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

Book Signing Follows

Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps cover

Maps, invitations, personal letters, and train tickets may not catch a viewer’s eye the way costumes, makeup, and special effects do, yet they serve an equally vital role in adding authenticity to the fictional world of a film.

Based in Ireland, Annie Atkins has contributed graphic design and props to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Isle of Dogs (2018), Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (2015), Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck (2017), and the Laika film The Boxtrolls (2014). Atkins will give us a guided tour of the design elements she has contributed to these films and more as showcased in her engaging new book Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking (Phaidon).

Greet Atkins at a small reception in the center’s lower lobby at 5:30 PM. A signing in the Wexner Center Store follows the program. Join us at 4 PM for a free screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel featuring more of Atkins’s work.

"Annie makes the unreal seem hyperreal, and the real more supremely alive and utterly magical."
JEFF GOLDBLUM
Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps cover

Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps, courtesy Phaidon

Annie Atkins

Annie Atkins, photo courtesy Annie Atkins/Phaidon

Tickets

Annie Atkins, cinema tickets, 1 x 2 in., from Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes, 2017). Photo: Flora Fricker, courtesy of Amazon Content Services LLC.

drawings on graph paper

Josh Holtsclaw and Annie Atkins, sketches of box labels, 11½ x 8 in., from The Boxtrolls (Laika; Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, 2014). Image reproduced by permission of Laika LLC © 2012 Laika, all rights reserved.

Old Timey Cholera Poster

Annie Atkins, street poster: Cholera!, 10½ x 8 in., Grand Guignol theater frontage from Penny Dreadful (Showtime Networks, 2014). Photo: Flora Fricker, courtesy of Showtime Networks Inc.

MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation

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