Monthly Archives: September 2014

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.

 

New KFC commercial ‘wedding’ featuring our period book cover

Nick Foley-Oates  asked us to create a period Sci-Fi novel cover for the new KFC commercial. We had to illustrate the cover in a convincing 1950 style, to look convincingly old and worn in close up.

prop book covers
1950s style SCI-Fi book covers for KFC commercial

The agency were very specific about the look of the book cover, and handily provided lots of reference material that helped nail the illustration style.

We have designed many prop book covers over the years, but not all of them were as much fun.

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.

Acme Activity in August (graphic prop work update)

August is generally a busy month in the world of film and television, as many productions schedule location shooting over the summer, hoping for good weather.

So no surprises that we have been busy creating quite a few prop graphics for the second series of a successful TV police drama set on south cost of England, however we can not divulge any specific details as its all very hush, hush, as production understandably do not want any details to leak out.

Our tasks have mainly been to design newspapers and website pages that are central to the narrative, so no images available yet.

One very interesting project was to provide illustration and design for a 1950s style book cover for a KFC commercial, its always fun to work on period graphics.

Other jobs passing through the Acme Towers studios include the second series of The Job Lot, visual for a Littlewoods advert, a charity job for St John’s Ambulance among others.

So while some have been soaking up the sunshine on various beaches around Europe, the Acme team have been nose to the screen, conjuring up a myriad of graphical terats.