By David Seymour
Fray Bentos, a 27-minute short from Tin Hat Productions, has been used as reference material for the IWM’s WWI Centenary Exhibition.
The exhibition is set to tour the globe and will have its world premiere at the Melbourne Museum in Australia in April.
Part of the exhibition focuses on the story of Fray Bentos, a British Mark IV tank in the First World War. This saw the IWM looking to Tin Hat Productions’ film of the same name for guidance after it ‘came across’ the short.
Describing the production as ‘immensely useful’, a spokesman said: “We used the film, in particular the parts shot within the 1.1 recreation of the interior of the tank, to gain a better perspective of what the soldiers involved experienced.
“For example, where they were positioned, how much room they had, what they could see - the whole feel and atmosphere of being in that space together. We also used it to ensure the detail and proportion of our animation of the interior, particularly specific fittings such as rivets, were correct.”
Andy Burn, from Tin Hat Productions, said: “I’m delighted that the IWM have shown such confidence in our work. When Tin Hat Productions was first conceived, we realised that our future success depended on our determination to get things right. We needed to be at the top of our game. Having our film used by the IWM as reference material on such an important exhibit proves that we’re on the right track.”