InAVator: Ben Shedd, Nanyang Technological University

Ben Shedd, a professor at Nanyang Technological University, explains how filmmakers need to alter their approach and mind-set to create immersive content for domes.

The human eye is curved and a human’s vision extends to 120 degrees in an arc. Yet all the displays we use are flat. Only now are manufacturers starting to introduce curved television screens for mass consumption. But when it comes to immersive displays the professional AV industry has been delivering solutions, in the form of domes, which go beyond the flat plane.

Professor Ben Shedd from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University is someone who is passionate about exploring the boundaries of content creation for domes. His interest in film started at an early age. He details: “I have been making movies since I was seven years old. My father was a sign painter and made cardboard costumes for my brother and me to look like knights in King Arthur’s court. All the kids in the neighbourhood wanted one of the costumes. The next door neighbour owned a camera store and with my dad as director and producer, we made a 10 minute dramatic movie called ‘Knights of the Square Table’ because we didn’t have a round table.”

Shedd credits his father for introducing him to the core elements of making films: “My father had a very visual memory and remembered the silent movies he had seen as a kid and got the filmic language right: wide shot, close-up, panning shots, do the special effects next week. I cut one of those movies when I was 12 and filmic language has just been part of my life.”

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