04 June 2011

Dan Neafus, SATE '11 speaker: "Digital Dome Stories"

Operations Manager, Gates Planetarium 
(Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
Founding Director of IMERSA.org
Moderator, "Digital Dome Stories" panel, SATE '11 Orlando

Dan Neafus has produced engaging audience experiences for over 35 years, and continues to do so as Operations Manager of one of the finest immersive theaters in the world, the Gates Dome Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. As Producer his fulldome films have been distributed to theaters world-wide. Dan is a frequent speaker at international conferences focusing on “The Language of Fulldome”, “Immersive Cinema” and Fulldome standards development. His consulting firm Artlight Design Inc. advises on Fulldome film development and technical considerations for new theaters. He has also created numerous public and performance artworks utilizing light and form.

With an emphasis on technology, Dan utilizes many tools in his work, from supercomputer graphics, to 3D sound and automated lighting.  By collaborating and inspiring fellow visionary pioneers he has charted a course for the future of dome theaters and the immersive experience.