Starting in April 2017 our 5 minute film will be projected on the walls at the Viking Ship museum in Oslo. The audience will get a glimpse of how these ships were used and how they served an integral function in daily life of the vikings over a thousand years ago, and hopefully the audience will feel for a moment what it was like sailing with our ancestors.
Creating this film has been quite the challenge for Storm Studios, from the early idea and concept stage to the creation and realisation of the film, including the complex task of projecting the film seamlessly onto the arched ceilings of the museum. Our in house Director and animator Stig Saxegaard wrote and storyboarded the film, and then supervised the team of artists through the six months long endeavor.
We chose to use a mix of animation techniques and visual styles to tell the story and life cycle of the viking ship. This helps engage the audience and also allowed us to tell the story more efficiently. We’ve used traditional 2D animation techniques, matching the original designs found in the old tapestry fragments in the museum. We also created computer generated animations and environments to pull the audience into a more photoreal experience of sailing with the vikings. We’ve also used footage of actors, and turned them into a silhouetted shadow display on the walls.
About every single artist at Storm Studios has been involved in the project at some point, and the result is fantastic. The most amazing part of the project was working at the museum at the crack of dawn before opening hours, right next to these old and majestic viking ships.
Our friends at Shortcut Norway designed the supporting sound effects, and the end product is something we really hope millions of tourists as well as locals will enjoy for years to come.
A big thank you to the great folks at the viking ship museum for trusting us with this project. It’s been a pleasure!
Get a sneak preview of the work in progress by watching the NRK news reportage from December (link in left margin). More will be shared when the film is public at the museum in April.