A visual tone poem designed for the emerging fulldome planetarium format, “Crossing Worlds” utilizes spherical photography from the American desert west to immerse the viewer in a transcendent spectrum of austere landscapes. xRez Studio’s first dome format film, “Crossing Worlds” won a coveted “Domie” for Best Design in a Dome at DomeFest 09 in Albuquerque, NM.
The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the life blood of the Western United States, both spiritually and literally. Grand Canyon By Nature: River of Life shows the story of the Grand in stunning visual artistry as we join a journey through the heart of one of the planet’s greatest wonders. It’s a journey of adventure — and a metaphor of our journey of life.
Just a short drive from the southern entrance route to Yosemite National Park, is a remarkable but less-visited deep-carved river gorge in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In spring of 2008, xRez Studio was contracted by BLM park manager Tracy Rowlands to shoot the beautiful San Joaquin River Gorge in gigapixel resolution for the Bureau of Land Management’s visitor center, where a 14′ long high-resolution print was subsequently installed in a new visitor center later that summer.
One problem surrounding the needs of cultural heritage research is the acquisition of static on-site photography, which may limit perceived detail in the artifacts later upon inspection. One method which allows re-lighting of artifacts during research is HP Labs researcher Tom Malzbender’s work in polynomial texture mapping, or PTM.
Offering exploration of gigapixel images online has proven very successful for enhancing web visitor “stickiness” and information delivery. In Spring of 2007, xRez Studio was contracted by online real estate resource Move.com to shoot over 270 gigapixel images, illustrating 170 neighborhoods from 34 major American cities for their website, Realtor.com.