Computer Animation Festival - Panel & Production Talks
Visualizing "Birth of Planet Earth" for Fulldome Theaters
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Computer Animation Festival - Panel & Production Talks
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TimeTuesday, 19 November 20199:30 - 10:45
DescriptionThis submission is a one-hour behind-the-scenes Talk associated with our two Electronic Theater pieces: “‘Birth of Planet Earth’ Fulldome Excerpt: Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore” and “‘Birth of Planet Earth’ Fulldome Excerpt: The Collision that Formed the Moon”.

In this talk, members of the Advanced Visualization Lab from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss challenges of producing 15 minutes of data-driven cinematic visualization to tell the epic story of the history of Planet Earth in the new fulldome documentary “Birth of Planet Earth”.

The film features scientific visualizations of an evolving Milky Way galaxy filled with explosive supernovae, a journey into our evolving Solar System with a disk of violently colliding rocks and early planets, a close up view of the giant impact that created the moon, a tour through quantum-mechanical process of photosynthesis, and a look back at our modern planet through the photographic lenses of a satellite. These visualizations required innovations in data science, camera choreography, procedural effects, visual design, and compositing which the team will break down and discuss through a variety of visual examples.