Biidaaban First Light was recently shown at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and showcased the power of VR with its masterful storytelling and design. The film was created in a joint venture between producer Lisa Jackson, the National Film Board of Canada, 3D artist Matthew Borrett and design agency Jam3. The parties involved in this project worked closely together to create a post-apocalyptic Toronto in a VR space and combined stunning artwork to showcase the city based on indigenous inspirations.
VR spaces are often associated with gaming, but works like Biidaaban First Light are pushing the boundaries of the technology and showcase its potential beyond video games. The use of VR immediately draws the viewer into a space in a way that conventional film cannot, and allows for a higher degree of interaction and observance within a created world. In the case of Biidaaban First Light, viewers were dropped into a stunning post-apocalyptic world all while the viewer inhabited a space no larger than an average room.