ANATOMY OF A PATCH
you see the upper arm of one of San Antonio's finest, featuring
his SAPD shoulder patch. Note the Alamo, the logo of choice here
in San Antonio.
we initially considered filming EvenHand in San Antonio,
one of the first calls we made was to the San Antonio Police
Department to ascertain their
level of interest in having us come down and use their equipment,
personnel, etc. While their reception was as warm as we could have
hoped, they did indicate that we would not be able to use or show
any of their logos on screen.
thus had to conceive of a new name for our now fictional Texas
city. The first thing that popped into my head was "San
Lovisa." It has the benefit of sounding very Spanish,
while actually being the name of my assistant, Lovisa.
What makes it especially amusing is that Lovisa is Swedish. We are
using a Swedish name for a Texas city.
we picked a name, we then began to conceive of a design for the
various police logos that will be featured in the film. I told
Lovisa, who also does excellent graphic design work, that I wanted
the design to be reminiscent of the SAPD logo, but different
enough that it would be accepted by the SAPD.
a cost saving measure, we decided to use the SAPD uniforms instead
of creating our own. This will be particularly helpful on the days
when we engage actual police officers to play extras in the film;
we will not need to measure and fit them for wardrobe -- they'll
come with their own. All we will have to do is stick our patch
over theirs and give them a new badge. Here's the first patch
I was in San Antonio when she
completed the first patch. While her design was graphically
bold, there were a couple of problems. The black band suggested
mourning and the Texas star has five, not six points. I also liked
the idea of fitting the word "Texas" into the design to
emphasize that that's where we are. Here's the response I faxed to her:
Here's Lovisa's next pass:
I was pretty happy with the
overall design. It was starting to look cop-like. On reflection,
though, I felt that the star wasn't big enough (c'mon man, this is
Texas!). She tried to retain the design elements with a bigger
star, but the leaf motif got too crowded and stringy. She
suggested adding the bars instead. So, here's the final
version. The same basic design will also be used for various
signs and decals for the patrol cars.
Here are the finished patches
There's no doubt that the big
picture is most important, but it's also crucial to remember
that a whole bunch of tiny elements have to come together to give
that picture an effective resolution.
- Joseph Pierson
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