ABOVE: E&S 8K Digistar 5 at the Science Museum of Virginia, which hosted a GSCA Digital Dome Day in 2014
Holly Springs, NC, USA (August 26, 2015) — Evans & Sutherland has signed on as a partner-level sponsor, the highest level of support, for the upcoming Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) International Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco on September 9-11 and Dome Day at The Tech Museum in San Jose on September 12.
As part of its sponsorship, Evans & Sutherland will demonstrate an 8K digital fulldome system using its Digistar 5 system with Christie 4K projectors during Dome Day at The Tech Museum of Innovation onSaturday, September 12. This will be an excellent opportunity to see a variety of high-resolution material on a state-of-the-art digital dome system that equals or exceed the brightness and resolution of 15/70 film. Evans & Sutherland will install their proprietary auto alignment and blending systems to create a seamless ultra-high resolution image across the dome. Included in the demonstration will be giant screen film content digitally mastered for the dome in both 8K and 4K resolution, along with original digital fulldome content also in 8K and 4K resolution. Additionally, Evans & Sutherland will install a 4K DCI projector to demonstrate a sampling of Hollywood trailers and other scenes on an “insert” window in the front of the dome.
“Evans & Sutherland is a longstanding and valuable supporter of GSCA, and they’re going to considerable lengths to install the temporary digital fulldome system at The Tech for Dome Day,” says GSCA Executive Director Tammy Seldon. “We’re excited to provide our delegates the opportunity to experience Evans & Sutherland’s state-of-the-art system and thrilled to partner with them for this event.”
“Our Digistar 5 system in 8K has garnered incredible success worldwide in premium theaters looking for the breathtaking clarity and brightness that 8K provides. To date, we have replaced 15/70 film systems in three 20+ meter diameter theaters—including the Science Museum of Virginia, where we demonstrated our 8K system in a permanent installation for a special GSCA Digital Dome Demo last October—and have installed a total of eight 8K Digistar 5 systems as the latest additions to our more than 300 theaters around the world. We are honored to have this valuable opportunity to sponsor GSCA and present the state-of-the-art in ultra-high resolution digital dome projection at the conference,” says E&S Vice President and General Manager, Kirk Johnson.
The GSCA International Conference and Trade Show is the largest gathering of educational giant screen and immersive cinema professionals. The 2015 event is being held on September 9-11 at the AMC Metreon IMAX Theater in San Francisco, California, and will feature new films, films in production, projects in development, professional development sessions, a technical session, trade show, and the GSCA Achievement Awards, which honor excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and education. In addition to the digital screenings, the conference will also include film presentations on the IMAX 15-perf/70mm system. On September 12, delegates travel to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, for screenings and sessions in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Conference registration and other event details are available at www.giantscreencinema.