By Young People – For Young People: Multimedia Guide for the Permanent Exhibition of our museum
Our multimedia guide was created by young people for young people and families as part of a pilot project. One goal of the 2 1/2-year project was to learn from the young participants how they perceive the museum and its contents to be able to incorporated the findings into our educational activities.
The idea of the first project phase was to allow pupils to discover for themselves what a museum is, which departments there are and who exactly works there. For this reason, many of our staff members spent a lot of time with the 21 fourth graders from an elementary school in the Gallus district. The young researchers took a close look at the DFF museum team and interviewed the employees in detail – for example, about how the cinema programme was created or what their everyday working life looks like – and filmed the interviews themselves. Every Friday for six months the museum became their classroom.
A second group of pupils, between the ages of 16 and 18, explored our museum. They attended workshops related to acting, image, sound and montage, the four core principles of film making exhibited in the second part of our permanent exhibition that focuses on the topic of “filmic narration”. The group watched films together in our cinema, discussed and analysed them. During their research in the archives of the DFF and in discussions with experts, they deepened their knowledge about selected exhibits on display. Among the highlights was an interview with the actor David Bennent (THE TIN DRUM), who visited us from Berlin especially for this purpose. Three of the teenagers were so impressed by the camera work in Wolfgang Petersen’s DAS BOOT that they went to Munich to talk to Jost Vacano, the film’s director of photography. Based on their research and the interviews, the group then produced video, audio, photo and text for the multimedia guide.
A third group of participants, aged twelve to 14, devoted themselves to the first part of the permanent exhibition on the theme of “Filmic Seeing”. They attended workshops and independently researched background information on their favourite exhibits. They took part in a workshop with the Oscar®-winning animator Thomas Stellmach, in a Magic Lantern performance by the Illuminago ensemble in our cinema and created and performed a musical score for three early silent films live at the end of a two-day workshop on “Music and Silent Film”. This group also made their own audio contributions to the multimedia guide in the recording studio of the Frankfurt Opera.
The multimedia guide with the contributions of the children and teenagers and further in-depth information, photos, film excerpts and an interactive photo game has been available to our interested visitors since September 2017 and can be borrowed free of charge at the box office of the DFF.
Hakeem talks about Darth Vader’s helmet
Rufus talks about the secret of the Kinetoscope