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OMSI Dome Show: When We Were Ocean

"When We Were Ocean"
Presented by
ProLab Dance Company

ProLab Dance invites you on an imaginative journey through different states of being human. From working together to build something bigger than ourselves down to the microscopic elements that work together to make us who we are, When We Were Ocean plunges the audience into luscious 360 degree films that expand what we can and can’t see in the living world around us. The planetarium will be filled with live dancers and musicians performing with the dome films, creating a truly immersive and multi-sensory evening of art, beauty, and community.

Directed by Laura Cannon with dance by ProLab Dance, music by Jennifer Wright, Lynne Piper and Chopper, and dome films by Fernanda D’Agosti
no and Hungry Mantis.


Still photography by Rowdy Webb


OMSI Dome Show: Full Circle

Outside the Frame and Open Signal partnered to bring 360 films made by houseless youth to the Kendall Planetarium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This special dome screening was the culmination of a workshop designed to teach young filmmakers about VR storytelling. Hungry Mantis assisted the workshop with hands-on instruction, 360 post-production services, and dome conversion editing.


Still photography by Photos by Makayla Caldwell for Outside the Frame.


Each 360 film needed specific adjustments to look its best in the dome. To account for the cropping and distortion in the conversion process, we made fine-tuned adjustments to each piece during the editing process. In several cases, we needed to recreate VFX elements so they would fit correctly inside of a dome. Finally, we collaborated with an audio engineer to finish each film in 5.1 surround sound. You can find our full blog post here!

Over 200 people attended the dome screening, including the youth filmmakers. Watching them debut their films in front of such a large audience was incredibly special. Dome theater has the unique ability to gather hundreds of people together for shared immersive experiences. This kind of accessibility is just one of many reasons we love dome projects and hope to work on more in the future.

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