18th Century Working Women – Haymaking

Liv Free and Bex Holland. Photo Nic Loven

In the early summer of 2018 we made a short film on the dress of working women in the 18th century using haymaking as an example of hard work, and the lovely wildflower meadows of Kingerby Beck, in Lincolnshire, as our location.

Bex Holland and Liv Free. Photo Nic Loven.

The finished film, which stars Liv Free and Bex Holland, can be seen below:

Getting Dressed in WW2 – Women’s Land Army

The Women’s Land Army did a remarkable job during the Second World War, replacing the male workers who had been called up to fight. In a war when it was the determination of the Nazis to starve Britain into submission, the work of the WLA or Land Girls kept Britain from starvation.

The latest in our series on the history of dress starred Holly Turner, Jasmine Clark, Laura Jane Johnson, Bryony Roberts, Victoria Louise Newman, Estella Platts and Aimee Tyas.

The Director and Cinematographer was Nic Loven, Costume by Pauline Loven, Costume Assistant, Jasmine Clarke.

Many thanks to Dave Woolerton the owner of the vintage MinneMoline tractor.

WLA Stockings were knitted by Sally Pointer.

 

Getting Dressed in WW1 – Young Woman

The history of dress is punctuated by periods of rapid change, especially for women’s dress.  This is one such period.

Starring Hannah Gaskell, Charlotte Halse and Sophie Halse

Director and Cinematographer Nic Loven, Costume Pauline Loven, Hair and makeup Emily Johnson.

Filmed at Lincoln’s Arboretum and in a house overlooking it.

The knitted cardigan was created by Sheila Cunnea and the knitting patterns are all available in the Centenary Stitches knitting book by Elizabeth Lovick.

 

Getting Dressed in 1665 – Delft

Another in our series of films on the history of costume, this one is on the clothing of  a wealthy woman in  17th Century Holland. Watch to the end!

Starring Hannah Douglas, Sarah Whitehouse and Anthony Webster.

Director and cinematographer Nic Loven, costume Pauline Loven, hair and make up Liv Free, costume assistant Kelly Clark.

This was filmed at Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire.

The shoes were handmade by Kevin Garlick Shoes

The knitted stockings were made by Sally Pointer

The brazier and Delft tile were made by Andrew MacDonald, The Pot Shop, Lincoln 

The Earrings were created by Parures de Lumières

 

 

Getting Dressed in WW1 – VAD Nurse

This short film on the uniform and role of the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Nurse during WW1 reached a million views in its first week:

Actress Tiffany Haynes, Directed by and cinematography by Nic Loven, Costume by Pauline Loven, Assistant, Jasmine Clark.

It was filmed, in part, at the former VAD Hospital, now known as Stanhope Hall, in Horncastle in Lincolnshire.

 

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman

We have just finished filming ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman’, for Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums of Liverpool. The film will be part of a new exhibition on costume and is a companion to the ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ film on a wealthy woman’s attire we made earlier.

The film is currently in post production and the music is being composed by Chris Gordon. 

Here are some taster screen grabs:

The location was South Ormsby Hall in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and it was blowing quite a blizzard the day we filmed. However, were fortunate to reach the hall on time and all the crew get home again before the roads were blocked. This photo (below) is by set photographer Adam Fielding:

The film was directed by Nic Loven, the cast were Philip Stevens (Gentleman) and John Males (manservant), the costume was by Pauline Loven, the production assistant was Adam Fielding and the dresser was Kelly Clark.

 

 

Getting Dressed in the 14th Century

We have just filmed a sequence on ‘Getting Dressed in the 14th Century’ – the century when it is considered that fashion began.  The film has just been released on  Crow’s Eye Productions YouTube Channel.

Nic Loven on camera assisted by Lilli Stoddart. Photo: Pauline Loven

Below: Screen grabs from the film:

Lucy Sherre Cooper

Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper

Kirsty Hannah

Director: Nic Loven, Production Assistant: Lilli Stoddart, Actors: Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper, Costume: Pauline Loven, Hairdressing Anita Cudbertson, Location: The Saxon House. 

Dressing in the 18th Century

Crow’s Eye Productions has just completed a follow-up to our film ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ that we made for Lady Lever Art Gallery.  The immense popularity of the first film raised  the question amongst the audience who viewed it and enjoyed the complexity of a wealthy woman’s dress:  ‘who dressed the maid’?  So we made the second film to explain in detail how dress was simplified by working women, and made more practical and affordable, while still maintaining the fashionable silhouette.  As with the first film, this was devised, directed, filmed and edited by Nic Loven, and researched and costumed by Pauline Loven

Nic Loven, Director, with Lilli Stoddart, assistant producer. Photo © Keith Loven.

Our first task was to find a suitable location to film in, but we already knew of an almost unaltered chamber (bedroom) of a one-up one-down 18th century cottage, now part of the Friends Meeting House in Brant Broughton.

Model, Liv Free. Photo (c) Pauline Loven.

The cottage and attached barn had been donated to The Friends in 1701 and, apart from minor alterations to turn the barn into a Meeting House and subsequently to put in power and heating, the core of the building was maintained unaltered. The  fireplaces, floors, doors (with original blacksmith door furnishings), walls and windows remained as they had been in 1701.  Even the original cloak pegs were in place.

Nic Loven and Liv Free. Photo © Pauline Loven

The only problems filming were the small area we had to work in and the fact that the original prayer benches had to be stacked to one side of the room.

Lilli Stoddart and Nic Loven. Photo © Pauline Loven

We chose our model, Liv Free, for her natural English rose looks, but to her surprise and ours she turned out to live in the next village and so it was perhaps her easiest ever commute to a modelling  job!  Not only is Liv a beautiful model and hair and makeup artist, but she also has also created a line of extraordinary and opulent accessories, including headpieces and masks (though we didn’t need any for this shoot!).

Our Voice Over Artist, Martha Milne, is an American who has lived in Lincolnshire for many years. She has been a long term collaborator with Nic Loven and Crow’s Eye Productions.

The script was researched and written by our period costumier Pauline Loven and edited by Martha Milne. Pauline also created the costumes and produced the film.

The film was made on the tiniest of budgets – even the replica period pottery was loaned to us (by Andrew MacDonald from the Pot Shop in Lincoln), and the bed was made at cost by carpenter Peter Halse. So a huge thank you to everyone who made this possible!

Full list of credits:

Director/Cinematographer: Nic Loven

Producer/Costumier: Pauline Loven

Production Assistant: Lilli Stoddart

Woman: Liv Free

VO: Martha Milne

Location: Friends Meeting House, Brant Broughton

Carpentry: Peter Halse

Pottery: Andrew MacDonald of the Pot Shop, Lincoln

Bed Quilt: Martha and Emily Milne

Cockerel: Hughie

Special thanks to the Friends for permission to use the Meeting House and to Wendy Gwatkin in particular for all her support at the Meeting House and the loan of antique furniture too!

Many thanks to John and Sam O’Boyle for allowing us to record their cockerel Hughie!

Lady Lever Art Gallery has now commissioned us the make another film, this time on the dress of a wealthy 18th century man.

 

Museum Film Goes Viral!

In 2015 Crow’s Eye was contacted by a media company, completing the digital interpretation of a museum, to create a short video showing the layers of eighteenth century costume.

Getting dressed in the 18th century

The video was intended as part of the interpretation of the eighteenth century gallery which featured many society portraits from the era.The media company added the VO – though this is also something Crow’s Eye has expertise in.

Crow’s Eye costume department worked closely with Pauline Rushton, the costume curator of Lady Lever Art Gallery. You can read Pauline Rushton’s blog here and Pauline Loven’s blog here.

Since the completed film was released online it has gone viral with over one and a half million views and growing:

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss having a museum video made.