Art Museum kiosk videos (narration) Job # 1025

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Job # 1025 Art Museum kiosk videos (narration)

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Jan 25, 2006 @ 21:47
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Feb 1, 2006
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I need two mellow but intelligent narrators (one male and one female) and 4 to 6 highly versatile "quote readers" for a total of 50 one-minute kiosk videos for a national art museum. First batch will be recording in early Feb., second batch in mid. March. I've included three sample scripts. Please specify which roll you are most interest in: narrator or quote reader.


The Yacht America shocked British spectators in 1851 when she won the 100-Guinea Cup off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel.

This was the first official race open to yachts from all countries and the American schooner, captained by Richard “Old Dick” Brown, outstripped fourteen British vessels to finish first.

The day after the race, Queen Victoria met the crew and wrote about the event in her personal diary:

“At 1700 we drove down from Osborne Castle with the ladies and gentlemen to the pier, where we got into the barge and then boarded the America, which had been brought round so that we might see her. She is extremely pretty.”

The win made headlines in Europe and America and the annual race has been known ever since as the America's Cup.


Abbott Handerson Thayer painted this portrait of two of his children, Mary and Gerald, a year after their mother was hospitalized for depression.

Before her mother fell ill, however, Mary Thayer was a mischievous child who spent many summer days playing in the woods with her younger brother. A favorite prank of hers was to cover large holes with leaves and twigs so that people might fall into them. An entry in Mary's diary from 1888 describes how her father and older sister Gladys fell for this trick:

"Sun. June 17th. Gerald and I took our dinner with us, and went into the pine woods, where we spent most of the morning and ate our dinner. On our way home through the woods we met my papa, and Gladys. We walked about in the woods for a while gathering wild strawberries, and happened to go right to the place where the holes which Gerald and I had covered were; and my papa who was walking ahead carrying Gladys, fell right into the largest one – the one we covered first. But neither he nor Gladys were hurt at all."

Gladys and her siblings would later pose for as angels in Thayer's religious and allegorical paintings.


In 1938, when he was only twenty, Michael Lantz won a competition to create two sculptures for the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington DC.
Lantz was nervous about the final size of the sculptures and recalled a conversation he had with his teacher, Lee Lawrie:

“I said, ‘These are going to be 15 feet high.” I almost died. Lee said to me ‘Well, now you’re going to find out if you’re a real sculptor.’ He said, ‘You can do it.’ So I was having trouble, and he came to the studio and he looked at it, and I said, ‘I don’t know, Mr. Lawrie, if I can ever do these things.’ He said, ‘Yes, you can.’ And from then on, I did it. But I was frightened. I was so frightened.”

Lantz completed the seventeen-foot-long statues in 1942 and they can be seen today outside the eastern entrance of the Federal Trade Commission building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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