Shootout in Toronto

Shootout in Toronto

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.

“We were pleased to join forces once again with Christie at the GSCA and, this year, to showcase our new Digistar 6 system with True8K resolution,” said Michael Daut, Creative Director/Marketing Director, Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater. “This demo reset the bar and established a new gold standard for image quality and maximum immersive impact. It's humbling and exciting to be making history with this first of it’s kind demonstration.

The Fulldome system projected 8K resolution content across every meridian of the dome and the side-by-side 15/70 film versus 8K digital display allowed us to compare the quality of both media. Numerous elements were created specifically for this event by giant screen filmmakers from around the world.

Great care was taken to show the most pristine image sources: 15/70 film was printed from the original camera negative; original camera footage in 8K was carefully mastered and color timed in full 8K resolution and displayed at the IMAX standard of 24 frames per second (fps). Digital content was also shown at 120 fps to highlight the impact of high frame rate (HFR) content on the visual experience, which is possible on the Christie Mirage 304K projector.

Featuring the highest-resolution and brightest digital fulldome system ever demonstrated, Digital Dome Day marked the return of the live planetarium experience to Toronto after a twenty year absence. Science Center of Virginia’s Justin Bartel presented public lectures during the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is the leading global association for advancing the business of producing and presenting educational giant screen and immersive theater experiences.

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Dan Neafus

Dan has produced engaging audience experiences for over 30 years,and continues to do so as Operations Manager of one of the finest immersive theaters in the world, the Gates Planetarium. He is President of the Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association and director and founder of IMERSA.

His consulting firm Neafus Network, provides publicand performance artworks across the country. With an emphasis on technology, Dan utilizes many tools in his work, from supercomputer graphics, to 3d sound and automated lighting. His fulldome productions are distributed to theaters world-wide. By collaborating and inspiring fellow visionary pioneers he has charted a course for the future of domed theaters and the immersive experience.

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