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Creating the rain ships sequence

To prepare to film the epic opening sequence of episode 2, director Toby Haynes worked with internationally renowned storyboard artist and illustrator Temple Clark to convey the visual expections in his mind on paper.

The storyboards were then used by the production team whilst filming the sequence, which took place in a duck pond transformed by a large green screen wrapped around scaffolding. Finally, the moment was brought to life by some incredible visual effects, which you can see brought to life in the clips below. And if you'd like to see how Toby's original ideas translated to the screen (and what was left out), why not watch the sequence again before taking a look at the storyboard pages?

To navigate between the storyboard pages, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Conceptual atwork by Howard Swindell (colour) and Jim Kay (black and white).