Category Archives: graphics for film and TV

Teen Magazine made for BBC3 Murder in Successville Television Comedy

Acme Graphics have a stock of Generic magazines for action props or dressing sets. Interior Design, Architecture, Mens Magazines, Womens Fashion, teenage and gossip magazines. This is the latest one for ‘Murder in Successville’ made into an action prop. Generic design with library stock images and clearable name of Production’s choice.

teenage magazine, girls magazine, womens magazine
Teenage magazine designed using clearable library images – see full range of new magazines

Its Christmas! Time for christmas commercials

Over the year we have been commissioned to do various  Christmas Commercial graphics. Bespoke package design for a Mcdonalds Commercial, set in a toy shop based on a love story between an animated doll and a spaceman toy.

We created the Doll box which featured in the shop window and the bespoke vintage feel calendar with tear off pages of nostalgic snowy christmas scenes.

'Juliette' Doll toy box
Opening shot of the ‘Juliette’ Doll toy box
‘Juliette’ the animated doll sits on our Juliette box
The countdown begins when the 16th Dec is ripped off in action
The countdown begins with the 16th Dec is ripped off the calendar in action
The countdown continues throughout the commercial
The countdown continues throughout the commercial
The Christmas calendar shows 24th Dec and the shopkeeper closes his Shop doors, the toy love story comes alive
The Christmas calendar shows 24th Dec and the shopkeeper closes his Shop doors, the toy love story comes alive
Meteor Man Fun Time bag & packaging were all created by Acme
Meteor Man Fun Time bag & packaging were all created by Acme

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.



What is happening at Acme Towers this week?

Things are calming down after a hectic week in the world of TV graphic props. We have been working on a new sitcom called ‘The Detectorists’ for Channel X for the BBC. Starring Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Lucy Benjamin the comedy revolves around a bunch of wannabe archaeologist, spending their time in muddy fields with a metal detectors, dreaming of finding that priceless ancient treasure that will make them rich and cement their place in detecting history.

Pork scratching packaging options
Pork scratching packaging options

Commissioned be Lucy Haley and Sam Harley, we have created some unusual graphic props including authentic pub signage that we designed and printed, pregnancy test packaging and an illustration that was manufactured as a brass lapel pin, as well as the usual newspapers, magazines and signs and posters.

Pregnancy test packaging
Pregnancy test packaging

Georgina Millett asked us to print and make up 20 cigarette packs for the Gunman, 10 of which were European soft packs which proved to be quite a challenge.

Other prop graphics designed include graph charts for a McDonalds commercial, photo editing and signage for a Kingsmill commercial and other bits and bobs.

Food poster design options
Food poster design options

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