Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 5.06.23 PM.png


Video #1 Making Maenads and Satyrs

Featuring Marc Downie & Paul Kaiser of OpenEndedGroup

Smaller Portrait.jpg

This film will introduce visitors to the artists called OpenEndedGroup, and why they were inspired by the Farnese sarcophagus to create the 3D video installation Maenads and Satyrs. The goal is to show visitors how contemporary artists can be inspired by historic art, and give insight into the innovative tools that these artists uses to create their 3D video installation.





Highlighting the immersion of both Marc and Paul shows the Gardner Artist in Residence program in action. Footage will match with soundbites focusing on major take aways and impressions of their experience. 

Style: Wide, smooth, sweeping shots. Light leaks, movement, and observations of the various environments of the museum. 




Process is everything. Capturing Marc and Paul in their creative process will visually translate the scale of work that went into making their art piece. 

Style: Fast, energetic, hand - held shots will emulate the artists process. Doc - style shooting portrays a feeling of being with the artist as they make, juxtaposing well with the immersion shooting style. 




Macro, close - ups and broad sweeping shots of the Gardner Museum as a whole will portray the personality and character of the building. 

Environmental portraits will greatly replace the standard talking head structure that most videos possess. This stylistic approach will keep the viewers interested and visually stimulated.


Screen Recording


We will have Marc and Paul record their computer screens while they are working on the 3D video. This give the audience a first had look at how complicated the software actually is. 

Processes include: photo retouching, writing code, and overlaying images to produce a three dimensional image. 


This video will take place both inside The Gardner Museum and a studio both artists work in.

Studio location TBD

Dillon will work with a filmmaker remotely to capture footage of the post production process behind the making of a 3D video. Dillon will provide a shot list and clear instructions behind camera specs and deliverables. 

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.53.12 PM.png

DURATION: 3 - 5 minutes

FORMAT: 1080p (HD) with Sound



Video #2 Rediscovering a Masterpiece

Featuring Holly Salmon, Senior Objects Conservator


This film will show visitors how the work of conservators resulted in new discoveries about the initial appearance and long history of the Farnese sarcophagus. Because some of the conservation work will be featured as part of the timeline on the opposite wall, this film will concentrate on showing how the work was done.  Visitors will develop a greater understanding of the work Gardner conservators do. Along with keeping artworks looking clean and spiffy, their work often provides new information about how a work of art was originally made and what may have happened to it over the centuries before it became part of Mrs. Gardner’s collection.





Detail / Texture

Macro (and potentially micro) videography will unravel the tedious methods that take place during an average day of a conservator. It will almost feel first-person, the viewer will see what Holly sees.

Style: Macro Lenses, Slow moving slider shots, smooth motion. Sharp detail. 



Style: Slow tracking shots toward holly as she works both in the courtyard and lab. Wide lenses to focus on scale and environment, while keeping her center framed. 


Flat Lay Videography

Overhead shots of various tools laid out will provide more insight into the types on instruments Holly uses to do her job. 

Style: Static, overhead, perfectly organized. 

Detail of Process.gif


Various shots from a close up perspective will show the emphasis of the attention to detail that goes behind their process. These shots will also focus on the various tools that are used and how they are implemented.  


Inventive Angles

Filming through various tools such as microscopes, infrared cameras and over Holly's shoulder will  provide a new way of seeing the sarcophagus and process.

Style: Static, locked down shots, macro lenses focused on what the tools can visualize.  

DURATION: 3 - 5 minutes

FORMAT: 1080p (HD) with Sound




Video #3 Isabella’s Memory Palace

Featuring Christina Nielsen, Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program

This film will introduce visitors to the original use of the sarcophagus as funerary monument designed as much for the living as for the dead. The gorgeously carved scenes of Bacchic revelry invite viewers to see the death of their loved one as part of nature’s predictable cycle of life.  The film will also touch on why Gardner placed the sarcophagus where she did, and some of the other memorial moments Isabella Gardner created throughout her museum. Similar to how reliquaries are containers made to hold memories of those who have passed, this video will look at how the Museum is a container to hold the memories of Isabella, her friends, and her family.

Goal: Visitors will develop a greater understanding of 1) the original function of the sarcophagus, 2) Gardner as an installation artist, and 3) the way her personality and personal history is reflected in the museum she created as a container for memories. 

Approach: The video will be entirely visual, with a voice over describing the various reliquaries that live within the museum. The shot list will be solely dictated by the script. 

Shooting Style: Slow moving, sweeping shots of various galleries in the museum, edited together, honing in on specific reliquaries that are discussed in the video. It will essentially be a portrait of a memory, starting wide and moving in closer to fine details. 



An editing technique will be used to highlight particular details and/or figures that Christina is explaining in the voiceover. This will direct the eyes towards the piece being described. 


DURATION: 3 - 5 minutes

FORMAT: 1080p (HD) with Sound


Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 4.33.19 PM.png