Behind the scenes

And Action – Camera rolling! Film shooting at the museum depot

How revealing was the German Democratic Republic? Were East-Germans more advanced in arithmetics than people living in Western Germany? Even after a visit to a museum the one or other question might be left unanswered and current political developments and events might provoke interesting discussions as well.
by Maria Bartholomäus (29 Jul 2015)

How revealing was the German Democratic Republic? Were East-Germans more advanced in arithmetics than people living in Western Germany? Even after a visit to a museum the one or other question might be left unanswered and current political developments and events might provoke interesting discussions as well.

In order to satisfy this enormous thirst for knowledge, the DDR Museum created the YouTube-series „Frag Dr. Wolle“ („Ask Dr. Wolle“). Our online community is asking us questions about everyday life in the GDR on a regular basis. Accordingly, our scientific head Dr. Stefan Wolle answers some of them each month on the basis of historical facts, personal experiences and exemplary objects in an entertaining video format. Recently, it was time again to shoot some new episodes! This time we chose a special location for the shoot and our film crew went on their way to our central depot in Berlin-Spandau.

In preparation of the event our social media manager informed the collection department about the planned topics, so different sets could be arranged and matching objects could be provided. Considering the many interesting and unique pieces in our collection, this selection was not an easy one to make! The episodes filmed in our depot will be dealing with the topics care package („Westpaket“), media in the GDR, the position of women and suicide. The topics were selected beforehand from the responses sent to us online. For each category we created a unique setting, in which Dr. Wolle was put into his true light by our talented filming professionals. The shoot lasted 8 hours in total and thanks to the excellent preparation of all participants as well as Dr. Wolle's expertise many interesting shots were created. The next step is to cut the material and put it together to 3-minute-long videos. You can watch the new episodes soon here.

We hope that with the new episodes of „Frag Dr. Wolle“ we could be able to answer some, maybe even subconscious, knowledge gaps  and animated you to look a little closer at anything related to the GDR!

You have one or even a couple of urgent questions yourself? Then please feel free to submit them on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or via mail fragdrwolle@ddr-museum.de. We also strongly encourage everyone to comment on and discuss all of our videos on our YouTube channel! We are looking forward to your reactions!

 

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