An attempt to explain some of the ideas behind 'The Ice Museum' fulldome movie.
This was made for the ISVRI conference (isvri2011.org/) in Singapore, where it is being presented by my collaborator, Paul Bourke.
The audience is, of course, a scientifically-interested one, so that is why I have chosen to emphasise this aspect, as opposed to the human story, both within and behind the project.
Nevertheless, that story is an important part of what I want to explore - striking the balance is the challenge.
Work-in-progress, needless to say.
My touchstones for this project as it develops are a mixture between what-is-possible-for-fulldome (not only visually, but audially in a multi-channel surround-space); Peter Greenaway (the early funny stuff - to paraphrase Woody Allen - like 'Prospero's Books' and 'A Zed and Two Noughts'); Jacob Bronowski's 'The Ascent of Man'; Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe' (NOVA); the wonderful "Wonders of the Solar System' by Brian Cox (BBC); Errol Morris' 'Mr Death' & 'First Person' and, last but not least, any of the 'Connections' series by James Burke (BBC). But without a presenter.
I look at these visually, through their clever visual metaphors, and I am convinced this is interesting territory awaiting further exploration. Of course, fulldome is the visual medium par excellence, yet one easily undermined by a poor quality script. Working with my clever team of clever writers and researchers, we're aiming higher.
Needless to say, I certainly won't be doing the narration.