The CFC Animated VR Series, in partnership with Seneca College, explores how VR can be used to enhance and engage users in an animated episodic series based on a two-character narrative.
The first of this Animated VR Series was developed by award-winning animator Lillian Chan. Yumi and Boom is an interactive, episodic virtual reality series about the friendship between Yumi, a tween girl who represents our rational mind, and Boom, an amorphous creature who represents our emotional mind.
Join them in this first experience as they explore life’s adventures together, finding a balance (or Middle Path) between their extreme personalities along the way. Yumi and Boom is a fun way for kids and parents to learn about concepts of mindfulness and self-regulation.
November 1st – 18th
Friday November 10:
VR Project Opening
Open Weekdays: 11AM – 6PM
Open Saturday & Sunday: 11:30AM – 8PM
*Open for special visits on Nov 1st – 8th; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for site visit inquiries
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.”
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.