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Friday, 25 October 2013

Fabulous resource for writers and readers of historical fiction

How often have you walked through a city, London for example and wished you could travel back in time to see it in, say, the Elizabethan period or during the time of Dickens, maybe to see the streets where Sherlock Holmes solved his cases? Well now, due to the expertise and sheer hard graft of a group of students at Pudding Lane Productions, you can and you can see it here. I had hoped to upload the video from YouTube but unlike these brilliant students, my grasp of all things technical is so puny, I couldn't manage it. Do go and look though, it is brilliant. They have produced this amazing fly-through of 17th century London. This has deservedly won First Prize in the Off the Map challenge, using historical data from the British Library so it is startlingly accurate. The group's blog (click here) gives fascinating insight into the detail they strove for - haunches of meat hung up at the butchers, bunches of wood as carried for kindling, the accurate representation of one of London's famous bridges. It is this attention to detail as well as their creativity that has created such an atmospheric experience. This is invaluable for both writers and readers of historical fiction, so that while we are reading maybe Samuel Pepys wonderful diaries, we can look at this wonderful visual representation and feel we are there. How long will it be I wonder before e-books have such 'fly-through' screens so that you can watch as you read to enhance the experience of reading a historical novel (I'm sure someone somewhere is already doing that!) Well done Crytek for making the award. And, from a novel writer who loves this period of history, thank you SO MUCH Pudding Lane Productions and all you talented students, for transporting me back to the past, almost as good as a time machine! AAAAAlE/b-mwTllxhc8/s320/Blog_OffTheMap_Final.jpg" />

8 comments:

Wendy's Writing said...

I can't wait to view this, Cara. It sounds amazing.

Cara Cooper said...

Thank you Wendy, I really enjoyed it, amazing what wonderful things you can find on the net. Hope your writing's going well. I'm working at present on a serial proposal for Woman's Weekly, fingers and toes crossed and all that.

Wendy's Writing said...

I had mine rejected as too tame. My PF one has been approved by Shirley now - just waiting for final approval so fingers and toes crossed.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I saw that on FB - thanks, Cara. A great resource indeed!

Cara Cooper said...

Thanks Rosemary, off to London tonight although I don't think with all the mad traffic and noise it'll be quite like it was back in the 1600s although perhaps it will be but just with different noises!

Cara Cooper said...

Thanks Rosemary, off to London tonight although I don't think with all the mad traffic and noise it'll be quite like it was back in the 1600s although perhaps it will be but just with different noises!

Rama Ananth said...

It does sound very interesting, would definitely have a look at it in Youtube.
How have you been Cara?

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