Interactive and Immersive Media
Mother of the Forest
This co-production between CFC Media Lab and OCAD University through their joint Digital Futures Program is an immersive experience that explores a sequoia tree’s ecosystem through embodied perspectives of various species. Scientific information gathered from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks experts is articulated in a combination of 360 video, digital environment design, and interactivity and exhibit the hidden truth, beauty and precarity at play in this ecology. Through the illustration of symbiotic relationships, it asks users to contemplate their own role in intertwined ecologies impacted by human activity, resulting in biodiversity decline and climate change. Year: 2019. Genre: VR documentary - 360 video with interactive animated scenes.
Elevate XR Talks
ELEVATE XR Talks is a co-production between CFC Media Lab and the City of Toronto, in collaboration with Elevate. This is Canada’s first extended reality (XR) interview series that celebrates Toronto’s innovation ecosystem and examines the impact of technology and innovation on digital, social, political and community life. Production took place onsite at ELEVATE, where a selection of festival speakers (like Canada’s favourite and most accomplished astronaut Chris Hadfield and OCAD U President Dr. Sara Diamond) were interviewed in a custom volumetric capture rig in order to discuss and dissect Toronto’s place in the global innovation economy. Envisioned as a doc-reality interview series, ELEVATE XR Talks is not only unique in terms of the content it tackles, but it is also unique in its production method. It is powered by Tribe of Pan, an IDEABOOST Network Connect company, using their proprietary stereoscopic-volumetric capture technology. Year: 2019. Genre: XR interviews (volumetrically captured).
Small Wonders: The VR Experience
Produced by CFC Media Lab, Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, and AGO conservateur Lisa Ellis, this VR experience was one of the first uses of virtual reality to enhance a major international art exhibition’s attendee experience, by taking users inside one of the more than 50 rare and detailed boxwood carvings of prayers beads – each one small enough to fit in the palm of a hand – made visible through the power of micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). Year: 2016. Genre: VR installation.
Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity
A co-production of CFC Media Lab and Cinehackers by Irem Harnak and Elli Raynai, with additional support from DepthKit and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity, composed of photographs and virtual reality volumetric testimonials, is an interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender subjects are challenging gender norms and redefining traditional masculinity. Year: 2018. Genre: VR documentary, mixed media installation.
CFC Animated VR: Yumi and Boom
Produced by CFC Media Lab and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, under the creative direction of Lillian Chan, Yumi and Boom is an animated, interactive, episodic VR series for tweens that brings the power of mindfulness and short-form character-driven stories together in the immersive media space. Year: 2017. Genre: VR episodic series.
Distributed: A Beginning
Produced by CFC Media Lab and directed by award-winning animator and filmmaker Justin Stephenson, this VR experience examines corporate growth and a path towards a more inclusive future, based on Douglas Rushkoff’s book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Year: 2017. Genre: VR short.
CFC VR Sketches Series
CFC VR Sketches is an ongoing series of VR pieces, produced by CFC Media Lab, that explore the grammar of this new VR language. Productions are either developed internally or in co-production with VR studios and creators. Recent sketches include TimeTravel™ Guided Virtual Reality Tours, in co-production with the Institute of Indigenous Futures (IIF) and artist Skawanetti Fragnito, and Qualia Zen Eagle,in co-production with Mobio Interactive. The former tests how live performances in a metaverse like Second Life feels in VR, while the latter is an eagle-flying simulator that responds to users’ physical actions and brainwaves. Year: 2015. Genre: VR.
Canadian Genre-VR Film Series
CFC Media Lab premiered the Canadian Genre VR Film Series, presented in association with Fantasia Film Festival, Cream Productions and Telefilm Canada, at Cannes Marché NEXT Programme in May 2016, featuring the following productions:
Body/Mind/Change Redux Teaser, a CFC Media Lab production in co-production with TIFF and in association with Occupied VR, stars David Cronenberg and immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by his film Videodrome.
Technolust: The Short Film,an OccupiedVR production, is a taste of the award-winning virtual reality adventure set in a near-future Cyberpunk world, made for Oculus Rift.
In The Closet, a CFC Media Lab production, a young man investigates strange supernatural forces in his new home when he discovers an even stronger, insatiable force where he least expects it.
In War of the Dead mayhem surrounds Civil War soldiers when zombies overtake the battle trenches in a virtual reality onslaught of blood and guts.
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