The Life of Trees is a new kind of fulldome show. By following the concept of edutainment, the plot intertwines entertainment with education. Exciting and informative at the same time, this combination creates the best learning effect.

The immersive film technology leads to a decelerated presentation and allows the audience to perceive more intensive what is been showed in a round format. Audience becomes active participator and gains an all around view of the scenery.

It is the most exiting way of mixing education and entertainment. SOFTMACHINE achieves with The Life of Trees a perfect narration to raise awareness for never-before-seen world of trees and their utmost importance for our lives.

In The Life of Trees a cheeky ladybug called Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take the audience on an adventurous journey of exploration into the wondrous world of trees. Taking the perspective of insects, the fulldome film reveals the magic of the microcosm.

On their excursion these two creepy-crawlies zip around a tree, and in doing so, playfully learn its secrets: How do plants get their food from the sun? How do they grow? How does water get from the roots to the top of the crown? And how does all this make life on our earth possible?

Produced by Soft Machine, and distributed by Reef Distribution.


Trees, production of chlorophyll, photosynthesis, production of oxygen by trees, respiration: carbon dioxide in – oxygen out, water transport

all ages

33 min


Chinese, English, German, Turkish, Greek, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Mexican Spanish), Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic

  • Teachers Guide
    The Life of Trees represents a new dimension of planetarium programs known as EDUTAIN-MENT. Entertainment and education are woven into a unique phenomenal film effect. Being both appealing and infor- mative at the same time, this combination creates a nonpareil learning result.

    Watching The Life of Trees the spectator becomes part of an aware- ness-raising narration, dives into a never-before-seen world of trees and learns about their utmost importance for our lives. The ani-mated insect characters, Dolores and Mike, with their patently human traits are role models not only for children.

    This companion booklet serves as an info source for all who are in- terested in these topics, but it may also be used to acquaint students with themes that appear in the movie. Nonetheless, the teacher’s guide stands by itself as an educational resource independent from the movie.

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