49Just for Kicks -- a Wee Quiz
- Dec 4, 2000During a phone conversation with another fulldome list member the other
day, we lamented the lack of discussion on issues relating to aesthetics.
Technology, technology, technology,... Let's inject a different thread!
So in the interest of generating some listserve chit-chat, I thought
I'd make a request:
Name your three favorite immersive video sequences -- or at least
three sequences that knock your socks off -- and describe what makes
them work for you.
And I suppose I have to start the ball rolling. In no particular order...
Mike Carroll's shanty film, with the rough-hewn cross timbers. I know
there's a better way of indicating which scene I'm talking about, but
it's one in which the observer truly feels transported to a terrestrial
location. The immersive quality complements a composition that uses
high contrast elements (the aforementioned timbers) to break up the
visual -- and to help conceal the seams between projectors!
Sybil Media's futuristic trip from the Earth to the Moon, created for
Houston's "Destination: Moon" program. It's a toss-up for me between
this and Sybil's brilliantly understated space station, as it appeared,
flying in from the rear of the theater with the Earth reflected on
its solar panels, in the 1998 IPS demo. I pick the flight to the Moon
for its complexity of composition and the double-axis rotation that
creates a strong sense of movement (and perhaps queasiness). Nice use
of the medium, and one of the sequences that argues strongly in favor
of a full dome of imagery.
Tom Casey's flight by Jupiter and Saturn. I like it mostly because
it's exactly how I envisioned using fulldome video to teach astronomy.
Especially if you bring something like this up immediately after
showing the terrestrial planets on small, single video projectors.
No, really, Jupiter is the *biggest* planet! Plus, Jupiter just keeps
getting closer and closer and closer till it fills the entire dome.
A pleasant feeling.
Hmmm. I guess this is my honorable mention section. I also really enjoy
Kevin Beaulieu's piece for the SkyVision Project, which captures a sense
of motion that's more energetic and playful than most content-oriented
pieces have the luxury of being. Hayden Planetarium's Orion Nebula awed
me, but more for its astronomical content than its aesthetics. And I like
Aaron McEuen's flight over the globe created for Evans & Sutherland, again
for its playfulness.
My apologies for the SkyVision bias, but it's easiest to talk about
what we know most intimately, I suppose.
Anyone care to chime in?
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