Category Archives: graphics for film and TV

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.

Why is cut vinyl lettering referred to as ‘Fablon’ ?

We receive many requests to design and make ‘fablon’ signs, but the general term we use is cut vinyl letters for signs. So where does the confusion arise?

The free online dictionary has an entry for Fablon as:

1. a brand of adhesive-backed plastic material used to cover and decorate shelves, worktops, etc, and for handicraft purposes.

Which identifies Fablon as a brand name for sticky backed vinyl, it normally comes in decorative effect finishes like wood grain or marble. We use sticky vinyl from a number of manufacturers including Metamark, Mactac and 3M, but it is mainly flat matt colours, although we do stock metallic and frosted effect vinyl as well.

The artwork is created on the computer in Adobe Illustrator and saved as vector ‘outline’ paths. Then the design is sent to the vinyl cutter, the blade follows the path and cuts the lettering or design. We then weed out the unwanted part and apply the design to foamex or foamboard.

So that clears up the confusion, Fablon is vinyl, it is just one brand name among many that has become ubiquitous like ‘Hoover’ the carpet or to ‘Google’ something. Regardless of the definition, it is a fantastic material for making graphic props for film and television.