The Secrets of Gravity - in the footsteps of Albert Einstein
Director, producer, writer, composer: Peter Popp
The most advanced 360° fulldome film regarding storytelling, scientific communication, education, and the unique combination of entertaining framework plot with scientific information. The project is a transmedia project made for 360°fulldome, flat screen and VR. It is the first fulldome project that was made using a Dolby Atmos sound mix.
Why do things fall to the ground without magic?
The twelve year old Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. He is fascinated by the stars, the universe and the laws of nature. One night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey through space and time during which they not only uncover the secrets of gravity but also learn about friendship and imagination.
Luke is 12 years and a bright and imaginative boy. Most of all he likes to dart about on his skateboard and experience adventures or dream of being the magician’s apprentice “Limbradur” and entering other worlds. His idol is Albert Einstein as Luke is fascinated by science and the universe. But he also shares other traits with his idol. Rote learning at school mostly bores him. He is inquisitive and would much prefer to explore the world and uncover its secrets. When he’s old enough, he wants to be an astronaut and fly to other galaxies.
Alby X3 is a small, quirky and highly intelligent robot and has been programmed to collect, store and share knowledge. That’s why he knows everything about Albert Einstein and his theories. But just like Limbradur, he wants more! He wants to learn how to feel, to have an imagination and to have fun. That’s why he flees from his world and becomes the self-appointed head of the Albert Einstein Museum. He is greatly impressed by Limbradur’s magical powers. As stubborn and cocky as he may be, basically he is shy and endearing. And that is what makes him such a good friend and companion.
Albert Einstein is a superstar of science, one of the most famous researchers of our time. 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of his “General Theory of Relativity”, which is as relevant today as it was when it was first released.
“Gravity” is the key aspect of this theory, the fundamental physical force which affects our entire lives. If it were not for gravity as it is known on the earth, the universe would not exist and nor would we.
Telling an exciting story, ALBY explains the main principles of this mysterious force to the inquisitive and adventurous LIMBRADUR, thus instilling in him an understanding of the fascinating insights of Albert Einstein.
Format: fulldome 2D / fulldome omnidirectional 3D / flat 2D & 3D / VR / 4K / 8K / 30 fps / 60 fps
Running Times: 45 min / 28 min / 11 min Entertainment Park Edition & VR
Subject: astronomy / gravitation / Albert Einstein / General Theory of Relativity
Genre: edutainment – education & entertainment / animation
Topics: gravitation as the connecting force forming our solar system and the universe / Newtons law of gravitation / gravitation as attraction of mass / Albert Einstein / realtivity of time / Einstein’s space-time / evidence and consequences of the General Theory of Relativity / black holes
Message: gravity is the force that connects everything and forms the universe / imagination is more important than knowledge / importance of friendship / follow your dreams
Omni-directional stereoscopic 3D in the dome
The Secrets of Gravity is available in an exclusive 3D version for the dome. Omni-stereoscopic means that the 3D effect is produced on any place on the hemispheric canvas in a dome. While 3D for the flatscreen is easily produced by 2 parallel simple cameras, this does’nt work for an allaround 3D effect in a fulldome. In order to realize this high-end 3D effect, we developed and programmed our own software for fulldome 3D stereoscopic rendering and optimized our production processes.