We covered a lot of activity in our final days in Poland. Hundreds of flowers had to be painted onto the 30’ cove panels, many animals needed to be completed, and the lantern had to be taken from bare wood to the finished, highly-intricate paintings. We weren’t able to stay until the very end of the workshop, so we covered each process as thoroughly as possible.
This little video shows how the team used paper cutouts to create the pencil outlines that would eventually be filled in with paint to create the huge variety of flowers.
One of the most exciting events we were able to film was Ariel Rosenblum working directly with the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, to look over the Hebrew inscriptions that pattern the ceiling. Ariel had spent many weeks, maybe even months, going over the archival photographs of Gwoździec, copying where she could, reinterpreting where she had to. The rabbi seemed to be very pleased with the text in the end - we’re sure to Ariel’s great relief!
Our entire time in Poland, we were constantly on the lookout for some way to get the camera off tripod, out of our hands, and moving. On the very last day there, Rick Brown finally found the solution. He just had to find a way to lash two bicycles together and mount a platform for the camera. It took a team of three people to maneuver the improvised dolly, but it worked - and amazingly well! We shot some beautiful moving shots of the Handshouse team working on the long cove panels. For fun, we grabbed this quick shot of the whole crew posing behind the panel:
Getting the dolly moving was a great way to finish up our time in Poland.
Before flying out for Boston the next morning, we dropped by the White Stork one last time to say goodbye to everyone. They were ready for us though, whipping out their cameras and iPhones and bury us in total-photo/video coverage. They’d even put together a Handshouse-style boom and microphone to drop on our heads.
A big thanks to Rick and Laura Brown, all the Handshouse painting
leaders and students for being so patient with us and bearing with
having the camera there all the time. And a big thanks to all our
Kickstarter supporters - without your help we wouldn’t have been there
to film these amazing workshops!
We’ll soon be heading back to Poland to film the installation of the ceiling into the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Stay tuned!