Kongens Nei (The Kings Choice) Feature Film matte paints

Directed by Erik Poppe, Kongens Nei (The Kings Choice) is a Norwegian historical drama feature released on the 23. September 2016.

“On the 9th of April 1940, German troops invade Oslo. The king of Norway is faced with a choice which will change his nation forever. The Kings Choice is an epic film about the real events which turned a brave man into the peoples king.”

I was fortunate to be recently invited to contribute to this production, producing a number of matte paints of varying complexity. The most complex and involved being to take contemporary Oslo locations and referencing period photos,  incorporate photographic, 3D and hand-painted elements so that the scenes, as near as possible, would resemble wartime Oslo.

Final grades shown where available.

The German Embassy Plate, Matte and Final Film Grade

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Storgata Oslo Plate and Matte

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Karl Johan Oslo Plate, Matte and two final Film Grades

My responsibility was purely to address the building in the lower foreground, which is the Norwegian Parliament. A low-poly 3D model was provided and it was my responsibility to have it resemble the reference (see below) as near as possible. For the sake of clarity I’ve desaturated the part of the matte paint that wasn’t my responsibility.

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And the reference photo

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Slottplass (the Castle) Oslo Plate, Matte and Final Film Grade

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London (the King’s London Residence) Plate & Matte

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Copyright Paradox AS & Nordisk Film, Egmont AS. A teaser trailer of the film is available and shown here.

KONGENS NEI - teasertrailer
KONGENS NEI - teasertrailer