When Atelier Brückner approached us to create an audiovisual installation for an exhibition featuring the world’s largest Viking ship, we knew it would be a project of epic proportions. With creative director Tom Green at the helm, the Shilo team created a workflow unlike any done before.
Beautifully illustrated, the two one-minute historical films not only showcase the violence of the Viking military actions, but also show a gentler side to the warriors as they return home to their families after battling to provide for them.
To create the look the artists first created their matte paintings, a Flash artist animated each frame by hand then gave their sequences to designer/animators, who imported the Flash files into Photoshop and added hand-painted textures over the original animation. Those sequences were then rendered, imported and composited using After Effects. By taking aspects of traditional hand-drawn animation and modernizing them with today’s technology, we were able to bring a sense of artistry and drama to the narrative film embedded behind the ship.