Forward to Victory was our latest collaboration with York Castle Museum, where we produced and filmed for the York Museums Trust a promenade theatre piece using actors from York Theatre Royal's Youth Theatre group. Filmed over three nights, the short film - set in 1917 - captured an interactive theatre piece taking place in the old streets of the Castle Museum with the audience being part of the performance.
Photos from the finished piece.
The Youth Theatre group of actors brought to life a moment in time in 1917. The story unfolded around the everyday life at that time, with the audience being able to look onto the story as it was happening. Here at Digifish, our mission was to capture the piece of theatre as if it had been staged, with the difficulties of it playing out in real life in the narrow streets and shops. A challenge to film, the footage was able to portray not only the story but the audience reaction to the events.
The short documentary that accompanied the film production, interviewed audience members as well as the Theatre Production team. The audience were clearly moved by the powerful and poignant storyline of the young men volunteering to go off to war with the uncertainty of perhaps never to return.
Our team had three filmmakers on this project, including a steadicam - essential for the dynamic nature of the piece. It was then edited with cinematic grading, which gave the piece a historical aesthetic.