The empty throne

Stevens, Philip, Hainstock, Chris and Webb, Dominique (2015) The empty throne. [Video]

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The Empty Throne is a specially commisisoned 'featurette' . A high definition film that was conceived as a living painting, a window into the characters and events leading up to the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215.

I was engaged to create the sound design and mix the soundtrack for the piece. This was an unusual brief as the piece was 48 minutes long and contains sections of distinct action and speech along with sections which were characterised by atmospheric soundscapes, a storm brewing, castle echoes etc etc

The film was directed by Philip Stevens, lecturer in the School of Film and Media.

Stressing the power of the individual and is a call to arms for young artists to make their voices heard. The Empty Throne was shown as part of the multi-­‐faceted launch event at Lincoln Castle, where the film was simultaneously projected onto multiple walls inside the castle. Viewers could catch a glimpse of the film as they passed by, perhaps coming across one of the tableaus. A series of dramas unfold.

The production was also distinctive as it developed as a collaboration between staff, students and graduates of the School of Film & Media at the University of Lincoln, working together on a professional shoot to produce a film the University is incredibly proud of. As a key partner of the project, who commissioned the film to form a key part of the launch event, the
School of Film & Media is delighted and grateful that the project has provided our students with this invaluable opportunity to extend their skills and expertise – and the intended audience will gain valuable knowledge

Additional Information:The Empty Throne soundtrack was designed and created in the Lincoln Sound Theatre, in the School of Film and Media the filming took place in Lincoln in the Old Bishops Palace, directed by Philip Stevens Lincoln Castle is home to one of four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a document which is generally recognised as the foundation of constitutional democracy and the source of many of the civil liberties enjoyed in free countries today. This weekend not only celebrated the eight hundredth anniversary of signing the historic document but the launch of, a digital platform which considers the relevance of the Magna Carta in the digital age as a stimulus for young people to to discover, debate and create. is a University of Lincoln initiative funded by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award, and will operate over the next 25 months culminating on 6 November 2017, 800 years on from the anniversary of the Magna Carta’s sister document, The Charter of the Forest. The platform will be managed by the young people who use it, featuring contributions from young people and contemporary artists which inspire debate on resonating principles of the Magna Carta in our digital age, learning resources from the British Library and polling by YouGov, and will be supported by six artist commissions. The Castle’s recent refurbishment has brought the educational tools of the facility into the twenty first century, so what better place to launch an initiative which celebrates the possibilities of technology? Simon Hollingworth, previous Creative Director of the Drill Hall, was asked to devise the launch event which was held on Sunday 14 July in the Castle’s Victorian Prison. Promising the experience would be like walking through’s website, the audience were invited to walk through the prison cells discovering the history of the site through a variety of platforms. Amongst these featured, The Empty Throne, a film penned by A Younger Theatre’s previous Features Editor, Laura Turner, and performances from spoken words stars Mark Grist & MC Mixy, and singer songwriter Elliott Morris.
Keywords:1215, magna carta, king john, Democracy, media and democracy, film, sound design, sound, sound art
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P313 Film Production
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P130 Curatorial studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W212 Multimedia Design
J Technologies > J930 Audio Technology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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Deposited On:06 May 2016 19:05

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