Here are a few stills from the project with more information about the film below:
In an attic full of history and wonder. Amber (16) searches to find her grandfather Ernest’s, most treasured item, hoping that it will bring him comfort and joy as he lies desperately ill in hospital. What she stumbles upon is a lifetime of memories, unearthing Ernest’s passion for and commitment to engineering. Never has Amber so deeply considered the role of an engineer, their importance in her home town of Grantham or the world-changing effect that the notion to simply ‘improve something’ can impose.
‘An Engineering Past’ aims to explore, celebrate and share Grantham’s rich engineering heritage in collaboration with local communities and heritage partners through the creation of a 10-minute film.
The script ‘An Exploded View’, written by Neil Edwards was created using research and interviews with current and retired Engineers from Grantham. The information collected has formed a moving, fictional story that is rooted in historical truths.
The project has been developed in collaboration with Laura Barrett who creates intricate black white monochrome illustrations and patterns. ‘An Exploded View’ will be brought to life through an audio play, animated by shadow performance. The final process will see actors placed inside Laura’s illustrations to produce a unique and visually stunning short film. The project is a development of ‘Edith’s War’ undertaken in 2015: www.youtu.be/10cAPwVgoyQ.
The film was due to be premier at Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham, a large science, engineering and arts festival, which attracts over 80,000 people. Due to lockdown restrictions, sadly this has been postponed until September 2022. In the meantime, the film will preview at Grantham Guildhall Theatre in 2020 and will be submitted to film festivals across the globe to widen its reach.
The project was commissioned by Gravity Fields Festival and has been funded by, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund and Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service (LCVS).