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Millions of people around the world watch the inspiring TEDxTalks via streaming video and YouTube. But it is what happens offstage that shows the true effort of what it takes to put on these awe inspiring events.

TEDxSMU Behind the Scenes takes the first look ever at how its organizers stage the annual event to carry out the mission of “ideas worth spreading” across the North Texas community.

The documentary, underwritten by WrightIMC which is one of the fastest growing integrated marketing communications agencies in the Southwest, focuses on the auditions held last October. The goal was to select local thought leaders yearning to speak and those that made the cut would speak at the TEDxSMU Disruption conference on December 3, 2011. The Disruption conference also featured coverage of the TEDxKids @SMU (a TEDx event designed for students).

The cameras under the direction of Robert Riggs, a Peabody Award Winning Journalist and Co-founder of frontpagetv, follows Sharon Lyle and the TEDxSMU team backstage as the conference plays to a packed house at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre located in the Dallas Arts District. Out of sight of the live and online audience, the documentary captures speakers nervously pacing in the theatre’s basement rehearsing their talks.

Lyle and her team make the flawless conference look easy, but TEDxSMU Behind the Scenes shows how much work it takes to bring together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner to make the event successful.

Robert Riggs, Executive Producer/Camera 1 Operator
Tony Wright, Producer
Ryan Bayron, Editor/Camera 2 Operator
Sarah Boswell, Production Manager