Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and the Longitude website goes live!

My latest film Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Crayford’s Famous Admiral: How His Death Shaped the Modern World went live yesterday.


The project celebrates the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act by telling the story of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.  Shovell was Rear Admiral of the Fleet of England, having worked his way up from his start as a cabin boy, and was shipwrecked on the Scilly Isles in 1707. Despite the loss of 2000 men, Shovell managed to get ashore alive somehow but was murdered for the large, emerald ring on his finger by a local woman, who was scouring the beach after the wreck.  The ships that were wrecked were carrying a massive haul of treasure, which was intended to be used as payment for the army.  The loss of these ships and Shovell was a national disaster.  As a result the government set up a competition to try and solve the problem of ascertaining longitude thereby working out a ships position at sea.  The problem was solved by a Lincolnshire clockmaker and carpenter, John Harrison.


The film combines stopmotion puppet animation with children’s drawing, which were animated using Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro, as well as archive images.  There is some heavy metal music on the soundtrack by a band who have taken Shovell’s name as their inspiration. Here is Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s biog.  Be warned, it’s got some fruity language!


Here’s the link to the project website


And here’s the link to the holding site for other previous Crayford history projects that I have worked on.


If you would just like to watch the film without going to the project website, y’ere ’tis:


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