Kon-Tiki is a Norwegian historical drama about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and it was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country's most expensive production to date.
Along with the directors we created images of a 1946 New York. This was achieved by using a combination of footage from the set in Bulgaria, Matte Paintings, actors shot on green screen, CG cars and CG smoke. Storm Studios has also replaced much of the pacific ocean with digital simulated water - one of the most challenging tasks in visual effects. Effects Supervisor Magnus Pettersson worked several months on developing the water pipeline. According to Magnus one of the most challenging tasks was to handle all the data that the water simulations created. Each version produced 1TB of data that needed to be processed and rendered. When our simulation machine with 96GB of RAM ran out of memory, we knew we were in for a treat.
This featurette takes you behind the scenes of the amazing VFX work by Storm Studios on the Norwegian movie Kon-Tiki. It contains in-depth interviews with vfx-supervisor Hege Berg, lead effects td Magnus Pettersson, and producer Anne Sandberg. The interviews focus on different techniques used by the team, and the challenges they faced on various shots.