Film and TV flags and banners for TV and film productions – Red Dragon Flagmakers

Film and TV flags and banners

Making flags for the big screen - a highlight of working with flags

Unfortunately I don't have a requirement for a flag or any of the lovely items that you make but I just wanted to say that I spent a very enjoyable evening reading about the work that you do and the events and films that you have worked with. Keep up the good work.

Flags for film and TV - there are two types of flags which most enquiries fall into.  Firstly, the make believe ‘Cinderella’ flags, mythical flags made to the film producer’s imagination and made for special productions and never to be seen again (most like given away as trophies to the cast). You will see examples of these Cinderella flags in the sections below (Dr Who and Endeavour for example).

The second type are those flags to be flown is historical productions and this type of flag, national or military (or even personal) must be accurate to the period in which the flag is set.  For these historical flags we usually avoid researching on the internet, as experience has shown us that you can’t be sure of the accuracy of the information. We have an extensive library of flag and heraldry books (possibly the largest in private hands) to refer to (click here to access).

Period films, documentaries and events

Period events sometimes require regular issue national flags, made new and then ‘distressed’ back to show wear.  In the 1970s when Admiralty bunting (bunting is the term used for flag fabric) was made with a combination of nylon and wool fibres this was relatively easy to do as the natural fibres would take discolourants and bleaching well.  The modern woven polyester MOD spec fabrics are harder to change (which is great if you want your flag to last but not so great if you want to age the fabric).  With this in mind, we have become peculiarly specialist in the margination of flags in good old fashioned NAAFI (or these days - builder’s) tea which works a treat!

When a production focuses on a specific historical period, the flags and standards can be complicated, fairly expensive but beautiful and accurate and in no small part due to a good degree of research.  We hold what is probably the largest flag reference library in private hands (some 2000 books) and are able to reference and put our hands on the details of the appropriate flags for the right time in history which otherwise might not be available through conventional library and internet research.

We do try and make to rent flags where possible which keeps the cost of props down for the film and TV company.

As an example we were contacted by a film producer asking for flags relevant to a period of conflict between France and Britain in 1792 in the Caribbean.  The scene was for British Naval Forces against French land forces defending the island in question and we were asked which French Land forces would have been involved and could we make the required regimental standard.

French standard 1792 5th batallion

Having discovered that the French forces in question were republican (as the period covered the early years of the French revolution) the flag bearers could have been supporters of King Louis VI and we advised that the colours of the Fifth Battalion of the Republican Army would be the most likely candidate to fit the bill.  We were trusted on this information and fixed a price for the hire of the flag which would send back after the making of the film going on to make a beautiful French Military revolutionary standard.  The film producers were pleased with what we produced and the the flag played exactly the right part in the context of the film.

Filming over – the flag arrived back through the post and was still on my office floor in a semi unwrapped state when the phone rang and another film company making a film era c.1810 (this time based in Warsaw) asked for the exact same flag.  Napoleon was having trouble with the countries of Austria and Russia on his eastern borders a bit before his 1812 invasion of Russia and we knew that the French units under the flag we had already made would have been appropriate and so we hired the same flags out again.

Napolean's empire 1815

The standard in question duly was returned and is in our stockroom to this day.  With a bit of luck Napoleon will attack again and it will be pulled out to fly once again!

What have we made lately....?

Pennyworth - Batman's Butler

Currently in production (September 2020), the exciting second series of 'Pennyworth' follows the successful Series 1 launched July 2020.  The generic and custom flags made for these series were made by Red Dragon Flagmakers.

Pennyworth flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers


Cursed - Netflix

Showing July 2020 the new series of CURSED hits our screens with a gripping story of Arthurian legends.  We made all the flags and banners for this production. 

Cursed flags for Netflix by Red Dragon Flagmakers

 

 

Downton Abbey - the movie

We were privileged to make the Royal Standard seen flying over the set of Downtown Abbey as part of the story of a visit by HM The Queen to the family seat.

Royal Standard flag made for the set of Downton Abbey the movie by Red Dragon Flagmakers

 

The Crown

We made the original flags for the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle in 1969 and 50 years on the TV series The Crown asked us to remake them to adorn the castle set and for the funeral scene depicting the funeral of George VI, Queen Elizabeth II's father.

Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle The Crown flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle The Crown TV series flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle The Crown tv series flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

 

Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle The Crown tv series flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

The Crown Tv series flags and coffin drapes by Red Dragon Flagmakers

The Crown series flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair flags for TV by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Vanity Fair flags for TV by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Les Miserables

Les Miserables film flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Les Miserables film flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Jerusalem, Channel 4 

A six part series on Channel 4 kept us busy making the 48 star USA stars and stripes flags and others for the film set and filming.  Off white linen used in the stars and stripes in keeping with the era before bleach white was used.

Jerusalem six part series Channel 4 2018 by Red Dragon Flagmakers Jerusalem six part series channel 4 by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Kays

We are listed in the Kays 'bible' for film and TV and prop departments worldwide. Click here to view:  http://bit.ly/2oV8hrI 

Kays and Red Dragon Flagmakers making flags for film and tv

Endeavour

Endeavour drum covers and historical flags custom made flags

We made the drum covers and applique flags for the 2017 TV series of Endeavour at fairly short notice. We were sent the spec on what the script writer hoped to achieve, the basic artwork and we did the rest, using woven polyester, taffeta, gold grosgrain and tassels and a lot of precision!  

The client sent us these pictures on set and wrote:  All is well with the flags; the director and everyone are really really happy with them. Here are some pics of them dressed in to the set, they've been aged down and had a few bullet holes added!

Sex Education

Sex Education film flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Moordale flag Sex Education flags and bunting by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Sex Education film flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Anthropoid 2016

We made several WWII Nazi Swastika banners and flags, historically Nazi flags are sent up in smoke, so we are called upon to make these design of flags more than most.

Look out for The 43 on your screens (2016) (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/the-43-story-of-how-uk-jews-fought-a-wave-of-post-war-anti-semitism-to-be-subject-of-new-tv-series-a6677751.html) for examples of the flags we make for docu dramas.

These images show more of the same we made for the 2016 film 'Anthropoid'.

Anthropoid 2016 flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Anthropoid 2016 flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers


SS-GB

We made the fully sewn pseudo historical Nazi banners, flags and coffin drapes for the BBC One series SS-GB.

Nazi banner

Nazi banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers on SS GB BBC One drama 2017

Nazi coffin cover with gold braid

SS-GB coffin drape, Nazi banners, BBC ONe drama 2017 made by Red Dragon Flagmakers
Nazi coffin cover with gold detail and braid
Nazi banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers on SS-GB BBC One drama 2017
Nazi Germany banner


Endeavour

We have also made custom flags for the 2016 and 2017 TV series, Endeavour (young Morse at his best!).

Endeavour flags and banners by red dragon flagmakers

Dr Who

Dr Who is an icon of British TV, so we were delighted to be asked to make flags for not one but three Dr Who series in the past few years. 

Dr Who flags by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Dr Who flag
Dr Who flag

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