United Kingdom

2020

Festival of Remembrance – WW1 Narrative and Descendants

Entrant Company

Kate Dawkins Studio

Category

Experiential & Immersive

Client's Name

Royal British Legion and BBC Studios Events

Sub-Category

Live Experiences

The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance took on added significance in 2018 with the centenary of the Armistice marking the end of World War One. We were commissioned by the RBL and the BBC Studios to create two visual sequences to accompany poems, readings, and music during the ceremony, which was broadcast live on BBC One. The first sequence, a six-and-a-half-minute projection accompanied the narrative of World War One and the Armistice, with poems and readings by Michael Palin, Adrian Lester, and Nina Wadia. The second, four-minute piece accompanied the Descendants part of the program in which cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The canvas was a 4 sided cube made from 6m x 18m automated projection gauzes. The transparent nature of the gauze added a beautiful and ethereal effect to the content, which worked beautifully for both the invited audience and the viewers at home. This, however, gave us a creative challenge in the design process, to ensure that when the camera cut to a close-up of the actors, we would have content in the right place on the gauze. Our work is very much about design and craft, and although this was a digital delivery, it was important to represent the analog nature of this period, with most type created on an old typewriter, other type, masks and mattes created by hand and a layer of old film dust and scratches laid over the top to tie it all together. We were lucky to be able to work with some amazing imagery, footage and letters, some of it given by the family members, and all of the images (over 1000) for the Descendants sequence were donated. It was a huge honor to work on such a beautiful and significant event. Although we had a very small budget and tight production schedule it was one of the most successful and most viewed Festival of Remembrance to-date. By the end of the show, 7.5m people were watching on BBC One, 40% of the viewing audience.

Credits

Kate Dawkins Studio
Design and production
Kate Dawkins
Creative director / content designer
Jayne Hobart
Producer
Kyli John and Chris Stoneman
Animators
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