Final Project: Art of Ancient Egypt

For the first portion of my final project I collaborated with the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  My original plan was to create a video for the Peacock Room, but due to bad lighting I figured that it wouldn’t make for a great video. I then decided on creating high quality b-roll video of key artifacts during my visit to the Edit-a-thon and assisted in adding a video to the article Art of Ancient Egypt that needed some help.Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.05.22 PM

My final project consisted of making a video for “The Nile and Ancient Egypt,” a indefinite exhibit displayed in the hallway of the Freer Gallery.  This exhibition presents interesting artifacts from the acquired collection illuminating glass, wood and stone.  Professor Lih’s help and guide on how to shoot videos in a museum aided in helping me to shoot b-roll.  I learned quickly that a tripod might not be the best option when trying to shoot video especially when you need to get up close and personal with an artifact.  The skills I’ve gained through my graduate program were a big held when trying to make a video in a non traditional way.  At a museum artifacts aren’t moving and you have to find a way to make them interesting and engaging.  I would recommend a steady hand to anyone who is going to shoot any type of video without a tripod.

For this particular assignment I didn’t really get any direct help from the GLAM institution I attend to gain access to my material.  This assignment was more of a solo mission that i figured would be best to try and adventure out own my own to achieve.  I have achieved so much from doing this assignment.  I found that not everything is easy on the first try, and if you don’t succeed try and try again until you get it right.  If someone was interested in continuing some of my work regarding the Art of Ancient Egypt I would first recommend that they have interest in the material.  If you have interest it makes it easier to work with and also makes it easier for you to try and make it better.  I would also ask that they would spend some ting going to other museums to take photos of other Egyptian art more specifically coffins or even mummies if that is at all possible.  I don’t think that the person after me would face any major challenges.  But they should know what the polices are regarding videos and images at museums.

As far as the knowledge gap I would say that my project falls between speed and depth.  The video allows for you to be able to access the material quickly while not having to physically go down to the museums, and it also allows for you to see the object while also learning more about it by seeing it from the comfort of your won home.

For the graduate special requirement I contributed to two original new videos for the Wiki Makes Video Project.  The videos are roughly 30-45 seconds in length and were attached to appropriate articles.  These videos were originally shot, narrated stories that are high in quality.  The First article I added a video to was International Pillow Fight DayScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.04.54 PM and the second video was for the Raw Milk Wikipedia page.Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.04.33 PM

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