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 designed and printed many signs in the new David Mitchell & Robert Webb series, “Back” on Channel 4. Acme Graphics were commissioned to design exterior Pub and shop signs for the production. The pub signs were artworked to look like old wooden signs but they were printed on vinyl for Designer Rosie Thomas and Neil Barnes.
The latest music video for The Horrors, “Something to remember me by” included some explicit graphic prop package design. Showcasing our various prop making techniques from perspex cutting to package design of products like sex toys, soap and lipsticks.
Sky Arts Urban Myth series includes a comedy based on the infamous scene with the Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy’s nightly show. The incident actually ended Grundy’s show but the memory lives on. Acme re-created various elements of that time for the production. Acme recreated NME Magazine, The Sun newspaper with the Sex Pistols headline featuring the young actors playing the Sex Pistols and Steve Pemberton playing Bill Grundy and posters.