Hillmann & Carr was the media master planner and producer for the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. To put visitors in the shoes of students who integrated previously segregated schools, of demonstrators marching for equal rights, the Hall of Courage encloses visitors in a claustrophobia-inducing passage of life-size rear-projection screens on which pro-segregation crowds shout threats and abuse.
America’s Birthplace is Hillmann & Carr’s 18-minute panoramic show in Historic Jamestowne’s Visitor Center theater at Jamestown Island, the actual site of the first permanent English settlement in North America.
For America's Birthplace at Historic Jamestowne, Hillmann & Carr used Watchout technology to compose and project high-resolution images on two panoramic screens (10 x 45 feet) on opposite sides of the cylindrical theater and a round screen on the floor.
For the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Hillmann & Carr participated in a series of charette sessions to brainstorm about renovating the museum's keystone space, the Rotunda. The result was new interpretation of the Rotunda's key feature, the African Elephant. Hillmann & Carr delivered a continuous soundscape environment, a video panorama derived from IMAX footage of elephants in their natural habitat and an original 3-D animation sequence of a prehistoric elephant’s death.
For several years, visitors to the Library of Congress engaged with interpretive media produced by Hillmann & Carr. Seen here, visitors watch Lincoln's Legacies, the introductory video to the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial travelling exhibition.
Hillmann & Carr was the media producer for the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at Shiloh National Military Park. The unique theater for Shattered Peace (the story of the Battle of Shiloh) is a semi-circle of portrait-format high definition LCD screens mounted into a concave photomural based on a panoramic painting of the battle. On entering the theater, the audiences see only the landscape, silk-screened on a scrim, while they hear soldiers’ voices before the battle. Lights dim, and the shocking and poignant action of April 7, 1862 begins.
Unique Media Spaces
Hillmann & Carr is frequently called upon to create media for specific locations, in unique configurations, with unusual technology. Here are just a few samples of some of the unique media experiences we have created.