With Hernán Moyano and Pablo Santamaría, the
Festival audience knew the venture they invested years of work: Fulldome
screenings, which promises to revolutionize the narrative ways and the
technologies of the cinema world.
With the title "Something really big is
happening in Latin America”, any talk sounds promising. And with the guests
Hernán Moyano- producer, director and editor- and Pablo Santamaría- astronomer,
Content Director of La Plata Planetarium-, the name is more than justified.
Belisario, the little great hero of the Cosmos
is a Fulldome Project in the development stage that involves audiovisual technologies
from Planetariums. Moyano- who made genre cinema works such as Habitaciones
para turistas and No moriré sola- got interested in production methods led by their
own schemes, to be able to film with continuity and follow their own route.
"The industry poses structures; we wanted to break them”, explains.
This cartoon series is produced by a public
institution- National University of La Plata- and one of the first main ideas of
the film was to approach people to the planetarium. The surprise was when
Moyano thought about the possibility of creating a fiction story that takes
advantages of these resources.
cinema is already exciting, imagine what happens when there is not off screen;
when nothing remains off” comments the producer from La Plata. "The most
impressive thing is that there is no edge of the screen and the horizon is
lost”. Both interviewees understand the experience as immersive cinema, in
which everything happens around the spectator.
like 3D cinema but without the glasses. It even goes beyond that, because the
brain decodes it in another way. People react physically in front of what happens
on the screen”, they comment.
Something this duet had really clear was the
generation of local content, with national talent. With design supported by a
vintage esthetic, with a weighty artistic work but the lowest possible budget,
they worked together with Estudio Celeste, which specializes in stop motion and
traditional animation. "The devices are very expensive, but our idea is to
economize the resources with a high level of quality. The Domo-the screen used
at Planetariums- works with two 4K projectors, of 4096 X 4096, as a perfect
circle”, details Santamaría. "It was an initiation experience; trying to do it
was a challenge; the best way was going to the Domo and tried”.
This is a product with a radical change on
target; it is an idea that could revolutionize not only the way of production
but also the way to see cinema. The studio worked a form of storyboard that
implied comic vignettes levelly placed, as if they were an only panoramic
frame. And regarding the sound design, the team is thinking about working with
spatiality 5.1, in conjunction with the monumental visual experience.
The Fulldome product does not only offer the
enjoyment of animation screened on the Domo; the intentions of its directors go
to other areas.
idea is to expand the universe, point at the educational aspect”, tells
Santamaría. "Go to schools, design educational comics, magazines and books,
beyond astronautics and astronomy”. It can even expand to virtual reality, the
world of videogames or even the sale of merchandising.
Moyano and Santamaría work in parallel with
another project. The eternal path; a documentary filmed for the Fulldome
product. And it is already in the development stage of a film- that uses the
same technology- to be filmed with six cameras GoPro, for nothing to escape the
Domo’s eyes. The new technologies continue opening their doors and leading the
way; and this is just the beginning.