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.



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.

18th Century, Museum Film

We also work with digital companies who produce apps for museums. Mobile apps are becoming a must have for most museums and galleries as they can help drive more visitors and introduce virtual tours. We can create those special short films which can bring a collection to life. For example, we have recently made a short film about 18th century dress, for a digital company, to be shown in a gallery of 18th century portraits. Here is a sneak peak of the work in progress:

Actress Amy Beven waiting for 'action' to be called.
Actress Amy Beven waiting for ‘action’ to be called.

Kate Loven and Amy Bevan demonstrating the layers of 18th century clothing.
Kate Loven and Amy Bevan demonstrating the layers of 18th century clothing.

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Costumier Pauline Loven pinning the front of the gown to the stomacher.