An interactive, episodic virtual reality series, Yumi and Boom brings the power of mindfulness and short-form character-driven stories together in the immersive media space. Produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, under the creative direction of Lillian Chan, this animated VR experience traces a young girl’s unlikely friendship with what seems to be a capricious creature. Through scenes of their friendship, tweens learn key mindfulness techniques like body scans and breath control, which help them become more adept at emotional regulation.
November 9th – 18th
Friday November 10:
VR Project Opening
Open Weekdays: 11AM – 6PM
Open Saturday & Sunday: 11:30AM – 8PM
Yumi and Boom – in Lillian’s words:
“I tend to infuse into my work some essence of my personal life, growing up in the Scarborough suburbs among many other second-generation Chinese Canadians. Immigration, identity, even food—these all seem to revolve around this aspect of my identity, be it a conscious thing or not.
I’m drawn to creating work with an educational focus, typically for kids. As an animator, I have the advantage of being able to deliver powerful messages through simple and charming storytelling, coupled with cute visual appeal…and I can’t seem to make art that isn’t cute.
Now that my son is four, I find it even more important to create work that reflects these values, so that he can enjoy content that does more than just entertain – Yumi and Boom, my latest project, is inspired by the hope that empathy, self-regulation and mindfulness, can be taught to youth in a light-hearted and easy way.”
Ana Serrano (CFC Media Lab)
Mark Jones (Seneca College)
Creative Technology Director
Lead Unreal Programmer
Gabriela Kim Passos
Lead Level Designer and Artist
Sarah St. Laurent
StoryBoard conversion to Unreal
2D Location Designer
Production of the Canadian Film Centre and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation
Production support provided by Gamma Space and Dames Making Games
Mindfulness concepts developed in consultation with M. Lee Freedman from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
M. Lee Freedman
Canadian Spotlight Artist Lillian Chan is an award-winning animation filmmaker who has contributed to a number of iconic works presented at Reel Asian over the years. In 2006, Reel Asian screened Chan’s children’s film, Jaime Lo, Small and Shy, which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada and won awards at both the Ottawa International Animation Festival and Anima Mundi in Brazil. She has contributed animation to projects such as Reel Asian’s omnibus film, Suite Suite Chinatown, and Katerina Cizek’s interactive documentary Highrise: One Millionth Tower.
Her 2013 project, Ramen Party, is a cross- media entertainment property that introduces preschool children and their trend-savvy parents to culture, music, and food through quirky characters based on Japanese food ingredients. Most recently, she contributed animation to Ann Marie Fleming’s latest feature animated film, Window Horses. For Reel Asian’s 20th year anniversary in 2016, she helped inaugurate Wee Asian, a new programming section dedicated to kid-friendly activities meant to inspire and nurture creativity for the next generation of content creators. Based in Toronto, Lillian continues to animate and design children’s content and programming for clients including Disney, Kid Koala, and Nelvana.