The Great War: An Orkney Memorial Experience

Art Direction ○ Concept ○ 2D & 3D Design ○ Animation ○ Motion Graphics ○ Installation

The walls of Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral were transformed as the internationally significant building became the canvas for a unique film marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The Great War: an Orkney Memorial Experience’ explores the conflict through the lens of life in the islands at the time.

Projected directly on to the red and yellow sandstone walls of the majestic Cathedral, the film drew inspiration from the many events and stories associated with Orkney’s wartime heritage, combining archive imagery with beautiful hand drawn illustration, character simulation, as well as stop-frame animation.

The 20-minute film was specially commissioned by the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative – a Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland funded project – for the centenary of the First World War armistice. The project was supported by Orkney Islands Council’s Arts Development team.

The film ran on a loop eight times from 5pm each evening for two weeks until Remembrance Day on 11 November.

At around 7.40pm each night the animation came to a rest on the final image – a tree, made up of the names of Orcadians who died in WWI, in a field of poppies.

Pupils from the local schools were also asked to come up with words which describe how war makes them feel. These were fed into the final ‘tree’ image as hanging fruit – with words such as ‘pain’ and ‘fear’ slowly blossoming into words such as ‘light’ and ‘hope’ – a nod to the resilience and courage as the local community recovered from the war.

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