Fulldome in Brno
The Fulldome Film Festival Brno hosted 152 planetarium and fulldome fans and producers from around the world. This one may set a record for endurance: 66 shows were shown nearly 27 hours and 25 minutes of dome time! According to Ryan Wyatt, who was in attendance, there were compensations. “Luckily, festival attendees also had the opportunity to relax and network in the comfortable environs of the Brno Observatory (with lovely views of the city and surrounding park),” he wrote. ”The observatory staff supplied visitors with name badges that included Czech phrases to help them ask for a beer or find their way back to the planetarium.”
As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the three top winners at the Brno Fulldome Festival were Solar Superstorms, The Man from the 9 Dimensions, and Incoming!
In addition to her role as CEO of Loch Ness Productions, Carolyn Collins Petersen is a science writer and astronomy researcher. She is acutely interested in the fulldome medium's ability to provide cinematic approaches to storytelling that engages audiences. She has more than three dozen fulldome shows to her credit, and recently narrated several shows for other producers. She has written three astronomy books, numerous online audio and video series about astronomy and space science, and was senior author for major exhibits at Griffith Observatory, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences. She is a contributor in astronomy and space science for Space.About.com (space.about.com).
Carolyn Collins Petersen studied education and astronomy at the University of Colorado, and earned a graduate degree in mass communications (science emphasis, and minor in telecommunications engineering) in 1996 from CU, where she also worked on a Hubble Space Telescope instrument team. She spent several years as an editor and writer at Sky Publishing Corporation before assuming a leadership role at Loch Ness Productions.She currently serves as IMERSA's Communications Coordinator and can be reached at Carolyn@IMERSA.org.