Annie Atkins' Graphic Design for Filmmaking (2-day Workshop) 12-13 September 2019

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.

This is Annie’s first UK workshop and the price for the 2 days is £750. The workshop will be held at The Forge 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!

The workshop is 12 – 13 September and we have 16 places available from 10am on Monday 24 June — please email hello@​wedesignforum.​co.​uk to book on a first come first served basis (please read the full Ts and Cs below). All workshop participants will get one free ticket for the Annie Atkins: Graphic Design for Filmmaking talk at The Arnolfini on Wednesday 11 September.


Ts and Cs

  • When emailing to book a place please provide full invoice details. An invoice will be sent and payment in full due within 30 days (or upon receipt of the invoice if your place is booked within 30 days of the event)
  • Failure to pay the full amount during this time will result in you losing the place
  • The workshop requires 8 attendees in order to go ahead
  • Places are non-refundable, however you can change the participant’s name up until the day before
  • Once the workshop has sold out names will automatically be added to a waiting list incase a place becomes available
  • The free ticket for the Arnolfini talk on 11 September is for the workshop participant only, is non-transferrable and not for sale
  • A full refund will be given if WEDF cancel the workshop
  • If you have any queries at all please contact hello@​wedesignforum.​co.​uk