The beautiful area near the Veliko Tarnovo village of Belyakovets has become a real battlefield for the shooting of a new, super-modern historical film. The production “Tutrakan 1916” recreates one of the most epic battles during the First World War – the Tutrakan epic, which led to the liberation of Dobruja, and is filmed under a joint project ROBG-271 between the Historical Museum in Tutrakan Museum of the Lower Danube Museum in. Calarasi, Romania.
Actors, 12 stuntmen and over 100 cadets from the National Military University “Vasil Levski” in Veliko Tarnovo became real heroes from 1916, capturing Fort No. 7 of the unique military facility. After five days of rehearsals, on May 29 and 30 was the actual shooting of the film.
Especially for the production from the higher military school they provided for the wars the legendary Manlicher rifles, model 1895, with which our ancestors participated in the wars for national liberation and prepared all the logistics and equipment on the battlefield. In addition to the trench separating the two armies, surrounded by barbed wire, on the set was a copy of the original 1916 dome cannon.
The ten-minute VR film, which is expected to be screened at the Historical Museum Tutrakan in November, is part of the Project “Tutrakan-Calarasi – an innovative cultural bridge for sustainable regional development”. The team of the Tutrakan Historical Museum and the contractors from the Tutrakan Epic Consortium are especially grateful for the assistance of the Military University and Colonel Evgeni Penchev, Deputy- Head of the higher education institution.
For the first time in our country, a historical film is shot with state-of-the-art technology with 360-degree shooting and VR (virtual reality) technology, which will allow viewers equipped with special helmets and goggles to take on the role of soldiers and become direct participants in battle scenes.
Thus, visitors to the Tutrakan History Museum, who will watch the film, will not only be able to be passive observers, but also become real participants in the legendary historical events with the help of the latest generation of virtual reality sets that allow 3D and acoustic perception.
“This is a project with which we aim to introduce new technologies in modern museum exhibitions in order to make a more real experience for young people and to attract them back to museums. This film is a modern museum exhibit that will tell live about the heroism of our ancestors and I believe that it will become a real attraction for tourists, “said the director of the Historical Museum in Tutrakan Peter Boychev.