My responses to your questions:
The camera is from Kodak (14Mpixel) and is available -- try ebay. The
8mm lens is a bit trickier to find. You have to search a bit.
The IMAX is sinking without the planetarium's help. We might be
benefiting from IMAX's woes. The dome is a unique experience -- a large
flat screen no longer is.
Using the fisheye camera, you reduce your need for 3D animation
considerably -- what you're shooting already has the proper aspect
ratio. Your production of "real" places and scenes and time lapse stuff
(like sunrises) has now been made much easier. Your staff just needs to
know AfterEffects or the equivalent. However if you want to show
dinosaurs and alien worlds, you're back in CG mode.
We sell a lot of stuff at our box office and it seems to work. You can
by Museum exhibits, the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, the Tibet exhibit,
the Butterfly Center, one or more of 5 IMAX features, and one or more
of 3 planetarium shows. It's like going to the box office of a
multi-plex and folks seem to respond. We are not sure if we'd benefit
from a combination ticket in general. We offer a combination for Dead
Sea Scrolls and Secrets of the Dead Sea in the planetarium, for
instance. This definitely drives planetarium traffic.
Hope this information helps.
On Dec 30, 2004, at 11:35 AM, Steve Cooper wrote:
> A few things I'd like to know from Houston:
> Where did you get the camera? Sounds handy.
> Did your increase in IMAX capture correlate with your being able to
> create these more sophisticated shows? i.e.: with staff experience?
> Do you believe the IMAX attendance is dropping BECAUSE the planetarium
> shows are getting better? In other words, if people are paying less
> to go into the planetarium and are satisfied they have had their 'big
> theater experience', are they less inclined to pay even more to get a
> second experience?