Monday, April 15, 2024

PHOTOS: Dome Fest West

The inaugural Dome Fest West took place in Costa Mesa, California in October 2021. This new fulldome film festival and conference for the industry was founded by its Executive Director, Ryan Moore, an immersive producer at Experience 360°, a Virtual Experience Design Studio that currently focuses on producing fully spherical, ultra-high definition 360° media for current VR devices.

The Dome Fest West audience enjoys scenes from Beautifica.

Brett Leonard (STUDIO LIGHTSHIP), director of the influential IMAX 3D films “T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous” (1998) and “Siegfried and Roy: The Magic Box” (1999) presented as keynote speaker. Other presenters included: Michael Daut, Jeb Terry (Cosm), Carolyn Collins Petersen (Loch Ness Productions), Will Nix (Lohas Advisors and Capital), Eric Hanson (Blueplanet VR), Michael McConville (E&S and Spitz), Dayna Thompson (Ball State University), Ben Gondrez (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), multimedia artist Diana Reichenbach, Hugh Hou (CreatorUp), Mike Small (Adler Planetarium), audio-visual artist Michael Strauss, Mani Srinivasan (XR Wellness), Tobias Chen (Volumetric Camera Systems), wellbeing expert Jahna Perricone, documentarian Michael Mansouri, visual effects expert Edward Dawson-Taylor, creative producer Jenni Ogden, and Hilary McVicker (The Elumenati).

Michael Strauss VJ’s live for DJ Torkomji during Saturday Night’s ‘LIVE in the Dome’ program.

Dome Fest West sponsors included Cosm, AV Galaxy, MSG Sphere, festoon, Alternity, Experience 360°, and IMERSA.

Dome Fest West showcased 360 degree media and the relationship between fulldome theaters and VR/AR programming. Thirteen films were awarded, with a total of 32 films screened, including “Atlas of a Changing Earth” from Spitz Creative Media.

Part of the event was dedicated to the Best of Earth group of streaming festivals, founded with the understanding that COVID is keeping the global community apart, but through livestream, the festival’s 19 films could be enjoyed in dome theaters in the UK, The Netherlands, and Australia, along with Dome Fest West.

InPark Magazine has extensively covered the fulldome industry since the 1990s. Here are some recent highlights from the pages of InPark:

“Worlds Beyond Earth” fulldome show premieres at American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Jan 2020

Christie: From film dome to fulldome

Spitz fulldome release: Birth of Planet Earth

E&S: 8,000-Pixel Resolution

Legacies of IMAX filmmaker George Casey and Laserium founder Ivan Dryer

Spontaneous Fantasia at the Fujitsu Planetarium

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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