Museums hold treasures of history, culture, and art, and their ability to engage and educate visitors is greatly enhanced through the power of film. Evenlode Films, a leading film production company, has successfully employed different approaches in creating films for museums, bringing exhibits to life and immersing audiences in captivating narratives. In this article, we explore two distinct projects: the rebranding of the Holst Museum as the Holst Victorian House and the celebration of pottery craftsmanship in the film "Clay Live" for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Rebranding the Holst Museum: "A House in Time Unlocked"
Evenlode Films embarked on a transformative journey when tasked with rebranding the Holst Museum as the Holst Victorian House. The film, aptly titled "A House in Time Unlocked," adopted a documentary-style approach, taking viewers on a captivating journey through the house's history, spanning from the 1840s until its establishment as a museum in the 1970s. The documentary not only received numerous awards but also carried a significant personal touch.
Tim Mountain, Evenlode Films' CEO and Founding Partner, composed the film's music, blending the company's connection to music with the rich historical narrative. As a composer experienced in theatrical scores for the BBC, TV, and radio, Tim's original composition added a unique and engaging dimension to the film. This harmonious blend of technical expertise and creative storytelling enabled Evenlode Films to create a distinctive film that captivated and educated museum visitors, school groups, and individuals of all ages.
Ashmoleon Museum: "Clay Live", Celebrating the Art of Pottery
Another remarkable project undertaken by Evenlode Films was the creation of a film for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, titled "Clay Live." This film showcased the art of clay throwing through the stories of three different potters, one of whom resided in Cornwall. The film not only unveiled the mastery of clay throwing but also delved into the personal journey and inspiration behind each potter's craft.
One of the potters shared a fascinating anecdote about his introduction to pottery. Escaping from boarding school, he found himself in the basement, mesmerised by the kilns and structures housing the pots waiting for the firing process. This transformative moment sparked a lifelong passion for pottery in Sutton Taylor, one of the featured artists in the film. Evenlode Films captured the beauty of his craft, including scenes of Taylor collecting samples from the Cornwall coastline and transforming them into shimmering luster on his pieces.
To complement the visuals, Tim Mountain composed the evocative piece "Turning," which emulated the rhythmic motion of the potter's wheel. This original music composition enhanced the storytelling and immersed viewers in the creative process.
Evenlode Films' innovative approach to museum filmmaking has revolutionised the way exhibits and artifacts are presented to the public. Through the rebranding of the Holst Museum as the Holst Victorian House and the celebration of pottery craftsmanship in the film "Clay Live" for the Ashmolean Museum, Evenlode Films has proven their ability to seamlessly merge technical expertise with creative storytelling. Their films have garnered critical acclaim, enriched museum experiences, and captivated audiences of all ages.
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