Working with Take 5 Productions, Mill director Rama Allen and team conjured an opening title sequence for the History Channel’s epic drama series Vikings that immerses viewers in the world of the mighty Norsemen.
“Ritual. Supernature. Memory. Visions. Salt. Gold. Smoke. Sex. Metal. Blood. Gods. Fire. Death. Honor. Family and the sea… are all Viking themes we drew from,” explained Allen. “We sought the haunting, ancient, fearsome and visceral part of us. We were given a blank canvas, so we began with the music: Fever Ray’s “If I Had A Heart” became the soundtrack to our development, our pitch and eventually the finished work.”
The titles were inspired by the Nine Sisters folktale from The Sagas of Icelanders, in which the goddesses of the waves pluck Viking explorers from their ships and pull them to a sensual, dark and 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.
In the sequence we follow the separation of a Viking from the living. He slips into darkness amongst the 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. As the titles draw to a close, the fiery massive raid assaults a darkened coast line.
// From our friends at Communication Arts