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IMERSA confirms speakers for 2012 Fulldome Summit in Denver Feb 3-5; earlybird registration ends Jan 10

IMERSA Summit logo“Because of digital technology, multiple industry sectors are converging, and we have a lot to talk about on the creative side, technology side and the business side,” says IMERSA co-founder Dan Neafus, director of the Gates Planetarium. "Everyone wants to see more viable business models for production, distribution and exhibition. This Summit will be a conversation where we can share the wisdom, look at what works and what needs to be done differently, what tools exist and what tools still need to be developed or improved – and move forward.”

Photos, top to bottom: Dan Neafus, Valerie Johnson-Redrow, George Wiktor, Ryan Wyatt, Mark Petersen, Markus Beyr

Dan Neafus

The 2012 IMERSA Summit is set to take place 3-5 February 2012 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS). “Lessons from our past, Visualizing our future – Winning solutions for the digital dome” is the theme. The two-and-a-half-day Summit is organized by IMERSA (Immersive Media, Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts) - a nonprofit trade group formed in 2008 to boost the adoption and creative application of the digital dome and other immersive media formats.

Valerie Johnson-Redrow


IMERSA 2012 Fulldome Summit

Feb 3-5 in Denver, Colorado

Valerie Johnson-Redrow

“The conversation of convergence”

Registration: Registration is open at this link.

Early bird discount is in effect through 10 January 2012. Registration is limited to the capacity of the Gates Planetarium (about 120). IMERSA Members receive a registration discount for the Summit.


The Summit is presented as a dialog between converging industry sectors as represented by IMERSA and its affiliate organizations, including:

George Wiktor

Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA)

Producers Guild of America (PGA)

Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

Confirmed speakers/topics include:

Markus Beyr, 4D theater entrepreneur (Project workflow, special venue)

Greg Downing, xRez (Panoramic Photography)

Paul Fraser, Blaze Digital Cinema Works; GSCA Board member

Eric Hanson, xRez (Panoramic Photography and Post for Fulldome)

Jay Heinz, Digital Production Manager at the UNC Morehead Planetarium (Domenclature)

Vance Howard, Vance Howard Photography (Lessons from Digital Earth)

Ed Lantz of Vortex Immersion, IMERSA co-founder (Beyond Fulldome or 360 marketplace/special venue)

Dan Neafus, IMERSA co-founder and director of the Gates Planetarium at DMNS (Language of the Dome)

Mark Petersen, Loch Ness Productions (“State of the Dome” report)

Valerie Johnson Redrow, Producer and member of the Board of the PGA New Media Council

Ryan Wyatt, IMERSA co-founder; director, Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences (Standards)

Ka Chun Yu, Curator of Space Science, DMNS (Language of the Dome)

Hue Walker, winner of multiple Domefest awards

George Wiktor of The GW Group (themed entertainment/TEA)

Ryan Wyatt

Presentations will offer:

Fulldome film screenings

The art & science of immersive cinema


Business model development

Methods and equipment for image capture

Production workflowDistribution

Exhibition systems and technology

Networking opportunities

Additional options:

Mark Petersen

All-day “Fulldome 101” workshop (separate registration) on 3 February.

Post-Summit ski trip 6-7 February in Breckinridge, Colorado (short drive from Denver)

According to IMERSA, people who will benefit from attending the Summit include:

Markus Beyr

Digital system vendors

Planetarium operators

Museum and science center community

Media producers or distributors

Audiovisual and technical integrators

Themed entertainment community

Giant screen cinema community

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