The 2014 Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Film Expo took place in Austin, Texas, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, March 24-25.
Of late, the GSCA Film Expo has also been a digital technology showcase. Within this specialty sector, the changeover to digital technology is taking longer than it has in mainstream cinema, because of the challenges for to achieve a satisfactory digital replacement for the high visual standard of 1570 film plus the sheer size of the screen.
Some giant screen theaters (mostly flatscreen) now have digital projection, but a goodly number still rely on film projection, and so the GSCA screening venue must accommodate 2D and 3D projection in both film and digital. Attendees were supplied with two different sets of 3D glasses (RealD and IMAX). This year’s digital projection system was a temporary installation furnished by Electrosonic in collaboration with RealD and Christie.
Right: Tammy Seldon, GSCA executive director. Photo by James Neihouse for GSCA. ©GSCA 2014.
Virtual Reality is getting a lot of attention in the press these days, especially with the emergence of the Oculus Rift system and Facebook's interest in it, and super lightweight 360 digital capture rigs the size of toys. Here's an intriguing article about it in Fast Company magazine.
Many people in the business of visualization, themed entertainment and specialty cinema remember when VR showed up in the 1990s. The concept was a little ahead of what the technology could do at the time. Interfaces were clunky. Equipment was expensive. Headsets were uncomfortable. IMERSA is very excited about this second wave of VR, because it's highly compatible with what's going on in 360 digital theaters known as "fulldome." At our recent IMERSA Summit 2014 in Denver, there was keen interest in the Oculus Rift demo headsets and the digital 360 capture rigs that Dome3D had on hand. (see above photo...)
The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) will hold its annual conference & trade show in Toronto at the Ontario Science Centre, Sept 20- 23. The conference will feature film screenings professional development technical - demonstrations, a trade show, and more GSCA also plans to include a LASER projection demo as part of the conference. The Sheraton will serve as the conference hotel in Toronto. Preliminary schedule is here.
Speakers include: Ben Shedd, Michael Naimark, David McConville and Ed Lantz.
The ix Symposium welcomes artists, researchers, educators, producers and distributors to share knowledge and experience about immersive and interactive technologies and about the art arising from them. It also welcomes broader audiences to world premieres of cutting edge digital works in Society for Arts and Technology’s dome, the Satosphere.
Jeri Panek of Evans & Sutherland, IMERSA 2014 lifetime achievement honoree
DOWNLOADABLE PDF SCHEDULE
Full Schedule Overview
Pro Dev Sessions Thurs-Fri in detail
Summit Sessions Fri evening -Sunday evening in detail
The Pros & Perils of 8K: Sunday finale at Fiske Planetarium
Pre-arrival info (Hotel shuttles, dress code, weather etc)
International Innovators Forum
Sunday Marketplace & Brunch
Featured fulldome shows
Dr. Donna Cox, keynote
Jeri Panek, lifetime achievement honoree
Meet the 2014 IMERSA Summit organizers
IMERSA Summit 2014 chair Dan Neafus, manager, Gates Planetarium;