As my Graduation Project at Polytechnique University of Turin, I had to create a CGI video inspired by Game of Thrones’ opening sequence – made by Elastic for HBO- but with Italian cities.
The video was produced in 4 months by a team of 4 : me, Manoj Rollo (modeler and virtual camera operator), Filippo Silvestro (texture artist) and Mara Guarneschelli (texture artist).
I was responsible for Concept and Storyboarding of the whole video, Modeling, Rigging, Animation of all the cities, Compositing.
We wanted to stay faithful to the original concept, that was that of a 3D map inside a sphere where handmade-looking buildings come out of the floor, driven by a series of interlocking cogs. Cogs represent the Sigil of the families fighting for the Iron Throne.
We also tried to recreate most of the framings and animations from the original sequence in our attempt to stay faithful to the show’s intro, as you can see down below.
The video is set in Italy before Unification, when the country was still divided into kingdoms, Grand Dutches and Dutchies, just like in Martin’s World.
For each one of them, we chose one or two representative cities :
-Kingdom of Sardinia –> Turin
-Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia –> Venice
-Grand Duchy of Tuscany –> Florence
-Papal State –> Rome
– Kingdom of Two Sicilies –> Naples and Palermo
Dealing with the software used :
GOT Italy – The Project Game of Thrones Intro
Modeling : Autodesk Maya Modeling : Autodesk Maya
Rendering : Mental Ray Rendering : Mental Ray, V- Ray
Compositing : Adobe After Effects Compositing : Adobe After Effects
Once the video was ready, it was uploaded on my YouTube channel on June 8 2016, shared on the most influential social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and sent to online magazines to help us spread the news.
In this way we were able to :
– Analyze the diffusion of User-Generated Content among online fan communities. – Explore fans’ reaction to the release of our video. – Study the connection between UGC-TV series- territory.
With almost 170 k views and 4000 likes on YouTube in less than a month, 2405 shares and 6017 likes on Facebook, more than 70 articles and 7 interviews on online magazines, we can definitely say that the video went viral on the Internet !
Thanks to all the show’s fans for their love and to Game of Thrones – Italy for their support !
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