Göteborg Film Festival



Production Co:

Milford & FLX


Fredrik Falck & Derek Picken

Live Action Producer:

Simon Hernadi

CG Production:


Milford was approached by agency SCP to produce the opening sequence for Gothenburg Film Festival and its iconic dragon. We developed everything from idea to final film, including story and creature development, live action and visual effects. The creative team was lead by directors Fredrik Falck (FLX) and Derek Picken (againstallodds). FLX helped us lead a team of 60 people on a two-day shoot to produce the live action elements, resulting in the three-minute adventure "Carta Marina", featuring Swedish actor Fares Fares.

Creating the dragon required many hours of reference collection and a thorough exploration of how textures, scales, colour and patterning is created by nature on living animals. Our CG team also took into account the anatomical behaviour of the animal to develop a model that works for the acting performance. All this exploration was made to create the perfect form and behaviour of a realistic fantasy creature that also would be a charming character.

During a five-­week period, our team produced animation and integration of the dragon, CG fire, enhancing all environments. The introductory helicopter shot went through massive digital extensions, using CG water and a CG ship.