We have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Netflix’s brand new supernatural thriller The Innocents, which follows the story of teenage lovers Harry (Percelle Ascott) and June (Sorcha Groundsell) who run away from their repressive families to live together, only to find themselves navigating a strange and dangerous new world. Despite the Innocents being a supernatural drama, Acme were tasked with making prop graphics that were relatable in today’s world. The juxtaposition between the everyday graphic items and the supernatural storyline makes the plot even more immersive and believable.
Among the long list of graphics props made for The Innocents were the animated sequences. A notable one shown in episode two is the online poker game, we created everything from characters to the interface and interactive animated elements.
It’s been a busy month here at Acme, amid the graphic prop requests we have been making animated computer sequences for film and TV. Having specialised in creating bespoke animations for mobiles, tablets and computers for many years, we have found ourselves creating them for a diverse range of productions.
We worked on the BBC’s adaptation of Zadie Smith’s acclaimed novel NW. NW tells the heart-breaking story of Natalie and Leah’s friendship and the different directions their lives have taken. Acme were tasked with creating all of the computer and tablet animations used by the actors, including a Facebook inspired screen graphic.
This animation was created as an interactive animated sequence that required us to design everything from the logo and tools to the interface. Simulating such a well known program as Facebook is a balancing act between creating something that is instantly relatable and that does not infringe any copyright laws. A program such as Facebook would usually take a significant time to design, however working within this industry requires us to work within a tight time frame, within budget whilst creating a program that is both believable and accessible.
Acme Graphics specialise in creating animations for use on prop laptops, desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. We have created many variations as per scripts from art departments from TV & Film.
This clip shows Les Mcqueen, played by Mark Gatiss from the fictitious band Creme Brulee in League of Gentlemen. He was Googling himself and Acme Graphics created the whole sequence as an animation so that the Actor has both control over the movements or they can be programmed in taking the stress away from the actor and the prop man controls the action for the director off camera.
Northern Disco Lights tells the previously untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, in Northern Norway who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform the history of how house music transformed a nation. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost of Northern rural settings of Norway, they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever.
See the whole film in full here to see all Acme Animations
With its spectacular, drone-shot footage of Norway’s physical geography, its incisive artist profiles and its use of animation and rare archive footage, the film shows how a country in which skateboarding was illegal until the end of the ’80s became an influential pop-cultural force, thanks to three distinct and sequential “waves” of dance music. These came from Tromsø, Bergen and Oslo.
“We felt it was a largely untold story about an under-appreciated strand of music,” says Davis. “But the kernel of the idea was: how did this white country at the edge of Europe come to develop such a strong affinity with disco, which is at root a black music form from New York? The two clips show how Acme Graphics were involved in the Edit of the film so that the animation
could slot into the narrative perfectly.
This mix of animation
and documentary filming tells the story of how early radio stations were set up by these guys who wanted to open Norway up to all the types of music in the world by mixing various types of music.