The Northman - VFX Breakdown by BlueBolt

The Northman - VFX Breakdown by BlueBolt

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The Northman - VFX Breakdown by BlueBolt

Check out this amazing & insightful VFX Breakdown "The Northman" by the talented team at BlueBolt. For more information, please see the details and links below :

Based on the legend of Prince Amleth, The Northman is a revenge thriller from director Robert Eggers that chronicles the story of a Viking who seeks to rescue his kidnapped mother and avenge the death of his murdered father. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe, and was filmed from August to December 2020 in Ireland with New Regency Productions.

BlueBolt was brought on board as lead vendor by producer Mark Huffam, with Angela Barson as the overall VFX Supervisor, to create the extensive visual effects required by this production. Over 90 per cent of the film has visual effects, and the majority of shots were very long; the average shot length was 474 frames, which is just under 20 seconds. Nine shots had over 2000 frames, and the longest shot, which was made up of five plates stitched together, had 4851 frames – that’s 3 minutes 30 seconds! All of the complex work was covered by BlueBolt, with the facility delivering 279 of a total of 388 shots in the feature.

Angela was brought onboard very early in the prep process. She worked closely with Robert Eggers, Jarin Blaschke (DP) and Craig Lathrop (Production Designer) for months before the shoot to help plan what would be shot practically and what would need VFX. “Robert and Jarin were very keen to film as much as possible in camera,” says Angela. “However, with an erupting volcano, a character without a nose and a fight on an active lava field, VFX was always going to play a big part. There are some very complex shots in the film that required a lot of planning, especially the invisible stitches for the scenes which ended up being one long shot.”

The team at BlueBolt consisted of 47 2D artists and 36 3D artists led by VFX Supervisor David Scott, VFX Producer Theo Burley, CG Supervisor Philip J. Robinson and Head of 3D Nic Birmingham. A vast and various range of shot types put this CG powerhouse through its paces: there was extensive environment work, CG ships and water, creature work and an erupting volcano. One character had to have his nose digitally removed and replaced with a stump. In addition to this, the feature was shot on 35mm film, so the team had to work with the film exposure and grain, and dust-bust many dust hits.

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