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.
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 >>
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 doesn’t seem like that long ago we were talking about making We Are Aliens! now the show is ready to go. We Are Aliens! celebrated it’s World Premiere at The National Space Centre, the home of NSC Creative, on Wednesday 10 October 2012.
The event was a huge success with some amazing feedback from everyone who came…
Below we’ve got a selection of photos from the event…
NSC Creative is proud to announce the narrator for our latest Fulldome show is…
Yes, Mr Rupert Grint is the narrator of We Are Aliens! Deep in the heart of London Max, Paul and one of our 3.0s met Rupert to record the soundtrack to our new Fulldome show that asks, are we alone in the Universe?
Rupert’s young and charming tone is perfect for the show and we’re very excited that he’s been involved.
The show will launch publicly at The National Space Centre from October 20th 2012 and will be rolling out across the UK soon after.
Please get in touch and let us know what you think when you see the show.
The show is now available to license in 2D with its Fulldome 3D release scheduled for the end of November 2012.
It’s in the top three for ‘Best Fulldome Program’ and this week ‘We Are Astronomers’ will be showing daily for attendees of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. This is the first year JHWFF has had a category specifically for Fulldome productions.
For all you JHWFF attendees, ‘We Are Astronomers’ will be showing in EarthMatters dome at the following times:
‘We Are Astronomers’ has succeeded in proceeding to the final three of the newly created ‘Best Fulldome Program’ category of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The awards are an annual event held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.
The entries this year included 510 films from 30 countries; more than 60 judges whittled down the entries to leave three finalists in each category.
We will be in Wyoming for the festival 3-7 October so please get in-touch if you want to hook up and talk immersive films.
We Are Astronomers reached for the stars and won big at this year’s Immersive Film Festival in Espinho, Portugal held between 29 April – 1 May 2011.
We Are Astronomers took home the honours of ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best of IFF’ in the long show category.
We’ve already received lots of lovely emails from new fans of the show that saw it for the first time at the event but do please get in touch if you want to share your love via Facebook or the dedicated website http://weareastronomers.com/
Here’s the IFF description of what the awards are all about:
‘Best of IFF’
This award will distinguish all main aspects of an Fulldome production such as: content, technical implementation, innovation, artistic achievement, production values, creativity, originality, narrative, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of Fulldome technologies.
This award will focus on the creativity, originality, design, entertainment value of the narrative, creating the best balance in storytelling.
Thank you to everyone involved in IFF 2011, the organisers, sponsors, jurors and of course the attendees. We hope to join you next year with new shows and shorts.
As a result of our epic ‘Creative Business of the Year Award’ win picked up at this years Leicestershire Business Awards we’ve been given the keys to a car branded with our logo on for a few days. I feel a roadtrip coming on…
Just read a really good article on making a Fulldome show in Attractions Management magazine (2009 issue 3). We’re a little biased as we wrote it
Please go check out the article and see what we have to say about our workflow and approach to making our latest digital planetarium show, We Are Astronomers. They picked out some good quotes too!
“They asked for a gentle beginning, because our previous shows were quite dramatic and scared small children!”
“It was about making astronomy exciting and sexy but still credible.”
Thanks to Attractions Management for inviting us to contribute to the magazine, why your there you should subscribe to the digital version of the mag, it is a good read for anyone involved in the attractions/visitor centre arena.