Luleå Kommun - Anno 1500

 
 
Concept development
Manuscript & direction
Research
Producing
3D modeling
Programming
Animation
Motion capture
Sound design

Background

In 1996, UNESCO announced Gammestads Church town (Kyrkstad) a world heritage site. To celebrate the 20th anniversary the culture department in Luleå decided to make a historic experience using new technology. We therefore presented a bold idea, where we let people visit the Church town in the 15th century with the help of virtual reality.

 
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Behind the scenes

 

The making of Anno 1500.

 
 
 
 
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The process

We believe that the build-up and research is a crucial part of making something great. Therefore Luleå Kommun's own thoughts and visions became our platform. After extensive research the creative process started and we transformed thoughts and feelings into a story, which was presented to the client through concept art, scripts and a project plan.

With the project plan accepted we could start the production, divided into stages with continuous reconciliations.

We delivered a first version well before the delivery date. This in order to let a test group try the experience and come with feedback. The group consisted of people between the age of 8 to 65.

When the VR experience had been approved we created a cinematic trailer for marketing use.

 
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"To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gammelstad Church town we asked Samuraj to tell a story about the "old Luleå", using modern technology. A journey back in time thanks to virtual reality. I can warmly recommend Samuraj's expertise and ability to deliver."    

– Åke Broström, Head of Culture Luleå Kommun

 
 

Anno 1500 trailer

Get ready to go back 500 years in time, to Gammelstad Church town.

 
 

Result

The VR experience create a sense of presence because you can interact with the characters and objects in a 3D environment instead of passively watching a movie. Anno 1500 has made an international impression and created a global interest in Luleå when it comes to using new technology to portray a historical background.