Kon-Tiki VFX Breakdown Reel
I was the Associate Visual Effects & Animation Supervisor on the Norwegian movie "Ragnarok", directed by Mikkel Sandemose. I worked with him and the producers at Fantefilm, and supervised the digital VFX and creature animations in collaboration with the supervisors at the VFX studio Ghost in Denmark, who created all the VFX shots.

Sigurd is an archaeologist trying to unlock the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days event from Norse mythology. He teams up with his friend Allan and his kids on an expedition to "No man's land," between Norway and Russia, where they discover a horrifying secret.

The movie was a huge box office success when it opened in Norway in October 2013. It is due for worldwide theatrical release in 2014 and is distributed in the US by Magnolia Pictures.


At the Norwegian International Film Festival and the Amanda Awards in August 2013, Kon-Tiki won the award for Best Visual Effects. I share this honor with everyone at the VFX facilities (see below) who worked hard and contributed to the movie's amazing visuals. Thank you!

Kon-Tiki also won Best Production Design, Best Actor and the Audience Award.


Kon-Tiki VFX Breakdown Reel
I was the Production Visual Effects & Animation Supervisor on the Academy Awards© and Golden Globe© nominated Norwegian movie "Kon-Tiki", directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. I managed, supervised and was responsible for all the digital VFX and creature/animal animations made by the five Scandinavian VFX studios Fido, Gimpville, Important Looking Pirates, Storm Studios and Blink Studios, who worked on a total of 500+ shots. Including crabs, birds, fish, whale sharks, white sharks, deep sea creatures and a lot of complex water simulations. Storyline Studios, ShortCut and California Post did all the online.

"Kon-Tiki" is the true story about the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his crew on their epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.

The movie broke the box office records in Norway when it was released in August 2012, and has since been released worldwide by The Weinstein Company. You can watch the Norwegian trailer with English subtitles here.

This VFX breakdown edit I made is also featured on the US release of the Kon-Tiki Blu-Ray and DVD.


-phagia: word element [Gr.], eating; swallowing.
Vampire mythology: The Noctuku's unusual hunger for living flesh led to the development of Phagia, a discipline for destroying and devouring the flesh of the living.

An art film project I initiated at Catapult Film after being inspired by the amazing low-brow painter Michael Hussar. I have several of his paintings decorating my office and I have always wanted to do a tribute of sorts. With the assistance of the crew at Catapult, I created this somewhat disturbing piece.

Credits: Directed and Edited by Arne Kaupang. Director of Photography: Miles Heckendorn. Grip: John Cato Finnebråten, Jannik Fagerhøi, Alexander Kadim. Make Up, Hair & Styling: Julia Høgevold. Models: Silje Hagrim Dahl, Kim Evensen. Graphics & Grading: Arne Kaupang. Music: Extreme Music. Shot on Red Scarlet.

Paul Movie
I worked as a character animator at Double Negative in London on the sci-fi comedy "Paul", directed by Greg Mottola, featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Sigourney Weaver.

I animated the lead character, the alien Paul in four sequences with a total of 21 shots in the movie. My animation supervisor was Anders Beer with Dave Lowry and Scott Holmes as my leads.

The movie was released in theatres February 2011 and is available on Blu-Ray and DVD. You can watch the US trailer here and a different version here.

I worked as a character animator at Double Negative in London on Guillermo del Toro's Hollywood blockbuster movie "Hellboy II: The Golden Army".

I animated several shots of the pixies flying around in the Troll Market sequence and huge robots fighting in the climax of the film. My animation supervisors were Jay Davis and Eamonn Butler.

You can watch trailers here. And buy it here.


TV2 Norway Spring Bumper
A spring themed identity bumper for Norwegian TV2. My little tribute to the movie "A Bug's Life". Everything has been modeled, textured, animated, lit and rendered by me. The tag line "Se hva som skjer" means "See what happens" in English.

TV2 Norway Christmas Bumper
Norwegian TV2 asked me to produce an identity bumper in the spirit of their existing bumpers, and I created this little mouse character who celebrates his own Christmas inside the walls of an old house. Modeled, textured, animated, lit and rendered by me.

Not everything is as it seems... This is another identity bumper I did for TV2 Norway, and it may look like a regular fall forest scene, but upon closer inspection there are hidden sinister faces in the tree trunks and mysterious eyes gazing in the dark... Matte painting, modeling, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering by me.

For more than 10 years I did the design of all the marketing material for the Nobel Peace Price Concert, held every year in Oslo, Norway on December 11th.

I was hired by Qvisten Animation to participate on a fun commercial for the Stratos chocolate bar, and I animated a couple of the shots in it (the three cows dancing and the jumping on one leg falling off). The commercial is a spoof on MC Hammer's "You Can't Touch This" and features a blue dancing cow (the Stratos mascot character) going crazy. The commercial was produced by Guro Sætereie, directed by Rasmus Sivertsen and Rune Spaans. The other animators were Atle Blakseth, Andre Hay and Ivar Rødningen.

When establishing a chain of fitness studios around Norway, Shapes Fitness approached me and asked me to do their corporate identity design. I designed everything from their logo to advertisements, illustrations, brochures, outdoor signage etc.

"World Record" is a fun little 3D animated short film I made during a 6-month period. A weightlifter is trying to set a new world record, but a vengeful fly makes it hard for him.

Through the years I've created lots logo designs for all types of businesses, but primarily for the entertainment industry (record companies, artists, TV shows etc.). Here are a select few.

A 3D model of a female I made as an anatomy study a few years ago. It is available for purchase at Turbosquid in a variety of the most popular 3D formats.

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