We shaped the interview material to best tell a story that needed clear contextualising. After experimenting with different structures we felt we had used the interview content most effectively and cut in the broll footage, archive & stills.
We also developed a split screen approach for this video initially to highlight the contrast between black & white archive footage and contemporary colour shots of similar activities, but we felt it was also a stylised way to present more information on screen at any one moment.
Our graphics team created a map showing Roman London and the position of the Temple and the Bloomberg site. They also developed a title card in which the text appears from smoke, a nod to the mists of time and the haze that would be used in the museum experience.
A significant part of the post-production was sourcing and then clearing the rights for the various footage clips and stills used in the film, including from the BBC, the Daily Mail, MOLA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Pathe and the Imperial War Museum. Our experience in historical documentary production stood us in good stead.
The final result was a video we were proud to have made. It’s one that connects a plot of land now in the City of London with an archaeological dig in the 1950’s, the London Blitz of WWII and right back to 240 AD when a mysterious male cult met in a temple there to worship the god Mithras.
A new video was created about the London Mithraeum once it was open to the public and can be found here on the London Mithraeum website.
In 2018, Bloomberg invited participants who had contributed to an oral history project about visiting the temple site in 1954 to the London Mithraeum to see the restored temple for the first time. NextShoot filmed talking head interviews with many of the visitors about their experiences in 1954 and reactions to seeing the restored temple. To watch these interviews, explore their stories and see their photographs from the period visit the dedicated page on the London Mithraeum website.
The Local Projects page on the London Mithraeum can be viewed here.