Into the Stars: BEAU Explores New Frontier
Salt Lake City-based Starlight Productions is giving new meaning to “the next frontier.” The company is a leader in educational animations for the planetarium market but is looking to revamp how our society entertains and educates itself.
Aaron McEuen started Starlight Productions in the mid ’90s and has been working in the industry his whole life. From his stint working at planetariums in Salt Lake City and Georgia to projects involving Evans & Sutherland and Stephan Hawking, Aaron’s roots have been in this emerging platform.
Starlight Productions currently creates mini-educational shows for theaters. The videos feature everything from cell division and ocean tides to how to count the stars. The company also mixes education with entertainment. Ever heard of the Pink Floyd laser shows? Aaron has designed these shows along with exploring new partnerships with bands like Mannheim Steamroller.
“People know of stars but it’s not just stars anymore—it’s immersive cinema,” Aaron says. “Our demand is high and we need to do something about it.”
Aaron is looking to create a student production team. Students would be able to use Digistar software and Full Dome products and use their skills in a variety of areas including: story scripting, video and audio production, create visualization, 3D animation and computer networking. Students don’t need to be experts in the field—they just need a basic understanding of computers and a desire to be on the cutting edge of technology.
Opportunities are endless for students as each educational video and light show needs animation, graphics, scripting and overall production. The company is also willing to give students the creative freedom to design and use their own ideas in the work.
The opportunities are also boundless for Starlight Productions as they look to revolutionize how education and entertainment are delivered to the masses.
“There needs to be a new classroom of education; it can’t just be a chalk board or hand writing anymore,” Aaron says. “It’s immersive education, it’s a new means of education. There’s too much to do out there. We need to get started.”
Individuals interested in working with Starlight Productions can contact Aaron McEuen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org