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.”