February 1, 2006
In 2004, when the Jewish Museum of Maryland ordered the creation of an exhibit about Jewish overnight camping, it also retained the services of Kitay Productions, to spend the next two summers documenting life at various camps in Maryland. The end product, a result of a half-dozen video shoots and countless hours of research, was to be a video production that gives a comprehensive look at past and present camping, and this week, KPI concluded work on the video for the museum.
?Kitay Productions wrapped its arms around what started out as a vague concept, and built it into an educational and entertaining video production that we know all of our museum visitors will enjoy. For many, the video presents a chance to re-live their own childhood camping experiences," said Jewish Museum project director Deborah Cardin. "Kitay Productions was able to react quickly when we needed crews to cover events on short notice, and they kept us very involved throughout the editing process. Their creative input also helped shape a video that we?re very excited to debut.?
The "Summer Camps" video will serve as the concluding piece of the exhibit, and features voices of counselors, current campers, former campers, and camp directors, set against poignant images of the overnight camping experience. The video explores many issues that campers face, including making new friends, living alone often for the first time, participating in sports, exploring Jewish heritage, and of course, homesickness.
The documentary-style production runs approximately six minutes in length, and will be shown on a continuous loop inside the museum, beginning with the grand opening of the exhibit in March. The "Summer Camps" video marks the fifth collaboration of Kitay Productions and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, in a relationship that dates back over six years.