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 Library of Posters for all set dressing needs

Acme Graphics have a massive library of poster artwork suitable for various settings and scenarios. We are often asked to supply posters that have generic artwork created by Acme,  all we ask is for production to provide cleared names. This enables the production  to get original artwork at a fraction of the price.

Acme Graphics have a stock library of posters, postcards, flyers and magazines to dress any set. It could literally be anything form a teenager's bedroom to a club.
Acme Graphics have a stock library of posters, postcards, flyers and magazines to dress any set. It could literally be anything form a teenager’s bedroom to a club.
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Acme artwork for a fictitious Film Poster, Artwork from Acme Graphics stock library of artwork for posters, postcards, flyers and magazines
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Two vintage poster designs created for productions a few years ago

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.

Acme Graphics ‘Stackin’ Books’ for McDonalds

The Mcdonald’s ‘Great Tastes of America’ menu is back and with the arrival of a new menu comes a new advert. This quirky advert set in a library and naturally featuring a basketball player used Acme Graphics to recreate vintage books.

We came up with book covers that are aged at the artwork stage – these are printed and wrapped around existing books. It is a cheap way to cover a large area of book shelving for a tricky location shoot.

A close up with Acme designed books.
Acme Graphics can make a range of books covers contemporary or vintage looking.
Before the set came the studio. Acme Graphics create graphic props for a variety of book related requests.

 

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

Amazing Drone photo montage for The Detectorists

A blend of 100 photos taken by a Drone in Suffolk were photoshopped together to create a seamless birds eye view landscape. It was a tricky job to remove the buildings, vehicles and unwanted details, so that the camera could start as a printed action prop held by a property developer and end as an overhead shot of Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones metal detecting in a field.

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Mackenzie Crook & Toby Jones as the Detectorists – photo montage close up

The sequence starts as a printed prop, it is unrolled to view the area that the Detectorists are standing in. The camera zooms in, each stage of that zoom had to be created and seamlessly patched together, as the camera shot get closer – the viewer recognises that it is the stars of the show. You would never know it started as 100 photos taken by a drone!

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A blend of 100 photos photos blended seamlessly together by Acme. The camera zooms in to reveal the Detectorists stars, Crook and Jones in a Suffolk field.