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Vikings

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Summary

The Mill creates the opening titles to the History Channel's epic drama series 'Vikings'

Working with the team at Take 5, Mill+ director Rama Allen and team were brought in to deliver the opening title sequence to 'Vikings.' From concept art, through to production, edit, compositing and final grade, The Mill immerses viewers into the world of the mighty Norsemen.

"Ritual. Supernature. Memory. Visions. Salt. Gold. Smoke. Sex. Metal. Blood. Gods. Fire. Death. Honor. Family and the Sea…. are all Viking themes we drew from" explains Rama. "To develop the sequence we sought the haunting, ancient, fearsome and visceral part of us.

"We were given a blank canvas, so we began with music. Fever Ray's 'If I Had A Heart' was the first track we used, and it became the soundtrack to our development, our pitch, and eventually the finished work.

"Our sequence was inspired by a folktale found in The Sagas. That of the 'Nine Sisters;' the goddesses of the waves, that would pluck Viking explorers from their ships and pull them to a sensual, dark and watery grave. The Vikings' relationship with death was built on honor, inevitability, sex, and the constant presence of gods pulsing through every grain of sand and swell of the ocean.

"In the titles we follow the separation of a Viking from the living. He slips into darkness amongst ornaments of his life; weaponry, gold and bone. His fading memory flickers throughout before he is consumed by one of the 'Sisters.' He is left a shell below the waves before we learn he is not alone, but one of many sinking below the creeping surge of Viking raiders above. As the titles draw to a close the fiery massive raid assaults a darkened coast line."

Credits

Agency

  • Agency: Take 5
  • Writer/Executive Producer: Michael Hirst
    Executive Producer: Morgan O’Sullivan
    Executive Producer: Sheila Hockin
    Co-Producer: Bill Goddard
    Director: Johan Renck

Production

  • Design & Animation Studio : Mill+
    Director: Rama Allen
    Art Director: Audrey Davis
    Head of Design Production: Danielle Amaral
    Head of Content: Ian Bearce
    Line Producer: Rich Schwab
    Production Manager: Jon Simonetta
    Director of Photography: Khalid Mohtaseb
    Second Unit DP: Adam Carboni

    DIT: Nick Midwig
    Stylist: Linette Delmonico
    EFX Makeup: Jacqueline Valenca
    Prop: Joseph Paul Sciacca
    Camera PA: Dan Stewart
    PA: Chuck Simmons
    Talent: Shannon Rusbuldt
    Talent: Bruce Raubenheimer

Editorial

  • Editing Company: The Mill
  • Editor: Ryan McKenna
  • Edit Assist: Jessica Ledoux

Post-Production / VFX

  • Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
  • VFX Supervisor: Westley Sarokin
    2D Lead Artists: Westley Sarokin, Danny Morris
    3D Lead Artists: Sandor Toledo, Vince Baertsoen
    2D Artists: Suzanne Dyer, Robert Bruce(Nuke)
    3D Artists: Rubem Vanderbroek, Olivier Varteressian
    Colourist: Damien Van Der Cruyssen

project information

Agency:

Take 5

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