Submissions for FULLDOME UK 2011 have now closed. The event programme will run from 09:00-21:00 on Saturday 12th and from 09:00-19:00 on Sunday.
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KEYNOTE – DAY 1: “IMERSA Update”
Presented by Dan Neafus
“Shooting live action for Fulldome using the 4K RED camera and fisheye lens”
Presented by Thomas English (freelance Steadicam operator)
“Shooting live action for Fulldome using a Digital SLR Camera and fisheye lens”
Presented by Leon Trimble (Chromatouch)
A discussion with Karol Kwiatek
“Fulldome AE Plugin”
Presented by Antonio Pedrosa
Antonio Pedrosa of Navegar Foundation and the Immersive Film Festival present and demonstrate the software Fulldome After Effects Plugin (content creation).
Presented by Antonio Pedrosa
Antonio Pedrosa of Navegar Foundation and the Immersive Film Festival present and demonstrate the software DomeView (Fulldome visualisation software).
“History of Projections”
Presented by Professor Ian Christie
“Fulldome as an environment for real-time data visualisation applications”
Presented by Profesor Mike Philips of i-DAT (University of Plymouth)
KEYNOTE – DAY2: “Towards a Fulldome Manifesto”
Presented by Micky Remann
Open Discussion to formulate and publicise the intention, potential and philosophy of the Fulldome environment and its status as an avant-garde medium for the development of immersive, synaesthetic audiovisual technology.
“The Language of Immersive Cinema – Designing for Fulldome”
Presented by Dan Neafus
“Storytelling in the Dome & a guide to production techniques”
Presented by Max Crow (NSC Creative)
“Fulldome as a performance space for contemporary dance”
Presented by Toby Norman Wright and Leon Trimble
“Prehistory of Digital Fulldome”
Presented by Nick Lambert
Presented by Sascha Kriegel
Best of the Jena Fulldome Festival Reel
Highlights: introducing the humble beginnings and rapid evolution of the festival with particular reference to the interplay of pioneering media students from Bauhaus-University Weimar, the creation of themed Fulldome awards, active involvement of the Jena Planetarium officials, Carl Zeiss company and the mushrooming international Fulldome community network.
By Leon Trimble and Toby Norman Wright
“Written on the Body”
By Leon Trimble
In collaboration with choreographer Lisa Wetton
By Paul Grimmer
Developed in collaboration with Chris Hudson at Centre for Life
“Continuum” is an immersive fulldome video-audio work created specifically for immersive planetarium environments. The work is a meditation on notions of beauty, perfection and difference focusing on a body, physically and digitally modified and transformed. As the body moves in and out of focus, suspended, it is glimpsed, not seen, taken apart, re-ordered and replicated into new, exotic forms. The work was developed during residencies with the Medical Research Council, Virology Unit (Glasgow 2008), Allenheads Contemporary Arts (Northumberland 2009) and Dance City (Newcastle upon Tyne 2009). Features a commissioned 5.1 surround soundscape by Nick Able and Benjamin Freeth.
By Rocco Helmchen
Music and Sounddesign by Johannes Kraas
A “nightshift portrait” of the Ruhr-Metropolis. Europe’s Capital of Culture 2010.
By Scott Hessels
“Celestial Mechanics” visualises the statistics, data, and protocols of man made aerial technologies – a graphic display of the paths and functions of the machines hovering, flying, and drifting above our planet. The sky is filled with aircraft that transport people from place to place, perform utilitarian duties, assist in communications, enact military missions, or wander above us as debris. Celestial Mechanics combines science, statistical display, and contemporary art by presenting these mechanical patterns and behaviors as a dynamic visual experience.
Produced by Xrez Studio
A visual tone poem designed for the emerging fulldome planetarium format, “Crossing Worlds” utilises spherical photography from the American desert west to immerse the viewer in a transcendent spectrum of austere landscapes. xRez Studio’s first dome format film, “Crossing Worlds” won a coveted “Domie” for Best Design in a Dome at DomeFest 09 in Albuquerque, NM.
In “Light Echoes,” we explore the art of the cosmos as it plays out across light-years-wide constructs of interstellar debris that mark the deaths of stars. Light, form, music, dance, and space all combine in the universe’s own expression of art. This piece draws its inspiration from the Loch Ness Productions fulldome video “HUBBLE Vision”, and uses 19 Hubble Space Telescope images of stellar outbursts. Evocative scenes range from planetary nebulae to dramatic explosions heralding the inevitable death of the luminous blue variable star Eta Carinae, and echoes of light from the red variable star V838 Monocerotis that illuminate clouds of gas and dust surrounding it. Their mesmerizing motion is set to Light Echoes, a dramatic, hypnotic Geodesium space music composition that speaks to the depths of the cosmos. Light Echoes is track 6 on Geodesium “Stella Novus” – the 2011 space music album from Loch Ness Productions. Loch Ness Productions is a unique multimedia production company specializing in cosmically creative content.
“Charting Course for the Unknown” (Excerpt 5:21) (2010/11)
By David Colagiovanni and Thom Canova
“Charting Course for the Unknown”, was originally presented on the Morehead Planetarium’s Glaxo Smith Cline theater’s 68 ft diameter dome screen. Using imagery akin to 60’s liquid techniques developed for psychedelic light shows the 13 minute 45 second short turned the surface of the dome into a variety of motion textures at times violent, energetic or calming. Shown in immersive full dome video the work plays with and alludes to a visceral and magical journey heightened by the synergy between Colagiovanni’s micro/macro-scopic visuals and original 5.1 sound score of Canova. ‘Charting Course for the Unknown’ is an homage to the Morehead’s planetarium as a former astronaut training facility during the Apollo missions. Credits:David Colagiovanni and Thom Canova; with support from the Renci Center, Morehead Planetarium and UNC Office of the Provost; sound mixed at OverDub Lane
By Morehead Planetarium
Trapped in a giant semi-transparent dome, you watch as a single fly buzzes aimlessly above and finally comes to a rest on top. As the lights hauntingly flicker, a cockroach scurries over to the fly and you suddenly realize that you’re not alone – the entire dome is filling up with hundreds of creeping, crawling, slithering insects! Jeepers Creepers, produced by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, is not recommended for the easily bugged out.
“Matrix Optimizer 1.0.1”
By Jan Zehn and Stefan Berke (Cymasonics)
This was our first cymasonical fulldome audio-animated movie clip, originally presented at the Fulldome Festival Jena 2010. The clip demonstrates elementary visualized principles of cymatics in advance on spatial controlled sonic wave field synthesis and manipulation.
“Music of the Spheres” (2011)
By Jeff Rees and Nick Lambert
The Music of the Spheres contrasts the idealized cosmology of the Pythagorean universe with the current state of our planet, using imagery and music within a self-contained virtual universe projected inside a dome. This installation re-imagines the ancient Greek concept of planetary harmonies as an integrated virtual universe with a three-dimensional soundscape. Over the course of ten minutes, the audience experiences first the ancient and meditative Spheres with their music moving around them; then a poetic representation of contemporary changes across the face of the Earth; and finally a return to the stillness of deep space and harmony.
(A 5 minute excerpt will be presented at Fulldome UK 2011)
“Liquid Light Flow”
By Rocco Helmchen
Exploring the idea of “liquid light” using 3D fluid simulation.
By Filmcafe/Steve Davies
“Domefest Reel Revolutions (USA)”
Curated by David Beining
“The Royal Pea”
Created by Helena Doyle and Rob Bidder
Sound by Matt Rigsby Smith
Music by Rob Bidder
This is the first Fuldome film by filmmaker Helena Doyle. The film plays with the notion of scale, telling the Pea’s side of the story from the fairytale the Princess and the Pea.
Produced by Fractal Foundation
“Fractals!” zooms the viewer deep into the infinitely complex patterns of mathematics, and explores the self-similar patterns of nature. This dazzling and beautiful journey shows the connections between science, math and art, and explores how simplicity and complexity are intertwined. The international premier of the new film based on a live show that has now sold out 175 times in a row in New Mexico.
“We Are Astronomers”
Narrated by David Tennant
Produced by NSC Creative
“We Are Astronomers” is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show produced by NSC Creative with input from UK astronomers. The project is a collaboration between Armagh Planetarium, Centre For Life, INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium, National Space Centre, Our Dynamic Earth, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Spaceport with funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Produced by Ralph Heinsohn and Dominic Bünning
Invasion! Terrifying Invadors from Space! A bitter struggle for existence! 46 minutes of thrilling Excitement und stunning effects in 360°: An exciting mixture of design, music, cartoon and science fiction as an artistic and ironic interpretation of the classic sci-fi theme “Inavsion from space!” – a modern parody on H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” PopArt meets Science Fiction! The show has been awarded with several international awards such as the “DomeFest Finalist”, the “Europrix” and the “iF Design Award 2007”.
Produced by Antares Fulldome Productions and Mediúscula
“MOLES” revolves around a young mole named Plato. He lives in a burrow with his parents. He is a restless, curious and thoughtful creature. Plato is fascinated by the light that penetrates the entrance to his home. Sometimes it is lit, sometimes it is off… Why could that be? One day the young mole decides to venture into the outside world to see what is out there. Plato discovers day and night, the sun and the moon, and the stars! The story has been inspired by the Greek philosopher Plato’s “Myth of the Cave.”
Produced by Mirage3D
Join the young Charles Darwin on a 360-degree adventurous voyage of exploration aboard the HMS Beagle. In the 19th century life’s most eloquent mechanism of replacing extinct species with new ones was still unknown. The time was right for what has been described as the greatest discovery ever made. A thrilling immersive cinema experience in story, content and delivery.
Written and directed by Matteo Gagliardi
Soundtrack by Gustav Holst
Commentary by Aaron Nada
Journey to the stars as the dome is transformed into an alien spaceship and you are immersed in the music of Holst’s “The Planets”, and guided on a scenic voyage littered with cultural references of famous writers, artists and philosophers.
“The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth”
Produced by Spitz, Inc. and Zula USA
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Produced by the creators of the award-winning TV series, The Zula Patrol, now reaching 300 million households worldwide.
“Dynamic Earth” is an immersive fulldome program, exploring the inner workings of Earth’s climate engine. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Collaborators: Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc.; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; Spitz Creative Media; NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio; and Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
“Nanocam” explores the kingdoms of bacteria, protists and their stunning mechanism of motility, the amazing structure of fungi, the specializations of plants and the incredible complexity of the animal kingdom, seen through an electron microscope – a breathtaking trip into the five kingdoms of living things.
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they appeared thousands of years ago. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world’s Seven Wonders. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created, and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Winner of four Telly Awards and two Communicator Awards. Narrated by Sean Bean.
“Lamps of Atlantis”
Our search for the lost continent of Atlantis takes us on a journey through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. How did the constellations get their names? What different patterns did ancient cultures see in the sky? Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? We will uncover clues to help us solve this age-old mystery.
“Secret Lives of Stars”
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Patrick Stewart
“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”
Journey 80 million years back in time to an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land—and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swarmed, hunted, and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas. Stunning photo-realistic imagery re-creates the perilous underwater realm of two young, dolphin-sized marine reptiles called Dolichorhynchops, or Dollies, and follows their incredible journey through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl the Earth’s oceans. Narrated by Liev Schreiber. 40 minutes. Available in 2D and 3D.
“Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies”
Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. The film follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, and provides audiences with a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. To unwrap the secrets of the mummies is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization. Narrated by Christopher Lee. 40 minutes. Available in 2D and 3D.
“Awesome Light: Discoveries From the Telescopes of Maunakea”
Produced by Sky-Skan and the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
Originally created in Definiti 3D.
Discover the latest stories from the cosmos! With unique access to the telescopes on the summit of Maunakea, Hawaii, and in cooperation with Principle Investigators, this planetarium series showcases discoveries from major international facilities. Combining timelapse photography and Digital Sky realtime rendering, this series demonstrates new and innovative visual techniques on the dome.
“Touching the Edge of the Universe”
In May 2009, four hundred years after Galileo Galilei’s ground-breaking discoveries, two sophisticated scientific satellites (Herschel and Planck) are launched into space – complex space telescopes designed to look at very distant events that our eyes cannot see. They observe the birth of stars and planets, and look back to the very beginning of time.
“Dawn of the Space Age” (TBC)
“Realm of Light”