Gutterdämmerung

Production design, identity & poster art, matte paintings, concept art and more for Bjorn Tagemose’s film-concert hybrid.

Client: Gun Productions  •  Production Company: Shoottheartist  •  Director & DOP: Bjorn Tagemose  •  Film and concert footage (c) Gun Productions unless stated otherwise

Gutterdämmerung

Production design, identity & poster art, concept art, matte paintings and more for Bjorn Tagemose’s film-concert hybrid.

Client: Gun Productions  •  Production Company: Shoottheartist  •  Director & DOP: Bjorn Tagemose  •  Film and concert footage (c) Gun Productions unless stated otherwise

The loud and dark rock opera Gutterdämmerung is part rock show part immersive cinema experience that features some of the biggest names in rock and metal history, such as Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, Grace Jones, Henry Rollins, Slash, Lemmy, Slayer and more.

Much in the tradition of classic movies of 1920’s Hollywood, the film is mostly silent but instead of a lone piano a live rock band express the emotions and action whilst special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience.

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My work on Bjorn Tagemose’s ambitious project started early on, bringing the project to life with concept art, later on as an all-round creative and right-hand man.

The movie is brought completely true to the visual style of old black & white silent movies or classic film noirs. This served as a key inspiration for my work on the Identity & Poster Art.

Photo on the right (c) Lee Byway

Above: Key visual for Gutterdämmerung — Below: Early dimensional typography used during the development, before the official title had been decided.

Gutterdämmerung had a lot of green screen to create its dark surreal world and to work around the stars’ busy agendas. I designed numerous Matte Paintings, many of which were combined with live-action footage.

These layered 2D digital backgrounds were handed over to the VFX studio in Paris for the final result. I had a lot of fun doing these and I’m proud to have delivered some amazing and challenging shots.

Gutterdämmerung had a lot of green screen to create its dark surreal world and to work around the stars’ busy agendas. I designed numerous Matte Paintings, many of which were combined with live-action footage.

These layered 2D digital backgrounds were handed over to the VFX studio in Paris for the final result. I had a lot of fun doing these and I’m proud to have delivered some amazing and challenging shots.

Above: Tank and character modeled by St Louis Post-House, Paris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7a0a7IHGjY

Beside my work as a matte painter, I did a lot of Concept Art including the centerpiece of Gutterdämmerung, the Devil’s Guitar. It was modeled in 3D for the movie and eventually manufactured by the acclaimed Australian guitar factory Maton.

Concept Art Devil's Guitar

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