When Wes Anderson set about creating the extraordinarily detailed world of The Grand Budapest Hotel, he called on Annie Atkins. The Welsh graphic designer has carved out a niche for herself working on TV dramas and feature films from The Tudors to Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller – The Bridge of Spies.
Annie went to Film School in Dublin after her design degree and the combination of these experiences prepared her perfectly for life on set. At Here 2015 we learnt that the process behind The Grand Budapest Hotel was especially immersive, discussing in her talk the process behind creating everything in scene, from stamps to signage, escape maps to cake boxes.At Here 2015, she took us through her experiences working on the film’s graphic elements, from Nazi-inspired business cards to painstakingly designed and written newspapers. Unfortunately, due to copyright issues, parts of Annie’s presentation have had to be removed from the final edit of the film.