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Be transported to exotic lands without ever leaving home, with images of extraordinary clarity and depth that surround the audience using the largest film format in existence. You can journey to the top of Mt. Everest or to the bottom of the ocean through a theater experience that transports you to the center of the action.
Featuring a giant screen measuring 8,000 square feet, the 300-seat Dr. Phillips CineDome projects films through a fisheye lens, creating an image that surrounds the audience and extends well beyond their peripheral vision. Each screening is an invitation for fun and discovery.
We utilize the largest format film in the world. It is commonly called 15/70. This means 15 perforations (horizontally) on a 70 mm print. This format is 10 times larger than a conventional film theater. IWERKS Entertainment in Burbank, California manufactured the projector.
- The 15kW lamp operates at an internal temperature of up 6,000 degrees F, almost as hot as the sun.
- The film is so strong that it could pull a car.
- The film travels 5 ½ feet per second through the projector. 300 feet per minute.
- The projector runs at about 20 mph at full speed.
- The film projector weighs 2,300 lbs and goes 23 feet into the air.
- Large screen film cameras can only shoot for 90 seconds before they run out of film and a fully loaded camera weighs 60 lbs.
- All of our shows are presented in digital audio.
- There are 30 individual speakers located in 7 clusters.
14 June 2010
Posted in Dr. Phillips CineDome
Have you ever wondered how a wave is formed? In the new documentary film featuring nine-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater titled Ultimate Wave: Tahiti, premiering June 19 at the Orlando Science Center, viewers will get to see firsthand on a giant screen how waves are formed. In addition, the film will feature state-of-the-art animated sequences detailing the science behind how a wave works and the physical properties of the oceanic phenomenon. The film uses Slater and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the backbone for its inquiry into the science behind the art.
Beyond just the rigorous science, the film also delves into the cultural aspects of waves and wave making, as well as the cultural history of surfers in Tahiti. The film uses Tahitian surfing legend Raimana Van Bastolaer to speak of Teahupo’o, the “Ultimate Wave” feared by many surfers around the world. It also goes into the history of the ancient Polynesian watermen.
The film ultimately comes down to a balance between science and tradition, between state-of-the-art and history. It uses Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolaer as the personification of the two views, and not unlike the two friends, ultimately strikes a harmony.