A story about how total immersion in another culture can change our understanding of family and love
Homestay is a multi-layered experiment that incorporates the latest in VR technology to expand the practice of interactive narrative in an audiovisual environment. The folded paper-craft world represents the garden that narrator Paisley Smith visited while grieving for the loss of a friend and “family member,” and signifies the failure of cultural symbols to fully represent people in all their complexity. As users move through the paper garden, they
have control one moment but not the next. Just when they think they’ve deciphered the symbolism of the floating boat, it unfolds and drifts away, out of reach. Paisley’s narration is that of a young person who’s discovering much of the world for the first time. But ultimately she delivers the mature insights of someone with a more seasoned understanding of universal subjects and themes such as family, culture, empathy and tragedy.
- Client: NFB Canada
- Role: Creative Director
- Responsibilities: Visual Direction, Concept Development and Project Oversight