Just a quick note to answer some of the issues Carolyn has raised from the
point of view of a non-English speaking Full-Dome theater.
It is obvious we won't be able to use a soundtrack as is. We could use
segments of the music, but that's about it. In addition then translating a
show's script-narration as is does not make sense either. If we cannot use
the soundtrack (with a star narrator) then why not make our own
script-narration, put our own objectives in the show and produce an
entirelly "new" show intended for our own audience.
Therefore in my opinion the best thing for us to do in the future will be
1) Outline our own objectives based on our own mission statement,
2) Write a preliminary show outline and script ideas,
3) Storyboard the show based on the various "tools" (read gizmos or
equipment: type of star projector, lasers, 2Pi, etc) available in our
4) Select available scene-"software" from various sources (previous shows,
audiovisual libraries etc),
5) Search available scenes from various other sources (other institutions,
NASA, vendors etc) since I never liked reinventing the wheel,
6) Create the scenes we could not find available locally,
7) Write the narration in our language, including all types of local
references and "prjudices", and finally
8) Produce the show (make the soundtrack with a local "star" in our local
language and local music -- again taken from various sources-- etc) and
market it with the local audience in mind.
This way we can have the best of both worlds, local and foreign!!! and at a
price which will be much more acceptable. In my opinion I don't want to just
have another IMAX theater even at the reduced prices the Full-Dome Video
provides us. I think that this new technology should give us the opportunity
to finally be as creative as we can and not use shows from the "can".
As far as costs and prices I would be willing to pay for various segments it
will all depend on the quality of the segments I will get. I don't think
that a segment which will be (or has played) in many theaters should cost
more than $1,000 per minute max, since even the best original scenes
produced should not cost more than between $5,000 and $20,000 per minute.
Since I believe that this medium will soon take off like a wildfire there
will be dozens (if not hundreds) of theaters around to sell to or buy from.
At the same time there will also be dozens of good artists who will produce
excellent scenes from original models. (Let us not forget that from one
original model many more different sequences can be produced). So, it will
behoove us to do what we always have been complaining about: concentrate on
our own objectives and story lines and see who has the best scenes we need
to augment our production.
In essence what I am trying to say above is this: I don't want to be just a
theater manager. I am a planetarium director, an edutainment producer, and
for the first time in 33 years in this business I am given the opportunity
to put up or shut up by producing really entertaining-educational shows that
can be sell-outs for my local audiences.
Thus the bottom line is this: instead of marketing complete shows why not
market scenes of shows and let each producer do what he/she wants with them.
We will have no real excuse not to do what we always wanted to do in the
Luv & kisses,
Dionysios P. Simopoulos