Graphic Designer Takes Viewers Back in Time in Disney's New Movie, "Saving Mr. Banks"

Graphic Designer Takes Viewers Back in Time in Disney's New Movie, "Saving Mr. 
IRVINE, CA  -- (Marketwired) -- 12/23/13 --  Spanning more than 50
years and two continents, Disney's new motion picture, "Saving Mr.
Banks," paints a picture of the sharp contrast between 1960s
Hollywood and rural, turn-of-the-century Australia. 
The story of how the movie "Mary Poppins" was made stars Emma
Thompson and Tom Hanks as author P.L. Travers and movie mogul Walt
Disney, respectively, in a head-to-head duel over just how to deliver
all the magic of "Mary Poppins" to movie viewers everywhere.  
To set the stage for these two distinct eras, production designer
Michael Corenblith called on Martin T. Charles of Santa Monica-based
SagaBoy Productions and his Roland digital printing equipment. An
award-winning graphic designer and member of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, Charles has been Hollywood's go-to
designer for many of the last decade's most successful period pieces,
including "42," "Public Enemies," "Miami Vice," "Leatherheads,"
"Seabiscuit" and "Charlie Wilson's War." 
Additionally, he counts among his many credits high-profile projects
ranging from HBO's hit television series, "The Newsroom," to
blockbuster movies such as "The Avengers," "AI: Artificial
Intelligence," "Minority Report," "Be Cool," "50 First Dates," "Catch
Me If You Can," "Murder by Numbers," "Stuart Little" and "That Thing
You Do."  
"When a movie is set in the past, I always get a history lesson,"
Charles said. "As a designer, it's a challenge to recreate the look
and feel of the times through research. This time, we were talking
about 1907 flashbacks from a 1960s storyline. What a diverse period!" 
For the movie, Charles was asked to focus on two primary settings:
Los Angeles International Airport in the 1960s and the Allora Fair,
held in early 20th century Australia. He began the project
approximately six weeks before production was scheduled and worked
for a total of 14 weeks.  
To recreate the movie's larger-than-life venues, Charles worked
primarily from old photographs to design more than 185
advertisements, signs and décor elements styled for the period.
Starting with hand-drawn illustrations, he then digitized them and
embellished the designs with Photoshop. Final prints were produced
primarily on artist canvas using a pair of Roland large-format
"For the fair scenes, we created dozens of enormous banners, some as
long as 30 feet," he said. "The airport graphics were equally
imposing." In total, more than 2,000 square feet of printed graphics
were produced and installed to create the film's vintage backdrops.  
"Working on this scale can be tricky because you need to be mindful
of registration issues as well as color consistency across the
largest of prints," Charles said. "However, the greatest challenge
here was keeping in line with the established Disney Studios
guidelines which can be quite detailed." 
Another challenge, he said, was recreating the hand-painted
production methods of the times. "Interestingly, replicating
someone's hand renderings can be difficult in a digital workflow
because the pigments and materials used in sign making decades ago
were much more rugged," he said. "To achieve an authentic look, we
literally stomped on the prints to age them." 
Among the most complex graphics were the metallic accents used to
decorate the bank and city hall sets. "It is interesting that so much
fine gold was used architecturally years ago," he said. Charles
recreated the look using metallic ink which is featured in his Roland
VersaCAMM VS series printer. According to Charles, advanced
capabilities like this can make all the difference to the final
"Working with my Roland printers is like enjoying a perfect bottle of
red wine," he said. "You never want it to end! And when the producers
and director compliment you on a job well done, you know you have
done something right." 
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Photo Captions: 
Roland DGA Image 1 
Graphic designer Martin T. Charles of Sagaboy Productions is
Hollywood's go-to designer for many of the last decade's most popular
period pieces. This recreation of 1960s Los Angeles International
Airport is featured in Disney's new movie, "Saving Mr. Banks." 
Roland DGA Image 2 
For film graphic designer Martin T. Charles, recreating the past is
an art form made possible through extensive research and advanced
digital printing tools. This set he produced for Disney's "Saving Mr.
Banks" depicts the 1964 premiere of the film, "Mary Poppins." 
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