warped perspectives

Just to reiterateAi??Chris &Ai??Warik’s comments – a huge thanks to the organisers, hosts and tutors of this amazingAi??workshop. I hope everyone made it home safely and are wondering, like me, why their town does not have a volcano nightclub!

I’ve also ordered a pair of fisheye spectacles because life outside of the sphere is now like unbaked bread.

It was an intense week of study and production, so what can I take from it?

Prior to the lab, my knowledge of immersive cinema was limited to being an end user of 3D, IMAX and planetariums … I had not been in a portable dome or seen an iDome. I like the idea of small portable domes and it was good to see two versions, though I would add that it would have been beneficial to have had more access to the Geodome over the five days.

One of the most striking features of fulldome video production for me is the technology and its seeming inability to deliver high quality projection – and therefore a high quality experience. I think this is important.Ai??It is clear that CGI works – but achieving the same visual impact with video or film (unless you’ve access to huge budgets and 70mm film) seems difficult. Coming from a film background, I was hoping to see more productions that had been shot on ‘4k’Ai??35mm film to get a sense of what can be achieved, as (please correct me if I’m wrong) film is still a viable production resource – especially for short projects where telecine costs are kept down.

And does the screen lend itself to dramatic storytelling? I think so – the lab proved that … as well as there being a fine line between story and high-drama!

There will be lots of follow up work and research and the lab will be a huge resource in terms of development of the form.

Thanks to all .. I’m sure our reputable online pharmacy usa. paths will cross at some point – let’s hope it is in a dome of some sort … or the volcano.


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  1. Paul Bourke says:

    You said “One of the most striking features of fulldome video production for me is the technology and its seeming inability to deliver high quality projection – and therefore a high quality experience.”

    There are actually two things here
    1. The resolution of the projection system is “simply” a matter of $. The inflatable dome has a resolvable resolution of around 1200 pixels, costs almost nothing, the iDome around 1600 costs perhaps $6K, the fisheye projector not much higher resolution but $30K, Horizon has a native resolution (I estimate) around 2400 and costs hundreds of thousands, an 8000 pixel system in Macau will cost many millions.
    2. The resolution of the capture device is a matter of $ and lack of technology. DomeLab only had access to video around 1000 pixels, so that was the largely limiting factor for image quality.

    In general, high resolution filming for fulldome (by that I mean full fisheye) is difficult. Very hard to achieve a resolution that is as high as most commercial digital domes. The LadyBug and the Red camera are the best options.

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