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Movember 2013

November 29, 2013 1:04 pm

As the month of November is upon us we have taken a giant leap for chap-kind and decided to raise some money for the chaps of the Earth by growing a moustache. Yes… we are taking part in Movemeber.

Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Please donate some money to the cause via our team page http://uk.movember.com/team/1015773

More pics over on our Facebook page

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CG Artist Recruitment

April 25, 2013 1:19 pm

We are looking to fill numerous positions in our small but growing multi-disciplinary team of awesomeness.

We require a CG Artist, Junior CG Artist and Motion Graphics Artist to join us on-site and work on exciting immersive projects.

We also want to hear from you if you are freelancer and setup to work off-site and enjoy Skype video chats!

We also have a Web Designer position open to join our expanding online division to work on sites for a range of international clients.

The closing dates are very soon so stop reading this and follow the link for full job descriptions and application info http://www.nsccreative.com/jobs/

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Cell-tastic Sing-a-long fun

April 5, 2013 4:53 pm

Join in some sing-a-long fun with Raj and Sooki with the title track to Cell! Cell! Cell!

Not only will you have this cell-tacular tune in your head for days and days, you’ll also learn the names of lots of cells!

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Fulldome UK 2012 – Part One…

December 5, 2012 11:21 pm

After months of planning Fulldome UK was over in the blink of a fisheye! Fulldome merriment was had by all from the best of Fulldome Films to the crazy and creative Fulldome shorts that competed for prizes… It was a veritable Olympiad of Fulldome with entries from all around the world.

We were ecstatic with our medal for Best Use of Dome for Miracle of Life, a Fulldome Cell-errific adventure. Although you won’t be able to experience it in all it’s dome-tacular glory we’ve got a full preview just for you…

This is the second award that Miracle of Life has picked up this year after it was crowned with the honour of Best Narrative at DomeFest in the summer.

The award for Best Sonic Experience went to one of our astrochaps! A very dapper looking Mr Aaron Bradbury was thrilled with his medal and has been showing it to all visitors to the Studio. We’re very proud of our astrodude, congrats Mr Bradbury! If you’d like to download his dometastic sonic adventure then click here >>

For more winners’ check out the Fulldome UK site >>

Fulldome UK 2012 can also boast the most real-time VJ sets in one dome in one night ever we think! The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium played host to four real-time VJ sets from; United_VJs, rfid, SAT and immersive – AVOLITES MEDIA. Below are some pictures from the evening performances…

If you joined us at this years’ Fulldome UK, then why not join in the conversation on Facebook and share your thoughts on Fulldome.

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Space for the Citizens of Europe – NEREUS

December 4, 2012 11:30 pm

In 2011 we were approached by NEREUS, the Network of European Regions Using Space technologies and tasked with producing a short promotional video about their organisation. The promo looks at how GMES and GNSS technologies are already benefitting the regions that are part of the organisation. In 2012 we revisited this project in order to create language versions in the seven remaining languages of NEREUS’ members.

This is a short movie, featuring some sections of the 4 min 30 sec final movie.

For the full show in eight different languages, please click here >>

NEREUS

In their mission statement, NEREUS state:

“From weather forecasting to traffic management (to name but a few examples) space technologies have a growing impact on the daily lives of European citizens. Regions play a major role in all the stages of the value chain and in the policy-making and regulatory processes. At the political level NEREUS acts as the main interface between the Regions and the European Institutions.” When creating the promo for NEREUS, we wanted to ensure that the vast array of Space technologies that benefit the network of regions were equally and clearly represented.

The Story

NSC Creative worked closely with NEREUS which in turn acted as an intermediary with the individual regions to ensure their individual stories were part of the finished film. One of the key objectives was to highlight the various benefits of Space technologies for the ‘citizens’ of Europe. The team set out to show the various technologies made possible from GMES (Global Monitoring Earth Satellites) and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) applications.

The Challenge

“NEREUS – Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies – cooperated with the NSC Creative in the production of a promotional video that showcases illustrative examples of regional space uses (EO/GMES, GNSS, Telecommunication etc.) for the benefits of regions and their citizens. The work succeeded to highlight the regional character of the portrayed space based services by presenting them in a regional context (e.g. oil spill – Azores, forest fires – Basilicata) with strong imagery and messages.

Since when we first met to discuss our storyline and see how to turn our ideas into a concrete product, the NSC creative team, headed by Paul Mowbray, showed a high level of professionalism and proactivity. During all the different phases of the production, they demonstrated great efforts to ensure a smooth collaboration and constant support.” Roya Ayazi and Federica Bordelot

The Result

“The final promo is a high quality product which portrays the immense economic and social potential as well as the strategic value of space technologies for Europe’s regions.

We truly wish to thank the team at NSC Creative for their great job.” Roya Ayazi and Federica Bordelot

Below is a gallery of images showing some key stills from the Italian translation of the short film:

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IPS 2012 – About the Competition Winners

November 5, 2012 11:31 pm

A short while ago we announced the winners of our IPS 2012 prize draw and we thought we’d give you an update about their prizes…

Firstly, the first prize winner of our 6 month license of a show of their choosing (terms and conditions apply) was LWL-Museum für Naturkunde Westfälisches Landesmuseum mit Planetarium, Münster, Germany.

The planetarium in Münster, Germany, is part of a natural history musuem; it opened in 1981. The planetarium has a 20m dome and seats 250. It is one of the largest planetariums in Germany and has about 110,000 visitors annually. In 2010, a new fulldome projection system was installed which is among the most modern in the world, with an exceptional “8k” resolution of the projected image – to date, the only one of its kind in Europe. The planetarium is presenting shows on different topics, from star talks and general astronomy presentations to shows about spaceflight or natural history.

The winner of our runner-up prize was The St. Charles Parish Library Planetarium of Luling, Louisiana. Our little 3.0 has now been packaged up and is ready for his flight to the U.S.!

The St. Charles Parish Library Planetarium is a small, six meter dome attached to a public library. It is located just 32 kilometers west of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. For over thirty years, it has offered free, weekly, planetarium shows to the public. The planetarium also serves the local school systems and community organizations with its MEDIAGLOBE II star projector.

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MoL winner @ DomeFest 2012

October 29, 2012 4:51 pm

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The much anticipated DomeFest 2012 took place in the summer this year. No sooner had we packed-up our domes from IPS 2012 we were back in LASM’s Irene W. Pennington Planetarium for a jam packed dometastic schedule.

With shorts, shows and talks from around the world the event celebrates the good and the great that Fulldome has to offer. We saw some amazing Fulldome content as well as sharing some shorts we created exclusively for the event.

You can watch our short, ‘Miracle of Life’ that won Best Narrative at this years’ DomeFest below:

To check out the other winners from this years’ event, who they are and what they won, follow the link to the DomeFest website here >>

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The ‘Making of’ Cell! Cell! Cell!

October 28, 2012 11:30 pm

Cell! Cell! Cell! Making of Banner

Especially for you we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the anatomy of our biology Fulldome digital planetarium show, Cell! Cell! Cell!

We’ve selected a number of shots from the show and have deconstructed them to show some of the steps that go into making such a cell-tacular show.

For every show we make we go through an extensive production process, from carefully deciding which scenes to include and then building every last object inside the computer so it can be rendered for all to see.

Be sure to make each gallery full-screen to see all the details. If you head over to our Flickr page you can even download the 4k files (navigate to the original quality image) and see even more detail or put them up on your dome to experience them in all their immersive glory!

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The ‘Making of’ We Are Aliens!

10:47 pm

We Are Aliens! Making of Banner

After months of intense work on We Are Aliens! we finally premiered the finished 2D Fulldome version of the show at the National Space Centre on 10 October 2012.

For every show we make we go through an extensive production process, from carefully deciding which scenes to include and then building every last object inside the computer so it can be rendered for all to see.

We’ve took shots from three scenes to give you an insiders look into the making of We Are Aliens! They cover various stages of production from storyboarding and concept art through to layout and final renders. Be sure to make each gallery full-screen to see all the details. If you head over to our Flickr page you can even download the 4k files (navigate to the original quality image) and see even more detail or put them up on your dome to experience them in all their immersive glory!

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Fulldome UK 2012 @ NSC

October 19, 2012 3:51 pm

Fulldome UK - Vortex

Fulldome UK is coming to The National Space Centre! Yes, three is indeed the magic number with the third Fulldome UK event being held at the biggest dome in the UK.

The event, which is being held on the 16 and 17 November will be the biggest Fulldome festival the UK has ever seen; not only due to the physical size and number of seats in the  Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium but also due to the exceptionally talented array of contributors.

With Live VJ sets, Workshops with Fulldome industry insiders and a plethora of artistic Fulldome shorts the festival will be a veritable dome-tastic extravaganza!

When asked about hosting the event at The National Space Centre, our very own Paul Mowbray said:

“We are all really buzzing about the event and the fact that it is happening on our doorstep! Submissions have been flooding in from all over the World, it’s going to be an awesome event with lots of great speakers and I’m sure lively debate. There is no place like dome!”

As well as showcasing the best of Fulldome shorts, produced by professionals and students the festival will also be showing the best new Fulldome films, which of course means that We Are Aliens! will be showing.

It’s set to be dome-licious so don’t miss out, buy your ticket now >>

We Are Aliens - Showing at Fulldome UK 2012

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