RE: University Resources
- Ryan Wyatt writes:
> ...We plan to integrate much of our production with existing resourcesIf you can pull this off, Ryan, it would be a great model for future
> in the university system, at least as an experiment. With the
> University of New Mexico's Center for High-Performance Computing and
> active animation programs, a lot of talent currently hard at work in
> our fair city has expressed an interest in working with us -- which means
> an additional burden on staff here to mediate inclusion of this material
> and to manage its creation, but we hope with exciting and valuable results.
> Plus, it helps fulfill our obligations as part of the university,
> insofar as we should provide learning experiences to the university's
> student body...
university/college/municipal facilities. We all know that it can be
difficult to justify an expensive theater dedicated only to astronomy. When
it becomes a greater resource to the community this task is easier.
A few years ago we worked with Carnegie Mellon's SIMLAB on a project. We
found that universities do not have much respect for schedules, nor do they
have the motivation to finish projects to the degree of completion required
of a public venue theater. When the school term is over your key talent
will dissolve. Academia is a different world entirely.
> We will then complement the outside talent with an in-house animator,IMHO, without in-house animation expertise to assign the University tasks,
> but since we recently lost our producer/animator, this position
> is currently in flux (i.e.,. not filled).
manage them, fix their mistakes, etc., you will be in big trouble. You will
most likely get some excellent work out of the university, but the chance of
them delivering to you a completed show -- on schedule, fully polished and
ready for the public -- is slim.
I wish you the best of luck,
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- The Earth Theater at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a 5 screen
panoramic SkyVison theater. I am the sole full time employee with just a little
help in show presentation. I need to avoid purely astronomical topics and don't
have a star projector. My first show picked out a few natural history
milestones (dinosaurs, ice ages etc) and my second was produced partly by
SybilMedia and is about natural disasters. I can not draw on the collection of
shows planetariums have produced, and HAVE to find outside/community help with
I have had excellent luck with students earning their Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) certificates in the Geology department at the University of
Pittsburgh. The students have created flyovers of parts of the world I choose
that slip into my children's geography program (think live 4th grade star show
but about geography instead of astronomy). Two "projects" are in use now and I
expect a third in two weeks and another by May. The students know going into
it, that I need to be able to include it in my public shows for them to earn
their expected grade. The professors support me completely on this. This
requires that the projects fit in the program around them, be of excellent
quality and be on time. The first is about 3 minutes, the second is 2 minutes
and the next will be closer to 4. Of a 20 minute program that's not peanuts.
Its a two way street. I get real production that I can use. The students learn
another software package as well as gain experience in public communication as
well as the data set manipulation required for their degree. Last spring's
student had two companies in a bidding war to hire him, and in both interviews
they were especially interested in the work he did for the theater.
Come to MAPS in Pittsburgh this spring and see the results of my collaboration
with Carnegie Mellon.
Earth Theater Director
Carnegie Museum of Natural History