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WEDF | Graphic design for filmmaking with Annie Atkins


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Telegrams, love letters, prison escape maps… it’s not just the movie poster a graphic designer makes, but also any paper props that the actors work with on set. But how do you start designing graphics that can help tell a director’s story, as well as contributing to the genre, period, and visual aesthetic of a film?

This workshop combines classroom tuition and practical assignments, including:

When we design graphics for film, who are we designing for?

How a graphic designer works for the production designer, set decorator, and prop master

How to read and break down a film script

How graphics are used as storytelling devices

Researching graphic design and graphic methods from the past

How to avoid ending up on the IMDB Goofs page

How to draw and make graphics by hand

How to put together an optimal portfolio for applying for work in an art department

How to contact film productions looking for work

This course is for you if…

You’re a graphic designer or illustrator looking to translate your skills to filmmaking, or…

You’re a filmmaker looking to use graphic design effectively in your storytelling, or…

You’re a design graduate wondering what to do next

Annie intentionally keeps the workshop sizes small to spend good time with each attendee. As well as script-based exercises, analysing movie clips and studying behind-the-scenes artwork, you’ll also be finishing some graphic props – drawing lettering, sealing, stamping, and calligraphy – so please don’t wear your best clothes! 

Please note that this is not a software course and we will not be using any computers whatsoever over the two days.

About Annie

“ I specialise in graphics for filmmaking, which means that I make any graphic pieces outlined by a period film script—like postage stamps and banknotes to help create Wes Anderson’s fictional State of Zubrowka; or shopfront signs and fake passports for Steven Spielberg’s New York. ”

This is Annie’s first UK workshop and the price for the 2 days is £750. The workshop will be from 10am to 4pm, with an hour’s break for lunch (not provided) and tea breaks throughout. All materials and equipment are provided.

Everyone who attends the workshop goes home with a completely genuine fake diploma. The catch is you have to make it yourself!

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