FOREST is an interactive experimental virtual reality experience that invites the user to get lost in a hand-drawn landscape of bristlecone pine trees, sculpted organic matter, and transmuted strains of earthy-electro sounds.

Following a trail of strange plants to the center of a mushroom ring, the viewer is transported into the forest. A timed, music scored, meditative experience begins as the user glides through the virtual space by swinging their arms with touch controllers as if walking. Viewers can move freely in and out of the sculptures and explore spatialized musical elements as they are gently guided through four abstract scenes.

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Kelsey Boncato

Daniel Oldham




Directors: Kelsey Boncato, Daniel Oldham
Producer: Candace Reckinger
Music: Daniel Oldham
Additional Credits: Animator and Designer: Kelsey Boncato, Technical Development: Daniel Oldham, Interactive Designer: Bryan Zhang, Director of the Immersive Media Lab, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California: Candace Reckinger, Immersive Media Lab Technician: Shaoyu Su, Featured Cellist: Yoshika Masuda 増田喜嘉, Featured Vocalist: Madison Stoddard


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Kelsey Boncato
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Animated, Experimental, Music
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 08:00 mins