FROM ACME’S LABS, A SECRET WEAPON

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Who ya gonna call when you need a pore-cleaning superhero’s go-to gadget? Bioré called on us, and ACME’s Rob Christie and Ank created a line of super-powered, pore-cleaning tools for Biore’s new campaign.

To the drawing board!

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Here’s Ank with the secret weapon in progress: 

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Campaign photographed by the super-powered Finlay Mackay at at Highline Stages in Manhattan. Styling by Natasha Royt, with production by 3 Production

BLONDIE AT ACME

It was a treat to build this Parallel Lines-inspired set for Debbie Harry, and host her at ACME, on the eve of Blondie’s 40th Anniversary. Read the accompanying interview in OUT Magazine. Photographed by Ruven Afanador at ACME Studio in Brooklyn. Set design by Shawn Patrick Anderson, with fashion styling by Michael Cook.

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Dynamic duo:

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YO-YO MA PERFORMS AT ACME FOR NPR

We were super-stoked to host the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Project for an amazing performance at ACME for NPR Music’s Field Recordings:

Yo-Yo Ma was surprised to find out what was going on inside the donkey suit:

And here, pictured performing with his newest Silk Road Ensemble member, Burt (the extremely creepy dummy):

ACME FOR THE SI SWIMSUIT EDITION

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Shawn Patrick Anderson and the ACME team designed and propped the set for the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’s 50th Anniversary Legends feature. Shot by Walter Iooss Jr. at Pier 59 Studios in New York City, with production by Mason Vickers Productions. Backdrop by Oliphant.

This reunion of twenty two of the most renowned SI cover model legends of the last fifty years starred Kate Upton, Carol Alt, Tyra Banks, Elsa Benitez, Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Babette March, Marisa Miller, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, Daniela Pestova, Paulina Porizkova, Bar Refaeli, Rebecca Romijn, Irina Shayk, Cheryl Tiegs, Vendela and Veronica Varekova. Look back at each star’s past appearances on the interactive feature on Sports Illustrated’s site.

Also, check out a behind-the-scenes video to see what went into making this historic shoot come to life. 

And the true star:

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The co-stars:

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ACME FOR VANITY FAIR

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Shawn Patrick Anderson and the ACME team handled the sets, prop styling, and fabrication for Vanity Fair’s January 2014 cover story starring new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, with styling by Jessica Diehl.

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ACME’s Rob Christie custom designed and sculpted the Jay Leno skull seen above.

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WE RAISE $1,800 FOR CITY SANTA

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Thanks to all the families who came out for our 2nd Annual Holiday Photo Op at ACME. We were able to raise over $1,800 for City Santa, a charity ACME works with every year to deliver presents to New York City children in need.

Check out City Santa’s website and if you have some extra time this holiday season, e-mail santa@citysanta.org to find out the schedule for toy wrapping and delivery dates!

Special thanks to our ACME family volunteers, Aimee Herring, Klub 4 Kids, CSI Rentals, and Oliphant Studio for helping make the day a success. 

BILLIE JOE AND NORAH JONES AT ACME

The album cover and packaging for Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones’s unexpected new album “Foreverly" was shot at ACME Studio. Photos by Marina Chavez, recording studio set designed and built by the ACME crew. And that singing is authentic, we were treated to a short performance!

Hear Norah and Billie take on the classic Everly Brothers tunes on their website.

BOXING WITH DETAILS MAGAZINE

Shawn Patrick Anderson and the ACME team designed, built, and prop styled Details Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide set. Photographed by Victor Prado at Noho Productions studio. If you ask us, our white cubes are as good a gift as any of these fine products. 

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ACME WITH A SIDE OF LAW AND ORDER

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Dirby and company’s Night Heron Speakeasy continues to make news…this time as the, ahem, inspiration behind a recent episode of Law and Order SVU. In the episode, a victim is given a pocket watch that grants her admission to a secret party in a New York City water tower speakeasy. Watch the episode here, and enjoy L&O’s casting of  Dirby, above.

Which seems like an appropriate time to share some of several sets we did for the promo shots for the new season of Law and Order SVU. Set designed by ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson, and photographed by James Dimmock at Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan. 

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We created a newspaper-plastered room…

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…made of custom-made newspapers that featured some familiar ACME faces: 

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We also created an interrogation room with two-sided mirror:

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As well as a police station office:

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[[BUM BUUUUM (that was the Law and Order music ending note sound)]]

JANELLE MONAE IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Janelle Monáe has new album out this week. Check out the binary vibes we created for her Billboard cover story.

Set design by ACME Studio’s Shawn Patrick Anderson. Photographed by Marc Baptiste at Dune Studios. 

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It was our second time working with Ms. Monáe. Check it.

Where this was black and white that was red all over.