Scramble | Biggin Hill Museum
Celebrating brave young pilots
This was our first time working with Biggin Hill and this film was the centrepiece of a far bigger project. The Memorial Museum opened in January 2019 and Chocolate won the pitch to kit out the building with AV. We re-enacted a WWII sequence when young RAF pilots waited for the scramble bell to ring and fly into the skies without knowing if they would come back. The film needed to be immersive and projected onto a wall.
We wanted to build up the tension and that sense of not knowing when the bell would ring. We worked closely with the curators to make sure they had the right attire for the right time of year, it was interspersed with British Pathé footage, along with our own footage of a Hurricane propeller filmed at Biggin Hill. We also made a point of using new, young talent looking for their first break into acting.
Historically accurate reconstruction
Biggin Hill Memorial Museum opened in 2019 on the site of Biggin Hill airfield, one of the commanding bases for the Battle of Britain during WWII and a site where British soldiers died. The Museum tells the story of the famous fighter station through the personal experiences of those who served here, and the community that supported them. We were commissioned to produce all AV content for the new museum in Bromley, south London and set out on a compelling journey through army history. The result is a series of atmospheric films, making you feel as if you were right there with the soldiers on the mid-20th century airfield.
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