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Conan the Barbarian - Official Website

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Official website for Conan the Barbarian in 3D.
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  • Conan the Barbarian - Official Website
    2011
  • "I live. I love. I slay... I am content."- Conan The Barbarian
     
    Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds - Conan's exploits in the Hyborian Age are being brought to life in a colossal summer 3d action-adventure film for a new generation of audiences. The movie has been adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and is faithful to the mythology and psychology of the iconic barbarian.

    To promote the film, we needed to create a site that felt epic, larger than life, and remained true to the character's mythos, all while clearly communicating the action elements of the film. We created 7 matte-painted, fully-animated landscapes based off of locations in the fictional world of Hyboria, and asked users to explore each landscape by panning, discovering hidden objects, and browsing film content.

    The site proved to be a technically challenging feat, combining atmospheric animation, layer effects and layer-upon-layer of parallax movement without overtly frustrating the visitor's computer.

    We think this review from "The Film Informant" sums up the site quite nicely:
    "What a treat. A visual euphoria, satisfying the senses to a new level. This isn’t a website, it’s an experience unparalleled to anything you’ll find on the web. Perched in a cave looking down on the world of Conan, the map page induces the feeling of being the “Overseer.” Enter into the story page, and you’re transferred to ground zero, in the thick of the fight. Wait, there’s content on this page? I’m sorry, I’m too busy staring at the skull mountain bursting with a flowing waterfall."

  • The site opens with a bloody, flaming sword stabbing through the middle of the page, tearing from left to right, then disappearing behind the tear. The top and bottom of the page burn away, revealing a larger-than-life map of Hyboria.
  • The preloader is a flaming shield, forged from Acheronian iron, and adorned with a skull
  • Video Section: Based off of the Turanian Desert - It is said Turan consists of nothing but dead men and the animals who pick their bones. Soon Khalar Zym will prepare to lead his legions across this wasteland on his quest to conquer Hyboria.
  • Story Section: based off of the Zingaran Coastline - A land of uninhabited forests, said to be haunted by the dark souls of a long-forgotten race. It is here that Conan and Artus first let their battle cries be heard.
  • Cast & crew section: Hidden Monastery - Home to an ancient order of monks, sworn to protect the secrets of an ancient bloodline.
  • The matte paintings:
  • A range of exotic locations and ancient ruins await visitors to explore. Follow Conan as he battles hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, in an attempt to save the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
  • Partners section: Khor Kalba - The fortress of Khalar Zym, a stronghold of stone and iron that celebrates centuries of slavery and genocide.
  • Photos section: Conan prepares to take on the enemy horde with Argalon, the City of Thieves in the distance. 
  • News section: Shahpur Coast - Crumbling monuments and outposts line what was once a great fortress, the ruins of a lost civilization providing a perfect backdrop as Conan and Khalar Zym meet in a clash.
  • Each of the site's locations were debuted as an interactive motion poster on sites like Hollywood.com, UGO, Movies.com, IGN and Fandango.

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