Competition winners filmed for special Lincoln Castle light show

Ten lucky competition winners played star roles in the filming of a special light show production this week, which will illuminate the walls of Lincoln Castle.

More than 100 people responded to a competition which gave history and digital art buffs the chance to be a part of the installation, which rounds off Lincoln’s biannual festival of digital culture Frequency Festival.

The ten winners were treated to a unique green screen experience at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday, October 7, where their faces were filmed ready to be used in the show.

The competition winners enjoyed an evening of filming at the University of Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite.

The competition winners enjoyed an evening of filming at the University of Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite.

Entitled The One, The Few and The Many, the large-scale, immersive light installation has been specially commissioned for Lincoln Castle by Threshold Studios with support from Arts Council England.

Taking place on the evenings of Friday 30 and Saturday, October 31, the seeper production will mark the grand finale of Frequency 2015.

The play will be an interactive laser grid and mired light show creating a visual representation of how engagement brings power to the masses.

A rendition of The One, The Few and The Many at Lincoln Castle. Photo: seeper

A rendition of The One, The Few and The Many at Lincoln Castle. Photo: seeper

Its themes are based around the importance of the Magna Carta, following the document’s 800th anniversary this year.

The light show by seeper will be illuminated against the Lincoln Castle walls.

The light show by seeper will be illuminated against the Lincoln Castle walls.

Competition winner Amber Mitchley, 20, from Lincoln said: “I’m a third year student at Bishop Grosseteste University studying history and education studies so when I saw the event at the castle I thought it sounded really good.

“I didn’t think I’d win! I’ve been a few times to the castle since its revamp and it’s really nice to see how it’s changed.”

Clayton Bowring also won he competition, but decided to nominate daughter Keira to be filmed in his stead.

He said: “I’m really interested in Lincoln history. The castle looks absolutely brilliant and it deserves to be in the spotlight.”

Kiera added: “I feel quite proud that we get to be involved and I think my family are going to come up and see the light show.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Sam Nutter, a nurse from Lincoln, said after he was filmed in the green screen studio: “It’s going to be a laugh I think. My friends I think will be out in full force to see it, it will be great.

“We did a group shot and then I had to go in front of the green screen and do a few different poses and actions. We can’t see what it’s going to be like until the day so it’s exciting.”

Sam Lindley, production manager for Frequency Festival, added: “The show is a representation of historical information around the Magna Carta.

“It’s a combination of projections onto Lucy Tower, as well as an interactive playground in the castle grounds which will take people through the idea of The One, The Few and The Many.

“It’s a great chance for people to take part in and explore a really key part in Lincoln’s history.”

Frequency Festival runs from October 23 to November 1 and sees a host of unique performances, installations and exhibitions crash land in the city.

The full festival schedule can be found here.