2023 | current | Tour Across North AMerica
A Celebration of Life. Beautifica is a 360 journey through worlds real and imagined, from mindblowing particle fields to unashamedly euphoric fantastic environments almost impossible to describe. The brainchild of visionary composer James Hood, Vortex provided executive production and production services as well as creative and business consulting on this new show, originally workshopped at the Vortex Dome LA. A family-friendly show, Beautifica features some of the finest immersive animators on the planet designed to leave your spirit refreshed and your face grinning ear to ear.
Now playing at dome theaters across North America.
2022 | Los Angeles
Hybrid Event with Virtual Production on XR Stage with Live Audience and Livestream.
Vortex served as Tech Producer for the unveiling of Archer’s new eVTOL aircraft called Maker. Vortex assembled a team for Archer including PRG who provided a massive XR stage, cameras, lighting and effects and Super 78 who provided immersive cinematography and real-time 3D environments and animations. The 40’ wingspan aircraft was placed on an LED stage with a 90’ x 25’ cylindrical wall and a 52’ deep floor. The day before the event, Director Kenny Taht used virtual production tech with multiple tracked cameras to shoot Archer’s founders, Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein, entering their plane on a simulated flight. This footage was cut into the live stream while a live audience of 100 at Hawthorne Hangar were treated to an immersive simulation of the aircraft embarking on a virtual flight.
2022 | Tour
A musical adventure of light, beauty, and enchantment. The Journey is a 360 immersive experience designed to inspire and enchant audiences with beautiful, sublime music and visuals as we travel through fantastical worlds. The show uses the transformative power of ancient Tibetan singing bowls, ethereal vocals, gorgeous fulldome visuals and inspiring poetic narrative to evoke positive emotions and contemplative states of consciousness. The Journey follows the metaphoric experience of life from formlessness into form and then back into formlessness once again.
The Journey was created by Kate McCallum and Ed Lantz with co-producers, musicians, composers and mindfulness practitioners Michael and Jahna and director and animator Brianna Amoré. The 11 minute short film won Dome Fest West’s 2021 Audience Choice Award and was chosen for screening at SAT Fest in Montreal and the Full Dome Festival in Jena, Germany. The Journey: LIVE! experience has also appeared at Wisdome LA and SXSW including a guided meditation, sound bath with ancient Tibetan bowls and downtempo DJ/VJ set by Selektra. The Journey is seeking partners to expand the experience into a 1-hour feature film.
Annual | Film Festival
Dome Fest West
Fulldome Film Festival. Dome Fest West is the premier fulldome film festival on the US’s West Coast. Located in the greater Los Angeles area, the festival was founded in 2021 by Ryan Moore and Vortex’s Kate McCallum and Ed Lantz who continue to serve as board members. Dome Fest West features awards for the world’s best immersive dome films and live performances in categories including art, science, music and education. In addition, the festival participates in the Best of Earth award, a collaboration between 4+ international dome film festivals to issue Best Of Earth awards to the world’s best fulldome films.
2020 | Tour | 300k tickets sold
Where will it take you? Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world, creating an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and stimulate your mind and senses… //new paragraph// The show was workshopped at the Vortex Dome LA and played in over 30 domes across North America up to the pandemic, selling over 300,000 tickets. Vortex was instrumental in producing and distributing the show in partnership with James Hood’s Moodswings and Poseidon which provided marketing and management support. Finalist PGA Innovation Award 2019
2022 | Metaverse | 8015 visits
DFW Metaverse Summer Series
The first immersive film festival in the metaverse. Dome Fest West partnered with the Vortex Community Circle to present a 2-week long Metaverse Summer Series in the Domelandia Metaverse. The pioneering immersive film festival presented 17 films and 15 events over a two-week period (July 8-22, 2022) attracting 8015 visits to Domelandia on the AltspaceVR platform. An after-party featured DJ Celeste playing on a live video feed in Domelandia plus VJ’s Timmy Edens, Michael Strauss and Audri Phillips. The hub world included three domes – the Frequency Dome with music videos, the Curiosity Dome with educational films and the Reverie Dome with experimental art works.
2022 | Metaverse | Over 2000 visits
The first 360 NFT metaverse exhibition. The Vortex Community Circle partnered with SearchLight.art to present DOMANCE, the World’s first 360 immersive NFT Dome exhibition located in the Domelandia Metaverse. Over 65 Artists, Poets, DJs, and VJs minting on the blockchain, were showcased from February 13-28, 2022 attracting 2070 total visits. The show took viewers on a journey through three domes – from the peaceful innocence of the dawn of first love, through the all-consuming passion that ensues, and into the ever-deepening journey that brings one back to the source.
2020 | Joshua Tree | 5 sold-out concerts
Childish Gambino’s Concert Dome. Vortex Immersion served as the Immersive venue designer and operator for a series of 5 sold-out Childish Gambino concerts over 3 days in 160’ air-supported 4k projection dome. Vortex provided a 2500 capacity dome venue with a 12-projector fulldome projection system and pixel mapping server for Microsoft’s real-time Unity3D generated graphics running 4k x 4k frames at 60 fps.
2020 | Virtual Reality Museum Exhibit
Fetzer Institute VR Experience
VR Museum Exhibit installation. The Fetzer VR experience is an exhibit at the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library featuring the life of media pioneeer, John E. Fetzer, and his inner spiritual life. The experience starts with an exhibit featuring John Fetzer’s desk and a mirror that turns into a video display as visitors approach. A pre-show on the screen introduces John Fetzer, his history as a radio and television pioneer, purchase of the Detroit Tigers and their win of the World Series in 1968. We are instructed to open the masonic box on the table and don a VR headset (Quest 2) to learn more about John Fetzer’s inner life. In the VR experience, John Fetzer is simulated as an avatar who has come back to life to tell us about his spiritual path. He shares his spiritual explorations with a focus on Masonary and shows us one of his spiritual technologies. We do a real-world flythrough of his Fetzer Foundation and are encouraged to do our own exploration.
2014 | San Diego | Full Dome
Full-Dome Adult Swim at Comic Con. At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Vortex Immersion made a splash for Adult Swim fans. The crowd had a chance to experience Aqua Teen Hunger Force like never before with the Meatwad Fulldome Experience. Located at Petco Park, the 36’ Geodesic Immersive Dome featured a state of the art digital projection system. Fans were transported through a mind-boggling interdimensional space roller coaster.
2014 | San Diego | Full Dome
Grand Del Mar Ballroom Projection Mapping. When the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) held their annual CEO Summit at the five-star Grand Del Mar resort near San Diego, CA, they looked to our team to provide an interactive, 3D stereo, and projection mapping experience that even their discerning audience would be impressed by. Vortex transformed the ballroom into a portal to another time and place by projection onto the walls of the room. Our team utilized the features of the space by mapping to some areas of the wall that had padded cloth features and ornate framing to create virtual windows whereby the audience was able to see ‘through’ to other landscapes and interior shots of larger and even more elaborate structures from European palaces and cathedrals. To add yet another element with projection mapping, we used real-time generative graphics and allowed the guests to play games and interact on the walls via tabled devices located at each dinner table. These tablets enabled the guests to interact with the projection mapping by playing games, painting on the walls, and interacting with images that were taken of them as they entered the room.
New York | Large-venue
Times Square immersive venue for Super Bowl. Vortex Immersion managed the large-venue projection system design, execution and operation for 80’ dome at PepCity, the hottest ticket in town during the Super Bowl on Super Bowl Boulevard in Bryant Park NY.
San Diego | Fulldome
Constantine 4D Theater
NBCUniversal 4D Theater at San Diego Comic Con. Vortex Immersion produced a 360-degree 4D Theater at Comic-Con 2014 San Diego for NBCUniversal in cooperation with Warner Brothers and DC Comics to promote the launch of TV series Constantine. The Fulldome immersive experience located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego featured a 3-minute show produced and directed by our team. The 36’ geodesic dome featured 50 theater seats, a custom printed cover, 360-degree projection system, 5.1 surround and 4D special effects including wind and strobes. Audiences were thrilled with the experience!
New Orleans | Fulldome
Xbox Kinect Dome
Immersive experience at Super Bowl XLVII. For the 2nd year in a row, Xbox Kinect chose our team to deliver an immersive and interactive dome experience for their Play60 partnership with the NFL during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA. Vortex erected 50′ and 24′ geodesic domes with internal and external projection mapping. Inside the dome, we pioneered and developed a Kinect interactive fulldome application allowing guests to play the Kinect directly onto the immersive projection display.
Los Angeles | Fulldome
Bizbash After Party
BizBash After Party at the Vortex Dome LA. Vortex Immersion teamed up with the Event Planners Association to produce the BizBash After Party at the Vortex Dome LA located on the Los Angeles Center Studios lot. Event planners were treated to a wide variety of programming including a live dome performance by Amrita Sen and Anthony Marinelli, projection mapped dance performance by 7 Star Sun, live DJ performance with Mad Mappers, augmented reality by Daqri, and a wide range of digital interactives on floors and walls.
Los Angeles | Community Event
Stella Artois Sensorium
Multisensory immersive dining experience. When Stella Artois wanted to create the ultimate multisensory immersive dining experience they called on our team. We worked with them to create an immersive dome dining space that would transport their audiences through a culinary journey including a multi-course meal, stunning fulldome visuals, aroma, surround sound, vibration and of course, Stella Artois beverages. Stella Artois cultivated a world renowned chef and a team of sensory experts united to create the immersive experiences. Each dish was inspired by one of the five senses – sight, sound, taste, touch & aroma. Over the month long installation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the immersive dome was home to a host of accomplished celebrity chefs that created culinary experiences. [PRO Awards Bronze: Best Brand Awareness Campaign 2016, Silver: Best Use of Event or Experiential Marketing (Five Venues or Fewer) 2016] .
AI For Good
NASA Sound Bath Meditation
A relaxing journey through the cosmos. We took our attendees on a relaxing journey through the cosmos during the State of the Arts 2016 symposium which was focused on Artificial Intelligence for Good and Music that Transforms. Music was recorded by Michael and Jahna Perricone using 300 year old Tibetan Sound Bowls. Fulldome Animation by Brianna Amore. Filmed by Michael LaGrelius. Produced by c3 Center for Conscious Creativity.
Los Angeles | Community Event
Stage Show and all-ages community event. Sokamba is a cross-media ensemble offering educational programs, immersive events and nurturing experiences with the mission of fostering community, igniting social-emotional reflection, and creating space for growth, healing, and transformation. SOKAMBA presented a 360 Immersive Dome show at the Vortex Dome LA exploring the intertwined narrative between human stories and the cycle of nature in an immersive multi-sensory environment. Installations were created by original music, video projections, and dance choreography. Through team building activities, audiences the experience created an intimate connection built upon trust and free expression by activating tactile memory and social emotional responses.
Los Angeles, California
Immersive musical stage show celebrating the multicultural roots of Latin culture. Pasión is a musical stage show in development that stimulates all the senses utilizing a 360 immersive dome theater to take guests on a historical & ethereal journey. Pasión celebrates the spirit, passion, joy and festive moods of Latin culture from its original roots, through the Caribbean and the New World, blending the music, art and celebrations of African, Spanish and Indigenous island cultures. Audiences experience the spirit and passion of a people that culminates in a festive multicultural celebration of music and dance. Pasión integrates culture, original music and show stopping dance from acclaimed Broadway choreographer and director Maria Torres with a moving visual odyssey by Vortex and EyeQ Productions, integrating 360 immersive vistas, amazing 3D animation and special effects for a beautiful, never before seen event.
2015 | EUGENE, OREGON
Nike Prefontaine Classic 60 Ft Geodesic Projection Dome Experience. Vortex Immersion created an immersive experience venue at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene at the University of Oregon, one of the most prestigious running events in the country. The 60′ geodesic dome was a pop-up shop for Nike running apparel and shoes that featured 360 degree immersive video and a projection hologram centerpiece.
Largest Digital Dome venue
An immersive EDM party featuring Skrillex, Diplo and DJ Snake. Vortex delivered one of the largest digital dome venues and served as the dome production studio and immersive art advisors for this EDM party for Marcus Persson, founder of Minecraft. Produced by Production Club, this stunning, first-of-its-kind event featured over 3500 attendees and artwork by a team of cutting-edge immersive VJ’s.
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Live interactive dance performance. Robot Prayers is a live interactive dance performance produced by Audri Phillips at the Vortex Dome LA. Audri brought together a collaborative group of artists who used their varied talents to tell an unfolding visual/musical story through poetry, dance, interactive stage effects, a custom score by Winter Lazerus and a live VJ performance by Audri Phillips. Credits: Audri Phillips: director/visualist/ animator, Winter Lazerus: music director/composer, Kate McCallum: singer/futurist/consultant, Will Michaelsen: immersive technical director, Heidi Torsvik: singer/ composer, Ed Lantz: drums/consultant, Maija Beeton: producer/ artist, Laura Brody: costume designer, Edward Fury: dance director/tech evangelist, Keram Malicki-Sanchez: consultant/composer .
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Bollydoll with Amrita Sen
Bolly Doll live immersive stage show with Amrita Sen and Anthony Marinelli. Multi-talented singer, artist and entrepreneur Amrita Sen collaborated with composer Anthony Marinelli and Vortex Immersion to create Bolly Doll, a Bollywood-inspired immersive stage show. Bollydoll is a music-filled magical story, in which two sisters – Rani and Sheena – live with a myriad of animal characters in an ancient world called BollyWorld. There are mythical gods and spirit forces in this world, and a compelling power-hungry villain in the Prince Daman, who tries to overtake all three kingdoms within Bollyworld. Rani and Sheena do not know what motivates them at first, but slowly they are influenced by the Sun and Moon and other supernatural forces they are yet to discover. Originally developed in 2011 at the Vortex Dome LA, and launched through Art Basel, Amrita Sen has evolved the BollyDoll art prints into a collection of consumer products.
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Castle Episode at the Vortex Dome LA
The TV series Castle episode at the Vortex Dome LA. The Castle needed a planetarium for an episode of the TV series. Producers were surprised to find a “planetarium” theater on a studio lot in downtown LA! The episode was shot in the Vortex Dome at Los Angeles Center Studios.
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CBS 60 Minutes at the Vortex Dome LA
60 Minutes, featuring Anderson Cooper, shot two episodes at the Vortex Dome LA. The episode shown here is with Astronaut Ed Lu and features the B612 Foundation which leverages advances in computer science, instrumentation, and astronomy to find and track near-earth asteroids. Vortex installed a 360 dome show developed by the B612 Foundation and was the centerpiece of the interview with Ed Lu.
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BRÅVES Live at the Vortex Dome LA
BRÅVES played live at the Vortex Dome LA for music video. The alt-pop trio BRÅVES was looking for a venue for an album release party. They also wanted to shoot a music video in front of a live audience. Vortex Immersion produced visuals featuring VJ Selektra who performed immersive visuals live with the band. The music video to shoot their new
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Beyonce and JZ shoot Family Feud in Vortex Dome LA
Beyonce and JZ shoot Family Feud in Vortex Dome LA. Ava DuVernay shot scenes in the Vortex Dome LA for a music video called Family Feud featuring Beyonce and JZ. The video included futuristic scenes from the year 2148 which were shot in the dome and on other locations on the Vortex Dome’s Los Angeles Center Studios lot.
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League of Legends
Digital themeing for League of Legends Tournament in DTLA. Vortex Immersion provided digital themeing including lighting and projection mapping for Riot Game’s League of Legends tournament for two years in a row. Venues included the Galen Center, a 10,000 capacity stadium which was filled to capacity and the next year both the Galen Center and the Staples Center (now Crypto.com Arena) with capacity of 20,000. Vortex provided lighting, LED screens, and large-scale projection mapping of League of Legends animations which were specially formatted for projection.
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Live Immersive Dance Party. Top Floor is a live immersive dance party that takes place live in the Vortex Dome and extends into both the metaverse and live streaming platforms.It was originally produced as an MTV pilot but is now available for dome theaters worldwide.