Voyage to the Outer Planets

Voyage to the Outer Planets was an early multimedia experiment combining Omnimax film, 70 mm film and planetarium special effects. The special effects and stills on standard and zoom equipped slide projectors were provided by the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater, and their Spitz Space Transit Simulator (STS). The large format footage was provided by Graphic Films. The presentation was mostly multimedia, with short clips of the planets and spacecraft.

The production was to portray a manned mission to the outer planets in the year 2348, a year in which the planets would be in a favorable alignment permitting such a three-year journey of exploration.[1]

It transpired that the Space Theater was still under construction, with equipment months from installation, and there was no way of viewing finished or full format test footage before the theater opened. Beyond that, it was infeasible to film in directly the Imax format which would be used for projection. The crew were therefore obliged to film in smaller format (65 mm eight-perf) for later optical blowup and projection to a screen image magnification 600 times the size of the camera negative.[2]


Executive Producer Preston Fleet
Director of Planetarium Media Michael Sullivan
Producers Lester Novros and George Casey
Written and directed by Colin Cantwell
Planetarium Production Joeseph Herrington, George Marchyshyn, John P. Mulligan, Greg Paris
Music Paul Novros
Artwork Don Moore
Camera James Connor
Special Effects Camera John Dykstra
Models Colin Cantwell
Optical printing Film Effects
Narration Gene McGarr
Surround Mix Glen Glenn Sound


  1. ^ George Casey, president of Graphic Films, American Cinematographer, August 1973.
  2. ^ Mary Anderson, console operator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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