Category Archives: action props

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 and 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 were tasked with making prop graphics that were relatable in today’s world. The juxtaposition between the everyday graphic items and the supernatural storyline makes the plot even more immersive and believable.

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 have 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 a required by many productions and some of our own designed brands 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 any copyrights but 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

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

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.

Interactive screen graphics for League of Gentlemen

Acme Graphics have been creating film and TV Animation for over 20 years. Our resident designer and animator: Nick Hellman, who founded Acme Graphics, created all the animations for the League of Gentlemen computer sequences. We can create all types of interactive graphics and animations for Computers, tablets and smart phones, static, interactive or fully animated.

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Animation for League of Gentlemen specials see the characters return

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Famous League of Gentlemen Road signs recreated by Acme for Specials

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Acme Graphics updated the prop Famous Royston Vasey road sign from League of Gentlemen into an aged action prop
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This sign was used in the dressing of the town in League of Gentlemen, Acme offered options – look which one they chose
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Acme Graphics always offer the client options on a design so they can choose their favourite

The famous League of Gentlemen road signs that we all recognise from the original series broadcast in the 1990s, had to be redesigned for the 2017 special. Acme were asked to make sure they were as close to the original as possible.

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League of Gentlemen road sign aged to match the original sign from the series