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'The battle cry to a world for which statues and storyboards are no longer enough'

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25TH FEBRUARY 2014

 

Bannockburn Visitor Centre Officially Rated 'Fab-a-dab-a-doo' by Key Clients

 

Several weeks of pre-launch testing of the visitor centre has revealed school's reactions to the adventurous interpretation scheme. A number of local schools were kind enough to visit prior to opening to help staff fine-tune the experience. They also left the following real feedback, which is provided unedited.

 

The data has been categorised for convenience of viewing.

 

Hyperbolic: e.g. 'The best time of my life', 'The best adventure ever'.

 

Strongly supportive: e.g. 'Epic', 'Amazeballs'.

 

Lukewarm: 'It was fine'.

 

 

Random Group

 

Super, engaging, interactive

Gory, a lit bit scary but EPIC

Epic, futuristic, fantastic, gory

It was the best adventure ever

Scary, interesting, fun, amazing, cool, epic, deadly

Excellent, interactive experience

Amazing, definitely worth a visit, and on our doorstep. Will come again

Epic, incredible, gory, fun

Epic, fun, awesome

Fantastic, epic, gory, incredible

Brilliant

 

Friday 24thJan, am group – Braehead Primary

 

Amazing and the best

It was the best time of my life

Very interesting, very epic and awesome

Amazing!

Excellent

OK

It was awesome! Fun! Cool! Wow!

It was awesome

Awesome, amazing, outstanding, excellent. The best ever!

It was fine

It was good, amazing

It was exciting

I loved it all. It was great.

I really liked the archers and it was epic

Fun

Mighty, courageous, awesome and exciting

Futuristic and educational

Brilliant

Awesome

My team won, it was awesome

It was awesome

 

Monday 27th Jan, am group – Braehead Primary

 

Awesome, freaky, I learned a lot

Cool, informational, amazing and awesome

Awesome, cool, fantastic, great, amazing, perfect, best thing ever

Awesome, cool, great, amazing, best thing ever

Cool battle game, I was Robert the Bruce, great, amazing

3D stuff was cool, fun

3D screens were amazing and cool. Fantastic

Excellent, amazing

Amazing

Exciting

Awesome, scary, fun

Great, really fun, scary, exciting

Amazing

Brilliant, amazing, good to get facts

The best thing in my life

It’s got everything

It’s a brilliant place

Fantastic, fabulous, magnifico!

I learned about the Battle of Bannockburn. It was fabulous

Really good

Big, massive

Excellent and amazing

Astonishing, amazing

It was amazing, it was really good

Fabulous! Thank you so much!

 

Monday 27th Jan, pm group – Bannockburn Primary

 

The new Bannockburn Experience Centre is amazing and although there were some things I did not like so much, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t

Awesome, cool and mind blowing

It was an amazing experience

The Bannockburn experience was awesome, especially the big 3D room

Exciting, fun, interesting, amazing

Exciting, amazing and extraordinary

Really good

Terrifying, horrifying

Awesome, incredible and mind exploding

Awesome, excellent, fantastic, super, loud, dramatic

Very good,

Amazing, terrifying, excellent, brilliant, you will have the time of your life

Fun, exciting, cool, noisy

It was horrible, gruesome battle but good that scots won

Amazing, fantastic, the best!! You should go there!

 

Tuesday 28th Jan, am group – St Mary’s Primary

 

It was scary, epic, cool, fun and awesome

Scared, fun, enjoyable and exciting

Awesome, cool and fun

Awesome, fun, cool scary and epic

Interesting, good experience and good

Fun, awesome, cool, epicness

It was a good experience

Awesome, terrific, amazing, great, brilliant

Brilliant, great, good, awesome, terrific

A real battle

Interactive, 3D, enjoyable

Fun and amazing

I liked the 3D screens and it was scary

Amazing, brilliant, fun, excellent, best heritage centre

Informative, amazing

Scared, eager, happy, brilliant, fun, amazing

Fun, funny, cool, scary, awesome, splendiferous

Scary, excellent, super, fun, exciting

Cool, scary, super, fun, exciting

Fun and super

 

Tuesday 28th Jan, pm group – St Mary’s Primary

 

Amazeballs! #LOL

Amazing and interesting! Amazeballs! #LOL. really nice staff

Amazeballs. Exciting. Weird

Amazeballs. Interesting. #LOL #YOLO

Amazeballs. #LOL

Amazeballs

It was awesome, epic, brilliant

Awesome, tremendous, cool, amazing

Amazing, tremendous, awesome

Amazing, cool, awesome

Amazing, awesome, cool

Very worthwhile and informative

Excellent

Amazing

Fantastic

I loved it! #LOL

Amazing, cool epic

#Awesome!!

Awesome!!

Epic

Brilliant, modern, exciting, interactive

Awesome! Amazing! Cool! Epic!

Cool, awesome, fabulous

Awesome, cool, amazing, fantastic, fun, jaw-dropping 100%, fandaby dozy

Awesome, cool, fabulous, interesting, fun, fantastic, 100% perfect

Fantastic, fun

Great fun! I loved it!

I love it!

 

Wednesday 29th – West College

 

Brilliant, overwhelming, flabbergasting and amazing

Amazing

Awesome

Amazing

Good

Good

Good

It was quite an amazing and fantastic place

Amazing, fantastic. Would definitely comeback

Very good

 

Wednesday 29th – Bannockburn Primary

 

Weapons and amazing

Bannockburn, Brucey of the Robert, sharp

It was magnificent

Fantastic!

Go to the new Bannockburn Exhibition Centre because it is amazing

Amazing, brilliant and fun

Awesome, amazing, brilliant, fantastic, fascinating and excellent

 

Thursday 30th Jan, am group – Cowie Primary

 

It was awesome, super, minted, amazing and I would go back

Epic, minted, fab a daba doo, excellent, classic, superb

Super, epic, amazing, I would come back

Fun, classic, epic, superb, minted

Epic, spectacular, classic, fab, minted

Awesome, epic, fan-daby-dosy, amazing, extraordinary, best ever, magic, minted, amazing

Swag-a-lish-ous, best, wicked, crazy monster awesome

Extraordinary, epic, outstanding, awesome, brilliant, fab, classic

Epic, fab, fantastic, magic, extreme, amazing, classic, cool, minted

Epic, fantastic, fun, cool

Amazing, super, crazy, epic, wicked, best, extraordinary

Epic, amazing, extraordinary, minted, fantastic,

Epic, awesome and I would totally go back, it was amazing

Amazing, awesome, epic, super-duper, fantastic, lovely, cool

Epic

The best thing ever, amazing, awesome, epic, mint

A really great educational experience not to be missed

Big, crazy, epic – like an arcade

I won the battle game – epic!

Epic, awesome, magic, mint, crazy, majestic, fan-daby-dosy, best ever, extraordinary, amazing

Awesome, epic, minted, extraordinary

Majestic, epic, mint

An excellent, interactive experience

Amazing experience, the 3D screens kept the children focused and brought the battle to life. The battle game was fantastic.

 

 

18TH FEBRUARY 2014

 

Lots of you have been asking who did what at Bannockburn, from the creative team to the voice  artists and actors. Here's the official credits list.

 

Bannockburn Interpretation Creative Team

 

A Project for the National Trust for Scotland in Partnership with Historic Scotland

 

Battle Game

 

• Concept, Design and Build by Bright White Ltd

 

• Game programming and software engineering by D3T Ltd

 

• Reference Material by the Academic Advisory Panel, The National Trust for Scotland and Richard Tipping, The University of Stirling

 

Battle Game Production

 

Executive Producers - Chris Walker and Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd

 

Producers - Chris Walker and Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd

 

Audio Direction - Chris Walker and Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd

 

Game Design - Chris Walker, Adam Stanning and Katie Blake, Bright White Ltd

 

Software Development and Installation - Stephen Powell, Jamie Campbell, D3T Ltd

 

Map Illustration - Duncan Kay, CDDV

 

Production Design - Adam Stanning and Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Concept Artists - Adam Stanning and Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Art Direction - Adam Stanning and Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Technical Direction (Hardware and systems)  - Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Audiovisual Hardware Design - Alan Wilkinson, Rob Ferguson, Electrosonic Plc and Bright White Ltd

 

Production Manager - Alec Mitchell, Bright White Ltd

 

Assembly of Reference Material - Tom Ingrey-Counter, The National Trust for Scotland

 

Guardian of Historical Accuracy - Tom Ingrey-Counter, The National Trust for Scotland

 

Sprite Artwork - Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd and D3T Ltd

 

Animation - Stephen Powell, Jamie Campbell, D3T Ltd

 

Sound Recordist (Foley) - Paul Wilson,CDDV

 

Prologue, Prepare for Battle, Character Stations and Epilogue

 

• Concept, Design and Build by Bright White Ltd

 

• 3D Research, Development and Realisation by The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art

 

• Reference Material by the Academic Advisory Panel, The National Trust for Scotland and Toby Capwell, The Wallace Collection

 

Production

 

Executive Producers - Chris Walker and Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd

 

Producer - Paul Kurcharski, Centre Screen Productions

 

Assistant Producer - Jola Lloyd-Wood, Centre Screen Productions

 

Script and Screenwriters - Chris Walker and Lara Munden, Bright White Ltd, with considerable advice and input from the Academic Advisory Panel.

 

Director - Paul Kucharski, Centre Screen Productions

 

Storyboarding - Adam Stanning, Chris Walker and Lara Munden, Bright White Ltd

 

Production Design - Adam Stanning, Chris Walker, Lara Munden and Katie Blake, Bright White Ltd

 

Concept Artists - Adam Stanning and Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Art Direction - Adam Stanning and Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Graphic Design - Adam Stanning, Bright White Ltd

 

Casting (Voice) - Paul Wilson, CDDV

 

Technical Direction (Hardware and systems) - Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd

 

Audiovisual Hardware Design - Alan Wilkinson, Rob Ferguson, Electrosonic Plc and Bright White Ltd

 

Assembly of Reference Material - Tom Ingrey-Counter, The National Trust for Scotland, assisted by Jola Lloyd-Wood, Centre Screen Productions and Katie Blake, Bright White Ltd.

 

Guardian of Historical Accuracy - Tom Ingrey-Counter, The National Trust for Scotland

 

Lead CDDV Artist - Daniel Buksh

 

Senior CDDV Artists - Craig Logan, Sam Ramsay, Duncan Kay

 

Animators - Charles Scriven, Imran Younas Butt, Patrice Lee Min Kam, Laszlo Nyikos, James Hickey

 

Junior CDDV Artists - Jamie Simpson, Stefania Calderara

 

Lead Audio Designer - Paul Wilson, CDDV

 

Audio Designers - Ronan Breslin, Leo Saidenough, CDDV

 

Fight Consultant - Toby Capwell, The Wallace Collection

 

Project Manager (CDDV) - Paul Chapman

 

Project Management Support (CDDV) - Jared Benjamin, Brian McGeough

 

Installation Management - Alec Mitchell, Bright White Ltd

 

Main Character Voices

 

Isabella of France Puppet (Prologue) - Nadege Druzkowski

 

James Douglas Puppet (Prologue) - David Hayman

 

Robert Bruce Puppet (Epilogue) - James Cosmo

 

Robert de Clifford (Character Station) - Francois Menard-Noens

 

John Comyn Junior (Character Station) - Jimmy Chisholm

 

John FitzRobert (Character Station) - Oliver Graham

 

Margaret Malherbe (Character Station) - Suzanne Teed

 

Dafydd ap Cynwrig (Character Station) - Aled Pugh

 

Malcolm Turnbull (Character Station) - Barrie Frame

 

Ruairi Butterwambe (Character Station) - Davey Walker

 

James Douglas (Character Station) - David Hayman

 

Edward Bruce (Character Station) - Donald Pirie

 

Juliana Coldingham (Character Station) - Fenella Kerr

 

Main Character Faces

 

Robert de Clifford (Character Station) - Paul Wilson

 

John Comyn Junior (Character Station) - Chris Hastings

 

John FitzRobert (Character Station) - John Logan

 

Margaret Malherbe (Character Station) - Annemarie Hamilton

 

Dafydd ap Cynwrig (Character Station) - Brian Wilkinson

 

Malcolm Turnbull (Character Station) - Ranald Shepherd

 

Ruairi Butterwambe (Character Station) - Al Rawlinson

 

James Douglas (Character Station) - Philip Wilson

 

Edward Bruce (Character Station) - Paul Chapman

 

Juliana Coldingham (Character Station) - Emily Chadwick

 

Special thanks from Bright White to

 

For everything. Ever - Alec Mitchell

 

Creative Joinery - Mick and Paul Dowson, Dowson Joinery

 

Creative Metalwork - John Walker, JRW Metal

 

Interpretive Planning - Carolyn Lloyd-Brown

 

The hundreds of games testers too numerous to mention

 

Special thanks from CDDV to

 

3D Scanned Heads - Bruce Robertson, David Styles, Stu Wright, Scott Downie, Gordon Buchanan, Graeme Ronald, Joe Howe, Jon Campbell, Marco Biagini, Norberto Ezquerra,Tony Gallagher, William Aikman

 

Motion Capture Combat - Clanranald Trust for Scotland; Charlie Allan, Mark Monaghan, Graeme McEwan, Roy Murray

 

Motion Capture and Performance - Kim Bale, Adam Buksh, Clare Sheerin, Tim Dow

 

Motion Capture Cleanup Assistants - Heather McDougall, Lynsey Tomlinson, Federico Fiore

 

 

 

 

14TH FEBRUARY 2014

 

Battle of Bannockburn - Blurring the Line Between Real and Virtual Space

 

Across the nation, fans of the TV show Doctor Who will tell you that inside of the Tardis, the Doctor’s time travel machine, is far larger than its exterior would suggest. Because of the innovative use of 3D projection technology, the same can be said of the immersive space within the new Battle of Bannockburn Centre in Stirling.

 

Lead interpretation designer Chris Walker, of Bright White Ltd, explains: “3D technology allows us to blur the line between physical space and virtual space; with the projection environment in full operation, you perceive yourself to be in the middle of a huge open-air space that extends the horizon in almost every direction. If I was to switch off the projections and switch on the house lights, you would realise that you are, in fact, in a room not much bigger than a badminton court.”

 

 

The immersive space is just one of a series of spaces that visitors are free to explore in this groundbreaking project. Knights on horseback charge towards you, lines of spearmen in tight formation fend off attackers, and arrows whistle past your head on the way to their unfortunate destination.

 

The impression of being caught-up in medieval battle is compelling - and exactly what the designers sought to achieve. Adam Stanning, also of Bright White, explains why the space was created: “Medieval battle was brutal on a massive scale, and nothing gets over the physical forces, skills and equipment used better than being in the middle of the full-scale action.”

 

Chris Walker expands: “Although many of the production techniques and hardware technologies utilised are typically found in Holywood-level film-making, this is a theatre project; the performances of skilled fighters and stuntmen were captured using a technique called motion capture, and complex scenes built up from just a handful of actors.

 

“The ability to ‘re-brutalise’ a virtual performance by tweaking the recorded actions in the studio is what has lead to this direction being chosen - 3D film would simply not be convincing. This space is a virtual stage upon which perfect performances are given over and over again every day.”

 

The 3D research, development and realisation within the project was executed by CDDV (The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation) at the Glasgow School of Art. Their unique 3D facilities, studios and skills have enabled the designer’s vision to be fulfilled with incredible accuracy and to powerful emotional effect.

 

 

Adam Stanning mentions another feature of the centre: “The Prologue and Epilogue areas are where the stories of lead-up and aftermath of the battle are told.

 

“Here we again blur the line; a real, physical, but medium-scale proscenium arch is the frame for a 3D sequence that gives the clear impression that through it we are looking into a deep and rich stage complete with lighting, setworks and performers.

 

“In fact, there is nothing beyond it other than a brick wall. Virtual real-estate is as important as ‘real’ real-estate to us.”

 

But all of the above is preparation for the main interpretive feature - the BattleRoom. Designed to accommodate groups of 30 participants with another 30 observers, the BattleRoom is a Colosseum-style combat arena where the participants are divided into two teams representing the Scottish and English armies, and they fight it out in a tactical and strategic battle simulator.

 

With authenticity and historical accuracy a high priority, visitors command one or more divisions to defeat or victory. Lasting typically 30 minutes, each battle is facilitated by a member of staff - the BattleMaster. The terrain map is 3D and animated, resembling a mix between a scale model of the landscape, and a computer game. The events and emotions within combat are supported by surround sound and immersive images.

 

Chris Walker describes the design process: ‘Working closely with architects Reiach and Hall, we were able to design the BattleRoom in full knowledge of the final effect.

 

“This meant that we could ensure that the space performs to a very high standard in terms of structure, environmental control and acoustics, whilst performing its main function - as a different kind of immersive space - very well.”

 

One very interesting aspect of how this project was set up by the client partnership (of The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland) is that it is interpretation-led.

 

Alec Mitchell of Bright White Ltd explains: “It is not about removing anything whatsoever from the normal roles and responsibilities in the project, it is merely saying that, in certain spaces, if it doesn’t work for the interpretation, then it doesn’t work full stop. I believe that comes across in the final experience.”

 

Chris Walker summarises the project as: “A coming-together and alignment of a large number of organisations, consultancies, practices and people. I genuinely believe that every person on this project wants exactly the same thing - a landscape, venue and interpretation of the highest quality possible.”

 

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre  opens 1st March 2014. Tickets went on sale 13th February 2014.

 

 

 

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