The Charles Hayden Planetarium is located within the Museum of Science, Boston. We are both a planetarium and a production studio.
We have a special foundation to our team since everyone presents live and canned shows to the public, even the animators. I believe this gives us a unique perspective of seeing the audience reactions. We get to hear what fascinated them, emotional moments, and their questions. All of these things help us to make better 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 boring people to sleep.
Walking the fine line between science visualization and artist interpretation is tricky, so we work with science advisers to check our visuals against the hard science. It’s a continual balancing act of aiming to understand the audience takeaway and then adjusting our efforts. Our team consists of a director, 4 animators, tech coordinator, 2 school presenters, and an intern.
About the Author
My name is Jason Fletcher and I’m an Associate Producer at the Charles Hayden Planetarium. I studied 3D Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’m passionate about creating astronomy visualizations that allow people to experience our majestic cosmos and feel a deep sense of awe. I believe in the importance of sharing techniques back with the community and empowering those who want to learn.