FIVARS 2022 Spotlight: Lustration – Interview with the creators

Lustration is a 4 part multi-strand animated series following a group of characters whose stories are mysteriously intertwined both in the real world and the afterlife. As these characters’ stories unfold and intersect, we discover the lengths that some will go to in the name of love while uncovering a conspiracy so vast it has affected every facet of our existence…and the next. FIVARS had a chance to speak with the creators:

What lead to the creation of this piece?

Ryan Griffen The series was adapted from a comic book of the same name and has been brewing in Ryan’s mind for several years. Ryan’s interest in the themes of this work is to examine the power of knowledge and the dangers of misinformation in our communities.

What was the production process for you and your team? What did you learn?

The project was produced entirely with Quill. This was the first time for some of the crew to be working in this program. There were many advantages and some disadvantages to working in this program. The team was also distributed across 5 time zones around the world which made communication hard.


How did you become an immersive media content creator and why?

I (Nathan Anderson, CEO of New Canvas), personally became involved in Immersive Media in 2015. I was instantly attracted to the presence and magic of being transported to another place. I have been involved in the industry ever since, producing dozens of projects at Start Beyond and now New Canvas. Ryan (writer/director) is relatively new to VR having more experience in high-value TV series.

What is the VR/AR industry like in your region?

It is good but small. There are pockets of very good practitioners around. Where New Canvas is based, we have set up a collective to help build and grow the industry.


What do you have planned for the future?

We are looking at further series for Lustration as well as new projects in development. We are really excited about the creative potential that many of the next generations of headsets will enable in regard to mixed reality and high-resolution colour pass-through.

What would you like to share with fellow content creators and/or the industry?

Don’t give up – we are on the right path!

Do you think VR festivals like FIVARS are important?

Very important. Especially at this stage of the industry development. It is really important to find a way to show work and also bring XR creators together to inspire and energize each other.

Learn more about Lustration at FIVARS in FALL 2022

Check out the trailer for Lustration