Survey for Short Planetarium Shows on Cultural Astronomy
We would like to invite you to help inform how a group of storytelling and planetarium specialists develop cultural astronomy shorts that share stories from Canada, China, India, Japan, and the U.S. With the end in mind (shorts you will want to have for your planetarium!), we wanted to ask you some questions.
The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center located in Hawai’i, has been collaborating with planetarium and storytelling specialists from Canada, China, Japan, India, and the U.S. to develop cultural astronomy shorts. This is an exciting effort that honors ʻImiloa’s meaning and purpose “to seek far” in the ongoing quest for new knowledge. As many of you know, at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, we seek to explore our place in the genealogy of the universe and continually seek, learn, and adapt to an ever evolving environment that inspires discovery and innovation.
In collaboration with a handful of experts from around the world, we are developing compelling stories that will become planetarium shorts in 2020–21. We have a bold vision of wanting to build community across the TMT partner countries of India, China, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. These planetarium shorts will be shared with the planetarium community worldwide.
Do you currently use short-form pre-recorded shows in your programming?
Yes, on occasion
I don't currently use shorts, but would consider it
What is the ideal length for a short-form planetarium show about cultural astronomy that will be useful to you? Select all that apply.
Less than 3 minutes
8 minutes or longer
A series of cultural astronomy shorts that could be pieced together
Would you be interested in short-form segments about cultural astronomy?
Yes, very interested
Yes, depending on the cultures represented in the show
No, not interested
Would you prefer...
independent short pieces
short pieces that tell a continuous story when played consecutively
either is ok
Would you be interested in companion exhibits, participatory projects, or other ideas that seek to “build community” and connections between people of different locations and countries around the world? Select all that apply.
Could we contact you about some concepts when we've more fully formed them?
What additional resources would help you leverage cultural content in your planetarium? Select all that apply.
short courses at planetarium conferences
If you are interested in short form content, how frequently would you run a short-form planetarium show on cultural astronomy?
Less than once per week
Once per week
A few times per week
I'm not interested in short form content at all
Tell us about your planetarium
It is in, or part of a science center or museum
It is a stand-alone, independent facility
It is a part of a university
It is part of an institution for school-aged children
It is a portable planetarium
Who is your primary audience? Select all that apply.
School age children (ages 7-10)
School age children (ages 11-13)
School age children (ages 14-18)
Who is involved with making decisions about planetarium content for your institution?
I am the sole decision maker
I am a key decision maker, but work with others
I am involved in making decisions, but it is not my decision
I am not involved in making decisions
We will produce this short(s) in English. Select all that apply.
English is acceptable for our planetarium
If a show is in English, we typically do our own translation into local language(s)
We prefer Japanese
We prefer Mandarin
We prefer Hawaiian
We prefer Indian languages
We prefer Spanish
We prefer French
What platform do you use for playing back fulldome video?
Evans & Sutherland
Konica Minolta Mediaglobe III
What is the approximate resolution of your fulldome system?
How do you receive fulldome content for playing back in your theater?
Need original frames on a hard drive
Need pre-formatted media on a hard drive
Prefer to have frames on a harddrive, but can download if need be
Prefer to have pre-formatted media on a hard drive, but can download if need be
Can download frames
Can download pre-formatted media
When you buy a fulldome show, do you prepare it yourself (e.g., slicing media for multichannel systems) or have someone else prepare it?
We generally slice it ourselves
We have the company of our system slice it
We have the show’s distributor slice it
No slicing is needed
Would you like to hear more about the shorts when they are ready?
Which country is your planetarium located in?
What is your name?
What is your email address? (If needed, this will be used to contact you based on your previous answers)
Anything else you want to tell us?
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