The exclusive agreement will bring Erick Oh’s award-winning animated short to planetariums and fulldome theaters around the world.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Erick Oh’s acclaimed animated short, Namoo, is heading to planetariums and fulldome theaters around the world. As part of an exclusive agreement, Baobab Studios has created a 360 fulldome experience adapted from the VR version of Namoo for distribution by Cosm Studios, a company specializing in the creation, production, and distribution of immersive films, tapping both emerging and veteran content creators.
The film is a narrative poem, hand-painted and animated with state-of-the-art software and real-time technology. Inspired by the passing of Oh’s grandfather, Namoo - which translates to “tree” in Korean - follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life, from beginning to end. Written and directed by Oh, the film marks his most personal and ambitious work to date.
The film was produced by nine-time Emmy Award-winning Baobab Studios, executive produced by John Cho and produced by Larry Cutler, Eric Darnell, Maureen Fan, and Kane Lee. The film was named one of the 15 shortlisted films by the Academy, was nominated for two Annie Awards, was named Best Animated Short from the 2022 Gold List Awards and was nominated for a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Innovation Award. The theatrical version of the short has been acquired by Warner 150 and is now streaming on HBO Max, and the VR experience is currently available on Oculus Quest.
Cosm’s Experience Center in Salt Lake City showcases the company’s immersive experience expertise on a 20-meter LED Dome in stunning 8K resolution. The technology allows customers to come together in the same physical space while enjoying a virtual experience without a headset. The merging of the physical and virtual experience is called Shared Reality and, according to Cosm is anticipated to set the pace for the future of immersive entertainment.
"Baobab is one of the most respected animation studios in our industry,” noted Cosm Studios head Neil Carty. “These creative content producers are known for their immersive storytelling and diverse characters. We look forward to our collaboration as we bring Namoo out of the headset and into planetariums and fulldome theaters where audiences will have an opportunity to experience the film together in 360 for the first time."
“The vision Baobab shares with Cosm to uniquely transform Namoo for planetariums and domes around the entire globe marries our love of both the theatrical and immersive collective viewing experiences in the most awe-inspiring way we can imagine as filmmakers,” added Baobab Studios’ head of content Kane Lee. “We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our collaboration with Cosm than with a project that at its core not only embraces art and innovation, but the full human experience.”
Source: Cosm Studios