We worked with Torfaen County Borough Council and Big Pit National Coal Museum to produce a series of three virtual reality films which allow visitors to experience life as it was in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site during the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Each film focuses on one location and is narrated by a character from Blaenavon’s past who guides the viewers back in time and highlights the trials and tribulations encountered by Blaenavon’s industrial workers, as well as families and communities during the Industrial Revolution. We interpreted factual information that was sourced by Big Pit Historians and local history groups to create the three-minute educational narrative scripts.
We captured 360° video plates at each location and used VFX to transform the environments to how they would have looked in the past. We then filmed characters in period costume, hair and make-up on our in-house green screen and composited them into the plates to bring each scene to life.
The films are designed to be viewed from the ‘Time Travellers’ benches’ at each location on site via a Google Cardboard VR viewer, where visitors can see their modern-day view transformed to the past.