The Future Cinema Lab

FCL_students_303_smallLocated within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University, the Future Cinema Lab (FCL) investigates how new digital storytelling techniques can critically transform a diverse array of state-of-the-art screens. The FCL is the first dedicated facility of its type in Canada, enabling researchers to design new forms of storytelling, develop prototypes for urban research, and create innovative, subversive projects within networked and hybrid media environments.

The FCL is designed as a joint research project between Professors John Greyson, Caitlin Fisher and Janine Marchessault, bringing together their unique and complimentary practices as researchers, artists, and filmmakers within a spectrum of new media practices. In 2009 Professors Ali Kazimi and Don Sinclair joined the lab as collaborators. The collaborative research program exemplifies the interdisciplinary approach which is a hallmark of York University. It is highly interdisciplinary in its content and perspectives, as it focuses on new media, technology studies, literary and cultural studies, and the fine arts. In the face of an overwhelmingly powerful entertainment industry that monopolizes the world’s screens and future cinemas, it is urgent that we create research spaces where storytelling can be re-invented for our digital age, outside the pressures of the ad-saturated, profit-driven marketplace.

FCL_students_137_smallThe FCL consists of $1 million worth of facilities and equipment located at York University’s Keele Campus. Facilities include a multimedia lab for augmented reality and mobile media production, a computer lab for digital video editing, a 24-track audio mixing suite, and a seminar room. Our technologies include:

  • Fogscreen – produces a thin curtain of fog that serves as a translucent projection screen
  • Sony and Panasonic HD cameras
  • Intersense motion tracking system
  • NVIS nVisor ST – see-through head-mounted display
  • Ladybug2 – 360° digital video camera
  • Bumblebee2 – stereo vision camera
  • Mobile digital projectors
The Future Cinema Lab is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaCanada Research Chairs, York Research, Ontario Innovation Trust, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.