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“The Ark” Panorama 2018 – 5K Dome Film

Dirt Empire wrote, directed and produced the Dome film experience at Panorama 2018.

The 5K immersive VR film was projected by 12 projectors onto a 90′ diameter dome. The 40 channel speaker dome featured a live-recorded soundtrack composed by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans. It was recorded with over 30 live musicians and mixed in full 360 ambisonic.

It premiered at the 2018 Panorama Music festival on Randalls’ Island. The Ark served as finale to an HP-sponsored and Meta-curated art and tech showcase called The Lab. The Ark was screened throughout the festival to over 40,000 attendees over the course of 3 days.

Forbes // How VR-Like Immersive Experiences Can Be Produced For Real Screens

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A Dirt Empire Production

Written and Directed by Bobo Do & Nicholas Rubin

Produced by Nicholas Rubin & Stefan Moore

Lead AnimatorsEddy Moya, Peter Panton, Bobo Do

Assistant AnimatorsSammy Hooper, Spencer Griswold

MusicDanny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans

Music mix Phil McGowan @ McGowan Soundworks, Ltd

Music recorded at Pulse Music NYC

Additional music recorded at Gary’s Electric

Vocal Ensemble and additional vocal arrangementsBlack Sea Hotel

Additional musicChase Deso

L-ISA Mix Carlos Mosquera @ L-Acoustics

Music Engineers Al Carlson (Gary’s Electric), Robin Buyer (Pulse Music)

Orchestra ContractorAdriana Molello

Violin Francesca Dardani, Allyson Clark, Sarah Franklin, Amanda Lo, Carolin Pook, Alex Weill Viola: Tia Allen, Laura Sacks

Cello Jillian Annie Bloom, Sam Quiggins, Bobbie Lee Crow III, Nelly Rocha Bass: Lorenzo Sandi, Christopher Johnson

Trombones Nick Grinder, Dan Lehner, Jason Disu, Jennifer Hinkle French Horns: Shelagh Abate, Ben Brody



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