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
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