Ready For Our Close-Up

A film crew from Team Productions was at OEC today filming staff in action on various projects for Smithsonian Spotlight, a new 30-minute magazine format show on Smithsonian Network On Demand. The series will premier early next month and be available “on demand” to customers with cable companies that carry the network. The episode featuring OEC (as well as the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Smithsonian Kite Festival, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) will premier in June.

Camera operator Tom Kaufman, along with executive producer Emil Gallina, associate producer Amanda Fox, and sound recorder Rick Patterson had their work cut out for them interviewing OEC staff about the projects they work on and capturing a unique behind-the-scenes view of how an exhibit is made at the Smithsonian.

“What is surprising about the Office of Exhibits Central is the wide variety of projects you work on, the exotic and rare specimens you handle,” said Mr. Gallina during a break between filming segments. “I am really impressed by the passion of the staff.”

OEC’s involvement started when Richard Gould, exhibit specialist in Fabrication, approached OEC director Michael Headley about the possibility of featuring OEC’s contribution to the Institution via the new collaboration between the Smithsonian and Showtime. Richard was the liaison between Team Productions and OEC to ensure a smooth day of filming.

top photo: Tom Kaufman and Rick Patterson of Team Productions film Terri Cobb of Museum on Main Street installing musical instruments for the staff preview of New Harmonies.

bottom photo: Executive producer Emil Gallina of Team Productions interviews OEC exhibit specialist Natalie Gallelli in the Model Shop about creating life-sized mannequins for the National Air and Space Museum.

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