Re: "meaningful media"
- My Goodness Ed!!! I didn't know you could write like that!! heartfelt I am
yes... the FD within IPS does indeed remind me of a SIG... a good model...
and Siggraph is a great place for this community to meet... maybe not to be
housed... but certainly to meet...
and I also think we need to educate as to the value of "entertainment"... of
course most of the money chasing tripe that comes out of Hollywood is really
not welcome in our domes... but our audiences need "educated" about passion,
and beauty, and glory, and caring, and and and at least as much as they need
educated about the cosmos... and I'd hate to see art for the dome labeled
Art Museums are full of material that uplifts as much as any NH&S Museums...
and it ALL belongs in our domes! I spend everyday as an "artist among
scientists" and we have all learned to appreciate the "meaningfulness"
inherent in everything we do on both sides of that increasingly meaningless
divide between "art" and "science"... the only division which really seems
to resonate for us, which seems at all valid in trying to differentiate art
and science is the "why" or "how" leaning.... but we are all simply
expending energy trying to understand ourselves and our place...
but then... I know I'm "preaching to the choir" on this list.... been really
enjoying the postings lately!!!
Hue Walker Bumgarner-Kirby
Multi Media Development Specialist
University of New Mexico
- My own feeling is that the evolution of fulldome production and funding
models can (and should) help to advance the professionalism and diversity of
what IPS does. Securing larger budgets and establishing effective
collaborations are a part of the picture, but they are also a matter of
perspective. Museum and planetarium staffs have a long history of finding
ingenious and resourceful ways of producing content - you don't need a
million+ dollars to do a good show. It's about finding good talent and
developing an efficient way to do it right, which leads me to a thought I
want to share about content creation...
When the infusion of slide and special effects projectors exploded into
planetariums in the 60's and 70's, suddenly everyone wanted to be a "show
producer." Unfortunately, most staff at the time (me included) had academic
or technical backgrounds but that didn't stop us from thinking we could
produce great programs. In many cases, we were wrong. Scientific training
did little to teach us good communication skills or the basics of visual and
aural literacy. I only learned because my father was a stage actor/radio
personality and my mother was an artist! And even then I produced a lot of
crap before getting reasonably effective at it.
My point is this: We can learn a lot by opening our doors (and minds) to
other professional organizations and companies that produce similar kinds of
media. I'm not talking about emulating the inefficient Hollywood model, but
pulling some of the fundamental elements of cinematic writing and
visualizing and reshaping them for the dome environment. The planetarium
business needs to be less like a closed door incestuous industry and more
"connected" with the larger media world. IPS has already made some great
strides in that direction by developing closer relationships with NASA, ASP,
AAS and others thanks to the forward-minded efforts of Martin Ratcliffe, Jon
Elvert, and Jim Manning. The leaders of fulldome can do a lot to pull IPS
along in other crucial areas, including those that are not purely
"educational." I believe it can and should be a symbiotic relationship.
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