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Our work in the movie THOR - the Sword of Heimdall

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Push hard on this guys...you did the work now push hard to get the word out and sell off the growing wave

 

Maybe you can get them to highlight you in the DVD "special fetures" when released. That would help get the word out

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Great work guys! I am IMPRESSED!!

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I've seen the movie last week, it was a really beautiful sword and even story-wise also a centerpiece. The story behind the sword and you as makers makes it even better. You must be very proud and rightly so :)

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Thank you so much for all the kind words guys! We really appreciate it.

 

Maybe you can get them to highlight you in the DVD "special features" when released. That would help get the word out

 

Dave we actually did record a good bit of HD footage when we were making the swords and sent them to the production team. Whether they'll end up using the footage on the DVD there's no telling. And even if they do I doubt they will point in spoken mention of our shop's name.

But regardless were still grateful and honored for the experience, and all of the kind feedback we've received. So we're plenty satisfied with our little contribution.

 

Though like Ric said, I guess we need to keep "pushing"... :unsure::rolleyes:

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im very proud of both of you

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Nice work guys. I was impressed with how prominent the sword was in the movie- it got lots of screen time.

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Great job guys. You focused on swords, produced a slick web page, branded your product, documented your learning curve which displayed continued improvements and most importantly.....you showed an enthusiasm for collaboration. All online, over time, with nice graphics and texts that revealed your commitment to enhancing a thematic story line with well crafted artifacts.

 

Well done. And a fine example for us all.

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Congratulations on the huge success, guys! I am not usually a big fan of superhero genere, but now, I recon, I will have to go and watch the film - that sword certainly looks impressive! I have to agree with others here - your work has it's own, easilly recognisiable style, and it is certainly good to see it make it's way on the big screen.

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Guys, you are truly blessed!!! I just got back from watching the movie, the sword is absolutely amazing!! CONGRATS!!!!!

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Karl, watch the almost anchient stuff. I'm 62 years young, at least after my first pot of tea and working the kinks out in the morning.

 

Doug

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Just gone to see the movie today. Normally I would rather disgard fantasy swords, but this is quite different. Eventhough it's an out of this world design, it does show care for esthetics and good craftmanship. And it was well visible in a lot of the shots, so I guess the producers quite liked it too. Great job guys! I hope this sets a trend for quality handcrafted swords in holywood movies (and so you get more work to do there too ;) )

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Thanks so much guys!

And thanks a ton Jeroen, means a ton coming from you! It definitely is a wild design, but we were glad the props team gave us freedom to refine the design.

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Just saw the movie with my brother and Dad. Sword was AWESOME!!. As was the guy holding it, Heimdall, great actor.

 

The movie itself was good too. "I like this beverage... Bring me another! (smash)"

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Yeah it was a pretty cool movie. It was neat how they handled all the lore and the "God" aspect.

Sword was great in the movie too, very fitting.

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completely amazingly in shock

wow, not surprised, yet totally surprised.

a friend took his sons to see the movie and i was unable to go.

woah, you guys are more than blessed. you are a blessing to so many. kids are gonna be runnin around with plastic copies. what a blessing you guys are indeed.

you guys are reshaping what it is to be a man, i mean kids will look to you to be role models(no pressure,lol)

i probably am making no sense...

in other words, as a father, thanks for doing this and doing it so well.

 

sincerely,

edwin

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Very cool. Make the most of this opportunity, there seems to be actually a great deal of high quality craft in the movie business, as I'm sure you already know.

-Dan

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completely amazingly in shock

wow, not surprised, yet totally surprised.

a friend took his sons to see the movie and i was unable to go.

woah, you guys are more than blessed. you are a blessing to so many. kids are gonna be runnin around with plastic copies. what a blessing you guys are indeed.

you guys are reshaping what it is to be a man, i mean kids will look to you to be role models(no pressure,lol)

i probably am making no sense...

in other words, as a father, thanks for doing this and doing it so well.

 

sincerely,

edwin

 

Well said.

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Saw the movie this weekend. They did surprisingly well on it, for which I am glad.

 

And I think that, in spite of the fantasy design, Heimdall's sword had a greater sense of realness to it than the other weapons. You could see the metal and wood, whereas the others seemed to be plastic (high quality plastic, and I could be totally wrong on that mark).

 

Good job, gentlemen. B)

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Thanks so much guys! Really appreciate all the kind words.

 

A friend of mine who was a concept artist on Thor just directed me to this image, a few early design ideas for Heimdall's sword before we came on board, and which they never showed us...

 

Thor_Concept_Art_by_Craig_Shoji_02a.jpg

 

All I can say is Wow... I'm certainly grateful they were kind enough to let us have artistic freedom to bring it a bit more "down to earth", and throw some aesthetic nods back to our Nordic ancestral roots.

 

You can see more concept art here:

http://conceptartworld.com/?p=7285

 

Certainly some beautiful art! But man are we glad to leave Asgard and get back to work on some earthy historically based projects again... :)

 

The next few days will be focused on this fella:

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so what is the new project? looks good so far

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Yeah David, I agree with Jeroen about you guys raising the bar for better props in the movie world... Perhaps you will evolve into consultant for the movie world.... It would be

 

great for the blade world if that were to happen...and the general public too

 

Dick

 

 

 

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I just saw it with my son. He was rather hung up on the sword. made me smile. The sword looked crazy awesome.

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Thanks so much guys!

 

Greg,

That new composite twist blade shown in that image is a late iron age sword for a customer based out of Ireland. Not in a rush with that one though. Going to be pretty ornate and time consuming, and I still have some more pressing projects ahead of it at the moment.

 

 

Dick,

we certainly would love to do something along those lines. At least I would, as my passion is definitely in the art direction, whereas Andy's passion is primarily just with the down to earth elements of the craft itself and teaching it to others.

 

Peter Lyon, the swordsmith in New Zealand who did the weapons for LOTR, Narnia, and now the Hobbit movies in the works has been extremely kind, encouraging, and helpful to me with advice during and after my work on Thor. He's been offering some great advice in terms of working in the arena of film swordsmithing.

Even chatted with him about the possibility of if they needed any extra hands on the weapons team for the Hobbit. But understandably, the likeliness of that happiness is low.. ;) and I'm more than cool with that.

Though I do have some good friends in NZ, and some great connections to people I've talked to now at Weta, so we'll see if I can manage to sneak my way onto the set of filming some time soon if I visit my friends.. :D

 

 

In the meantime I've actually joined another production team for an upcoming film in the works. Definitely nowhere near the scope and size of Thor, but hopefully just as powerful if not more so:

A film loosely based off of John Bunyan's classic tale "the Pilgrim's Progress"

The film is called the Narrow Road

The film team's already blogged a bit about my involvement:

https://narrowroadmovie.wordpress.com/

 

So even though its a smaller film it makes the experience a lot of fun.

Taking on a big bulk of work with concept art, costume design, Armour making, and weapon making for the film.

So I'll share more of that project when things roll along.

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