This year's most anticipated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki has now been released, and Storm Studios is proud to be part of the adventure. Along with directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning we created images of a 1946 New York. This was achieved by using a combination of footage from the set in Bulgaria, Matte Paintings, actors shot on green screen, CG cars and CG smoke.
Storm Studios has also replaced much of the pacific ocean with digital simulated water - one of the most challenging tasks in visual effects. Effects Supervisor Magnus Pettersson worked several months on developing the water pipeline. According to Magnus one of the most challenging tasks was to handle all the data that the water simulations created. Each version produced 1TB of data that needed to be processed and rendered. When our simulation machine with 96GB of RAM ran out of memory, we knew we were in for a treat.
We are very excited about our raging seas in broad daylight for the film's big climax, and Mode Steinkjer from Dagsavisen Newspaper says "the special effects are impressive, whether they represent the actual events or contribute to the metaphysical buildup of the crew's psychological state of mind".
The critics and directors say it all:
"We are delighted by the scenography and the staging. All of the technique and craftsmanship is a true pleasure to behold. In terms of film rhetoric this movie totally flows". Aftenposten Newspaper, Per Haddal
"Rønning and Sandberg have burned trough 93 million Norwegian kroner on this nautical voyage - they luckily ditched filming in or converting to 3D and saved 40 mill. In return 150 people worked on the special effects which is found in about a third of the movie, yet weave seamlessly into the clear southern pacific colors". Dagbladet Newspaper, Mikael Godø
"A lot of people worked on this film for over a year, and we would not have been able to make it had they charged full price. We're talking about people who have a passion for what they do - and you can guarantee that when the film releases this will get noticed even outside Norway!". VG Newspaper, Joachim Rønning.
This featurette takes you behind the scenes of the amazing VFX work by Storm Studios on the Norwegian movie Kon-Tiki. It contains in-depth interviews with vfx-supervisor Hege Berg, lead effects td Magnus Pettersson, and producer Anne Sandberg. The interviews focus on different techniques used by the team, and the challenges they faced on various shots.
In the summer 2011 ILP was awarded a massive sequence for the upcoming Norwegian feature film "Kon-Tiki" directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg. The film is about the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic journey crossing the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.
Our sequence takes place during a major emotional peak of the movie, as the crew struggles with internal conflicts while facing a critical situation involving white sharks.
ILP delivered 58 shots in total, with plenty of hero shots and some extremely complex fully computer generated scenes.
This is a VFX breakdown giving you a closer look at some of shots we made.
A quick tutorial for beginners showing how to comp depth of field and motion blur in Nuke using passes. It may be difficult to see if HD isn't on but hopefully I explained well enough to compensate for SD viewing.
This and future tutorials can be found on Vimeo and joshclos.com