Hall of Origin: Creation Week exhibit

  • Role Creative Director / Research / Writer / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor
  • For ICR Discovery Center

Hall of Origin features two multimedia presentations, 'Creation Week' and 'Wonders of the Universe.' Both utilize video projection, an OmniGlobe display, and a mist curtain, to create a 360-degree immersive experience. Screen One is 10' x 65', and Screen Two is 10' x 37'. All audio-visual elements required synchronization to the level of frame accuracy. This is a daunting task considering each video element consist of approximately 28,000 individual PNG images. Times 3 individual element! These elements are complemented by 12 channels of surround sound, and lighting cues that further complicated this task. With perseverance and effort, the final result yields a compelling, and engaging experience. Perhaps the greatest statement one can make about an exhibit is that visitors state they stayed to view it twice.

The difficult task of shooting wide-wide aspect ratios such as this (6 to 1 ratio) is that close-ups can be odd, so need to be used sparingly / specifically. Additionally, shots that are off-level exhibit an amplification of this aspect. It is often best to use choreographed movements of the actors than to design complicated camera moves. Another point; when shooting for a 180 to 360-degree presentation, each 'cut' presents an issue of the audience losing perspective. Where exactly should visitors look? The addition of image real-estate extending outside the peripheral may go unnoticed, therefore placement of action is a key consideration.

During the conceptual stage I ask stakeholders if Adam & Eve were to speak, and if so what language? It's a rather serious consideration when you think about it. Through discussion, we came to the conclusion that no 'words' should be spoken, but that communication could, and should be expressed in the way they each looked at the other. The very core of this presentation is that Adam & Eve is a love story. Presentations may be stunning in their technical merit, but the core of true engagement is always the message.

Theological interpretation and scientific guidance provided by Henry Morris III and Henry Morris IV. One aspect of the discussion is what 'food' would have grown in Eden. Did you think it was just apples?

Projection Screen One with OmniGlobe

Sound is presented in an enveloping surround sound utilizing twelve speaker elements. Original sound scoring was stemmed to allow for specific placement of instruments, sound effects, and narration. Mixing select cues for the 12 speakers creates different 'sweet spots' that change as visitors move throughout the exhibit space. In a traditional theater with seating, visitors maintain a constant relationship between themselves and the speakers. In an open floor theater where visitors may move about, additional options open enhancing the immersive aspect.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place

and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas

And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass

the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”;

and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind

whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind

and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind

And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.

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Day Seven

I and many others consider sunflowers to have a unique quality. It felt appropriate to place Adam & Eve in a field of sundlfowers. The concern is that the peak for sunflowers is so short, so time is crucial