May 30, 2018—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce Evans & Sutherland, in partnership with Christie Digital, will present their 8K digital cinema RGB laser system at GSCA’s Dome Day event on September 24 at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The E&S 8K dome system was chosen by the GSCA Technical Committee after a comprehensive request for proposal and selection process.
The GSCA Technical Committee will host the E&S 8K demonstration. The demonstration will feature an RGB laser projection system that covers 75 percent of the dome (comparable to 15/70 film systems). The 8K system is fully compliant with GSCA’s Digital Immersive Giant Screen Specifications (DIGSS 2.0), with high frame rate playback capability up to 60 frames per second. The demonstration system will be temporarily installed at the McWane Science Center, and distributors who have submitted films can choose to show content in 15/70, or on the digital system.
Dome Day is the final day of GSCA’s 2018 International Conference and Trade Show, which will be held at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 21-23. Attendees will travel to McWane Science Center in Birmingham on September 24 for the 8K demonstration, as well as presentations of new films on the digital system and in 15/70 on the Science Center’s IMAX film projection system.
“The immersive quality of the giant screen dome experience is truly special,” says GSCA Executive Director Tammy Seldon. “Domes have long been an important part of the giant screen industry and the GSCA conference, and we’re excited for Evans & Sutherland and Christie to share their RGB laser digital dome system with our conference attendees. It’s an opportunity for dome theater operators to see the system as they consider digital alternatives and for filmmakers to see what their content looks like on the dome.”
“For 15/70 dome theaters that want to convert to digital and continue to present giant screen film content as they have in the past, Evans & Sutherland provides a partial dome solution with nearly identical image coverage to their existing film systems, with incredible sharpness, contrast, and color richness. The 8K system also offers the industry’s most advanced suite of additional capabilities including auto alignment and blending, 4K video input, live presentation mode, and more. E&S 8K Digital combined with Christie Digital RGB laser projectors offers the highest quality available on a giant screen dome,” says Jonathan Shaw, E&S CEO.
The GSCA International Conference and Trade Show is the premier gathering of educational giant screen and immersive cinema professionals. The 2018 event will be held on September 21-23 at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Dome Day on September 24 at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference will feature new films, films in production, projects in development, professional development sessions, a technical session, trade show, and the GSCA Achievement Awards. Conference registration and other event details are available at http://www.giantscreencinema.com/Events/2018-Conference.
The Giant Screen Cinema Association's mission is to facilitate communication, information sharing, and the development of best practices to support the production and exhibition of original, high-quality, educational, and entertaining giant screen cinema experiences. GSCA's membership includes more than 250 organizations in nearly 30 countries. Member organizations include giant screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world. Visit www.giantscreencinema.com for further information. Connect with GSCA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/giantscreencinema) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/gsca). Questions about the GSCA or the conference should be directed to Tammy Seldon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Evans & Sutherland
Evans & Sutherland (www.es.com) provides the world’s most advanced projection systems for Giant Screen cinema. E&S offers display systems, programs, and real-time rendering software for science centers, planetariums, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S’s flagship projection configuration for Giant Screen Theaters is the True8K fulldome display system. Evans & Sutherland is the world’s leading producer and distributor of digital dome shows including programs converted from giant screen film. As a full-service system provider, E&S offers Spitz domes, planetarium systems, and a full range of theater systems. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide. Visit the E&S website athttp://www.es.com.