NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
December 4, 2014
We were very excited recently to be let loose in the Science Museum for a bit of Night at the Museum-style filming, following some of history’s famous scientists around the galleries after hours.
Our main character was Rosalind Franklin, whose amazing work on DNA was upstaged by her competitors, Frances Crick and James Watson, leaving her one of science’s most neglected heroes for years. It’s Crick and Watson’s model of the structure of DNA which has made its way into the Science Museum, not the photograph taken by Franklin which originally revealed this structure, and which Crick and Watson’s model was based upon. We discovered that Franklin’s story is a fascinating one, and tried to show how she discovered her passion for science at school, fell in love with Paris whilst working in the labs of French crystallographer, Jacques Mering, and how back in England she encountered all kinds of difficulties working as a woman in the male-dominated world of science. It was in London’s King’s College, where she photographed her groundbreaking x-rays of DNA, that she wasn’t even allowed to eat in the same cafeteria as her male colleagues. On film, we had Franklin journey through the exhibits to show how the story of her discovery is told in the museum’s ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Making the Modern World’ galleries, having a lot of fun with our crane and slider to create a performance in motion around the collections.
Once a month the Science Museum also opens after hours for the public — ‘Lates’ at the Science Museum — and we’ve been filming that too, using our Movi to create a sense of travelling through the museum as a visitor, stopping off at screen printing workshops, bubble demonstrations, a silent disco among the rockets of the Space gallery and a pub quiz right alongside that very same DNA model, not to mention Stephenson’s original Rocket locomotive and Babbage’s Difference Engine No.1. We wanted to capture both the scale and uniqueness of the venue, and the diversity of the evening’s events by filming the night as an audiovisual journey through the galleries.
We’ll be back there again in a couple of weeks to create a third video production journey through the Science Museum, this time at Science ‘Nights’ — a special overnight event for 7-13 year olds, and real life Night at the Museum experience, we can’t wait! Films on their way soon, so watch this space.