Gymnasia by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

2019 

Step into the stillness of an abandoned school and enter GYMNASIA, a place where the ghostly ephemera of a lost childhood await you. Recall the particular sights and sounds of a child’s world through the echoes of ball games, school lessons and choir recitals. GYMNASIA reanimates the memories of those forgotten days.

This groundbreaking, cinematic VR experience is the first collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada, Felix & Paul Studios and Clyde Henry Productions. The project flawlessly blends 3D 360-degree video, stop-motion, miniatures and CGI, and pushes the art of puppet animation into uncharted territory. GYMNASIA is a dark dream – unsettling and weirdly wonderful. It’s the first VR experience to induce the elusive anxiety that occurs when the lines between what’s real and unreal are blurred beyond belief.

Created and Directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Clyde Henry Productions)
Produced by the NFB and Felix & Paul Studios
Music composed by // Musique composée par Patrick Watson

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