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IMERSA Hosts Fulldome Summit: A Report
March 14, 2014—On March 6–9,
(Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts) hosted a Summit on fulldome theaters with 190 attendees. The conference was in Denver with fulldome screenings in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the
SIE Film Center
and the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Read the full report from Display Central here.
Gretchen Jaspering to Step Down as Executive Director of Gulf Coast Exploreum
February 28, 2014—Gretchen Jaspering, executive director of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, will leave her job in May and return to her hometown of St. Louis, Mo.
Read the full article from AL.com here.
Giant Screen Veteran Peter Anderson Honored at Motion Picture Academy's Sci-Tech Awards
February 28, 2014—Peter Anderson, a legendary visual effects artist and cinematographer who helped pioneer the modern film-based attraction and giant screen cinema was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Board of Governors, for technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry.
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IMAX to Relocate from Santa Monica to Playa Vista Next Year
February 28, 2104—Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced that IMAX, the motion picture technology company, will open a new workplace in Playa Vista. IMAX, known for its large-scale movie theaters, is relocating from Santa Monica to a new three-story space at Playa Vista, a planned community that once was home to Howard Hughes’ legendary “Spruce Goose” plane. About 120 employees will move to the site when the office opens next year, said Rich Gelfond, chief executive officer of IMAX, which has its headquarters in New York.
Read the full article from DailyNews.com here.
Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray Shares His Journey to the South Pacific
February 18, 2014—
Journey to the South Pacific
a new 3D IMAX film now in theaters, takes moviegoers on an adventure through the island paradise of remote West Papua, a province of Indonesia in the Coral Triangle.
spoke with Greg MacGillivray, an Academy Award nominee who co-directed the film.
Read the full article here.
Great Lakes Science Center Omnimax Seeks Funds for Digital Projector
February 4, 2014—The Great Lakes Science Center’s Omnimax theater might dwarf the region’s independent cinemas in terms of sheer size. However, it shares a similar problem in converting its operations from analog to digital. The science center is looking to raise about $1.9 million to outfit its 320-seat, iconic domed theater with digital projectors and an upgraded sound system.
Read the full article from Crain's Cleveland here.
Mysteries of the Unseen World: 10-Year IMAX Project Reveals Wonders All Around Us
February 4, 2014—Mother Nature Network interviews
Mysteries of the Unseen World
Producer Jini Durr on how the film came together. Read the full interview
Butterflies Doc to Gross $40+ Million; Trends in the GS Documentary Market
January 17, 2014—Jonathan Barker, CEO and president of SK Films, updated and added depth to his analysis of trends across the giant screen museum market, which DocumentaryTelevision.com published after MIPDoc 2013. Here are his eight takeaways and a revised mini-case study for
Flight of the Butterflies
, which is on track to gross $40+ million.
See the full report here.
Mike Day Is a Guiding Force at the Science Museum of Minnesota
January 10, 2014—Mike Day has powerful memories of his great aunt. She worked at a mystical place for many children, The Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago. It was visits to this museum that shaped his future. Today, the Chicago native is the senior vice president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. “I was recruited to Minnesota in 1978,” said Day. “The building was under construction and so was their first Omnitheater. I had the right education, training and work experience that lined up everything.” Read the full article from the Hudson
Science Museum of Virginia IMAX Dome Gets Renovated
January 19, 2014—The Dome at the Science Museum of Virginia's IMAX auditorium will be closed through mid-March for renovations. It's the first major upgrade in 30 years. Watch the news segment from WRLC-TV
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