Re: Content providers
I want to comment on volumetrics, editing and Hollywood.
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (SCR) is now complete. In
this show, we have designed cut edits, dissolves and wipes etc. So far,
not a single person has ever made a negative comment about them. In
fact many comments have come our way about how well they have
worked, much to our surprise. We felt it was a risk for us to take this
approach for many of the same concerns that have been mentioned
on this discussion(s). But we went with it and are pleased with the
I find it funny that people shy away from volumetrics. I even
have to laugh at the folks on Newtek's listerv when they complain that
a 640x480 frame has taken 12 hours to render. Obviously, there is no
profit in that. We have built into SCR 5 major scenes at about 30-45
seconds each with volumetrics. We build them at 2200x2200. Many
of these have been re-rendered a couple of times. The rocket has
volumetric thrust throughout the show.
I find volumetrics a necessary evil. Volumetrics are useful, if
done right. I also think they are necessary in order to accomplish a
very important feel and look.
As for Hollywood, I really can't wait for this community to get
a listen to our new soundtrack. It is currently under production at
Skywalker Sound. The first tests have been heard and the reaction is
very positive. There is a totally different sound, much like anyone
would here at the movies. Our rocket has been graced with the sounds of
Buzz Lightyear's rocket pack, the helicopter sounds from AI and not to
mention effects that you would here in a 'Star Wars' space movie.
Although we know that planets don't 'Hummmm' in space, it sure adds to
the experience that I think our customers are after.
May I remind everyone that the Western Alliance Conference is
being held at the Clark Planetarium this October. Keep an eye out at
www.rmpadomes.org for all the latest. The web page isn't up yet. We are
opening in 1 week so give us a little bit. The hotel is selected. The
rooms are under $100. All the events are located in downtown SLC. We
look forward to you being our guests.
SLC, UT 801 456-4934 (This number is different from my last)
- I would like to thank everyone who responded to my inquiry about
fulldome content providers several weeks ago. I had many replies both
on and off list and they were all very useful. A number of people
wanted to get copies of my compiled list of content providers once I
get it together and I intend to do that. I had not planned to post it
to the Fulldome list so if anyone else is interested please drop me a
note and I will add you to my list to receive "the list".
Right now I am in the process of clarifying some of the information I
received and filling in some of the blanks for vendor systems and the
appropriate credits for each piece of content. I had originally
planned to create only a list of providers but I have expanded the
list to include vendor name, system(s) they provide, content, and
format(s) (fulldome, partial dome, panoramic, etc.). I have not
included contact information at this point but I may choose to do
that before the list is done. I may also include some pricing
information but that seems to be somewhat more of a variable than can
easily fit on this type of list. I'm using an Excel spreadsheet to
keep it all organized and readable.
Thanks again for all the help.
Michael V. Magee
Flandrau Science Center
1601 E. University Blvd
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Voice: (520) 621-3645
FAX: (520) 621-8451