For Queen and country

Princess Anne shook my hand and I jumped for joy. I hope she didn’t take offence.

The re-opening of Shire Hall in Monmouth last week saw the close of a project we first became involved with over 18 months ago. The public can now get their hands on the HD films we produced for the exhibition’s exciting new interactive iPad-style tour.

Exploration of the restored period courtroom is brought to life with our films that recreate scenes from the trial of John Frost – a chartist who was tried for high treason in 1840 after leading thousands of armed men into the town of Newport. Each film deals with a different aspect of the trial, the story interpreted through interviews with actors playing people involved with the trial and dramatised scenes from the trial itself.

This was our video production department’s first big drama shoot using the HD video capable DSLR’s – using both the Canon 5D MKII and Canon 7D across four days of shooting. All footage was transcoded to Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and graded using Red Giant’s Colorista II. Most courtroom scenes were shot handheld on a Cinevate DSLR rig with the scenes featuring some work on the Cinevate Pegasus (now Atlas) slider.

Have a peek at the embedded video to see one of the climactic final scenes:

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