Medieval Rochester.

The Project

The summer of 2015 saw the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and siege of Rochester Castle. This important event on the calendar for Medway gave us the opportunity to create a really innovative approach to delivering an alternate and modern way to explore the Medieval city of Rochester, and use all of our tools and techniques to achieve this. The brief called for an extension to our Walls and Gardens app by incorporating  a new tour of the town, a film with community involvement, a printed map and brochure along with aerial filming.

Our Approach

Working with CIC Agency East (www.agencyeast.co.uk)  we engaged with the Strood Academy in Kent and in particular their year 9 gifted and talented students to develop storyboards and scene ideas for the film. This then enabled us to develop a loose script to weave together to tell the story of the siege and Magna Carta. When it came to shooting we worked with the students in groups for their particular scenes, along with around 20 re-enactors who all did a fabulous job of hamming it up for the kids. The day was exhausting, in the sun but we managed to film all of the scenes and have a huge amount of fun in the process.

Once he had the film we then cut and edited it around a script, produced a VO and then graded the entire film to give it a cinematic feel. We then used it along with various other aerial shots we produced on the app tour.

The Results

Currently (August 2015) the film is being shown throughout Medway and Rochester and has been really well received. The app is also up and running as part of the anniversary celebrations.

Here's the feedback from the client....

"The Pixelwork team have been fantastic to work with throughout the process of developing and designing the various elements of this project.  The Medway Heritage Team have found them to be highly professional, inspirational and creative.  The project had a very intense few weeks in early summer, and Pixelwork were able to meet all our deadlines to make sure we met ours! 

All of Pixelwork’s staff were very motivated, but also very approachable, Medway Council’s Heritage Team is delighted with the results Pixelwork has produced, and we would not hesitate to recommend other organistaions to work with them to produce high quality, accessible media for projects."

You can see the short one minute trailer for the film below.