created everything from characters to the interface and interactive animated elements.

Acme Make Metallic Beer Can Props!

Acme Graphics has designed countless beer graphics over the last 25 years. Prop beer and wine graphics are one of our most popular requests. Why? Because alcohol product placement can be a logistical and legal nightmare. All of this can of course be avoided with the use of bespoke drink props.

Metallic beer can graphics wrapped around non-alcoholic beer
Metallic beer can graphics seamlessly wrapped around non-alcoholic beer

Prop beer is required by many productions, some of our own designs are so frequently featured that you may be mistaken in believing that they are in fact real. Everyone knows the major brands so it’s important that the fictional label is not going to infringe on any copyright laws yet is still relatable.  Having recently introduced metallic cans to our repertoire; our graphic beer props look like they have come straight off the supermarket shelf.

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Action props created for a new production

Behind the Scenes: Magazine Props

Behind the scenes of every newsagent set are the countless graphic props. Acme was recently enlisted to recreate a variety of props used in the latest Eve Mattresses commercial. This devious commercial – directed by Madcow’s Greg Bray – tells the story of a couple who dupe an elderly women out of her lottery winnings, the tagline being; ‘How do they sleep at night?’.

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The walls behind the shop owner are lined with over 100 magazines, designed, printed and mounted by Acme. Our extensive library  of original Acme designed graphics allows us to easily create an authentic aesthetic for even the most  graphically saturated sets.

Part of our extensive library of Acme designed magazines
Part of our extensive library of Acme designed magazines

Graphic Visuals for Oreo

We are often asked to create graphic visuals for agencies, bringing life to their creative concepts. Our latest work was for Oreo, we were briefed to recreate different Oreo packets with icing. Our visuals provided a creative template that was then recreated with real icing for the final shot in the advert.

We created a number of fun designs for different flavours, experimenting with techniques to mimic different styles of icing. This month, Oreo released the first in the series, the final shot being based on our ‘Birthday cake’ graphics.

Birthday cake visual created by us and recreated by Oreo
Birthday cake visual created by us and recreated by Oreo

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

New Equipment Graphtec Cutting Plotter

Acme Graphics are pleased to introduce you to our latest piece of kit, the Graphtec Cutting Plotter. Traditional Vinyl cutters are only able to cut one vinyl colour, however our new Graphtec cutter is able to cut complex and full coloured designs.

The technology ensures efficient and precise cutting by detecting registration marks. The registration marks are created initially on Illustrator, accurately aligning the position of the cutting line to the printed image
The technology ensures efficient and precise cutting by detecting registration marks. The registration marks are created initially on Illustrator, accurately aligning the position of the cutting line to the printed image
Our Graphtec Cutting Plotter in action
Our Graphtec Cutting Plotter in action
Retro 1970s Record Bag design and prop make for Mcdonalds Commercial – designed and printed by Acme Graphics
Retro 1970s Record Bag design and prop make for Mcdonalds Commercial – designed and printed by Acme Graphics

 

BAFTA Winners Announced

The 2018 Bafta TV Awards have been announced. This year Acme Graphics had the pleasure of working on a handful of nominated shows, Murder in Successville being one of them. The surreal comedy won the Comedy Entertainment Programme Award, Acme made a number of graphic props for the production, including a magazine action prop.

Murder in Successville won the Comedy Entertainment Programme award.
Murder in Successville won the Comedy Entertainment Programme award

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway received a nomination for the Entertainment Programme award. Acme was asked to create pub signage and props for Robbie Williams’ pub prank.

Digitally Painted Pub signs illustrated & printed for Robbie Williams on Ant & Dec
Digitally Painted Pub signs illustrated & printed for Robbie Williams on Ant & Dec

Catastrophe star and co-creator Sharon Horgan was also nominated in the Best Comedy Actress category. Acme created a variety of props for the show, including signs and window vinyls. Continue reading