With a background in graphic design and web design, I decided to explore 2D and 3D animation along with sound design.
I was interested in bringing a local story to life to show at museums or festivals. A local historian told me about the Stanfield Tragedy, a double murder at Stanfield Hall near Wymondham, Norfolk which took place in November 1848. The story is complex, and I am grateful to staff at Wymondham Archives and Norwich Castle who shared a lot of information.
There had been disputes over property and rent for years between James Bloomfield Rush and his landlord Isaac Jermy, Recorder of Norwich. Rush went to Stanfield Hall disguised in a cloak and wig and shot Jermy and his son dead with a double barrelled blunderbuss. Surviving witnesses and his mistress Emily Sanford contested against him and he was later hung at Norwich Castle.
My slant on the story is sympathetic to the murderer, who had a family of nine children and had reached desperation over his unaffordable rent. Recording a ballad with a local folk singer and musician, Chris Dickerson and adding Foley (reproduced everyday sound effects) helped bring the story to life. Much of my visual inspiration came from Victorian illustration.