King of Dinosaurs

Client
  • Natural History Museum of Denmark

Meet Tristan Otto, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs ever found, especially striking due to the patina of its glossy black fossilized bones. A full-scale immersive animation invites visitors to journey inside the skeleton, swooping and soaring through bone structures, teeth and claws. A soundscape of open chords and airy flyover effects stimulate a synesthetic effect in the visual journey.

The fossils should be at the center of attention, and the digital layer’s main function was to create supportive layers, enhancing the narrative and objects.

The Challenge

The challenge was to create an immersive atmosphere for visitors by applying digital state-of-the-art tools without overshadowing the iconic skeletons.

King of Dinosaurs Video

Photo Credit: Frederik Wolff / Natural History Museum of Denmark

Fierce beauty. The digital experience of King of Dinosaurs

Photo Credit: Anders Drud Jordan / Natural History Museum of Denmark

The digital panoramas behind the fossils

Design & Execution

A series of digital backdrops serve to enhance the Jurassic environments and set the right atmosphere. Each backdrop is projected on semitransparent voile, spanning from ceiling to floor.

To accomplish the best 3D- effect, while at the same time avoiding moiré effects on the large projections, a series of textiles was tested. Furthermore, projection spill on fossils was avoided through video- mapping.

The immersive animation was created using two laser projectors. The journey through the fossil was rendered through two virtual cameras, and stitched side-by-side in the gallery.

Frederik wolff / Natural History Museum of Denmark

King of dinosaurs

Photo Credit: Anders Drud Jordan / Natural History Museum of Denmark

The entrance and beginning of the journey

Slideshow

King of Dinosaurs

Fierce beauty. The digital experience of King of Dinosaurs

Fierce beauty. The digital experience of King of Dinosaurs

The digital experience of King of Dinosaurs

The digital panoramas behind the fossils

The entrance and beginning of the journey