I use traditional methods in graphic prop-making wherever possible: a real 1930s typewriter for typewritten documents; a dipping pen and ink and for any handwriting. Pieces have to be aged, too, as nothing should look like it was made in an art department five minutes ago. Madame D’s last will and testament took a lot of aging, for example, as it contained over 600 pieces that were scripted as being some 46 years old. I have some tricks of the trade that I’ve learnt over the years… mostly involving a big vat of tea and a hair dryer.
The beautiful thing about period filmmaking is that you’re creating graphic design for a time before graphic designers existed.
Because polyurethane paint becomes all but useless after it is mixed with its reactive components, every day huge amounts of it are simply discarded, ending up in dumps. An Israeli product designer decided to put all this wasted paint to use in his home country and in doing so has developed methods for collecting and processing it to create beautiful objects and furniture - while of course doing the environment a huge favour!