Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2009’

The Very Large Telescope


In the film we explore the different ways that astronomers can find out more about the Universe and the challenges they face. The Very Large Telescope (Yes that is it’s real name!) or VLT is one of the most advanced optical telescopes in the world and we visit it in We Are Astronomers.

Below is a work-in-progress excerpt from the VLT sequence that we have created with computer graphics. It is circular so that when it is projected onto a dome it surrounds you and you feel like you are there!

More info about the VLT here:

We will blog more about why we chose to include the VLT in the film and some of the other amazing earth based telescopes that astronomers use later.

We Are Astronomers Narrated By David Tennant


We are very pleased to “officially” announce that David Tennant is the narrator of the new Fulldome digital planetarium show We Are Astronomers.


The Script Has Gone Gold


The script is finished and ready to be recorded by our narrator.

Here’s a Tag Cloud of the script that shows the most frequently used words, the bigger the word the more we use it!

It gives an interesting perspective of what the film is all about.

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The Voice of We Are Astronomers, coming soon…


Next week we hope to reveal the narrator of the new Fulldome experience We Are Astronomers.

Anyone got any ideas who they think would do a good job of talking about astronomer’s and what they do? Who would inspire you to think about our place in the universe? Or who’s voice do you just love the sound of and would like to be surrounded by in a giant dome!?

Please post any ideas below in the comments section.

Focus Group Thumbs Up


We had the opportunity to screen the latest work-in-progress version of We Are Astronomers to a group of 13-18 year olds last week in our dome. It was all a bit low-res and blocky with temporary music and voice over but the general consensus was a big thumbs up!

We have already taken on-board some of the comments and incorporated them into the latest version.

If any of you from the focus group are reading this, please post your comments, good or bad!

Thanks again to all those who helped out.

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