The 10th Jena Fulldome Film Festival was held from May 26-28, 2016, with the theme “Frameless Frenzy.” Its signature award is the Janus trophy, for the double-faced Roman god of beginnings and endings. The festival honors both seasoned producers as well as student works, with an emphasis on short films. The winners spanned the world with creative works ranging from artistic endeavors to science topics.
The world of immersive cinema continues to expand beyond the “traditional” fulldome and large-format screens of the world. Recent developments that all of us in the fulldome community should be aware of include the growth of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). I’ve discussed these in prior submissions as such technologies continue to make inroads into our homes and classrooms.
The IMERSA team was in Toronto October 7th to see the “World’s First True8K™ Digital Fulldome Demonstration” presented by the Giant Screen Cinema Association Technical Committee. Christie® and Evans & Sutherland provided TEN Christie Mirage 304K projectors, demonstrating a viable alternative to antiquated film-based projection. The spectacular presentation compared IMAX film side by side with Fulldome video in the Onterio Science Center’s 24 meter dome.
Michael Daut (E&S), Glenn Smith (Sky-Skan Europe), Per Hemmingsson (SCISS), & Ben Cabut (RSA Cosmos) representing the Association of Fulldome Innovators (AFDI) was founded at the IMERSA Summit in 2014 when representatives of four leading fulldome equipment vendors agreed to meet together to discuss and implement standards for the community.