MC Summer Outing: Museum of the Moving Image

MC has a strong workplace culture. We boast a close, collaborate environment, and work hard year-round to deliver top-quality media placements. By the time summer rolls around, we’ve more than earned summer Fridays, and most important of all, our annual summer outing.

In the past we’ve done scenic city boat tours, minor league baseballs games — complete with a round trip ride on the Staten Island Ferry — and this year, we had yet another outer-borough experience in Astoria, Queens.

We gathered at the Museum of the Moving Image for an afternoon of educational, entertaining, and interactive fun. The museum was really incredible — its white design was very futuristic, and reminded me of the 1973 Woody Allen movie, Sleeper.

The first exhibit we toured was the Jim Hensen exhibit. From Fraggle Rock to Sesame Street (which is actually filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios), museum visitors are treated to an amazing visual and educational experience, learning about all of Hensen’s creations through video, stills, and actual sketches from his personal collection of notebooks.

Following the Hensen exhibit, we walked through the Behind the Screen exhibit, which was home to several different interactive elements, including areas that allowed you to make your own voice-overs, choose your own special effects, select the music for movie scenes, and make your own stop-motion animation movies.

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The final and somewhat less interactive was full of memorabilia from film and television, including the masks and wigs from Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Robin Williams’ costume from Mork & Mindy, as well as pictures of some of Hollywood’s timeless icons, like Mae West, Lucille Ball, and Ingrid Bergman.

The entire museum experience was the perfect way to spend the first-half of a corporate summer outing, and the outing was well-completed by lunch and drinks at Astoria landmark, Studio Square. Known for its amazing outdoor space, complete with stage and big (and I mean BIG screen) television, Studio Square had a strong selection of food and drink, and is perfect for groups.

Overall, we had a great summer outing, and I am already looking forward to next year.

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