Several Multimedia Trailers
Power, Splendour and Downfall – Roman Weißenburg
Commissioned by: Stadt Weißenburg in Bayern
In honour of the 30th anniversary of the Roman Museum Weißenburg, ArcTron and their partner 7reasons created 3 short films that are shown in the thermal spa in Weißenburg. They deployed latest computer and film technologies – from stereoscopy over green screens to including laser scanning data. The mixture of virtual and real film sequences is a unique characteristic of films in a museum context.
The films take the viewer into the Roman past of Weißenburg using 3D sequences, animations and virtual reconstructions. The Spaniard Flavius, the groom Marcus and the beautiful Roman Matrulla take the viewers 2000 years back in time. Military and civilian life in BIRICIANAS at the border of the Roman Empire comes to life on the screen. The fort and spa are created anew and the films allow peeking into the streets of this Roman settlement.
The films also try to explain the circumstances under which the famous bronze treasure was found and what might have led to it being buried.
Passau in Roman Times
Commissioned by: Roman Museum Fort Boiotro - Passau
For the renewed exhibition in the Roman Museum Boitro in Passau, multimedia specialist ArcTron was assigned to create a film about Passau in Roman times.
The river Danube was a natural and protective border towards Germania Libera. The river Inn represented the border between the provinces Rhaetia and Noricum. This extraordinary topographic and economic postion characterizes the importance of Passau. It explains the construction of three military forts on both sides of the river Inn until the 2nd century AD.
The film is not only about history and appearance of these forts, it also shows the surrounding civil settlement, thermal spa and the cemetery. It explains developments and changes in everyday life of soldiers and civilians.
The decay of the Roman Empire during the late 3rd century AD also concerned Boiodurum und Boiotro – as the fort south of the Inn was called. During the winter of 470 AD only the fort from Late Antiquity and one single watchtower were still deployed. Around this time saint Severin founded a small monastery here, which was destroyed by a fire in the 5th century. This time marked the end of Roman Passau.
Commissioned by: Museum Rietberg, Zurich
The temple complex of Chavín de Huántar in the Peruvian district of Áncash was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century. The temple lies 3200m above sea level, dates back to the 2nd and 1st century BC and was the centre of the Chavín Culture, oldest culture of the Andes.
Apart from the temple itself, the ornate stone sculptures are of national importance: e.g. the god statue Lanzón or the Tello obelisk. The Tello includes the oldest depiction of a cosmological concept known today.
Multimedia and surveying specialist ArcTron created a virtual reconstruction of the temple for the exhibition „Chavín – Peru’s mysterious Temple in the Andes“ at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich. The earliest construction phase of the temple was brought to life based on surveys carried out in the spring of 2012. All available survey data was viewed with the surveying specialists and evaluated for further processing.
A 20-minute film depicts the architectural history of Chavín and its peculiarities such as the intentionally exposed location where two mountain streams come together. In order to draw a complex picture of the cult practices, the cosmological context is explained as well as the construction of the temple along two invisible axes. Just like the chosen ones centuries ago, the viewer walks into the inner temple, is drugged, and finally faces the impressive Lanzón statue – the highest honour.
Ninfa – The Pompeii of the Middle Ages
Commissioned by: German Historical Institute in Rome
Ninfa, located between Rome and Naples, contains the extraordinary well preserved remains of a 14th century city. The owners, the old and noble Roman ’Caetani’ family, created one of the most beautiful romantic English-style gardens around these remains in the early 20th century. Today, the park is managed, developed and preserved by a foundation.
In 2011 the German Historical Institute in Rome started examining this important cultural site in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Apart from analyzing classical written sources, they commissioned latest airborne and terrestrial laser scanning surveys as well as geophysical examinations.
ArcTron carried out these surveys and deployed an ultra-light paraglider trike as well as a newly developed camera copter for realizing the airborne photogrammetry tasks. Terrestrial laser scans, GPS and total station measurements build the reliable basis for uniting all different survey data. The airborne surveys not only covered Ninfa but also recorded the monastery of Abbazzia de Valvischiolo and the medieval town of Sermoneta, which was dominated by the Caetani as well. The scans with an accuracy of about 2-3 millimetres allow for a reliable reconstruction of the buildings. This way, Ninfa could be brought back to life on the computer one day and be preserved for the future.
Commissioned by: Knauf-Museum Iphofen
The settlement on Bullenheim Mountain with its numerous finds is an important testimony of late Bronze Age life in Germany. This hilltop enclosure from the 10th and 9th century BC might have been a place of wide-spread importance as it was a centre of power, economy and culture.
Scientific examinations of the University of Würzburg in the 1980s and since 2010 lead to a comprehensive picture of village life as well as spectacular finds: a golden regalia of a priestly ceremony gown including a golden hat and bronze embellishment tablets from a splendid harness. The deployment of latest GPS and laser scanning technologies proved that the 30,000 m² terrain is surrounded by a 2.5 km long earth wall. This rampart was segmented by three transverse walls. The technology also allowed new insights into medieval agriculture and modern ravine systems.
The multimedia team of ArcTron visualized this settlement based on scientific facts. They not only show the wall structures and splendid finds as they might have appeared, but also explain the bronze production process and everyday life of the Bronze Age.
Karelslé 6500 years ago
Scientific examinations have been carried out in the fissure cave Karelslé in Northern Luxemburg since the early 20th century. Archaeological layers from Mesolithic to Medieval times were discovered. One Mesolithic layer, about 6500 years old, is of special importance: It stems from the so-called Rössen Culture and contained several finds such as ceramic sherds, cherts, hatchets, bones and botanic remains. Remains of charred wooden poles indicate the location of a fireplace with a construction for smoking food.
Overall, these finds document life led 4500 years BC. ArcTron virtually reconstructed this life in close cooperation with expert scientists. They tell a story about what might have led to this destructive fire that made people abandon the cave. From that time on, they lived on the plateau above the cave in typical Rössen houses and made their living with agriculture. The film offers insights into everyday life of this time.
Greding - The Princley Tomb´s riddle
Commissionde by: Archäologie Museum Greding
In the spring of 1995 excavations were carried out because of the railway track constructions for high-speed ICE trains between Nuremberg and Ingolstadt. North of Greding, settlement and grave finds were discovered that date back to almost all Prehistoric and Protohistoric periods. This location has already been of high strategic importance in the Middle Ages: Two valleys meet near Großhöbing and form one of the few natural north-south crossings of the Franconian Alps.
At the eastern side of the valley, parts of an early Medieval linear cemetery dating to the 6th to 8th century were discovered. With over 250 documented graves, it is the biggest known cemetery of this time and region.
Grave number 143 gained national attention: An aristocratic gentlemen and his four closest companions were buried here following the rites of this time. A lot of questions arise when we look at the find: the skeletons linking arms with each other, their folded hands, their grave gifts and the injuries discovered during anthropological examinations. Who were these people? What did they look like? And why were they murdered?
ArcTron created this short film in cooperation with the specialists of ’Wild Life Art’, a company reconstructing faces of the dead using scientific methods. The film offers a possible scenario of the five men’s death and gives insights into hard Medieval life, rites and customs. ArcTron paid special attention to historical plausibility and thus communicated a lot with archaeologists and historians during production.
Schwanfeld - Germany´s oldest village
Commissioned by: Schwanfeld Community
In 1970, a Linear Bandceramic settlement was found on the school ground in Schwanfeld. This find marked the start of several decades of research about ’the oldest village of Germany’. The results of the excavation and the scientific evaluation produced new insights into life and origin of the residents.
These people originally came from today’s Northern Bohemia, over 450 km away. They brought with them the so-called “Neolithic Revolution”: The change from nomadic hunters and gatherers to settling down with cattle and agriculture.
ArcTron produced this short film together with the scientists in charge. It shows the long and dangerous travel of the founding clan, their acquisition of land (today’s Schwanfeld) and the construction of the first village. It also depicts village life over four generations, everyday life of its inhabitants, their rites and the respective worshipping of their founding father. The images reflect the peculiarly clear and planned courtyard structure – indicative of a strict organisation.