Ancient Tome commission for Puffin Books.

So recently a film-maker friend of mine got in touch with a last minute request to make a ‘ancient tome’ for an advert he was making for Puffin Books as the booked ‘maker’ had dropped out. The Advert is for a teen novel where a young girl is transported to another world through an ancient book she finds in an old book shop.

We scoured the 2nd hand shops on my road and found a book from 1893 with very worn out pages and wonderful old pictures for only £1, and I re-covered it with a larger rubber cover so it overlapped the pages, painted to look like leather, with a real leather spine and oval panel on the front. It took quite a while and it was some where between A4 and A3 in the end.

It was a great experiment with painting on rubber to make it look old, somehow even the seams on the rubber seemed to work!

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In the final advert the actual book featured only very very briefly, blink and you’ll miss it but it was great to be involved with such a big project commissioned by such a world famous organisation. It’s had so many views! and it’s only been up a few weeks!!!

I look forward to doing some more of this commission based work for film (props, costume etc.)I really feel like this could be where my work works really well.