The Lockdown Living Room Escape Challenge

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Lockdown has been a busy time for us at Corvidae. With our fellow company, heritage escape-game specialists History Mystery, on furlough, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell turned to us to help drive public engagement – and create some fun – for housebound heritage fans. History Mystery’s hapless historian, Herbert Lozenge, has been a hit with Norwich escape game players for over four years now, so who better to guide families through puzzling out some fun at home? We quickly recognised that our videos needed some interaction, and so Herbert suddenly discovered that he had a twin brother, Hector (and Richard discovered that he had a lot of learning to do with the editing software). We improvised a teleprompter that made it possible to complete the challenging five-episode shoot in a day and a half. Editing took a little longer, with all the split-screen work plus animating the logo the museum had commissioned. Meanwhile Simon created some catchy music that really sets everything off. The results have been well worth all the work, though, and the client’s delighted with the films, and the public reaction.

Check out the finished films on YouTube!

Much Ado about Costumes at Smallhythe Place

Corvidae was delighted to be asked to create a special backdrop and interpretation for a new display of costumes at Smallhythe Place in Kent. Dame Ellen Terry’s house has a huge collection relating to her career, including these spectacular costumes from the Lyceum Theatre’s 1882 production of Much Ado About Nothing. We photographed an etching taken from actor Forbes Robertson’s painting of the wedding scene and created a life-size backdrop and figures to set off the newly restored costumes. We also created interpretation panels based on the original theatre programme, for which we recreated the typeface used on the cover.

You can read more about the display in the National Trust’s press release. Smallhythe Place is now open from Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of October.

Dame Ellen Terry's costumes displayed in front of the backdrop created by Corvidae Ltd.
Dame Ellen Terry’s costumes displayed in front of the backdrop created by Corvidae Ltd.
An interpretation panel for the costume display at Smallhythe Place designed by Corvidae Ltd, based on the original theatre programme.
An interpretation panel for the costume display at Smallhythe Place designed by Corvidae Ltd, based on the original theatre programme.

Info-point logoCorvidae is delighted to be working with Info-Point to offer digital interpretation to smartphones and other mobile devices – wherever it’s needed! Info-Point is a self-contained wi-fi hotspot and web server, which delivers content direct to browsers in phones and tablets with no need for an Internet connection. The units use about the same amount of power as an energy-saving light bulb, and can even be solar powered, so they really can be used almost anywhere.
Info-Point allows us to use all our digital interpretation expertise to deliver fantastic, accessible content to visitor’s own phones, cutting out the need for you to buy and maintain expensive, theft-prone handsets.