1128Re: ...you say 'uni', i say 'omni'...
- Sep 22, 2006At 05:31 PM 22-09-06, Erik Roberts typed:
>Does anyone else feel the need for a subheading on theNo need to clarify any "situation regarding uni and omni directional
>Wiki ( - what a great resource it has quickly become! - )
>to clarify the situation regarding uni and omni
>directional theaters and shows?
theaters" -- because there isn't one.
If you're referring to seating arrays, there are basically three:
concentric -- curved rows of seats facing center
epicentric -- curved rows of seats facing front
unidirectional -- straight rows of seats facing front
There are a few weird combos and other variations, but basically you
have those three. Front-facing seating arrays greatly outnumber
concentric in fulldome theaters. They do in non-fulldome traditional
planetarium theaters too.
If a theater had seats that each spun around on their own axis like
barstools, that might qualify as "omnidirectional", but I don't think
you'll find many of those -- which is why nobody uses the term, other
than for microphone pickup patterns.
Aside -- what I want to see someday is a tilt-dome theater with
(Pause for mental images to form....) (Ta-pum-PUM!)
>In view of the fact that OmniMax is the opposite ofThe Albert Einstein Planetarium in Washington DC has epicentric seating.
>omni-directional, that the Hayden, Einstein and my
>local planetarium in Brisbane are omni,
>but there may be untold creative applications in theMaybe, maybe not. In the meantime, you go where the market is.
>future which could require concentric viewing.
>It seems bizarre to me that the way the seats are arrangedIt seems perfectly logical to me. You put your imagery where the
>dictates the way the images are composed.
audiences are looking.
>The visualisers of the future may wish to utilize the full 360-degree spaceIf they want most of their audiences to actually see most of their
work, they may not.
>as it links us to the past and mimics our primal experience.I don't know about past linkages. And I can't say I've felt
particularly primal in theaters I've been in recently. This may be a
good thing for those sitting in my vicinity too. :-)
"In a darkened theater of strangers, the last thing you want to have
is a "hands-on experience".
>I guess I'm asking - as a newbie, I hasten to add - are flat,Not extinct, yet, but in the minority already, and their numbers
>untilted omni-directional an extinct species of fulldome already
>(BTW - thanks Ryan for explaining how to spell 'fulldome')
>or can the industry accommodate two modes of production
continue a downward trend as the majority of newer fulldome theaters
are built with front-facing seating.
There's no "industry accommodation" to be had between concentric and
front-facing theaters; you can have one or the other, either/or. As
discussed in a previous thread, shows produced for audiences the
round differ from those produced for audiences facing the same
way. Not everyone has the budget to render two (or more) different
versions of their shows. That's what it would take for "accommodation".
Mark C. Petersen
Loch Ness Productions
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