Annie Atkins, Graphic Designer for Film
How to introduce the work of Annie Atkins? Her wildly impressive, impeccably executed and delightfully nuanced designs have made their way into so many of our favourite films. Her work is integral in creating the worlds that come to life so beautifully in Wes Anderson's films. We are beyond excited to share her responses here.
What do you do?
I make graphic props and set pieces for film, and movie posters.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
Getting a Masters degree in film, working with Wes Anderson, and working on The Boxtrolls.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I made some pieces for Todd Haynes' new movie Wonderstruck which is probably the next film to come out. I'm currently working on the new Virginia Woolf movie. And there's also Wes Anderson's new animated feature which isn't coming out until next year I think.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
When I saw the theatrical poster for the musical Cats when I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a graphic designer. It was just so simple and effective.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
I really liked the film A Ghost Story. It's great to see something that breaks from the usual movie mould.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
I would like to see working film hours reduce from 8am–7pm to finishing at 6pm, so we can get home in time to put our kids to bed.
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
Frankie Ratford from the Design Kids
What is your dream project?
I'd like to do some work for Pixar one day.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
What places are important to you?
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
It's okay to have a niche!
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
Yes, I would say so, especially now I live so much of my creative life online. It's easy to find likeminded people.