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Remembering Folkestone 3D idoc 23 Jul 2012

Anaglyph still of WW1 Soldiers at the Marine Parade Rest Camp, Folkestone
Anaglyph still of WW1 Soldiers at the Marine Parade Rest Camp, Folkestone

Margate Digital Media Company Creates the World’s First 3D Interactive Heritage Documentary for Folkestone

Margate based media company Beeping Bush has produced the world's seminal 3D Interactive Heritage Documentary, launched on Friday 13th July at The Grand in Folkestone to over 150 attendees, including Damian Collins MP for Folkestone, Folkestone Town Mayor, and Hannah Daley, (Project Co-ordinator for Content and Creation) from The Imperial War Museum, and Meridian TV.

Coming up to the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, Beeping Bush has been working with Folkestone cultural heritage organisation, Step Short, to produce an interactive 3-D film resource to reach and educate all ages about the role that Folkestone played in the First World War. With funding support from the Screen South Digital Inventions Programme, digital-media arts filmmakers, Beeping Bush have transformed the standard approach of documentary filmmaking - to deliver a seminal 3D interactive film model of heritage information distribution, centred on the role of Folkestone, Kent, during WW1.

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Anaglyph still of WW1 Soldiers billeted with local Folkestone family

During the dark days of the Great War, millions of men boarded ships that would take them to the trenches of France and Belgium and an uncertain future. Those ships left from Folkestone on the short journey to Boulogne and the horror of war in the trenches. Not all the passengers were soldiers, but most were fighting men – and estimates suggest that while ten million left for the Western Front, two million fewer return journeys were made. For many, the sights and sounds of Folkestone harbour would be the last they saw of home.

Mick Etherton Director of Beeping Bush states:
“This ground-breaking stereographic 3D interactive heritage documentary presents archive material in a fully immersive and informed way, and attracts new audiences through both a passive lean back approach or by a fully explorative 3D interaction. It enhances and compliments the work of Step Short to showcase Folkestone's WWI heritage and culture, linking the past with the present and vice versa. We hope that this project will influence the way future true stories are told, bringing documentary filmmaking into a really exciting new format.”

The film is available to view online at

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