4Pi Productions expands its fleet of FP dome theaters

March 2019
Cardiff, UK

Cardiff-based creative studio 4Pi Productions blends powerful technology with cross-media storytelling to produce engaging shared experiences. Their recent full feature 360 film “Liminality” won a number of awards, including a JANUS Award for Best Fulldome Short Film at the Jena Fulldome Festival and Best Short Fulldome Film at the 2018 Minsk International Fulldome Festival.

To expand their capabilities, the studio commissioned a 12m mobile dome theater manufactured by Front Pictures. The dome welcomed its first visitors at the Diffusion Festival in Cardiff where it hosted sessions of “Liminality Live,” a fuse of contemporary dance, music, and immersive 360 video created by 4Pi Productions.

The theater is powered by a Screenberry media server which drives and auto-aligns 12 x Benq W1050 projectors for 4K 3D capable 360 video playback. The 12m RFO negative pressure dome has an adjustable 2-positioned truss allowing for greater customization. The dome can be installed horizontally, tilted, or suspended.

The dome theater joined 4Pi Productions’ growing fleet of immersive domes supplied by Front Pictures. 4Pi Productions creative director Janire Nájera says:

“Our initial purchase of a 3m studio dome has proven an invaluable addition to our studio, enabling real time visualisation and an immersive editing suite, significantly boosting our capabilities and production pipeline. Our 6m Showcase dome (Lightweight opensided) is the workhorse of our fleet making a great intimate immersive facility that is easy and fast to deploy and tour, and our newest addition, the stunning 12m dome is a beast, providing an amazingly solid, crisp and slick platform for immersing much larger audience numbers. All the solutions provide us an amazingly flexible fleet and we haven’t seen better projection surfaces on tourable solutions so cannot fault a thing.

We are drawn to this medium [fulldome projection] because of its unique capacity to captivate, educate, inform and challenge audiences going forward. We have found the perfect partnership with FP to pursue our aims without having to worry about the hardware and software. We know that side is rock solid every time and this enables us to be able to concentrate on the creative. Without a shadow of a doubt, we wouldn’t be where we were in the immersive world without their phenomenal support and incredible solutions, they go above and beyond in solving our challenges and they and their solutions have never let us down! The system continues to evolve and is always ahead of the competition both in terms of control, flexibility and value for money, honestly look forward to working with them for years to come.”