Bookbinding and Cover Design – Under the Water, 2022

  • The Brief: create a custom cover design for a specialized book prop and bind the book with illustrations by Isabella Andronos.
  • The Context: Under the Water is an AFTRS capstone film, that tells a coming of age story in a seaside setting. Directed by: Isabella Andronos. Written by: Isabella Andronos, Rebecca Thompson. Produced by: Katherine Shearer, Sasha Dyer, Isabella Andronos. Production Design by: Robert Manzini.

For this project, I worked with director Isabella Andronos and production designer Robert Manzini to design and bind a custom book as a feature prop for their short film.

The cover design takes inspiration from early 20th Century children’s books, to give it a sense of timelessness.

The binding is a ‘half binding’ with a canvas spine, and boards covered in printed paper. The spine is heavy canvas, printed with a gold vinyl heat transfer, and the front and back covers are decorated with imitation gold leaf.

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