With the recent discovery of the poor soul that copped a boulder to the face during the Mount Vesuvius eruption, the one that buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, it seemed a good time to dig up this amazing, Melbourne-made animation that retells Pompeii’s story, packing 24 hours into eight, tense minutes.
If the video seems familiar, it’s possible you saw it at the Melbourne Museum back in 2009, when it was part of the aptly-named “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition.
In December 2013, the animation’s creator, Zero One Studio, released this low-definition version onto YouTube.
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According to Zero One, the entire sequence took three months to make and was displayed via a 6m x 4m projection inside a “mini surround-sound cinema” during the exhibition’s four-month run.
Even five years on, the visual effects hold up. I imagine it was quite the experience seeing it in person… at the museum, that is.