Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield - Photos by Warren Shaw

Video projections created as part of the workshops

Warren Shaw, a member of our art group ctrlG has posted up some brilliant photos he took during the Lyveden Bonfire Night Extravaganza!

You can see some of Warren's other work on his site here.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield - Gunpowder Treason and Plot

The event was amazing! Everything went according to plan, the performers looked great, and the music, audio, lighting, projections and fireworks all fused together perfectly! Well done to everyone who was involved!

I managed to get a few nice shots last night but I know that other memebers of our group took some much better images so I will post links to those soon. Andy E is also going to be editing together a short film of the event which will hopefully be posted online. I will leave you with some of my photos from the night...

Ryan - Camera man #2 Well protected from the rain

Opening Scene on the Spiral Mound

The Architecture Scene

The video sequences created as part of the video workshops

Lyveden as it is today


The performers take their bows

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield Project: Coming to an end...

So we are only two days away from the Lyveden Bonfire Night Extravaganza! The people from Watch this Space are working very hard over at Lyveden setting up and making the final preparations for Thursdays event.

I was unable to attend the final workshop last Saturday as the deadline for the blueprint animation was just too close but I heard it went down pretty well and that everyone finished off their films on time. So they are all rendered and ready to be projected!

The FINAL Workshop

A GIF has been put together by members of the group of the HUGE stop motion piece we created during the first workshop. Using red ribbon and wool we attempted to create an image of Lyveden New Bield and filmed from inside the building itself. Pretty good for half an hours work I reckon. ^-^

Large stop motion GIF

On the other side of things Andy E and myself visited Lyveden last week for projection tests which was very cool (see previous post for images). We also all visited yesterday to hand over the final versions of our films and to see the set up for the event. It is all looking pretty impressive, I can't wait until Thurs night! Now we just have to wait until the full building projection test happens to be sure that the film can be ticked off completely! Fingers crossed!!

Lyveden New Bield Project: Images

Just a few images from the Lyveden project I thought I would share...

Blueprint Still

Projection Tests

Setting up

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Lyveden New Bield Project: Workshop Two

This Saturday we held the second workshop for the Lyveden project at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. Everyone picked up the video editing software really well and were soon off editing images and footage to the soundtrack.

Photographs from Saturday's Workshop

The video they are working on is currently known as the 'Timeline' sequence. This is a 5 minute video piece that will be projected onto the 4 window panes at Lyveden New Bield. It is a bit of a history piece explaining how the Church of England and the persecution of the Catholics began and how it links with the Tresham family. We have a collection of old portraits which will be edited together with the footage the group filmed in the first workshop.

Andy E took charge of the workshop this week whilst Andy R and myself worked on the animated 'Blueprint' sequence. This section explores all the different secret codes that Tresham included in the design of Lyveden New Bield. We have been working on this for the last week and it was good to get some feedback from the rest of the group on what we were doing.

Back to some traditional animation

Animated blueprint sequence

The deadline is now approaching fast with a week and half to go until the event itself. Hopefully we will be doing some projection tests next week to check that everything is working properly. Then we have the final workshop next Saturday where we need to finish everything off. Wish us luck! ^-^

On a side note I thought I would mention that our group previously known as 'Art Group (name unknown)' are now called:

It took us a while to get there but everyone agreed we needed to come up with a name and fast. So we went back to some very old ideas and just picked one. :) We now need members of the group to now come up with some logo designs. We are thinking of running a mini design competition for this. Could be a lot of fun! ^-^

Friday, 2 October 2009

Lyveden New Bield

As I mentioned in a previous post I am currently involved in putting together some video/animation workshops creating projections to be used at an event by Watch This Space. This is a bonfire night event at the National Trust property Lyveden New Bield.

Our group will be directly involved in creating projected sequences during three workshop sessions with young people over the next month. Myself and a couple of others are also creating an animated blueprint to be projected as part of the event.

Members of the group at Lyveden New Bield

A History Lesson
Lyveden New Bield was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham. It was created to be lodge, a place to entertain guests with beautiful gardens including spiral mounds, moats and a labyrinth of roses. However due to Sir Treshams death and debts within the Tresham family the building was never completed. It was left untouched and was donated to the National Trust in 1922. It wasn't until the early 90's that they began to uncover the hidden garden which is acknowledged as one of the last Elizabethan gardens today.

Thomas Tresham spent most of his life in prison due to his Catholic beliefs. Under the new laws of Henry VIII anyone who did not follow the Church of England were to be punished. It was from his prison cell that Tresham began designing the Lyveden New Bield. He wrote letters to the architects detailing everything he wanted for his garden lodge.

He designed this building full of hidden codes representing his religious beliefs. The unusual cross shape of the building, text from the bible, symbols representing the crucifixion of Christ, windows designed with a cross shaped frame. All of these were his way to show his faith.

Symbols representing the crucifixion of Christ and the cross shaped window designs at Lyveden New Bield
It was his son, Francis Tresham who links the Tresham family to the gunpowder plot. Francis was one of 13 men plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament. However the plan failed and Francis Tresham was arrested and executed at the Tower of London.

The full story of Lyveden and the link with the gunpowder plot will be told through performance art, projection, music, lighting and fireworks on the 5th and 6th of November.

Tickets are now on sale and going fast!
To buy tickets and for more information see here.