Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Annie Atkins specializes in graphic design for filmmaking. Atkins designed the graphic props for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs, and Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, among other Hollywood films. Originally from Wales, Atkins is now based in Dublin, Ireland.

Praise For…


"Annie makes the unreal seem hyperreal, and the real more supremely alive and utterly magical."—Jeff Goldblum

"A delightful, zoomed-in look at the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making props for movies. A treat for graphic design geeks, film nerds, and all readers interested in the creative process."—Austin Kleon, The New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist

"Annie Atkins has an extraordinary gift for inventing graphic design for things real and imagined. Her work elevates the mundane into the irresistible. As prop designer, she expertly transforms everyday documents, passports, letterheads, telegrams, milk bottle tops, street signs, prison escape maps, and tea stains into movie stars."—Louise Fili, graphic designer and author

"As much a love letter to the magic of movie-making as it is a showcase for Atkins herself. She's passionate about the tiny, telling details... and just as passionate about the graft of her craft: there are spreads in her book devoted to everything from her collections of ephemera... to recipes for ageing paper... to top it off, the book opens with a love letter to Atkins herself from none other than Jeff Goldblum."—The Observer DESIGN supplement

"Annie Atkins has an extraordinary gift for inventing graphic design for things real and imagined. Her work elevates the mundane into the irresistible. As prop designer, she expertly transforms everyday documents, passports, letterheads, telegrams, milk bottle tops, street signs, prison escape maps, and tea stains into movie stars."—Louise Fili, graphic designer and author

"When film-makers need a detailed artefact, they go the in-demand Welsh creator [Annie Atkins]."—The Guardian online



Product Details
ISBN: 9780714879383
ISBN-10: 071487938X
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: February 26th, 2020
Pages: 208