Full Dome

Film titles available for full dome theaters and planetariums.

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Tao: Unlocking the Mysteries of Distant Stars
2015
26

Chile, South America, Atacama Desert, TAO project team of Tokyo University has been constructing the huge infrared telescope on the peak of Mt. Chajantor.  The story unfolds as an astronomer working on the project meets a boy named Sherpa.  Together they watch the stars, trace the constellations and discover the pure fascination for the stars.

Based on the interviews of the TAO project members, the story lively depicts the enthusiasm of the astronomer for the stars.

Tempo
2014
33

Our modern lives, ruled as they are by smartphones and agendas, too often seem like a race against the clock.  In Tempo, the race stops to make time for the cycles of nature and the skies.  Tempo makes superb use of the dome and an entrancing soundtrack to give audiences a whole new perspective on how we view the heavens, showing us the connection between our concept of time and our position in the Universe.  Audiences are invited to put their clocks and watches aside and get back in touch with the bonds between humans and nature.

The Adventures of Rosetta & Philae
27

Once upon a time there was a space probe called Rosetta, which was shot into the night sky.  She was embarking on a long, long journey with the aim of unveiling the secrets of our solar system.  On board was her constant companion, the lander Philae.  The destination of their journey was comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Join Rosetta and her lander Philae on a wonderful journey to the comet Chury.  They travelled for more than ten years and experienced lots of exciting things along the way.  Little Philae eventually managed to land on the comet and explore it more
closely.  Come along on the adventure and find out what secrets Philae and Rosetta were able to unveil.

On the long journey from Earth into space, you’ll hear from Rosetta and Philae what it takes technically and scientifically to explore a comet up close.  You’ll also find out what fascinating insights have been gained from comets, these “dirty snowballs” that travel through space.  The dome adaption of ESA’s great cartoon about the Rosetta Mission will entertain and educate children and adults alike.

The Blind Man with Starry Eyes
2013
23

In order to increase his power, a tyrant asks an old wise man of his kingdom to give him the secrets which would enable him to extend his power and domination.  Despite his insistence, he can only elicit one answer from the old wise man: “Look at the sky and count the stars.”  When he realizes that the old wise man will not give him more clues, the tyrant follows his advice and starts counting the stars in the sky.  Step by step, a relationship takes place between them which will change the tyrant’s quest for domination into a quest for knowledge …

The Breath of Life
2014
30

Life is a rare form of matter, discover more about its mysteries! The show begins with the origin of the first organic molecules and the DNA.  Following the path of the evolution, audiences will learn more about the appearance of first cells, the first bacteria and the first protozoa, defining a variety of biology concepts like prokaryotes, eukaryotes, unicellular and multicellular beings.  Following a virus being chased by a white blood cell, you will be taken into a journey inside a cell to meet the all cellular organelles.  The audience will also experience the concept of tissues, organs and organic systems in order to grasp the magnificent power of life on Earth.

The Dark Side of the Moon
43
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.

The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
2013
29

This is the story of a very special girl.  She came to us one spring day after a storm, walking upside down by the rainbow.  She has a very special point of view of everything, perhaps due to her special way of walking.  The girl who walked upside is committed to the fight against light pollution.

The Green Planet
2010
35

In the same way astronomers look up at the stars, trees reach up to the sky.  They are the giants of plant evolution, reaching towards the light of the Sun.

Trees, forests and all the greenery of Planet Earth work together with the air, water, and sun to maintain all life on our planet.  Therefore, the trees in the park or in the rainforest can tell us astounding things about our environment and the planetary cycles which shape them.

Follow us on an impressive journey into the Earth’s climate and the significance of the forest – between night and day, through the seasons and ice-ages.

The Green Planet – 3D is a fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.

The Last Reef
2012
42, 24, 12

Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see.

We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world.  Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit.  They have a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undoubtedly connected.

Each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rainforests.  Just as the Amazon has its secrets, so too do the reefs.  Reefs have been molding and shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years.  Yet in our lifetime, they have come under threat: human activity is altering the chemistry of the oceans.  As the sea becomes more acidic, coral, shell and bone begin to crumble.

Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, The Last Reef takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds.  New underwater 3D technology takes us into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than you ever imagined …

What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?

The Life of Trees
2012
32, 25

The Life of Trees lets the audience experience nature from a different perspective.  Two quirky insects, a ladybug called Dolores and a firefly called Mike, explain the complex processes that happen inside a tree in a fun and entertaining way: How do trees grow?

How do they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown?  How do green plants make life on earth possible by producing oxygen?

The Life of Trees is a perfect planetarium show for the whole family that raises the awareness of protecting the nature we live in.

The Light Before Christmas
2008
32

After losing their way on a cold, blustery Christmas eve, two children, Katie and Makean are rescued by their friend, The Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate and stories.

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 Man from the 9 Dimensions
2016
29

“How does the Universe work?  How was it even created?”  Growing up, everyone has thought about these fundamental questions, but there are still people who keep searching for the answers — Scientists.

Scientists are seeking a certain person.  His name is T.o.E.  If they catch him, all the mysteries of the physical world will be solved.  The scientists are finally able to locate him, but the moment they try to catch him, he escapes with ease.  He says, “Welcome to my world,” and invites us to a fantastical journey.

He traverses space and time, from the world of the infinitesimally small to the vastness of the macroscopic world of space, and from the present day to the distant past, up to the birth of the Universe.  What lies at the end of this journey is something that will change how we perceive reality forever.

Who in the world is T.o.E.?  Will the scientists catch him?  The journey beyond dimensions starts now.

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 Search for Life: Are We Alone?
24

The Search for Life launches visitors on an awe-inspiring trip through space and time—from the depths of Earth’s oceans to the outer reaches of the cosmos —- to explore the links between life on Earth and the potential for life on other planets.  Narrated by Academy Award–nominated actor Harrison Ford, this thought-provoking Space Show will reveal countless worlds that may harbor life.

The Searcher
2012
27

Encounter The Searcher, a visitor from another galaxy, and join him on an adventure through time and space as he searches for his lost civilization.  This science fiction adventure is based on real science and features stunning data visualizations of the formation of our Universe, the collision of two galaxies, a spectacular supernova explosion, and a supermassive black hole.  Produced by the Adler Planetarium, The Searcher was written by author and screenwriter, Nick Sagan (son of the famous astronomer Carl Sagan) and features the voice of Tony Award-winning actor, Billy Crudup.

The Secret World of Fungi
2022
40, 20

All life on Earth is connected by a great mystery we are only just beginning to unravel.  Hidden between the world of plants and animals, another world exists… The Secret World of Fungi.

We’ll begin in the mysterious world of the forest floor, where fungi are the central players in nature’s story of birth, death, and rebirth to discover that life as we know it simply would not exist without them.

Join acclaimed British biologist, Dr. Merlin Sheldrake, on a quest to find an incredibly precious blue mushroom, against the backdrop of Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest.  Merlin will show us some the grandest and strangest organisms ever discovered, showcased through jaw-dropping time-lapse cinematography, in a landscape largely unchanged from the time of the dinosaurs.

Fungi have important lessons to teach humanity about survival through cooperation.  Indeed, these incredible lifeforms may hold the key to solving some of humanity’s most urgent problems. 

With millions more species to discover, our journey into the secret world of fungi has only just begun.

The Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein
2016
45, 28

The young magician’s apprentice LIMBRADUR is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than in studying for magic school.

When he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum, he meets ALBY, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his discoveries about gravity.

ALBY takes LIMBRADUR on a magical journey through time and space where they also learn about friendship and the power of imagination.

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti
2010
45, 24, 14

Featuring eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience.  The film’s action focuses on Tahiti and the volcanic islands of French Polynesia, home to some of the world’s most challenging surfing and to astounding coral reef ecosystems at the turbulent interface between island and ocean.  The islands are also a homeland of traditional Polynesian seafaring culture and the art of surfing.

With their host, Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolear, Kelly Slater and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti’s famed surf site Teahupoo.  Kelly and Raimana share a passion for the waves, but different ideas about what surfing means to them: is it a modern competitive sport or an ancient Polynesian wave-riding art?  As the surf quest unfolds, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves and the islands that lie in their path.  The great waves arrive and surfing play becomes surfing survival as the riders tackle some of the biggest, heaviest surf on the planet.

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