Three-minute sequence opens the film; Stereo 3D end titles also done by Blur
Culver City, CA
— Tim Miller was tapped by Marvel Studios to head up the three-minute prologue sequence that sets the stage for its highly anticipated sequel
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
. Blur Studio, co-founded by Miller, created the sequence, which is almost entirely CG.
“Blur and Tim Miller have a distinct understanding of the Marvel Universe," said Producer, Kevin Feige. "That alone, not to mention their storytelling and CG expertise, made the opening and end titles standout sequences in the film."
Executive Producer Victoria Alonso said, “We were incredibly happy to have the talented folks at Blur led by Tim Miller help us land on, what we have said time and time again, one of the coolest action sequences in the film.”
Narrated by Anthony Hopkins (Odin), the prologue establishes context for the story of
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
. The sequence is set in Svartalfheim, during an alignment of the Nine Realms 5000 years ago, when Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) battled Odin’s father, King Bor.
Once Marvel and Miller finalized the prologue concept, Blur artists immediately started creating a detailed pre-visualization to drive and direct the story, while simultaneously modeling assets. Having a previz roadmap took all of the guesswork out the live action shoot and helped keep the project on schedule. Miller along with Marvel’s Executive Producer Craig Kyle and Editor Wyatt Smith oversaw the live action shoot in London, which featured performances by Eccleston and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Algrim on green screen, while Blur’s VFX Supervisor, Kevin Margo was supervising the CG battle sequences. The final sequence includes a total of 75 different shots, more than a third of which were completely CG, with digital humans seamlessly intercut with live action performers. The prologue was completed in just 12-weeks from concept to delivery.
“This project hit on so many sweet spots for Blur, combining live action performance with photo-real CG action, actors and sets,” said Miller. “This was one of those projects where everything just lined up. Our vision for the prologue seemed to sync perfectly with what Marvel felt the film needed, and they were a great collaborator the whole way through.”
As the prologue production was progressing successfully, Marvel also came to Blur to create the end credits for the film. Blur’s Jennifer Miller, who oversees the company’s design efforts, was the creative supervisor and art directed the sequence. The end titles highlight 35 different film vignettes reimagined as moving paintings in stereo 3D.
About Blur Studio
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About "Thor: The Dark World"
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves...but our universe itself.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The film released November 8, 2013, and is being distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Thor: The Dark World” was the top film of its opening weekend earning $85.7MM.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit