As Special Projects Coordinator for the Skirball Cultural Center, I assisted the VP, Special Projects in the three-year planning process of the Founders Gala, which celebrated the center’s eighteenth anniversary and the dedication of the final building addition. In particular, I assisted my boss in the art direction of and played a prominent role in the production oversight of the save-the-dates, invitations, and event ephemera. Additionally, I designed and oversaw the production of our sculptural centerpieces (see my SkirBlog post on designing the centerpieces). I wrote the event order for the event and coordinated with over 50 contractors and staff members working the event leading up to and during the gala.
Two short films were shown at the gala. The filming and editing process took 14 months, led by our filmmaker Joey Foryste of Velocity Filmworks with editing by Johnny Woods. Over that period of time, I acted as production coordinator, scheduling the filming of events and staged shots, as well as coordinating meals, breakroom space, equipment storage, and the collection of film releases from the public. I filed the hard copies of releases, as well as scanned them into Adobe Bridge adding searchable metadata for all signatures. I also assisted our VP, Special Projects in coordinating the recording sessions in the studio at Warner Brothers for the music in the films, which feature original music by Charles Fox (“Hineni” in “We Are Here”) and an original score by Peter Boyer (“The Promise”), performed by the American Youth Symphony and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. At the end of the filmmaking process, I coordinated the receipt and archive of all Final Cut Pro editing files, RAW footage, and video file formats with our Archivist and IT Department.
From the footage shot for the film project, additional promotional videos were created with oversight performed by our Communications and Marketing Department: