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Grand Format Printing in Film
Posted By:  Ashley Rahe
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One of the most exciting trends in the field of digital printing is grand format printing, which offers anyone—businesses, schools, retail centers, even individuals—the ability to create an immersive experience.

An excellent example of grand format printing's ability to create an entire world from 2D images can be seen in last year's film, Saving Mr. Banks. In this creative movie, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks bring the story of how the popular children’s book, Mary Poppins, was transformed to become the beloved 1960’s movie starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. And one way the creative minds behind Saving Mr. Banks were able to recreate that time period in a realistic way was to use grand format printing.

Santa Monica-based designer Martin T. Charles, of SagaBoy Productions was the mastermind behind this grand-format printing marvel. Martin Charles has worked on some of the last decade's most high profile period pieces, including Public Enemies and Catch Me If You Can. He's no stranger to historical recreation and his work on Saving Mr. Banks is one example of the possibilities offered by grand format printing in film.

To create the world of 1960s Disney (as well as Australia in 1907, as the movie features heavy flashbacks), Charles was asked to focus on two main settings: Los Angeles International Airport in the 1960s, and the Allora Fair, in early 20th century Australia. Charles worked primarily from old photographs to create 185 advertisements, signs and decor elements, which were hand-drawn and then digitized and enhanced. The final products were produced mainly using a pair of Roland large-format printers. More than 2,000 square feet of graphics were produced for the film, with some of the banners from the Allora Fair being as long as thirty feet.

If you have grand plans and need to create an immersive, 2D environment, contact our sales team to discuss all the options. We can help you recreate the past or imagine the future in an impressive, grand format.


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