The Cambridge Computing History Museum engaged The District to create a short film for GCSE students with the aim of inspiring interest in coding. Our concept for the film involved showing key moments in the history of coding to raise awareness of its historic scope, including an emphasis on less obvious coding-related elements such as war and spacecraft.
The process began through research and collaboration with the client to create a storyboard of found images and footage that would form the visual assets for the film. We then looked at which elements of the storyboard suggested audio elements and started a process of experimentation and sampling to create a soundtrack that matches and supplements the visuals using the tones, clicks, buzzes and beeps that have historically accompanied computing.
The result is a film that can be used in the classroom or in an exhibition context, with or without the audio which enhances the viewing without being intrusive to the visual content. The pace of the film grabs and holds attention and rewards repeat viewings – the more you watch the more you learn.