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Festival of Remembrance 18

  • London
  • – Projection
  • – Royal British Legion
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The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance took on added significance this year, with the centenary of the Armistice marking the end of World War One.

The Royal British Legion and the BBC commissioned us to create two visual sequences for this unique anniversary festival: a compact narrative of World war One and the descendants’ story. Employing the most beautiful layered and ethereal canvas, a four-sided cube made from 6m x 18m automated projection gauzes.

Our work accompanied poems, readings, and music during this particular show section. Although this was a digital delivery, it was essential to represent the analogue nature of this period. Therefore, we combined the rich footage and imagery at our disposal with authentic ephemera and keepsakes and traditional mark-making techniques.

It was a huge honour to work on such a beautiful and significant event. Although the project had a tight budget and timeline, it was one of the most successful and most viewed Festivals of Remembrance. By the end of the show, 7.5m people watched on BBC One, 40% of the viewing audience.

  • Client
    BBC Studios Events + Royal British Legion
  • Projection designer and director
    Kate Dawkins
  • Producer
    Jayne Hobart
  • Motion artists
    Kyli John and Chris Stoneman
@ Kate Dawkins Studio 2018