The piece closes with a female figure walking through a blazing building and reappearing the other side on a long stretch of road through the mountainous range of Norway. This spot beautifully highlights the multiple themes which run through this chilling new series.
Mill + Design Director Adam Parry explains, ‘Although dealing with incredibly dark themes the Mill+ team decided to keep the treatment of this sequence visually bright to represent the sense of hope and redemption that were portrayed within their storyline.
Ann Sewitsky, Director and Co-creator of the series, briefed the team on all the themes that run throughout the series, one of the most important being how the remote Norwegian landscape is used as a metaphor for the characters state of mind.
Another strong brief we were given to explore, was the use of watercolours, paint dripping and seeping across the paper. We subsequently decided to give the piece its own unique visual identity, combining a mix of Flash & 2D animation together to create an illustrative language in which all these elements could work seamlessly together.
From storyboarding, direction, illustration and animation, the team worked closely together to craft a sequence that becomes the thematic prologue to the entire series.
This was an incredibly rewarding studio project, allowing us to take the sequence all the way through from conception to final execution’.