Acme Graphics has been credited in the award winning film Northern Disco Lights for its animation throughout the film. The story of house music is told from the perspective of the DJ’s and Producers both from Norway and internationally acclaimed music professionals. The film is a selection of vintage clips and animations to illustrate the memories of the people involved in the music movement that is now internationally respected.
This video is compliments the narration by the DJ’s from Norway talking about when popular music came to Norway that had been up until that time about 25 years behind in music taste, with no radio stations or DJ Events. This animated sequence designed by Acme tells the story perfectly and gives the viewer a funny picture of the average life of a young Norwegian in the early 1990s.
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.
Acme Graphics have a stock of Generic magazines for action props or dressing sets. Interior Design, Architecture, Mens Magazines, Womens Fashion, teenage and gossip magazines. This is the latest one for ‘Murder in Successville’ made into an action prop. Generic design with library stock images and clearable name of Production’s choice.
Logo design by Acme, used throughout the sets of Loaded. Logo design can give brand identity. Logo used on signage, merchandise like mugs and stickers to give show recognisable identity and continuity of visuals.
Over the year we have been commissioned to do various Christmas Commercial graphics. Bespoke package design for a Mcdonalds Commercial, set in a toy shop based on a love story between an animated doll and a spaceman toy.
We created the Doll box which featured in the shop window and the bespoke vintage feel calendar with tear off pages of nostalgic snowy christmas scenes.
Latest off the work bench are three period Victorian Books, we made these vintage graphic props by printing onto calico style material, then wrapping it around existing books, with the added touch of some gold cut vinyl lettering to look like gold foil embossing.
Acme Graphics have created many contemporary, period and vintage prop books over the years, and our bookbinding skills have improved considerably, along the way.
The production of the new ITV version of Birds of a Feather, season two, is now in full swing. We have been working with the art department to create many Graphic Props for the show.
Apart from three batches of shopping bags, stickers and signs, we have also designed and printed some books and publications, including a commando style cook book, in the style of a Gordon Ramsey kitchen captain, running the staff with military precision.
We have also printed and mounted the usual life size cut outs of some of the characters, car tax disc and a mock up airplane safety card.
Last week we generated Police station graphics for another production. The requests included convincing paper props, a crime scene log and case file folders. Finding good reference material was quite a challenge, as I assume the police are not too keen on allowing their paperwork to appear online.