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FAKE LOVE LETTERS, FORGED TELEGRAMS & PRISON ESCAPE MAPS
DESIGNING GRAPHIC PROPS FOR FILMMAKING
by Annie Atkins (2020)

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.

Atkins' designs have ranged from paper props and background signage for actors to work with on set—like postage stamps and banknotes to help build Wes Anderson's fictional Alpine land, Zubrowka, to shop-front signs and fake passports for Steven Spielberg's midcentury New York. Shifting from period to period and place to place, Atkins has designed graphics for films and television series such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, Bridge of Spies, Wonderstruck, The Boxtrolls, The Tudors, and Penny Dreadful.

Published by Phaidon

Paperback / 208 pgs




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