Therapeutic Full Dome Film
Aims for this film
One of the early projects we undertook on the MA was to generate a Dome film which was supported by the Birmingham arts group ‘ThinkTank’ and presented at the prestigious setting of the London Planetarium. Whilst making the film, something that I chose to be actively involved with, I saw the potential for creating a therapeutic, relaxing film for the same platform. I approached the “Thinktank” team and was delighted when they expressed interest.
To design and create a powerful, immersive full dome film, combining moving image, lighting, sounds, shapes, and colour to deliver a calming therapeutic effect. Utilising the potent space a full dome film provides. The film will evoke increasingly relaxing, soothing feelings and thoughts to generate a deeply relaxed state - letting go tension and reducing stress.
Deep relaxation helps people to accept positive affirmations and longer sessions might lead into positive imagery and suggestions. Animation techniques applied to a dome film offer rich opportunities for such therapeutic use.
This relaxation film might be used as a unique way to prepare people for group sessions of psychotherapy or counselling by engaging them in a preparative relaxation session. The film will surround the audience with a series of rich, engaging multisensory experiences, amplified by the dome environment.
The goal of the film is to help people to get in touch with their feelings, however, the material will not be too unsettling, but will aim to elicit moderate responses, and also to relax and calm them.
The film will be between 8-10 minutes long, with the potential to develop the concept further. The film should appeal to a broad audience, the aim being to receive feedback from a variety of different ages and people, including special needs if possible, to measure how they feel both before and after watching the film.
In order to add suitable sound, there has been a collaboration with a composer, Rob Northcott, who will create soothing music consisting primarily of a collection of peaceful sounding instruments.
I have started experimenting with the idea of creating an organic texturised world which is constantly moving and changing. I have taken photos to help influence this style.