Leading up to the 2018 International Planetarium Society conference in Toulouse, France, Full Circle Visuals was commissioned by the Telus World of Science Edmonton to produce a tourism fulldome show to profile Edmonton as the next host city in 2020.
The City of Edmonton wanted to highlight the fireworks and other New Year’s Eve festivities at the Alberta Legislature grounds in an exciting new way and commissioned Full Circle Visuals to show off the evening in 360-degree video as well as run a livestream of the fireworks.
In October 2017 FCV was brought in to help complete EXO, a film by the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal about searching for life outside the Earth. Sam travelled to Green Bank, West Virginia to get footage of the Green Bank Telescope, the largest steerable radio telescope in the world and captured so spectacular footage of the facility to help complete the film.
EXO opened to the public in Montreal in November 2017 and held a VIP launch party at the beginning of December for all the collaborators of the project. It’s an exciting milestone as EXO marks the first published fulldome film that Full Circle Visuals has worked in part on.
We were commissioned by the planetarium director at the Montreal Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to capture high resolution 10K 360-video of thousands of people watching the total solar eclipse in the United States on August 21, 2017.
The footage will end up in a planetarium science show about eclipses to educate the public before the next major eclipse that will be viewable near Montreal in 2024.
To ensure that we captured two different stories, Ryan went to the state capitol in Salem, Oregon and Sam shot 360 in Lake Cascade, Idaho.
We captured Google Street View images of the Edmonton Convention Centre during key events such as gala dinners, Mayor’s luncheon and weddings to create a VR app for iPhone and Android so that event and conference planners can see how each room looks during events.
The City of Edmonton contracted us to capture timelapse footage of an older Edmonton neighbourhood be renewed with new sidewalks, roads and streetlights. The timelapse footage will be mixed in with real-time cinematic footage and interviews to create an explainer video about all the work that goes into renewing a neighbourhood.
For this project, we built two custom weatherproof enclosures with a DSLR, miniPC and wireless internet card so that we could remotely log into the cameras to check on footage and adjust exposure. Each system is powered by a lead acid battery which last about six days before we need to swap it.
In the Summer of 2016, we met with producer Don Hill of Appropriate Entertainment in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to create the first chapter in a series called Special Places. Our goal with this ambitious project is to create a virtual reality experience that captures and tells the story of Canadian Indigenous people and their relationship with the sacred land they have inhabited for millennia. It is a story driven by sound and guided by Blackfoot elder Leroy Little Bear that explores a landscape of eerie hoodoos, endless sky and a starfield that’s out of this world.
The film was screened at IMERSA in Denver as well as two other fulldome festivals in Germany and the Czech Republic
Novosbed is a brand of premium memory foam mattresses based right here in Edmonton that approached us first to get a Christmas marketing campaign together. Along with their creative team, we developed five comical 30 second web commercial spots that playfully make fun of some of the ways people test mattresses.
Since this initial campaign, we’ve also gone on a trip to the Rockies with Novosbed to build a collection of high quality product shots for a new mattress soon to launch under the Novosbed brand. We are continuing to work with Novosbed to develop future visuals for them.
Rogers Place is perhaps the most impactful infrastructure project that the city of Edmonton has undertaken in decades. In September 2016, the new facility opened as the centrepiece for a massive renewal project for downtown Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton contracted us to highlight the festivities surrounding both the public opening of Rogers Place as well as the unveiling of a major art project in the arena facility and the VIP opening celebration. This particular project was challenging because we had to shoot, edit and deliver polished videos all within a few hours.