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Museum of Symmetry

Paloma Dawkins
2018 | 20 min
Virtual Reality

Selections and Awards

  • Best VR GameCanadian Screen Awards 2019

  • Winner - Interactive Production - FictionNumix Awards 2019

  • People’s Choice for Interactive Experience AwardFIVARS 2018

  • Official SelectionAnnecy International Animation Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionAnima Mundi Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionSiggraph Vrcade 2018

  • Official Competition: Virtual RealityOttawa International Animation Festival 2018

  • Official selection Festival du nouveau cinéma 2018

  • Official SelectionA MAZE. International Games and Playful Media Festival 2018

  • Best Out of Body ExperienceNorth Bend Film Festival 2018

  • Gold Audience Award, Best VR WorkFantasia International Film Festival, Montréal, Canada (2019)

  • Kids Choice Award Cinekid, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2019


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Team


Paloma Dawkins
Co-writer, Director, Animator
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Paloma Dawkins

Montreal-based Paloma Dawkins is a cartoonist and self-taught animator turned virtual-reality and video-game artist. Known for her fantastical landscapes inhabited by strange and lovable characters, Paloma strives to create games that are surreal and beautiful. Her past work includes the technicolour rainbow graphic novel Summerland, the minimalist and meditative rhythm game ALEA, and the psychedelic explorer game Gardenarium. She first came to work with the National Film Board of Canada through its Hothouse animation-mentorship program, which resulted in Scientifiq Piqniq, an animated adventure through the cosmic unveiling of the beautiful and strange macro/micro structures that unite us with the Universe.

Paloma’s most recent NFB project, Museum of Symmetry, is an “other-dimension” VR adventure game that disrupts conventional game storytelling to take players on an absurdist romp through the highest clouds and to the ocean deep.


Ashley Obscura
Co-writer
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Ashley Obscura

Ashley Obscura is a Montreal-based Canadian-Mexican poet, editor and publisher whose work spans the spectrum from cosmic tweets and visually stimulating poetry to ambient sound art featuring her entrancing spoken word. She is the author of two poetry collections, I Am Here and the upcoming Ambient Technology, and the founder and managing editor of Metatron Press. Her poetry has been anthologized in Canada and the U.S. and translated and published in Spanish and Romanian. She has also has written four e-novellas: How to Be a Rainbow, LIGHGHT, Aura Halo and Oh, Inverted Universe (in collaboration with John Rogers). Her work values positivity and celebration, with a slight bent toward sexy metaphysics and pop mysticism.

Ashley co-wrote Museum of Symmetry with Paloma Dawkins.


Casa Rara Studio
Developer
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Casa Rara Studio

Montreal-based Casa Rara studio creates meaningful VR experiences that attract wide audiences and make a positive impact. Its veteran team also lends its expertise to other creators working on their own VR projects. Over the years, the studio has worked on educational projects, interactive storytelling and VR game development, including the upcoming social simulation game Earth 2.

Led by co-founders Ruben Farrus and Tali Goldstein, the Casa Rara team believes that the VR medium will change the world and the way society perceives videogames. Their games allow players to explore the complex aspects of the human experience from an inviting and fun perspective.

For Museum of Symmetry, the Casa Rara team drew from its collective VR know-how to achieve the complex task of bringing depth and realism to a 2D animated universe in a highly physical and immersive 3D environment.


Caila Thompson-Hannant
Composer
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Caila Thompson-Hannant

Caila Thompson-Hannant, a.k.a. Mozart’s Sister, is a Montreal-based composer, musician and recording artist who largely credits her musical beginnings to being introduced to electropop by her uncle. After playing in offbeat art-rock bands like Shapes & Sizes, Miracle Fortress and Think About Life, Caila went solo as Mozart’s Sister, an alt-pop project with aggressively bubbly synth-pop and unhinged vocals. She has performed at various festivals over the years, including SXSW and Pop Montreal.

Caila composed and performed the seductively hypnotic music in Museum of Symmetry.


Maral Mohammadian
Producer
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Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the NFB’s Animation Studio in Montreal, where she has made a number of awarding-winning shorts, including I Am Here, directed by internet sensation Eoin Duffy, and the innovative mixed-media film The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer, directed by Randall Okita. Through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents. In addition to animated films, she produces multimedia and interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge.

For Museum of Symmetry, Maral joined forces with artist Paloma Dawkins to capture the artist’s wildly intuitive and visually stunning style in a fun and fully immersive VR experience.


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)
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Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.

Credits

Directed and Animated by
Paloma Dawkins

Written by
Ashley Obscura & Paloma Dawkins

Producer
Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Developer
CASA RARA STUDIO

Co-Creative Director
Ruben Farrus

Producer
Tali Goldstein

Lead Game Designer
Charlène Boutin

Technical Lead
Clement Linel

Lead 3D Artist
Eliott le Calvé

3D Artist Intern
Roomila Ramtuhol

Composer
Caila Thompson-Hannant

Sound Designer
Beatrix Moersch

Sound Effects Editor
Miguel Menchú

Voices

Desert of Dark
Sienna Mazzone as Peak

Cloud Forest
Alyson Leah as Dawn
Nicole Jones as Octa

Gaia’s Garden
Kaoru Matsui as Gaia
Adam Capriolo as Torus
Valerie Mervis as Rococo

Metatron’s Ocean
Adam Capriolo as Sappho

Voice Director
Simon Peacock

Voice-over Recordist
Geoffrey Mitchell

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Quality Assurance
Keywords Studios

Administration
Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget

Marketing
Gabrielle Harvey
Tammy Peddle

Marketing Coordinator
Stéphanie Quevillon 

Thanks to
KO_OP Mode
Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre (TAG)

Nicholas Kornek
Osman Zeki
Avalon Duhaime Pyott
Nicolas Barrière-Kucharski
Randall Finnerty

Thanks to our playtesters
Nabil Abdellouli
Saunier Alexandre
Louis Choinière
John Christou
Thomas Desrosiers
Leïla Essafi
Louis Fillion
Félix-Antoine Magnan
Raphaëlle Marcotte-Poulin
Jeanne Painchaud
Francis Sheridan Paré
Guillaume Perreault-Roy
Lily Polowin
Vincent Proulx
Avalon Duhaime Pyott
Philippe Roberge
Stefan Roman
Louis Sciannamblo
Tanya A. Short
Liron Stasyuk
Thomas Trepanier
Feliz Tupe

And a special thanks to all friends and family that helped along the way. Couldn’t have done it without you.

PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA © 2018



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