PROJECTION: 2D

Volcanoes: The Fires Within
2019
52

Volcanoes: The Fires Within will take audiences around the world with National Geographic photographer, Carsten Peter, to get dangerously close to volcanoes. Audiences will learn about how volcanoes have impacted humans for millennia — from continents, to ecosystems, to wildlife habitats.

Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars
2013
55, 24

This live-action fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation.  Learn how to read the stars and interpret the winds and waves to navigate without modern instruments.  The film tells the story of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaii.

The film stands on its own as a 25-minute show but can be extended to an hour by integrating live, instructor-led elements to immerse the audience in an interactive learning experience.  The first two live segments build to the third: a virtual trip from Hawaii to Tahiti and back with the audience determining when they have returned to Hawaii.

The Little Star That Could
2009
36, 25

The Little Star That Could has been reproduced by Audio Visual Imagineering and Brevard Community College for the digital full dome era with computer graphic animation.  This popular and well-loved story owned and created by The Saint Louis Science Center over 20 years ago has been updated with accurate astronomical information.  Have no fear; the story basically remains the same with all of your favorite stars!  For those of you who are not familiar with the show, The Little Star That Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm.  Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies.  Eventually, Little Star finds his planets.  Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System.  Talented artists responsible for the new show include Mark Howard and Joe Tucciarone of the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium in Cocoa, FL.  Directed by Willie Castro of Willie Castro Animation, Inc.  The new musical score was produced by John Avarese of JAV Productions.

The Moon
2012
19

Enrich discussion, live teaching, and interaction in the planetarium experiences you provide your audiences!  The Moon modular planetarium program incorporates live interactive planetarium teaching with a planetarium program that has been designed in a modular nature.  This program has been produced to be used with modern fulldome technology for classic planetariums with a single flat screen projector/DVD set-up.  It targets grades K through 2 and focuses on observations of the moon.  The program comes with live interaction lessons that could be used in between the pre-recorded modules of the program or as stand-alone lessons.  Further, additional related hands-on activities can be demonstrated and discussed to round out a complete learning experience on lunar observation by early elementary students.

The Weather
2013
15

AVI’s newest interactive modular planetarium program covering the national science standards for weather – grades K-2.

Module One: Using the Senses to Observe Weather and Identifying Cloud Types – Module one will help connect children to the weather around them by encouraging them to use their senses to observe weather.  It will also introduce children to the basic cloud types and how they are associated with specific weather conditions.  The idea of weather forecasting will be presented in this module as well.

Module Two: Describing and Measuring the Weather – This module will introduce children to the basic weather terms that are used to describe weather conditions.  It will also help children identify the appropriate instruments that are used for studying and measuring weather.

Module Three: Identifying the Basic Features of the Water Cycle – The final module will present the major steps of the water cycle.  To help with this concept, children will follow a drop of water through the entire water cycle.

Seasons
1987
33

Seasons features the music of Vivaldi in a celebration of Earth’s changing cycles.  Spring’s awakening, summer’s growth, autumn’s harvest, and winter’s dormancy are beautifully portrayed, along with a look at Earth as a planet, the sun as a star, and the relationship between the two.

Beyond the Sun
2018
26

Celeste is fighting off sleep by reading a book on astronomy when, through her bedroom window, she receives a visit from MOON and his mischievous helpers.

Moon calls his helpers to order and then turns to Celeste to ask her if she likes to look at the sky.  Celeste brags that she knows all the planets.  The specks of light laugh and Moon clarifies to her that she knows all the planets that orbit one star, the Sun, but that there are many, many more stars in the universe.

“And those stars also have planets?,” asks Celeste.  Exoplanets, corrects Moon, that is what we call the planets that orbit other stars.  Would you like to explore them?

With the aid of his helpers, Moon leads Celeste on a journey through the universe to discover what an exoplanet is and how it can be detected.  Together they observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds, and super-Earths.  Moon tells her about exoplanet hunters, astrophysicists who, from different points on the planet, observe the sky in search of a planet like Earth.

A new Earth!  Celeste is excited.  Out there, says Moon, there may be a star like our Sun, and orbiting around it, at the same distance as the Earth, a planet that has oceans, jungles, and – who knows? – civilizations.

Celeste is ready to go look for it right away, but Moon reminds her that she needs to get some rest first.  Before she falls asleep, Celeste asks Moon if he will come back to visit her again.

“Do you like whales?,” Moon asks the girl.  “I love them!,” responds Celeste, and she drops off to sleep.  Then we will see other again soon, promises Moon, before leaving with his helpers.

Cosmos Odyssey: Our Quest to Discover the Universe
2019
29

The scope of the universe as understood by humankind has expanded with the development of astronomy.

Starting from the mythological universe of ancient times, let us explore the Ptolemy’s geocentric theory, the heliocentric theory, the revolution brought by the invention of the telescope, spectrum analysis, and the latest technologies in today’s astronomical observatories.

A fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.

Lucia, The Secret of Shooting Stars
2018
31

Vladimir, a polar bear, and James, a penguin, travel into space aboard the Polaris to study polar auroras.

Hit by a meteorite, they crash at the foot of a pre-Columbian pyramid and meet Lucia, a hummingbird who is passionate about rocks.  She tells them about a legend evoking “stones of light.”

Meteorites, shooting stars, these “stones of light” intrigue them all.  In order to solve this enigma, they board for the Moon, then the asteroid belt, and finally land on a comet nucleus.  Who is having fun throwing stones from space?

Hypotheses, observations, and analyses will allow them to find answers to their questions back on Earth!

Kilimanjaro

Climb through 5 different ecological zones from tropical wildlife filled rain forest to arctic glaciers in this geological look at how Africa’s infamous mountain came to be.  Filmed in 8K.

Khrumka and the Magic Rocket
2019
33

In this delightful and charming show for children, Khrumka and his friend, Kippy, lean about space in their little school in the fairy tale forest and then, accompanied by their cute robot, Robik, go on an amazing journey through the Solar system in a magic rocket.

LoVR
2015
5

More than 100000 chemical reactions happen in your brain every second.  So what about the moment you saw the girl of your dreams, and she saw you?  If we could capture those few seconds what would the data look like?

LoVR is a document of this moment.  A story of love, told through neural activity captured over 4 seconds.

As chemicals are released and areas of the brain activated, a form of poetry is revealed within the data.  The heart beats, the iris dilates and time stands still as two lovers see each other for the first time.

Genesis
2019
13, 7

“In the beginning, God, God created the heavens and the earth.  And the earth was empty and without order between darkness on the face of the abyss … and the spirit of God that remained above the waters said: Let there be light; And there was light.  And in that way, he separated the light from the darkness … In the light, he called it day, and the darkness he called night … “

This phrase that is extracted from the old testament of the Bible, belong that which relates the creation of the universe in the so-called first book Genesis – from the Christian Bible – serves as a conceptual basis for a free recreation of the structure of the universe, man and earth: It is an open and personal interpretation – free of religious or scientific character – to explore abstract concepts of the beginning of life and the universe.

Genesis is a real-time fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.

Music by Pina.

Voyager: The Never-Ending Journey
2018
27

The movie tells a thrilling story of the most remarkable space mission in human history.  In 1977 two space probes were launched to explore the farthest planets of the Solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune along with their moons.  These spacecraft greatly enriched our knowledge of the distant worlds.

Now after four decades they explore the interstellar space.  Like two bottles launched into the cosmic ocean, both probes carry an interstellar message – the Golden Record, intended for any alien civilization.

The Factory
2019
10

Unique short film takes you in the middle of a giant steel plant in the middle of the night – the place you are very unlikely to visit in your real life.

The film is a tribute to Zoox, the urbex photographer and explorer.  A fulldome short-film for planetarium and digital dome theatre.

Birth of Planet Earth
2019
25

Birth of Planet Earth is a planetarium fulldome show that tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own.

The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth?  What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum.  This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Arora
2019
21

An immersive fulldome experience about the beauty of Auroras.

Take a journey across time and space to understand the science behind the phenomena and to experience the stories of our ancestors.

Guided by the lullaby of the Dawn Goddess, this cinematic adventure invites the audience to join the dance of these eerie lights over remote Icelandic landscapes.

For planetariums and digital dome theatres.

Serengeti
2021
52, 40, 24

Life happened in the Serengeti on an unprecedented scale.

It’s home to most of Africa’s most iconic animals, and hosts one of the world’s greatest natural events — the annual wildebeest migration.

Nature has orchestrated a perfect symphony in which every species has a very distinct role to play in a larger story — the balance of an entire ecosystem.

We’ll see it through the eyes of the youngest members of our animal cast as they imitate their parents, and learn about the mighty roles they’ll play.

Prepare to be awed by this immersive Giant Screen film about how nature works in one of the world’s greatest ecosystems.

Wingsuit Flyers
40, 20

The dream of flying­ has captivated human imagination since prehistoric times.  Even with the advent of aircrafts and the increasing availability of air travel, the ancient question stays with us: What if we could simply spread our arms ­and fly like a bird?

Wingsuit flight is a groundbreaking phenomenon that has adrenaline junkies traveling the world in search of one exhilarating experience after the next.  Our flyers have set records searching out the most exciting locations to take longer and more daring flights.  In this epic 40-minute IMAX experience, we catch a ride with some of the best flyers in the world as they journey to incredible mountaintops while teaching us the art and science of human flight.  The film is both a first and third person perspective from the flyers themselves and a name Voice Over.  It will feature incredible footage from POV helmet cameras, flying drones, and helicopter rigs.

What’s behind the pilot and the suit?  How can they fly longer and faster?  Will man ever fly without a chute?  We answer those questions and more while exploring the burgeoning counter culture of wingsuit pilots, whose lives are dedicated to chasing the thrill and pursuit of human flight.

Shark Heroes
2021

For the general public, often sharks are lumped into one category … that is feared.  However, sharks and consequent shark behavior is incredibly diverse.  Most species would be relatively safe to take a “dip” with.  However, there are two species that vie for the top predator prize in  the community of sharks … the Great White shark and the Bull shark both compete for the distinction as the apex predator of the deep.  The Great White is the largest of the carnivorous shark species and are the perfect killing machine.  The Bull Shark, although smaller is more aggressive and considered by many experts to be the more dangerous of the two species.  They are among the most ferocious of all sharks.

Both species have finely tuned electro-magnetic sensory abilities to locate and hunt prey.  In a scientific-first experiment, Shark Wars: The Ultimate Predator will explore how their abilities compare and push their highly developed sensory systems to the limit.

Shark Wars will capture previously unseen shark behavior for the first time on the planet, in virtual darkness, in shark hot spots in Fiji and Australia.  Our filming platform will be a revolutionary shark cage, taking its design from the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.  Using this cutting edge technology, renowned shark researcher Dr. Will Robbins will conduct an incredible two-phase research experiment to more fully understand the super senses of these fearsome animals to determine which shark is the ultimate predator.