Cosmic Castaways – Writing the Script

By on October 24, 2013 in

We spent an enormous amount of time working on the script for Cosmic Castaways – almost as much as time as it took to render the show. When we were writing the first draft of our show script, I was reading a book from Seth Godin called Linchpin, which is a manifesto on creativity and shipping projects out the door. One passage from the book had a strong influence on me:

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Cosmic Castaways – Building the Team

By on October 16, 2013 in

Cosmic Castaways forced me to get better at managing people really fast. The show required scientific knowledge, writing skills, music production, digital rendering of scenes, voice acting, audience research, marketing, etc…

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Cosmic Castaways – Introduction

By on October 9, 2013 in

Science on the Half Sphere’s first full-length planetarium show is Cosmic Castaways. In this series of posts, we will talk about how the show was made. The goal is to help other people interested in making full-dome planetarium shows see what we did, and hopefully avoid our mistakes!

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FullDome Mauna Kea

By on July 17, 2013 in

Science on the Half Sphere is an initiative to both develop and to distribute materials that will be useful for fulldome media, which is being used more often at planetaria worldwide. SotHS is a collaboration between faculty, staff and students at the Ward Beecher Planetarium (at Youngstown State University) and CosmoQuest. The goals of SotHS include providing free fulldome (images taken through a 180 degree fisheye lens, or images that have been appropriately ‘warped’ in a similar way) content that can be used by other planetaria with fulldome media systems.

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Premiere: Cosmic Castaways

By on September 11, 2012 in

Come experience the story of stars that are lost in the voids between galaxies! Get your tickets now! Join us October 4, 2012 Youngstown State University Reception 7:00pm Archives in Maag Library, 5th floor Movie Premiere 8:30pm Ward Beecher Planetarium advance reservations required, price $75 reserve your place at This new planetarium show will […]

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