Re: botany program
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave Pentecost" wrote:
> While I could sit and watch programs on almost any subject in aI think the word "immersive" is key to understanding what "works
> dome, reaction from my executive director includes "Why would
> you do this in a dome? Why not a normal projection?"
bestr" in a fulldome environment. We are pretty much taking the
audience to a place in immersive style and allowing them to look
around for themselves. If the scene doesn't give you the urge to
look around, then... well, what can you say? And honestly, I've even
seen some astronomy based shows where there was just no desire to
If you consider what IMAX has done as a format, you can see what some
might call a danger to fulldome show content. At first we were all
blown away by the large IMAX screen's view, and subjects that
enhanced that feel were chosen as topics. Now, it seems that any
topic is acceptable and in a lot of cases, I have not been "blown
away" by the views.
Being a CGI studio, we have for years been asked to visualize that
which is difficult or impossible to view in a conventional camera
approach. If we take that direction as fulldome content creators, I
think the medium will always have a special appeal to our audiences.
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- Reply to Peter and his executive director.
You comment that you can see instances where a domed environment would work, space and underwater. Of course the night sky is an obvious situation as well. How about your view under the canopy of a rain forest? I'm sure other colleagues will think of other instances where a hemisphere, tilted or not will bring to bear advantages in understanding.
More basic than individual examples however is; how do we, with binocular vision perceive the world outside? On average we see a curved space bounded by the nearly 180 degrees left to right and 120 in vertical extent. Mapping that in 3-D space it is not quite a hemisphere but slight movements of the eyes and head can more than make up the difference.
So what then makes a view "normal" we are not meant to see only in two dimensions. If we were - one eye would have been sufficient.
My personal opinion is that the ability to view a scene as an unbounded 3 dimensional space is preferable to being restricted to a flat screen.
- Wow, excellent responses. Thanks for all of the your thoughts and
Mickey, the trailer on my site is really just a test, and doesn't
reveal the story or progression of plants from seed to full fruit as I
plan to. I appreciate your suggestions and have already integrated
some of those issues into the script.
Dave, Peter, Tom - "Why not normal projection?" this really gets to
the heart of the matter, doesn't it? My reasons for exploring
fulldome as a delivery format for this particular film are several
fold. I will try to be succinct...
1. The Medium. It has incredible potential which is just beginning to
be tapped. While I agree that the most natural fit for content is
sky-related, some of the works I have seen at Domefest confirm that
there are many other directions it can take a viewer. Fantasy and
abstract worlds seem to be particularly effective. While my film is
set in a present day city, there are opportunities to present a
bugs-eye view of plants growing that I think will be magical on the
dome. While there will be some "wow" moments, the strength of the
film will be its storytelling.
2. The Network. The film I am making is a short film for children.
It has science education elements in it. Fulldome theaters generally
exist in science centers that usually cater to children. Outside of
fulldome theaters and IMAX, there is not (to my knowledge) a worldwide
network of venues for short film programming. Could be a good fit, if
buyers are open to the content...
3. My Content. The film that I am making is more akin to the 1950's
French film "The Red Balloon" than to most of the dome content that I
have seen. It has a "green" theme- the transformation of an abandoned
lot into a community garden by a group of kids, and botanical
education elements. However, its primary goal is to inspire,
secondarily to educate. The story will depict characters and
situations that children can relate to, as most fulldome theaters are
located in or near cities. The film will act as a catalyst to ignite
these children to learn more about botany. So it does have a goal
that is related to education, but doesn't intend to be a primary
source of scientific information. In my opinion, that is often better
left to other mediums (books, web, humans, field studies).
4. Context. This could certainly be a problem, as most folks are
prepped to think of astro-shows when the think of planetariums. If
the industry wants to change this perception, though, there has to be
a commitment to both create and exhibit new content.
Those are my thoughts for now. Still not sure if I am trying to fit a
square peg in a round hole, so I do appreciate the feedback.