Welcome to '53 Films'
I hope you will be as interested in my project, as I am honoured that you have taken the time to have a look.
This is my third deck of cards produced from my original artwork, painted while working onboard cruise ships around the world.
Each card shows a different iconic movie costume.
Each painting is 20x25cm in size and painted in acrylic on artists paper.
These paintings were then scanned in High Resolution and the digital file used to make the playing card. The artwork has not been enhanced or changed from the original work unless absolutely necessary.
I used my own handwriting and drawings to create the indices.
The deck contains 56 cards; 52 playing cards, a joker, two information cards telling which film the costumes are from and one information card about the deck.
The cards are expertly printed by Carta Mundi on their Slim-Line paper/board (FSC, black core board – thin, snappy, soft to the touch). This board is combined with the TRUE LINEN B9 FINISH.
The back design is my own creation, simple and elegant based on the old style celluloid film. It is the same in either rotation.
Each deck will come cellophane wrapped inside a bespoke tuck box which will also be wrapped in cellophane.
And now the sell...
Your pledge to buy a deck of cards will enable me to have the cards printed, boxed and shipped to me. My time scale is to have them printed and shipped in November.
Some Cool Extras...
Hand painted by Mark Shortland in acrylic on artists paper. Each measures 20x25cm.
They will be presented in an elegant black box frame with no glass. The box frame measures 23.5x28.5x3cm and can be hung on the wall or stood independently.
On the back of each painting is recorded between which two ports it was painted and the date it was finished. It is also signed by Mark Shortland.
This will not be visible when framed, so you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity containing that information, which will be shipped with the painting.
(SHIPPING OF PAINTINGS - Each painting will be shipped by The Royal Mail in a specially designed bespoke box. For the UK it will be delivered using their Special Delivery 48hr service. The rest of the world will receive theirs via the International Tracked and Signed service)
Below shows a watermarked thumbnail of each of the original paintings.
Those marked 'SOLD' have been pledged for which I will keep regularly updated.
If pledges go above 200 decks I will be able to offer uncut sheets as an extra
This is how a deck is created. All the cards are printed on one sheet and are then coated, cut and trimmed to the final deck size. These sheets have been removed from the process before any blades have got involved!
The uncut sheet contains all 56 cards in the standard deck :-
52 playing cards: printed new deck order
Two cards that list the names of the films the costumes appear in. These are printed on both sides and so would not be completely visible on a framed or wall mounted uncut sheet.
and one information card, explaining more about the deck.
The sheet is printed both sides on the same playing card stock and shows the markers and guide lines for the initial cutting.
The uncut sheet measurements will be confirmed once the 200 deck target is reached.
So that's it!
If you have got this far down THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to read about my project, whether you pledge or not I appreciate you looking.
I am very proud of my paintings and the cards.
I hope if we meet up you will tell me how much you like them and which are your favourites.
Risks and challenges
All eventualities have been covered.
The artwork has been completed, the printers have this and it has been proofed, the cost of printing is fixed and has been calculated into the price of the deck.
The original paintings are all completed and will be shipped in bespoke packaging to avoid damage in transit.
There are no others costs