My Discovery of a Cyclorama

I recently got back from a pretty fantastic vacation to Tennessee and Pennsylvania. We hit up Dollywood and got some amazing Moonshine in Gatlinburg (free mini shots to sample the goods...hello!). Country music, mountains and booze: nice work, Tennessee. We spent the next few days in Gettysburg, PA. I'm a pretty big history nerd so it was really amazing just walking around the old town and battlegrounds. One of the coolest things on this trip (other than the ghost tour during the daylight with our guide carrying a lit candle) was my discovery of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. It's probably a combination of geographic location and generational factors, but I had never even heard of a cyclorama, ever. What a sheltered life.

Here's a quick wiki word-for-word definition: A cyclorama is a panoramic painting on the inside of a cylindrical platform, designed to provide a viewer standing in the middle of the cylinder with a 360° view of the painting. The intended effect is to make a viewer, surrounded by the panoramic image, feel as if they were standing in the midst of an historic event or famous place. As the viewers stood in the center of the painting, there would often be music and a narrator telling the story of the event depicted. 

For a video lady like myself this experience of the Battle of Gettysburg was mind blowing. The painting is 27 feet high by 359 feet in circumference. Think 19th century IMAX. A different scene comes to life everywhere you look. Words or photos won't do it justice, but it was truly a remarkable piece of work that I would highly recommend checking out sometime.

There's something to be said about being able to transport a viewer to a different time and location. That opportunity is one of the great things about working in video. A project we're currently in the final stages of is a 3D model project for Duke Basketball. I can't reveal the exact details, but my experience in the Gettysburg Cyclorama mirrors (in a way) what we're doing in this video. Exciting stuff in the OH Video Department! I will link back to this blog entry when we can go public with this project and then you'll all be like, "I totally see what Deb was talking about."

If I were to build my very own Deb's Summer Vacation 2013 Cyclorama it would probably include a view of these images (courtesy of my magical iphone):

Nine to Five costumes and set


View from Little Round Top at sunset

Amish farms outside of Intercourse, PA

 The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama 


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