Charles Church in Plymouth
The building of Charles Church in Plymouth was completed in 1657 and consecrated in 1665. It burnt out on the night of 21st and 22nd March 1941, the fire being caused by some of the very many incendiary bombs that fell on the City of Plymouth that night. The church was not rebuilt, but it is the
City‟s memorial to the civilians killed in the Blitz. Today, the ruin is situated in the middle of one of the busiest roundabouts in Plymouth
This is an article from BBC News describing the project developed by Karol Kwiatek:
A film created by a Plymouth PhD student attempts to recreate the interior of one of the city's most iconic buildings. The new panoramic film recreates a computer-generated experience of Charles Church in its heyday. Karol Kwiatek's film Wartime Wedding is set on 20 March 1941, the day before the church was destroyed by fire after being bombed in the WW2 air raids. The film will be shown as part of the ICCI Festival at city's university. The festival - Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries - runs at the University of Plymouth from 13 to 18 September 2010. Karol - who is from Poland - gained a scholarship from the university in 2007 to study for a PhD in Interactive 360 degree narratives. Charles Church was an important part of the city's spiritual life for 300 years He has set the story of the wartime wedding of Ken and Phyllis Beer within his computer-generated interactive movie. Members of the audience can make decisions on whether to run away or whether to continue the ceremony when the blitz starts above the cathedral. "My home town of Krakow did not suffer from bombing during the Second World War," Karol. "I was intrigued by the ruined church and inspired to find out about its history. "I have studied the history of Plymouth to enable the telling of historical narratives. "Then I started visualising and reconstructing sites in Plymouth which could be used to locate the narrative using 3D models of those locations." Charles Church was an important centre of spiritual life for the city for 300 years. It was bombed during the Blitz in 1941 and was not rebuilt after the war. Today it is situated in the middle of a busy roundabout and will not be rebuilt and stands instead as a memorial to the civilians killed in the Blitz. Karol's supervisor Professor Martin Woolner said he was an "exemplary" student. "His work was developed through collaborative partnerships. These demonstrate the opportunities that interactive 360 imaging can provide." To take a look at his film log on to the project's website.
From BBC News (9.09.2010)
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