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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

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 sign 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

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

Acme designed signs show up in Mitchell & Webb’s “Back”

Acme Graphics designed and produced signage for various locations for the shoot of Mitchell & Webb’s “Back. Here are a few screenshot of cut vinyl and designed logos for a bakery, food factory, DIY store, funeral home, cafe and a pub. All spotted in these screenshots taken from the first series of the comedy.

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Mitchell and Webb’s BACK shows Acme Graphics cut vinyl in reverse as David peers through the funeral parlour window.
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Acme Graphics designed the sign logo for this factory shot of a jolly farmer
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Acme designed the Ogdens Bakery logo that Back used in their Bakery location

 

Graphic Prop Make Motorway road signs

Acme Graphics can make replica road prop make signs with reflective vinyl exactly like the real thing. We can make them of cut vinyl, mount on foamex and attach to existing hired signage or we can make from foamex and give the edges a metallic finish to look authentic. Lights will reflect and kick off the official reflective vinyl – so they look real rather than looking like props. The signs have runners on the reverse to clamp onto signs on location – rather than with cable ties and black tack!

Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life Yellow reflective vinyl and metallic edges, the signs will reflect the lights rather than looking like props.
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges
Prop Road sign made of cut vinyl and foamex with authentic real life reflective vinyl and metallic edges. Mounted on poles to show they can be clamped onto poles.

Morrisons Christmas Advert Christmas Signs

We have made some festive graphic props and signs for the 2017 Morrisons Christmas Advert. We can create signs and blackboards that are printed  rather than wooden and hand painted by scenic artists. Acme can create any effect digitally to save you time and money.

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Chalk on blackboard effect artwork printed on vinyl and satin laminated for exterior waterproof signs instead of scenic painting on wood
Wood effect Signs created digitally and printed on vinyl, mounted on Foamex with Satin Laminate to fully waterproof for Exterior use
Festive Wooden artwork effect arrow signs created for Morrisons Christmas Commercial printed on vinyl with satin laminate to make waterproof for exterior signage
Santa Stop Here signs found outside houses. Artwork created by Acme and printed on vinyl, mounted on foamex with Satin Laminate for waterproof Exterior Signage
Santa Sign made for Morrisons Commercial printed vinyl and mounted on foamex with satin laminate to make suitable exterior sign. Christmas graphic props .

Spot the Acme made Signs in the new Mitchell & Webb Series “Back”

Acme designed and printed many signs in the new David Mitchell & Robert Webb series, “Back” on Channel 4.  Acme Graphics were commissioned to design exterior Pub and shop signs for the production. The pub signs were artworked to look like old wooden signs but they were printed on vinyl for Designer Rosie Thomas and Neil Barnes.

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Pub Sign artworked to look like old wooden sign but printed on vinyl and mounted on Foamex with satin laminate for Exterior use
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Pub sign designed by Acme Graphics and digitally painted to have a painted wood effect. Printed on vinyl on foamex with satin laminate to waterproof.

Chalkboards without any messy chalk!

Acme Graphics have started a range of blackboard signs or chalkboards that Acme create to look like aged blackboards for restaurant, bar and cafe sets. The blackboards are aged in the design stage and printed on vinyl + mounted on black foamex. The chalkboards look like well used blackboards and can have any text in any font without any of the chalk or mess and hassle of chalk pens!

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Mock blackboard sign with artworked chalk printed on vinyl with satin laminate to make it waterproof. No messy chalk necessary and artwork can be aged as desired.