Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Vikings - Opening Title Sequence

Having read the description bellow, I was left in a fevered state of anticipation. I'm sure you can see why. Rama Allen also has under his belt True Blood and HBO Boxing. Everything he touches turns to awesome.

Ritual. Supernature. Memory. Visions. Salt. Gold. Smoke. Sex. Metal. Blood. Gods. Fire. Death. Honor. Family... and the Sea.To develop the sequence we sought the haunting, ancient, fearsome, visceral part of us.The Viking Part.It began with music. Fever Ray's "If I Had A Heart" was our first move, and it became the soundtrack to our development, our pitch, and eventually the finished work. The 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, 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.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. A fiery, massive raid assaults a darkened coast line.


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