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Archive for April, 2012

Q Media producing audio tour for Kennedy Space Center

The Command Capsule of the Apollo 14 Mission. Named 'The Kittyhawk'.

We hinted about a big project in our last blog and here’s the news:  Q Media is working with NASA and Kennedy Space Center to produce a new audio tour for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Readers of this blog may remember a few years ago when we announced we were entering into a revenue share partnership with Kennedy Space Center by providing new Orpheo audio guides to allow them to provide their tour again to the public. The JVC audio guides they had were originally installed in the 1990’s, were broken down and worn, and no longer supported by the manufacturer.  We took that content and loaded it onto Orpheo Classic audio guides and the tour was again a viable money-making aspect to their operations.  Although the content was originally produced in 1998 at the time when we installed the Orpheo guides there wasn’t a focus to update it so we moved forward hoping that we could some day produce new tour content.

Forward in time to 2012. NASA finally felt it was important to update the content of the tour since so much of it was geared towards the Space Shuttle program and many exhibits had changed since the tour was originally produced.  Q Media President and Executive Producer Stasha Boyd has been writing the script and the challenge for her this time is thus:  In many of our past tours she wrote about what was – many tours are in facilities that have historic artifacts and information and much of the focus is on the history and the items/location and how it may relate to today.  The challenge with KSC is that NASA wanted the artifacts chosen to be significant for just what it is, but why it is important enough to be chosen and most importantly how it relates to the future.  Eric Stiles, Communications director for NASA stated ‘… the ending of the Shuttle program wasn’t the end of space exploration for both KSC and NASA.  Space exploration will continue and it will continue from here.  We want to stress how the need to discover is a human trait and we as human beings will never stop trying to explore what the next thing is.  Yesterday the Moon.  Today possibly Mars, tomorrow Jupiter and beyond.  We will go beyond because with each step achieved there is always a new frontier to discover and reach for’.  Well said, Mr. Stiles.

Walk though of the rough draft of the KSC audio tour. From left to right: Mike Lutz of Q Media, Eric Stiles and Layla Dowdy of NASA, Stasha Boyd of Q Media and VO Narrator Chris Hurt.

The review of her rough draft has been very positive from all involved so far and Mr. Stiles has said that this project has ‘been the best process of a creative project he has been involved with’.

The tour will be produced into eight languages:  English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin.  There will also be a visually described tour and a sign language tour available on Orpheo Neos.  Q Media is also working with Orpheo to produce the tour as an iPhone and Android App using their new MyOrpheo service and the tour is slated to go live on July 1, 2012.

So we’ll be busy here at Q Media for the next few months helping to get KSC’s message into the present and into the future.  Please check back again to see more updates from us about this very exciting project.

Till then!

Mike and Stasha

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