The immersive production – titled Ocean & Universe – is shown inside the park’s Sky Theater. The twin dome arena contains a huge 160-degree dome screen measuring 24m in diameter. Hanging from the ceiling is a 3m wide dome. As spectacular visuals fill the large dome, the smaller spherical screen represents rotating earth.
“This is the first time that we have completed a twin dome projection system at a dome theatre in China,” says Tony Chen, general manager at Wincomn Technology, Christie’s longstanding Chinese partner. “We are very pleased to master this presentation style after many rounds of trials and tests.”
A total of 25 laser projectors were installed by Wincomn, which was also responsible for the venue’s projection design. The visuals on the larger dome are provided by 21 Christie DWU850-GS laser projectors, delivering ultra-sharp 6K resolution. Four Christie DWU599-GS projectors, meanwhile light up the smaller dome. Each GS series projector can operate for up to 20,000 hours without lamp or filter replacement.
Synchronizing the content onto each screen while ensuring the projection light paths did not overlap was a challenge, admits Chen. “Thankfully, with the delicate light path design and precise blending and warping capabilities of the Christie GS Series projectors, we are able to solve the occlusion problem and deliver a spectacular show,” he says.
To add to the sense of immersion, the projectors are strategically fitted and cleverly obscured from view.
Designed by Legacy Entertainment, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park debuted in November. The 73-acre venue features 30,000 marine animals and mammals, multiple pavilions, and attractions including the world’s longest rapids ride.
Since its commencement, the Sky Theater has earned critical acclaim, including recognition for ‘Best Tourism Industry Innovation’ at the 8th China Tourism Investment ITIA Awards.
Park guests are mesmerized by it too. “The bright, vivid images displayed on the large and small domes, combined with a strong sense of presence and immersion, offered a highly realistic and enjoyable experience for both young and old,” said one audience member after watching Ocean & Universe.
Images courtesy of Wincomn Technology.