Real Vikings dives deep into the history and archaeology that inspires the popular drama Vikings. From “test-driving” Viking longships to exploring the legendary roots of Ragnar Lothbrok, this companion series gets the scoop on Vikings from some of the world’s top Viking experts. Joining them at key Viking sites are actors from the drama series: Clive Standen, (Rollo), Maude Hirst (Helga), Alyssa Sutherland (Aslaug) and Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha). By combining compelling footage from the dramatic series with the best in documentary filmmaking, viewers will get a never-before-seen view of what Vikings were really like. (history.ca)
This exciting 4-part series was a pleasure for us to work on, and provided creative challenges we were excited to face. Bringing to life the true historical events of Viking life meant creating maps, animating Viking longships in CG, adding ghostlike visual effects to footage to hint at the former glory of Viking settlements. Each episode provided a host of opportunities to try interesting things, and we unearthed a lot of fun as we plundered our resources to do the work!