Storm Studios Kon-Tiki VFX breakdown

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Old 08 August 2012   #1
Storm Studios Kon-Tiki VFX breakdown

Storm Studios is proud to have contributed to the new Norwegian movie about Thor Heyerdahl's journey across the Pacific Ocean. We delivered VFX for 88 shots for "Kon-Tiki".

We created approximately 24 Mattepaints and painted elements for the film. This was predominantly for the New York sequence where the foreground was shot at a studio in Bulgaria thus we needed to add a time correct New York to the background.

The biggest technical challenge was without a doubt the "Reef" sequence where we created a variety of water ranging from calmer seas to water crashing against the reef around Raroia. For this production we delivered a total of 55 shots of water, both over and underwater. To create the water we used a combination of cg (from Houdini and Naiad which was rendered with Mantra) and some filmed elements.

In addition to Mattepaint extensions we also created 3D extensions (mainly using Maya and Renderman).

A high percentage of the shots were fully digital, as the above shot of Fatu Hiva Island. To create this establishing shot of this pacific island we projected a Mattepaint of the island on cards and created the water from a combination of 3D water and filmed elements.

Here is a compilation of VFX breakdowns demonstrating some of the work we did on Kon-Tiki.

For more info on our work please check out our homepage HERE
Magnus Pettersson
Lead Effect TD @

Last edited by OmegaN : 08 August 2012 at 10:39 AM.
Old 08 August 2012   #2

man, you guys make it look easy!

Very nice work!

Keep up the good job!
Old 08 August 2012   #3
Mindblowing CGI integration. Reminds me of ILM's making-of maelstrom for Pirates of the Carribean.
Old 09 September 2012   #4
Thanks guys! Being compared to ILM's amazing work is an honor for us
Magnus Pettersson
Lead Effect TD @
Old 11 November 2012   #5
Storm Studios has just released a VFX Featurette, showing behind the scenes material from the movie Kon-Tiki.

Magnus Pettersson
Lead Effect TD @
Old 11 November 2012   #6
Amazing and inspiring Featurette.

If something like Battleship would come again, your team should be hired also (as well-proven "water rats")..
Old 11 November 2012   #7
Awesome - very good

Face... to my 3d videos
Old 11 November 2012   #8
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