Solid work by British special effects men Syd Pearson and Bill
Warrington. My guess is that Bill Warrington handled the miniature
viking longship in the two maelstrom sequences. He had already been
involved with Sink the Bismarck
and supervised the fantastic miniature storm sequence in the Guns of
Navarone (1961) before this rollicking tale of vikings, moors and a huge
solid gold bell came along. The maelstrom churns chaotically with many
crashing waves from the dump tank and bursts of what looks like dry ice
fog, battering the model and the miniature rowers. The first sequence is
given a warm almost sepia colouration where as the second sequence is
standard daylight. I suppose this is to differentiate the two sequences
which as far as the action depicted is basically the same.
The 12 foot (3.658m) longship model was built by legendary British model making company Master models
responsible for some other famous Film and TV work. As their website can attest they're still going today.
|Master Models 12 foot Viking Longship.|
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