Breakdown Video Documentary
EARLY CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT
Asgard exists in the hearts, minds, and souls of its people, not just the soil where it’s mighty buildings once stood. Giant planetary orbs, each etched with Kirby and Asgardian inspired symbology and pictograms guide us through this heavenly sequence.
The behavior of these celestial bodies will forge relationships to individual credits in unique ways. For Chris Hemsworth, they will orient themselves to imply the circles on Thor’s iconic uniform, as charged lightning cycles between them. The shadows of Hela's antlers loom ominously to transition to cate Blanchett’s title card. Flickering points of light create a sublime cosmic ambiance, evoking the legacy of the Asgard civilization as it lives on to the next chapter of existence. These lights form an emotional connection that weaves the very fabric of the cosmos.
Another early motion test involved exploring a non-stop, expansive journey through an ever-changing, “Kirby-inspired” cosmic machine. The camera dynamically changes angles, pushing forward in all directions. Vast open chambers and mechanisms are infused with electrified Sakaar and Asgardian graphics that build relationships with each individual’s credit. This “architecture of the cosmos,” new worlds and spaces continue to surprise and delight—from internal spaceship mechanisms to architectural wonders of Sakaar/Asgard even to inter-planetary landscapes.
Jack Kirby's art is characterized by densely packed shapes and patterns, to an almost obsessive degree. To ensure that the sequence stayed true to this iconic visual language, we poured through tons of his art—from comics to sketches to paintings—and traced an extensive library of reference. These distinct shapes were then used as inspiration and at times directly lifted to create these Kirby-Esque dioramas.
While this Kirby shape bible was being crafted, we set out to create vignettes that would perfectly encapsulate key moments in the film. The goal was to carefully select moments to represent the characters, action, and humor in a bold and iconic graphic style. We explored close to 75 different vignettes, working closely with Taika Waititi, and the Marvel Studios team to focus them down to the 28 final scenes.
THOR RAGNAROK Grand Master Section Breakdown
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