Monday, 23 May 2022

Beltane - A strange encounter in Duloe 'Stone Circle'

 

Beltane - A strange encounter in Duloe 'Stone Circle', a new adventure game from Shadow Tor Studios. Explore a real location in 4K 360 detail and solve a mystery.  www.shadowtor.com/beltane



POLICE and local people are baffled by phone cam footage that seems to show extraordinary phenomena over the 4000 year old stone circle, in Duloe, Cornwall. Experts are examining the footage, filmed by a local farmer, in the hope that sceptical eyes may reveal what the farmer describes as an "encounter". Is it a drone? Faked? Experimental military craft? Or a power generated by the stones themselves? Play to find out.

Strange and mysterious sightings have been reported at the ancient stone circle at Duloe, Cornwall, in the far South West of Great Britain. The area is steeped in folklore and legend, with human activity dating back millennia, the time of stone age tools and celestial worship. Many believe that stone circles are placed to align with planets, the moon and the movements of the sun. Others believe there is some otherworldly quality, an unknowable power from beneath the soil or perhaps, given recent evidence, from above? 



Creation: Beltane was produced by three people, over 50 hours, as part of an educational course in virtual tours and digital presentation, with all images, effects, sound and music created especially for the project.

The main shoot at the Duloe Stone Circle, was carried out on May 4th, not long after 'Beltane' a pagan festival that gives the game its name. Field recordings were made of local sounds and ambiance, while full 360 captures were made of the meadow and ancient monument. One stone, the tallest, was captured in full 3D using photogrammetry, a technique used in advanced digital archaeology. 

Matt Clark has long had an obsession with the stone circle, ever since visiting as a boy. Since then, Matt has made hundreds of trips to the stones, not too far from Shadow Tor Studios base, on the coast in Looe. "This short course was a great opportunity to produce a short adventure game, set somewhere I love, but go places we've not been before. The best way to capture the essence of the place is to feature the actual location, and augment the 360 views with birds, bugs, weather effects and there's even a friendly cat in this game. He's based on Rusty, the old ginger cat that used to follow me to the stones on visits, many moons ago".


Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Boden Fogou - Digital Reconstruction

 

A reconstruction of the Fogou at Boden, Cornwall, in the early Iron Age. The high angle reveals the extent of the enclosure ditch with internal rampart mound, southern entryway and a 40 meter (gentle sloping southern approach) pathway. 


Inside the Fogou, the journey underground begins through the rock cut passage connected to the outer ditch, joining the stone cut steps which lead up to an antechamber (likely covered with a wooden roof, but dismantled in the Romano-British period) before passing through the corbeled passage. The passageway may have been lit with Tallow Candles.


Beyond the antechamber, the stone lined long ‘L Shaped’ fogou corridor, still very obvious to this day, would once have been capped with large stone lintels.

 
Eventually, the fogou tunnel reaches a hairpin bend, transitioning down steps from the stone walled passage through a bedrock cut tunnel, where it meets daylight again in the outer enclosure ditch. 
 
 
The bedrock cut passages connecting to the outer enclosure ditch may have been added to the fogou at a later construction phase.
 
 
Boden Fogou - Digital Reconstruction was created by Shadow Tor Studios for Time Team Boden Fogou and surrounding site continues to be investigated by Meneage Archaeology Group

Monday, 21 March 2022

Time Team

It’s no secret Time Team - The hit British archaeology TV show is back with the first dig in a new series, investigating an Iron Age Fogou site, here in Cornwall. Shadow Tor Studios brings its range of services to the new returning archaeology TV show.

For Time Team, Shadow Tor has been creating Photogrammetry 3D models of archaeological finds and features, rendering digital model footage, 3D modeling and animating virtual reconstructions of archaeology artifacts. We are also capturing 360 degree photos, building interactive virtual tours and crafting full historic digital reconstructions of the featured sites. 

Capturing Photogrammetry

Finds Photogrammetry

360 degree photos, building interactive virtual tours.




Beltane - A strange encounter in Duloe 'Stone Circle'

  Beltane - A strange encounter in Duloe 'Stone Circle', a new adventure game from Shadow Tor Studios. Explore a real location in 4K...