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 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 at 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.