- Michael Edson
- washington, D.C.
- United States
It's an interesting comment about the prototype stories being too long, and I think it's a reflection of the fact that the prototype movies are trying to do two contradictory things at the same time. On one hand, we made them for ourselves to learn what the Smithsonian Commons might be-- what it might mean, what the issues will be, what the benefits might be. This is the real duct tape and hot glue workshop of trying to figure out something new. On the other hand we also made the prototypes to try to present a polished facade to stakeholders and decision makers so they could look past the duct tape and hot glue and say "yeah, this is something I'd like us to do!" I think the prototype stories got long to support the first goal (figuring out what this commons thing is all about) but maybe at a price to the second goal.
It's also worth noting that we'd planned on making a short 1-minute video teaser trailer to play at the top of the Smithsonian Commons prototype home page, but we got sidetracked by some bureaucratic issues. I'm not sure what ideas/issues need addressing at this point, but I've still got a little budget set aside for the 1-minute trailer. Any thoughts?