Evans & Sutherland Supports GSCA as the Exclusive Partner Sponsor for Virtual Film Expo 2021

Evans & Sutherland Supports GSCA as the Exclusive Partner Sponsor for Virtual Film Expo 2021

April 15, 2021—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm Company, as the exclusive Partner Sponsor for Virtual Film Expo 2021, April 19–23.

Evans & Sutherland (E&S) is a committed supporter of GSCA, and believes their major contribution to the Virtual Film Expo is an important step in helping the Association grow and advance the industry. As GSCA theaters adapt to the challenges of Coronavirus worldwide, E&S is investing in the future success of Giant Screen theaters and innovative technologies that will impact long-term success.

E&S will showcase its technical advancements during the GSCA Virtual Film Expo, including a comprehensive look at the DomeX LED dome system, a next-generation spherical screen with an LED display surface.

“There’s never been a more important time to support the Giant Screen Cinema community,” said Scott Huggins, Director of Business Development for E&S. “We’re constantly striving to advance technology and, ultimately, audience excitement about immersive cinema. We’re hopeful our investments in Giant Screen Cinema impact the success of GSC theaters and provide inspiring experiences for their audiences.”

GSCA attendees are invited to learn about advances in digital display and diverse content for theaters during the session on Fri., Apr. 23, at 1 p.m., ET.  E&S will also share information about innovations in show content and alternative applications for dome display systems.

“Evans & Sutherland continues to display its commitment to the giant screen industry, the dome theaters in particular, year after year,” said GSCA Executive Director Tammy Barrett. “Their support is instrumental in GSCA being able to produce the high-quality events our members expect and deserve.”

“We are very proud of our commitment to GSCA as a Partner sponsor for Virtual Film Expo,” said Kirk Johnson, E&S Executive Vice President and General Manager. “As industry innovators and the leaders in dome display, we see investment in Giant Screen Cinema as central to the E&S mission, and we’re excited about the future of our technology and its impact on the audience experience.”

E&S is currently showcasing innovations in content and dome display applications at its new Experience Center, located in the University of Utah’s research park in Salt Lake City. The Center showcases DomeX, an 8K immersive LED dome and the only one of its kind in the world. Visitors experience the awe-inspiring LED technology while also viewing its predecessor, the Spitz NanoSeam, the market leader in projection screens. With the DomeX LED display, the company improves the viewer experience and overcomes limitations of projection-based systems: shadows, resolution, contrast, reflections, brightness, and more. The experience is powered by the seventh iteration of E&S’s core rendering engine, Digistar, showing real-time rendered environments, live-streamed and recorded videos, and live content integrations with Unreal Engine and Unity.

The DomeX display is a LED 20-meter diameter truncated dome vertically positioned to allow viewers full floor to ceiling immersion. It touts over 5,000 square feet of display, with 8K resolution, 29.5 million pixels, and ~4.5 miles of CAT6 data cable. 

The GSCA Virtual Film Expo 2021 will be held April 19, 21, and 23, and will feature on-demand screenings of new films, films in production, and projects in development; an innovations session including presentations on the history of aspect ratio, a high-resolution camera shootout, and processes for digitally scanning 65mm film; the sessions The State of the Giant Screen Industry, Improving the Business Model: We Know It Has to Change, But How Exactly?, and Theater Re-opening Tips and Best Practices; and many opportunities to network and connect on the digital platform. More information can be found at www.giantscreencinema.com/Events/Virtual-Film-Expo-2021

About Evans and Sutherland  

Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm company, provides DomeX immersive LED domes, in combination with ESX, the world’s most advanced giant dome cinema and full dome planetarium playback system, ideal for replacing 15/70 film systems. E&S combines fulldome video playback in 2D and 3D with a comprehensive real time 3D digital simulation package, all within an easy-to-use graphical user interface that makes creating shows simple and intuitive. E&S invented digital projection in domes, and created the first immersive fulldome installations. As a full-service system provider, E&S offers Spitz domes, planetariums, and a full range of theater systems. E&S markets include planetarium theaters, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 2,000 theaters worldwide.  

About GSCA 
The Giant Screen Cinema Association’s mission is to facilitate communication, information sharing, and the development of best practices to support the production and exhibition of original, high-quality, educational, and entertaining giant screen cinema experiences. GSCA’s membership includes more than 250 organizations in nearly 30 countries. Member organizations include giant screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world.

Stars Shine Bright in Shanghai

Stars Shine Bright in Shanghai

In 1994, Evans & Sutherland (E&S) and Spitz, Inc. ventured to China, bringing dome planetariums, cutting edge software, and large format screens to a new frontier. We have worked hand-in-hand with our partners in China, growing the number of premiere planetariums to over 70. From Shenzhen to Beijing and Henan to Shanghai, it has been an honor to bring the heavens to earth for over two decades.

Our rich history of innovation in China culminates in 2021 with the grand opening of the Shanghai Astronomy Museum which is a branch of the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum in Lingang New City, Pudong New Area district, Shanghai. E&S and Spitz contributed to multiple installations on this project.

‘This planetarium is the largest in the world at over 400,000 sq ft, designed by Ennead Architects; it is one of the most impressive and innovative dedicated planetarium and astronomy museums built to date.

Harmonious design

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum embodies three principal architectural forms: The Oculus, the Inverted Dome, and the Sphere, which houses a Spitz NanoSeam dome. Each of these design elements plays a role in the patron experience, harmonizing the journey through time, the infinitesimal presence of humanity in the vast cosmos, and power of the sun illuminating life on earth.

Continuous skylight circumnavigating the sphere

The Oculus tracks a circle of sunlight on the ground across the entryway and over the reflecting pools, demonstrating movement through time. The Inverted Dome provides an authentic experience of both day and night, marking the drumbeat cadence of days. The Sphere is an astronomical instrument tracking the sun, moon, and stars.

It exemplifies our place in this vast universe, and the origins of our concept of time rooted in ancient and distant astronomical objects. A continuous skylight circumnavigating the Sphere allows direct sunlight to peek in, celebrating the passage of time. The absolute brilliance of this design is revealed at the noon hour of the summer solstice when a complete ring of sunlight shines through to the floor below.

Housing and powering the science and art installation

Shanghai Astronomy Museum contains two Spitz NanoSeam domes. The first domed planetarium screen, which creates the Sphere, is 23 meters in diameter with a 30-degree tilt and 165-degree field of view. This dome is powered by Digistar 7 and boasts 20 Sony GTZ280 projectors with 14K+ resolution.

The second dome, also powered by Digistar 7, is a 17-meter dome in diameter with two Sony GTZ280 projectors and a Goto Orpheus Optical Star Projector. This dome operates as a science and art installation space rather than a fulltime planetarium. (In fact, there are currently 42 Digistar systems and 28 Spitz NanoSeam domes in China, along with a handful of older E&S and Spitz installations.)

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum unites art and science, reflecting both in the universe. Sunlight illuminates the journey, guiding patrons through space and time. The vastness of the heavens is captured in the building’s scale and in the viewing opportunities of the cosmos. E&S and Spitz are honored to participate in a project of such grand scale and fine-tuned detail. The Shanghai Astronomy Museum is proof that the sky is not the limit.

Shanghai Astronomy Museum, featuring Digistar 7 and Spitz NanoSeam dome as centerpieceShanghai Astronomy Museum, featuring Digistar 7 and Spitz NanoSeam dome as centerpiece

Image: ATCHAIN for Ennead

Shanghai Astronomy Museum, featuring Digistar 7 and Spitz NanoSeam dome as centerpiece

Image: ATCHAIN for Ennead

Shanghai Astronomy Museum, featuring Digistar 7 and Spitz NanoSeam dome as centerpiece

Image: ATCHAIN for Ennead