Having been inspired by the Westminster Abbey film we produced, Exeter Cathedral commissioned us to produce a film for their Education Department to help tell some of the stories ensconced in the history of this fabulous cathedral.
There are so many incredible stories buried in the histories of iconic buildings like Exeter Cathedral. Our challenge was to take our research, through working with the Exeter archivists and other sources, and bring it to life with a compelling narrative. Working with 7 times BAFTA winning script writer and presenter Andrew Chater, we crafted a script that told the entire history of Exeter Cathedral in 10 mins.
During pre-production, we visited the Cathedral three times to recce the location. This helped us understand when the Cathedral got busy at certain times during the day and to see where the best light would fall in different parts of the Cathedral throughout the day. It was decided to film at the end of May as this is when the light is at its best and we had the best chance of great weather.
We filmed over two days, being respectful of the working Cathedral and its visitors. We used a 24ft jib to give us a unique perspective of the longest continuous medieval stone roof ever built, which also allowed us to showcase the front of the cathedral. Our steadicam allowed for smooth sweeping dramatic shots with the presenter, all adding to the high production values we employed on the film.
Our motion graphics team worked to bring the history to life, transporting the audience back in time with special effects added to the existing footage and giving them a flavour of important moments in Exeter Cathedral’s history.
The film has been seen by over 1 million visitors and viewed over 5 thousand times on YouTube. We are so proud that the film was recognised by BAFTA and NRG was nominated for a children’s BAFTA.
- 1 Million Visitors
- 5,000 Views on YouTube
- A BAFTA Nominated Film
“Working with NRG was an edifying and enjoyable process from the beginning. Rob and his team were vigilant in listening to what our needs of the film were and how it would be used by the Cathedral. They took time to carefully research and talk to our advisory groups, in order to produce a creative and bespoke script.
Being mindful that the Cathedral is a working building, filming was well planned and the crew were as unobtrusive as they could possibly be during this important process.
The results are inspired and show Exeter Cathedral in the light that we had hoped. Every time we watch it we see something new and exciting about the way in which the Cathedral has been built, used and preserved; along with its rich history and fascinating tales. A commission worth the effort all round. Thank you NRG.”
Every time we watch it we see something new and exciting about the way in which the Cathedral has been built, used and preserved; along with its rich history and fascinating tales. A commission worth the effort all round.
Head of Education Exeter Cathedral