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IMERSA confirms speakers for 2012 Fulldome Summit in Denver Feb 3-5; earlybird registration ends Jan 10

Dan Neafus

“Because of digital technology, multiple industry sectors are converging, and we have a lot to talk about on the creative side, technology side and the business side,” says IMERSA co-founder Dan Neafus, director of the Gates Planetarium. “Everyone wants to see more viable business models for production, distribution and exhibition. This Summit will be a conversation where we can share the wisdom, look at what works and what needs to be done differently, what tools exist and what tools still need to be developed or improved – and move forward.” 

DomeFest 2009 Trailer from DomeFest on Vimeo.

The 2012 IMERSA Summit is set to take place 3-5 February 2012 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS). “Lessons from our past, Visualizing our future – Winning solutions for the digital dome” is the theme. The two-and-a-half-day Summit is organized by IMERSA (Immersive Media, Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts) – a nonprofit trade group formed in 2008 to boost the adoption and creative application of the digital dome and other immersive media formats.


Valerie Johnson-Redrow

IMERSA 2012 Fulldome Summit
Feb 3-5 in Denver, Colorado

“The conversation of convergence”

Registration: Registration is open at this link.

Early bird discount is in effect through 10 January 2012. Registration is limited to the capacity of the Gates Planetarium (about 120). IMERSA Members receive a registration discount for the Summit.


George Wiktor

The Summit is presented as a dialog between converging industry sectors as represented by IMERSA and its affiliate organizations, including:

  • Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA
  • Producers Guild of America (PGA
  • Themed Entertainment Association (TEA
  • Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

Confirmed speakers/topics include:

  • David Beining, founder of DomeFest
  • Markus Beyr, 4D theater entrepreneur (Project workflow, special venue)

    Ryan Wyatt
  • Greg Downing, xRez Studio (Panoramic Photography)
  • Paul Fraser, Blaze Digital Cinema Works; GSCA Board member
  • Eric Hanson, xRez Studio (Panoramic Photography and Post for Fulldome)
  • Jay Heinz, Digital Production Manager at the UNC Morehead Planetarium (Domenclature)
  • Vance Howard, founder Artists By Nature LLC fulldome production studio (Lessons from Digital Earth)
  • James Hyder, editor and publisher of LF Examiner (dialog with giant screen cinema industry)
  • Jeffrey Kirsch, Executive Director, Reuben H Fleet Science Center (dialog with giant screen cinema industry)
  • Ed Lantz of Vortex Immersion, IMERSA co-founder (Beyond Fulldome or 360 marketplace/special venue)
  • Ian McLennan, Ian McLennan Consulting (Learning from the past; Immersed in the Future)
  • Toby Mensforth of Mensforth & Associates (Immersed in the Future roundtable)
  • Dan Neafus, IMERSA co-founder and director of the Gates Planetarium at DMNS (Language of the Dome)
  • Mark Petersen

    Mark Petersen, Loch Ness Productions (“State of the Dome” report)

  • Valerie Johnson Redrow, Producer and member of the Board of the Producers Guild New Media Council
  • Berend  Reijnhoudt, Omniversum (dialog with giant screen industry)
  • Ryan Wyatt, IMERSA co-founder; director, Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences (Standards)
  • Ka Chun Yu, Curator of Space Science, DMNS (Language of the Dome)
  • Hue Walker, winner of multiple Domefest awards
  • George Wiktor of The GW Group (themed entertainment/TEA)
Markus Beyr

Presentations will offer:

  • Fulldome film screenings
  • The art & science of immersive cinema
  • Standards
  • Business model development
  • Methods and equipment for image capture
  • Production workflowDistribution
  • Exhibition systems and technology
  • Networking opportunities

Additional options:

Hue Walker
  • All-day “Fulldome 101” workshop (separate registration) on 3 February.
  • Post-Summit ski trip 6-7 February in Breckinridge, Colorado (short drive from Denver)

According to IMERSA, people who will benefit from attending the Summit include:

  • Digital system vendors
  • Planetarium operators
  • Museum and science center community
  • Paul Fraser

    Media producers or distributors

  • Audiovisual and technical integrators 
  • Themed entertainment community
  • Giant screen cinema community
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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