KENNETH COLE v. ACME STUDIO

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Kenneth Cole Reaction shot their Fall campaign in and around ACME Studio, capturing some of the fun and textures that makes our studio like no other.

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Photographed by Marcelo Krasilcic, with prop and set styling by ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson. Fashion styling by Michelle Cameron with tailoring by Susan Balcunas. Hair by Luke Baker and makeup by Zenia. Production by the lovely Clio McNicholl for M2M Productions

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IT’S ONLY A PLAY

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We designed the set and props for the poster and advertising for “It’s Only A Play,” the Terrance McNally comedy that opens on Broadway this October. It stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Rupert Grint, and Micah Stock. 

Set design by ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson, and photographed by F. Scott Schafer, both of whom are pictured below in a group-selfie taken by the cast: 

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One more with feeling:

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Styling was by Andrea Menke, with tailoring by Lourdes Lopez. Production by AKA NYC. Shot at Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan. 

And finally, the finished poster:

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Our own Michelle Murphy designed the newspaper you’ll see throughout the play’s promo materials:

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Oh and we saw the show, and it’s very funny.

ACME for JAGGER

We designed and built the sets for Billboard Magazine’s recent Mick Jagger and Chadwick Boseman cover story, celebrating their film “Get On Up.” Set design by a very starstruck Shawn Patrick Anderson. Photographed by Joe Pugliese at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. 

GETTING PRETTY SPACEY

ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson handled set duties for the Kevin Spacey-as-Julia Louis-Dreyfus portion of Entertainment Weekly’s current Veep/House of Cards issue. Photographed by Robert Trachtenberg on the set of House of Cards in Baltimore. Costume design by Johanna Argan, wigs by Sean Flanigan, and makeup by Tricia Sawyer

ACME FOR RIHANNA IN ARABIA

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ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson handled set duties for Rihanna’s just-released Harper’s Bazaar Arabia cover shoot. Photographed by Ruven Afanador on location at Mountain Mermaid in Los Angeles. Styling by the fabulous Ise White, with hair by Yusef Williams and makeup by Lora Arellano.

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Go behind the scenes with Rihanna here:

ACME FOR THE LADIES OF SNL

ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson built this set for a sleepover featuring the ladies of Saturday Night Live: Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Nasim Pedrad, Cecily Strong, Noël Wells, and Sasheer Zamata. Photographed by Robert Trachtenberg for the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Shot at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan. 

AMY POEHLER TEACHES ACME MANNERS

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ACME's Shawn Patrick Anderson handled the set for Amy Poehler's upcoming book “Yes Please”. Photographed by our friend and SNL photographer Mary Ellen Matthews at Milk Studios in Manhattan, with hair by Charles Strahan, make-up by Robert Moulton, and styling by Kemal Harris

See a behind the scenes video of the cover shoot here

JIMMY FALLON’S FIRST FATHER’S DAY

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Jimmy Fallon commemorated his first Father’s Day just as you would, with a People Magazine cover story. Check out his adorable daughter Winnie’s modeling debut! 

Set by ACME's Shawn Patrick Anderson, with special man-size baby swing construction by our resident swing set engineer Ryan Cheresson.

Photographed by Art Streiber at Location 5 in Manhattan. Styling by Brian Coats, with hair by Courtney Benedetti and makeup by Cyndie Lou Boehm. Production by Jessica Hafford for Random Productions

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Check out a behind-the-scenes video here

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This was ACME’s third cover story with Jimmy, who is just as friendly a guy as he plays on TV. Check out our previous work with him for Vanity Fair here (where we built a Leno-shaped skull) and WIRED here (where we built a she-robot friend). 

Ice, Ice, Esquire

How To Cool It from Lisette & Ryan Cheresson on Vimeo.

ACME built an icy room in-house for Esquire's dapper suit story. Check out a, ahem, cool time lapse above, of the build, shoot, and melt-down.

Photographed by Phil Poynter at our home base, ACME Studio in Brooklyn, with set design by ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson. Fashion direction by Esquire’s Nick Sullivan and Wendell Brown, with photo direction by Michael Norseng. Production by Serlin Associates. Ice blocks by nature

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ACME vs. BLACK KEYS vs. DANNY McBRIDE

ACME got naughty with the Black Keys and Danny McBride for this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story, with set design by our Shawn Patrick Anderson. Photographed by Ture Lillegraven at Milk Studios in Manhattan, with styling by Brian Coats and grooming by Lisa Raquel

Danny would rather rock out on our TX009 Standing Wolf than a gee-tar. You can do the same for the low-low price of $225 a week!

And while you’re at it, hide your business behind our MU004 Vintage Boom Box, just $50 a week!

It wasn’t the first time we worked with the hilarious Mr. McBride, check out this smoked out set we built for COMPLEX's 9th Anniversary Issue. 

(ACME) ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Check out our work for Entertainment Weekly’s Orange Is The New Black cover story, with design by ACME’s Shawn Patrick Anderson and backdrop treatments by Rob Christie. Photographed by Ruven Afanador at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens.

We also created a set for individual character portraits, the gallery can be seen here

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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