Annie Atkins – Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking

Annie Atkins - Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking

An in-depth look at graphic design behind films such as Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Bridge of Spies.

Press Release: A behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary and meticulous design of graphic objects for film sets. Although graphic props such as invitations, letters, tickets, and packaging are rarely seen close-up by a cinema audience, they are designed in painstaking detail. Dublin-based designer Annie Atkins invites readers into the creative process behind her intricately designed, rigorously researched, and visually stunning graphic props. These objects may be given just a fleeting moment of screen time, but their authenticity is vital and their role is crucial: to nudge both the actors on set and the audience just that much further into the fictional world of the film.

Welcome to the beautiful, hand-made work of Annie Atkins – Production designer and graphic artist who’s work behind the scenes in TV and Film productions including Boxtrolls, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors and Bridge of Spies, convince us for a couple of hours that these worlds are real.

A fascinating read for anyone interested in the design of film, this book presents examples of aged lettering, tea stained paper props, stamps, seals and all of the inventive ways in which these objects might be made. Giving perspective on just how much research, experimentation and attention to detail goes into these hand-made objects, any reader should come away with a new-found awareness for this often overlooked art.

Recommended for vintage design fans and film enthusiasts alike.

Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking by Annie Atkins
Phaidon
208 Pages