|Thor: The Dark World (2013) concept art by Kev Jenkins|
When going back to Asgard the production designers went back to Norway to create the look of the digital coasts of the home of Thor. "I’m a big fan of even if you have to do everything in CG it’s always great to have something to build on," visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison told FXGuide. "So we had a fantastic locations manager, Emma Pill, who found this chain of islands called Lofoten in Norway – 120 miles into the Arctic Circle. It’s well tucked away and takes three planes to get up there! But it’s this amazing little Norwegian miniature – it’s got all of the fjords and the beautiful landscapes, greenery and rocky precipices, but it’s actually shootable. You can fly a helicopter to one bit from another fairly easily." Double Negative visual effects supervisor Alex Wuttke added, "The benefit of that is that you have some real world terrain to work with – so you have buildings that have to convey natural features. Then from there we went in there populating the terrain with different buildings."
It created some stunning visuals including the funeral scene and the battles in the training room. One of the artists that helped bring that real world feel to Asgard was Kev Jenkins.
Jenkins is a professional concept artist, matte painter and art director who's worked on big budget movies like Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Superman Returns (2006) and Clash of the Titans (2010),
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Official Thor: The Dark World Summary
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. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. 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, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.
Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Directed by Alan Taylor
Cinematopgraphy by Kramer Morgenthau
Production design by Charles Wood
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins
Release date: November 8, 2013 (USA)
Official Site: http://marvel.com/thor
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