The Charles Hayden Planetarium is located within the Museum of Science, Boston. It is the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England.
We are both a planetarium open to the public and a production studio creating fulldome shows. So we have a special foundation to our team. Everyone presents live and pre-rendered shows to our audiences, even the animators. This gives us a unique perspective of directly seeing the audience react to our shows. We get to hear what fascinates them, what brought them to a emotional moment, or what they frankly didn’t understand. All of these things help to to make informed decisions in each stage of production. This allows us to best fulfill our mission of teaching science through storytelling and find that delicate balance without putting people to sleep.
Our first and foremost mission is to create the very best science storytelling fulldome shows. We walk a very fine line between science visualization and artist interpretation. We constantly work with science advisers to check our work against the hard science. Its a continual balancing act of aiming to understand the audience takeaway and then adjusting our efforts.