Michael Daut of Evans & Sutherland joins IMERSA Board and leadership for 2013 Fulldome Summit in Denver Feb 14-17

Denver, Colorado USA, 5 December 2012 – IMERSA, the international trade group promoting advances in digital dome (“fulldome”) cinema technology and creativity, welcomed new Board member Michael Daut, Director of Show Production/Marketing at Evans & Sutherland (E&S).

“Michael shares IMERSA's vision of fulldome in the context of the digital cinema industry and media-based experiences as well as its convergence with giant screen cinema, themed entertainment, stereoscopic 3D and other sectors. I speak for the IMERSA Board in saying that our organization is enriched by his presence,” said Dan Neafus, director of the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and co-founder of IMERSA.

Michael Daut

Neafus continues: "E&S is a leading, pioneering manufacturer/supplier in our niche of the digital cinema industry and has taken key steps to expand the reach of fulldome into the industry at large. Michael will continue to inspire the community as professional development chairperson for the upcoming IMERSA 2013 Summit this Feb 14-17 in Denver.”

Said Michael Daut, “IMERSA works to bring together creative talents and innovators from inside and outside the digital dome community to grasp the immense educational, entertainment and business potential of this special medium. There are now well over 1,000 fulldome theaters globally - the most important emerging special venue cinema network in the world. Producers, museums, educators and entertainment operators continue to discover fulldome, and we've only scratched the surface of what it can become. IMERSA’s efforts are helping pave the way. I'm proud to be part of the dialog and I hope that all my colleagues will join us in Denver this February.”

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Daut joins Board members Neafus, Ryan Wyatt (director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences) and Ed Lantz (Vortex Immersion).

Registration for the 2013 IMERSA Fulldome Summit & Workshops is now open at www.imersa.org.

From "Crossing Worlds," xRez

Immersive Media, Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts - is an international non-profit professional organization that celebrates and promotes immersive and fulldome media for education and entertainment in planetariums, schools, museums, cinemas, events and attractions. Mandated to raise the profile and professionalism of its members, IMERSA bridges many disciplines including researchers, artists and technicians. IMERSA is a driver and nexus for communication, collaboration, experimentation, education and promotion of digital immersive media in a variety of formats and functions. IMERSA co-founders are Dan Neafus, director of the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Ed Lantz of Vortex Immersion and Ryan Wyatt, director of visualization for the California Academy of Sciences.

About Michael Daut
Michael Daut, Director of Show Production/Marketing at Evans & Sutherland, is an award winning writer/producer/director of fulldome videos, theatrical productions, music videos, live concert videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, and trade show presentations. In 1998, he produced what has been have also won industry awards. He has created a number of 3D films for giant flat screen display and has done pioneering work incorporating 3D technology in fulldome theaters.

He also helped create the world's first digital fulldome transfer of a giant screen film, "Africa the Serengeti" in 2007, and introduced giant screen films to the fulldome market. As a result of this groundbreaking first step, there are now more than 25 films that have been converted to fulldome.

Fulldome frame from "Coral Rekindling Venus." Image: Coral

Michael is a member of the ASIFA-Hollywood International Animated Film Society, a member of the Telly Awards’ Silver Council, a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, and a Board member of IMERSA.org (Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science and Arts). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Communications with a Film/Video emphasis from Webster University where he also served as an Adjunct Professor. Michael resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and three children.

About Evans & Sutherland
Evans & Sutherland in conjunction with its wholly owned subsidiary, Spitz Inc., creates innovative digital planetarium systems and cutting-edge, fulldome show content. E&S has developed Digistar, the world’s leading digital planetarium with fulldome video playback, real-time computer graphics, and a complete 3D digital astronomy package fully integrated into a single theater system. This technology allows audiences to be immersed in full-color, 3D computer-generated interactive worlds. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers Spitz domes, SciDome, hybrid planetarium systems including Goto optical mechanical projectors integrated with Digistar and a full range of theater systems from audio and lighting to theater automation. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide. Visit http://www.es.com.

Ivan Dryer, featured Summit speaker

IMERSA Fulldome Summit and Workshops 2013
14-17 February, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Theme: Innovations in Immersive Storytelling
Featured speaker: Ivan Dryer, founder of Laserium

Registration is now open at www.imersa.org.


  • Innovative Fulldome film screenings
  • The art & science of immersive cinema
  • Standards forum
  • Exploring innovative business models
  • Fulldome photography & live action workshops
  • Production workflow seminars
  • Distribution networks
  • Exhibition systems & technology
  • Networking opportunities


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Who should attend?

  • Digital system vendors
  • Planetarium operators
  • Museum and science center community
  • Media producers or distributors
  • Audiovisual and technical integrators
  • Themed entertainment community
  • Giant screen cinema community

Participating affiliate organizations include the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA); Producers Guild of America (PGA); Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS).

The event will include 2 days of professional development workshops and seminars for producers (all levels of experience), 14-15 February (Thurs-Fri) which will transition to the 3-day Summit, 15-17 February (Fri-Sun).

Fulldome frame from "Jeepers Creepers," Morehead Planetarium

The Summit promises to continue the conversation between converging business sectors and taking the temperature of the industry with fulldome film showcases, technology sessions, the next phase of fulldome standards, abundant opportunities for networking and much more. To inquire about sponsorship, submitting a fulldome show, sessions or other program components, volunteer to assist with organizing or implementing the event or share other suggestions or inquiries, please email info@imersa.org.

The Summit organizing committee includes Dan Neafus (Gates Planetarium), Ryan Wyatt (Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, Ed Lantz (Vortex Immersion), Michael Daut (Evans & Sutherland), Mark
Petersen (Loch Ness Productions), Carolyn Petersen (Loch Ness Productions), Matt Mascheri (Dome 3D), Jay Heinz (Morehead Planetarium), Ken Scott (Visual Chaotics), Claudia Cumbie- Jones (Ringling College of Art & Design), Lance Ford Jones (Ringling College), Ethan Bach (IAIA), Jane Crayton, John Jacobsen (White Oak Institute), Paul Fraser (Blaze Digital Cinema Works), Markus Beyr (Attraktion!), Judith Rubin and Karen Roney.

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