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27 October 2010

IMERSA Fulldome Summit Report , live from Denver

Judith Rubin, InPark contributing editor

Spoken at the IMERSA Fulldome Summit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This is an event within an event: the Fulldome Summit constitutes the “Fulldome Strand” of Symposium 2010 held by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The event is targeted to museum and media professionals and explores tools and techniques and showcases work across multiple formats. In addition to the fulldome sessions and screenings there are sessions and screenings exploring 3D, giant screen cinema and mobile media. The event dates are Oct 26-28 and is being attended by a cross-section of industry professionals: system suppliers, distributors, producers and some exhibitors. The program can be seen here.

At last night’s cocktail reception sponsored by National Geographic, we canvassed a few prominent folk about the convergence of media and content and community that is taking place, from giant screen to digital dome, from planetarium to science center, primarily facilitated by digital media:


Rick Rothschild of Far Out! Creative and Global Immersion, as well as president elect of the Themed Entertainment Association: “We’ve got a diverse group of people here who benefit from the opportunity to come together and network by way of this event. For instance, there are content producers who have been thinking about digital dome video (fulldome) and this gives them the opportunity to learn more about it. The fresh energy resulting is a tribute to the people who put on the event – they’ve orchestrated an opportunity for something to happen – not knowing exactly what that something will be. It’s a very fresh and appropriate thing to do.”

Rick Gordon of RPG Productions and a board member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association talked enthusiastically about the convergence of media and the desirability of strengthening the relationship between GSCA and IMERSA. There has already been very positive interaction between GSCA and IMERSA including IMERSA sessions at GSCA’s annual Dome Day event.

Jonathan Barker, CEO, SK Films

“We’ve just released Bugs! in 3D for fulldome presentation. The only 3D I ever previously saw in the dome was Echoes of the Sun (originally shown at Expo 90 Osaka, the first 3D dome film) and Into The Deep, a version Graeme Ferguson and I modified so that it could show at Futuroscope (we had to do a lot of shrinks)”...

“3D digital is good and digitally facilitated cross-platforming is good. Certainly they are good for my company. On Feb 1 we expect to commence filiming on the butterfly film [sequel to Bugs], that because of digital media will have a huge additional life beyond its primary release for giant screen theaters. We are now in discussions that I believe will lead to producing a 75 min commercial theatrical release, in addition to the 40 minute special venue film, and probably a 20 minute version for 3D digital.”

--J.R.

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