I collaborated with Winslow Porter and Milica Zec on the installation for their VR film Tree at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals.
Within the VR film, viewers become a kapok tree growing from a seed into the tallest tree in a lush rainforest, before being burned down by a man-made forest fire.
I designed, animated and programmed a visual narrative, complementary to this VR experience, that is projected behind the viewer in the headset. A 3D field of stars speckles the stage with light as they enter the experience. When the film begins, the projection behind them shows a kapok tree growing in silhouette in front of an evolving gradient wash of color. The gradient reflects the colors in the experience, moving from browns under the soil, to the lush green of daylight in the forest, to the sky at sunset, to fire, ash, and ultimately night time. The projections and installation were designed for the secondary audience – people who may or may not get to experience the VR film. They proved to be a compelling photo-op at both festivals and images of our project were shared widely on social media.