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Dracula's spooky abbey is recreated by Game Art Design students!

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students have recreated the ancient abbey which inspired Dracula – just in time for Halloween.
Kit Grande, Ewan Couper, Ben Mowson, Elliott Pacel, Findara McAvinchey and Katie Hallaron created this amazing fly-through while second year Game Art Design| students at DMU.



And last night their work earned the team a place in the finals of the prestigious Off the Map competition, sponsored by the British Library and games engine Crytek.
The students reached the final three but were just pipped to the post by the University of South Wales team.
The competition challenged students to build interactive gaming environments inspired by a Gothic theme. DMU’s team chose the gothic splendour of Whitby Abbey with its ancient ruins and atmospheric mystery.
Whitby inspired Bram Stoker to write his classic Dracula. Their six minute fly through alludes to several scenes in the book which includes the ship Demeter sailing to port and the graveyard where Lucy meets the Count.

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"We utilised our skills in art and design to complete the project, " said Katie. "The Game Art Design course teaches us how to create professional artwork for games, which is what interests us."
It took them five months to make from early designs to the professional, moody finish. They visited Ely Cathedral to take photographs on which to base their artwork.
“We took thousands of photographs of Ely Cathedral,” added Kit. “We were also influenced by the Antony Gormley exhibition in Winchester Cathedral, which inspired us to create the watery crypt.”
The team researched the history of the area and were inspired by stories of landslides in Whitby uncovering ancient graves. They used game engine software CryEngine to help them create the incredible virtual world.

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Last year DMU took the title with a re-creation of London during the Great Fire of London.
Ben said: “I think my favourite bit is when it comes over the cliff and the wind’s blowing and you get the atmosphere building as you go up the path to the abbey.”

Posted on: Friday 31 October 2014

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