Expanded museum comes back for more KNME history videos
On top of making five videos for permanent exhibition in the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s KNME-TV has won a $147,000 federal grant to make 15 more videos to be shared by museum-goers and TV viewers.
The high-def exhibition videos are part of the museum’s new building, opened in May, that’s far larger than the ancient Palace of the Governors, which previously housed the museum.
One of the five high-def videos, about the Santa Fe Trail, is projected inside the cloth top of a pioneer wagon. Another, filling a 25-foot screen, sets the stage with a video tone-poem on New Mexico’s spectacular landscape. Others document New Mexicans’ role in World War II; demonstrate Los Matachines, a Spanish storytelling dance adopted by the Indians; and show how nuclear scientists, hippies and Route 66 contributed to the state’s boom, says KNME Executive Producer Michael Kamins.
Like everything else produced at KNME in the past year, Kamins says, the exhibition videos were made in high-definition, but the screen shape was even wider than usual HD. Producers used Adobe AfterEffects to combine multiple videos to fill the projection screens' extra-wide aspect ratios.
Frances Levine, the museum’s director, asked to use more video from KNME’s ongoing history-and-culture series Colores!, Kamins says, and he suggested that they go grant-hunting to create new shorts. He wrote the successful grant request that will go largely to make 15 minidocs, three to five minutes each, for the museum and websites and packaged in groups for broadcast.
The grant was one of 167 dispensed to museum projects this summer, worth a total of $19 million, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, a little sister of the arts and humanities endowments.
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