Josephine Anderson and Claire Sanford
| 17 min
Seated room-scale VR, combined with stereoscopic 360-degree video
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A National Film Board of Canada Production
How big is time? On the remote Canadian island of Texada, the everyday existence of human life—work, play and dreams—is juxtaposed with the tectonic shifts of the planet rising and falling in cyclical patterns of creation, extinction and renewal. In this impressionistic VR project, co-directors Claire Sanford and Josephine Anderson merge 360-degree live-action footage, captured across the island mining community, with 3D animation of geologic upheaval to create an immersive, poetic experience.
Real and imagined landscapes document a journey through the Earth’s formation to the current moment: twinned streams of existence mixing and mingling in an ever-changing flow. As geologic forces continue to unfold, the only constant is transformation. Yet amongst the great heave of history, glimpses of temporal beauty, like finding beautiful stones on a beach, help us understand our place in the universe.
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How big is time?
On the remote Canadian island of Texada, the everyday stuff of human existence—work, play and dreams—is juxtaposed against the tectonic shifts of the planet, rising and falling in cyclical patterns of creation, extinction and renewal.
In this impressionistic VR project, co-directors Claire Sanford and Josephine Anderson merge 360-degree live-action footage, captured across the island, with 3D animation of geologic upheaval to create an immersive, poetic experience. A chorus of residents’ voices ebbs and flows, unravelling the complexities of the surrounding limestone that is central to the community and economy of the island. Present in everything from toothpaste to the great Pyramids of Egypt, this humble yet ubiquitous rock is a critical element in the construction of our modern society.
Texada is about rocks, people and time—the head-spinning vastness of terrestrial epochs contrasted with the immediacy of day-to-day human experience. Real and imagined landscapes document a journey from the Earth’s formation to the current moment: twinned streams of existence mixing and mingling in an ever-changing flow. As geologic forces continue to unfold, the only constant is transformation. Yet amongst the great heave of history, glimpses of temporal beauty, like discovering beautiful stones on a beach, help us understand our place in the universe.
Immersive animation of ancient geologic upheaval combines with 360 video from a present-day mining community in this poetic VR experience.
How big is time? This impressionistic VR project combines 360-degree live-action vistas, filmed across the mining community of Texada, with 3D animation of geologic upheaval to create an immersive, poetic experience.
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Written & Directed by
Claire Sanford and Josephine Anderson
With the Participation of
Jewels Goforth Smullin
Alan Jernigan – Studio Director
Will Phillips – Art Director
Matt Austin – Technical Lead
Cory S Hawthorne – Audio Lead
Derek Young – Creative Director
Dinos Tsiknis – Technical Director
Isabelle Rash – Operations Manager
Studio Operations Managers
XR Distribution and Market Development
Katja De Bock
Many Thanks to
Comox Valley Art Gallery Curated Residency Program
Special Thanks to
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Nicolas Ayerbe Barona
Rosemary & Max Anderson
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTORS
We are fortunate to have grown up at the edge of the Salish Sea, with its mountains and valleys, its cedars, firs and sword ferns, its black-tailed deer, whiskered seals and bioluminescent tides. The memories of our earliest childhood wonders reside here, alongside those of generations who called the region home long before our parents and grandparents arrived on its shores.
It also holds the stories of multigenerational pains and cruelties. All of these threads are interwoven, and our vantage is but one in the grand expanse of time. For many thousands of years, Texada Island has been home and host to the Tla’amin, shíshálh and K’ómoks peoples. We are deeply grateful to those with whom we share this place.
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