Somewhere, hidden among the thick woods of the Looe Valley, an old barn waits to be converted to a holiday home (yes please!), or pulled down and forgotten. At present, the barn can be viewed by following Stocks Lane to it's bottom near Causeland Station. As a location, the barn proved to be very useful when it came to designing Barrow Hill's 'Owl Barn'. An old, crumbling farm building was needed to inspire and provide details. As you can see, from the photos below, the barn proved to be perfect.

An old barn between Duloe and Sandplace. A rusted roof and crumbling walls. Sliding doors and barren twigs.

The full cgi version of the barn.

The barn was re-created in 3D (one of the very first models for Barrow Hill), and textured by hand. Small details, such as the blocky corners and the mossy ledges were painstaking, and fiddly to recreate, posing new dilemmas for the design team:

"The difficulty with The Owl Barn was that it was one of the 'test areas', which were initially designed to provide a practice ground for both the artist (Matt) and the 3D rendering software. Would both Matt, and the application, be able to create realistic 3D locations that can be viewed both up-close (like in the game) and at a distance, (like the screen captures above). Thankfully, with a little virtual gardening and aging, the location came together very quickly, and was featured in the very first screenshot to be made public.

An empty cgi location, awaiting props. The barn interior starts to come together, as props are added. Stop the Dig! Hmm, who's been hiding in the barn?

Left: The Owl Barn awaits its props and lighting; A cgi location waiting to come to life.

Middle: A flask of hot tea? A camping stove? A rucksack?
Right: A few scattered leaflets expose who's been hiding in the barn.

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